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Sinkhole Steps

Sinkhole Steps
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Copyright: Robert Harrison (seneca77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-10-27
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-01 19:20
Viewed: 2983
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These overgrown steps lead up from a giant sinkhole in Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka, Florida. The ancient sinkhole was formed thousands of years ago from water flowing from the nearby St. John's River. In 1933, as part of the Works Project Administration, the sinkhole was transformed into a beautiful garden setting, with trails, walkways and bridges. The sinkhole is surrounded by a 1.8 mile paved loop road.

The sinkhole is lush with vegetation, ponds, trees and wildlife. There are a couple of these suspension footbridges throughout the park, but unfortunately most of my photos of them didn't come out as hoped. There was too much sunlight "dappling" through the trees, making the bridge as a subject hard to distinguish.

This POV was in the shade however, giving me nice, even light, as the sun was just below the rim of the sinkhole from this vantage point.

I liked the overgrown, almost primeval look and atmosphere, and I sought to accentuate that through pp. In Photoshop, I adjusted levels slightly, then burned the shadows and dodged some highlights, applied a reddish duotone, and ran through the USM filter twice, once to boost contrast (15/100/0) and again for conventional sharpening (40/0.7/0).

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To janneman: Thank you - you're right!seneca77 1 11-01 18:21
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Vegetation and woodwork : always a challenge :-)
Do like the " B/W " conversion BOB.
Also the playing of the lines : step - bridge.

The " but " IMO ...

If you changed your POV a bit, so less plants on the left, that would make the steps act more as a guide line to the top.
I know, afterwards it's always easy talking :-)

See you later

Hello Robert, I like this, the PP done well. The kind of sepia tone looks good, and a good POV. :} Don

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