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Asphalt Abstract

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
 
Asphalt Abstract
Asphalt Abstract
Nikkor 80-200mm, 1/20 sec at F2.8.
© Heather K. McFarland
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Patricia Marroquin
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    Oh, this is gorgeous Heather! Love the colors and the crisscross patterns. Nice work!


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6/17/2003 8:00:15 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Very good, Heather!! Super catch!!


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Conrad L. Conero
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Well, the 2 adjectives I was going to use, gorgeous and super, have already been taken, so I'll just second them!
Conrad
(PS I predict this will be in the finals.)


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Jean Papo
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Yep, has Finalist written all over it, fantastic display of the beauty in the everday ordinary, brought to us thanks to Heather's keen eye!


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Murry Grigsby
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Wonderful design and colors, Heather. Creative use of rainy weather :0)


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Gail Stelick  

I liked this photo when it won POTD at the digital photo contest ... it's gorgeous!


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Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Great abstract, Heather. I like the cross, ziggy zaggy, colourful design.


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Claudia Kuhn
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Nice colors and pattern. You're always seeing these great everyday things!


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Sharon E. Lowe
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Absolutely love it!! I know this will be a winner!


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Carol Brill
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Marvelous balance with the blue in the middle and brighter colors outside, what an original composition! You have a great eye for details.


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Debbie S.
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WOW!!! Awesome image...Love the lush, wet colors and patterns...was there any PS used?


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Jean Papo
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Heather, I too am dying to know the conditions under which you shot this, and whether or not you used any enhancement in PS...it's so cooool!


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Heather K. McFarland
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Thank you for your wonderful comments everyone. They are appreciated. Yes..after 5 straight days of rain a couple weeks ago I had to find something to shoot. So I went looking for neon lights reflecting on pavement and this is what I found.

As for post processing here it is -

1) I rotated a little
2) cropped a bit tighter
3) applied tone curve adjustment
4) removed some red color cast from the WB setting I used
5) used fred mirandas PS action - FM intensities to boost the saturation.
6) and last...sharpening

Here is a link to the original so you can see the differences.

http://www.digitalphotocontest.com/photodisplay.asp?photoid=496002


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Jean Papo
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Heather, thanks so much for sharing this information! You have really created a masterpiece, and it's very interesting to see how you did it!


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Patricia Marroquin
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Congratulations, Heather!


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7/7/2003 12:15:58 AM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison  

A beauty as always! Congrats and good luck!


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7/7/2003 4:14:19 AM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Congrats, Heather - and good luck.


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7/7/2003 5:07:35 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congrats, Heather!


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7/7/2003 5:08:06 AM

 
Debbie S.
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Congrats Heather...this is a SURE winner!!


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7/7/2003 5:51:18 AM

 
Jean Papo
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Congratulations, Heather, and GOOD LUCK on this winning photo!!!


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7/7/2003 6:33:31 AM

 
Conrad L. Conero
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Congrats, Heather. Guess I'm a better judge than photographer. :)
Conrad


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7/7/2003 8:08:47 AM

 
Serena Pierce  

Beautiful shot Heather, Congratulations!!


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7/7/2003 8:33:40 AM

 
Wolfgang Dolak  

Congratulations, Heather!
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7/7/2003 10:21:58 AM

 
LJ Corliss
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Congrats to you :)


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7/7/2003 5:33:42 PM

 
Scott Emmons  

Beautiful image. Very well done.


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7/7/2003 7:16:02 PM

 
June Marie Sobrito
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A stunner! Congratulations!!


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7/9/2003 2:52:34 PM

 
Debbie S.
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YEA!!!!!!!!!! A well deserved 1st place...Congrats Heather!!!!


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7/14/2003 4:34:15 PM

 
Serena Pierce  

Conratulations Heather!! Truly stunning!


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7/14/2003 4:43:25 PM

 
Gabriela Cunha  

congratulations!
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7/14/2003 4:43:54 PM

 
Dolores Neilson
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Many congratulations on your well deserved first place win, Heather!


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7/14/2003 5:04:52 PM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Congratulations on your win.


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7/14/2003 5:08:16 PM

 
Patrick Campbell
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Congrats on your big win Heather! You have a fine talent for making art out of the ordinary things around us....Pat


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7/14/2003 6:28:56 PM

 
Patrick Campbell
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Congrats on your big win Heather! You have a fine talent for making art out of the ordinary things around us....Pat


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7/14/2003 6:29:26 PM

 
Jean Papo
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Congratulations, Heather, on your fantastic photo!


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7/14/2003 6:31:06 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congratulations on your well deserved first place win! Beautiful image!


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7/14/2003 7:25:52 PM

 
Connie L. Carpenter
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Congratulations, Heather... wonderful image.


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7/14/2003 7:48:05 PM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison  

I'm sure you can make anything looks beautiful, Heather! Great work from you as always! BIIIG congrats from me!


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7/15/2003 2:13:09 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Congrats on this well deserved win, Heather!


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7/15/2003 3:34:14 AM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats on a simply wonderful image, Heather! Very well done! Terry


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7/15/2003 5:34:08 AM

 
Bernard B. Travers  

Magnificent, Heather. Very well deserved. Congratulations.


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7/15/2003 7:21:15 AM

 
Michael S. McCook
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Another great Heather win. I almost always know one of your beautiful shots before I even see your name. Congrats on the win!


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7/15/2003 7:23:59 AM

 
Richard P. Morin  

Congratulations, a real beauty!!


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7/15/2003 8:07:43 AM

 
Monika Sapek
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Stunning colors and great patterns! Many congratulations on your another excellent win, Heather!
Monika


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7/15/2003 7:22:44 PM

 
Patricia Marroquin
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Congratulations, Heather! Such a gorgeous shot!


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7/15/2003 11:06:29 PM

 
Greg McCroskery
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Heather,
Congratulations on your well deserved First Place Award! You are blessed with a gift for discerning graphic color patterns. Keep up the great shooting!
God Bless,
Greg


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7/16/2003 4:30:18 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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What can I say, Heather, you have a gift for wonderful images! The design and colors are great. Well done!!


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7/17/2003 1:05:48 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Breathtaking!


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8/12/2003 4:39:18 AM

 
Rob Bishop
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First off, this is just a fantastic photo, and shows how keen your eye is for seeing images that most of us would miss.
January was my first contest since joining here in December. I was lucky enough to get a few finalist winners, and one second place. I am now looking at all the past winners, and just began viewing your gallery because of this. I am most impressed with your eye for catching graphic composition in the most normal situations. This is where I find myself going with my photography, and your images are a real inspiration.

Rob


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2/25/2004 1:36:32 PM

 
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