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Western Breeze by Drocan Western Breeze by Drocan
Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington

"Fall" in my four-part series, "Seasons," viewed in full here:
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erysimum55 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
This is just wonderful - and my favorite of the four. Great job!
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Kyasarin131 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous, and does a fantastic job of capturing Western's campus at night. On a side note, I can see my dorm!
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Drocan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Student General Artist
So either Nash or Higginson, I'm guessing?
I was in Mathes last year when I took the picture. I'm an off-campus junior now.
Glad you like it. Take a peek at the other three in the series, as well, [link] if you liked it.
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Kyasarin131 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Higginson :3 I really like it here, though three weeks isn't a whole lot of time to get a feel for a new place.
I'll take a look soon!
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stasher-dragon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Certain photos evoke memories of certain feelings in me. (kind of like how the smell of suntan lotion suddenly transports you to a sunny beach) This is definitely one of those photos, especially since it shows so much of the ground. I don't know what it is, but I just love this photo.
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Drocan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot. I really appreciate it. I've actually got pretty big plans for this one, although they won't come to fruition for another few months yet.
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TTL-Photoworks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009   Photographer
Featured here - [link]

Have a great day! :boogie:
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StormOwlArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa! how did I miss this photo?! Very beautiful toning in this one. I'm not actually sure how to describe it but it feels 'very real' as though I could feel the air around it, warm and yet humid or something...I really love warm tones :heart:
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Drocan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Student General Artist
I've actually got big plans for this one. I shan't say more.
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StormOwlArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:excited: can't wait to see!
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mydecember90 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
very vibrant !! real hdr!
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WaterboyBHS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
very cool shot, how did you get that shot? edits?
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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Student General Artist
HDR
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ice-deathrunes Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
very cool. it had just recently rained, or was partly foggy for a while wasn't it? i love the vibrant red of the leaves on the tree.
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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Both are correct, and thank you.
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ice-deathrunes Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
you are very welcome. it's a lovely image, and it makes me smile. lol. the reds and oranges give it a very warm feel but the area around with its wet streets give it a very cool feel. i can almost smell the damp leaves.
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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks for the specifics. It helps a lot.
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ice-deathrunes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
hey no worries i do what i can. glad to be of use.
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TheClaudia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
... Shiite. Love the focus on the leaves in the foreground. If anything it could use a little more dof, but the tone is awesome and yeah, :+fav: .
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DNAA558 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Dang, that's all i can say
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silent-pirate Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I really like this one, the color looks fantastic. I like the low viewpoint, very nice. :)
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Valros Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student Writer
Yeah Tommy's full of it, color is the way to go. The best "fix" would have been to do a depth-of-field to block out the trees in the background, one of which looks like it's on fire. But otherwise I really like the high-contrast orange-and-black.
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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student General Artist
And it's bad when things are on fire?
Yeah, from what I gather I could just fiddle with settings some.
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AShoreNeverReached Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
wow. really awesome! the colors are really vivid! the only problem is, it's a little grainy.

what shutter speed were you set at?
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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student General Artist
It was a pretty low one. I used a tripod, bracketed and then HDR edited. Not sure of the exact number, though.
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AShoreNeverReached Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
how exactly do you put all the photos together for HDR? i tried it last night and failed miserably!
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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Are you using Photomatix? I've used Photoshop's as well, but it's usually a lot more time consuming and doesn't make it quite as highly dynamic. When it comes to Photomatix techniques, it's different for each picture. I could give general techniques if you like, though.
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AShoreNeverReached Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
naw, ive never even heard of photomatix. ive been using photoshop...
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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh, alright. Photoshop works, but it's a very complicated process that just involves a lot of fiddling, and it won't give you the same effect anyway.
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AShoreNeverReached Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
mm, fiddlesticks.

i'd really like to learn, but i just dont have to time to sit down and play around with it anymore.
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geohazard Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I rather like the warm tones.

Going against my usual paradigm, I advise against going b&w. It would change the whole feel of the photograph (but of course, by all means experiment with levels & curves in b&w)

When you are shooting at night, try experimenting with f-stops and low shutter speed combinations in order to get rid of the noise (graininess).

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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student General Artist
The noise is something I could have tried to reduce a bit, but you're right, the red provided a color tone that really changed the tone of the picture, so I'm happy with that. But yes, I'll try experimenting more next time I have the chance.
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Achillies875 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009   Photographer
re-shoot that.
get a ';pod, set up a really really long exposure at 100ISO or lower.try it at like 30 seconds f/whatever, then like 15 seconds, 10 seconds, 5 seconds, etc. test around and you'll get the best brightness/darkness contrast.

oh and change to B&W (gets rid of orange)
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Drocan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student General Artist
I can't quite reshoot since the leaves aren't on the ground any more, but I can retry the location if I find the chance.
However, the orange is what makes the picture stand out in my opinion, and basically emphasizes the fall atmosphere. But I'll do my best to try some different setting when recreating it. Since I'm reshooting in winter though, B&W would probably be the better choice.
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FallenPrince-Of-Hell Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot & nice tone
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