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Ricefields Forever

Ricefields Forever
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Copyright: Allan Barredo (allanbarredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 550 W: 68 N: 640] (6390)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-4040Z
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-15 20:23
Viewed: 2450
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vast ricefields as far as the eye can see...

Rice is our staple diet. A meal is not complete without it. Philippines used to be one of the largest producer of rice. We export our rice to other neighboring countries. We have one of the most advance rice research facilities in the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna.

But these ricefields are slowly vanishing. Farmers found out *more profitable* ways of using them: such as converting them into residential areas (vast housing projects). Now, we import most of rice from other Southeast Asian countries because we cannot produce enough.

So enjoy this view while its still there..

PP: (This is an HDR image)

1st image:
Aperture: f8.0
Shutter speed: 1/500s

2nd image:
Aperture: f8.0
Shutter speed: 1/250s

1. COmbined using Photomatix and then used tone mapping.
2. Adjusted shadows and highlights
3. Curves
4. Sharpen using USM
5. NeatImage
6. Cropped, borders, resized

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Great shot! Fantastic composition and superb colours!

Hello Allan!
Wonderful sky and nice colours in your picture!
Lovely point of view!
Well done!

Ok ni pre ah! Nicely done. Salamat sa tip on HDR. ma-experiment man ako sang akon. :)

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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-02-15 22:00]
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isa ka talagang Henyo Allan. Salamat at sa akin mo unang pinakita toh! LOL! Astig ang tones! Tfs


Hi Allan, very nice shot, good colours and compo.



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  • u2y Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 4 N: 42] (1172)
  • [2007-02-15 23:07]
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ang ganda, allan!
very colorful and sharp.. the composition is excellent... share naman ng software na nabanggit mo dito pag nagkitakits=)


Hi Allan,

Very nice shot with a good PP work. I like composition of this colorful landscape and the clouds in the sky... we don't know if it's going to rain or if we can rest on the grass...
Good work.
Best regards

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  • bones Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 5 N: 72] (1081)
  • [2007-02-16 1:02]
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Mr Allan Barredo

What can I say.. This is great.

The compositional work between the sky and the rice fields..What a ballance. The sky really makes this shot even more. The colours are nice and rich. Well controlled exposure.


Great HDR image you have here Allan! Rich tones and colors although I think it's a little bit unnatural and looks surreal.

Although the composition is good, I think there is still room for improvement. Going down a little bit and showing some of the rice plants as a foreground element could add a little bit of depth to the composition. Nothing personal, just an opinion...

Thanks for sharing! :-)

Orlando Arcelao Jr.

Beautiful textbook composition. My memory of rice fields is that the colour really does look like this! Lovely saturation of sky and perfect metering of the clouds too.
Great work my friend

Stunning coloring, good geometry but a bit boring landscape.

Hi Allan,

Very attractive image, the crisp/bright colours really pop out of the image. The white frame really embraces all the lucidity within the image... a real shame that such beautiful areas might not be around forever. The sky, and the field really work well together... how nice. :)


Hi Allan,
Excellent HDR photo my friend.
I like your awesome sky,clouds,colors,rice field,focus,sharpness,note and composition.TFS

Yes, I need such summer/spring shots. Fresh colors, and great blue sky with those cotton clouds. Well done. :) Vandana


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-02-17 23:33]
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Very nice image! So alive with the green of ricefields and animated cloudy sky! I like the pearly gray of cloud and the blue mountains at far. After a week passed far of my home, I come back with a winter storm... your photo makes me dream for the return of the beautiful days. Very well done! Annie

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2007-02-18 14:24]
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Very beautiful work Allan, I like your composition, the colours... and that little house under the tree there... that makes the shot, as well as the amazing cloud formation.

Well done to you.. and I just wonder these *vast housing projects* how far will they go!..they will eventually go to the next Asian town/country..very sad.

Cheers Dawn.

allan, nice composition. pwede na toh pang philippine magazine pre. impressive work. :)


Hi Allan,
Talking about beautiful field....
Wow! This one is a REALLY BEAUTIFUL field covered with an amazing "ceiling" of clouds.
Wonderful colors, sharpness and detail.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1627 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-03-01 3:27]

Hello Allan,

Great landscape shot you have here, love the colours, excellent cpatured of the dramatic clouds, gorgeous green, great sharpness and contrast, well done my friend, thanks for sharing


un autre ciel magnifique !!! Beau vert de l'herbe, aussi !

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