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Bob Ross Memento by duncan-blues Bob Ross Memento by duncan-blues
A picture taken during my late-summer vacation to Sweden this year.

The outcome reminded me of some paintings by Bob Ross
"...and a happy little boat lives over there"



Technical:

The picture is an HDR photography, assembled from four individually exposed pictures of the same scene, taken with my Konica Monolta DiMAGE A2 on a tripod.
The images were first developed from RAW using Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop Elements 5, then denoised using "NeatImage Pro+" to reduce the grainyness in the darker parts of the picture, then fed to Photomatix 2.5.4 as 16 bit TIFF files, turned into an HDR file and then tonemapped and saved again as 16 bit TIFF file.
Back in Elements 5, the resulting picture was cleaned up a second time, brightness- and tone-adjusted, touched up and finally saved as 8 bit JPEG file.
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mking600 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
for a minute i thought that you painted it i was like :
OMG THAT IS AMAZING
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Mehu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful. Makes me want to go north and live in the wilderness, like a hermit!
Whereabouts in Sweden was this? I'm a swede, so I'm just curious where you found this cozy spot =P
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hej!

Den vackra plats finns här:

60°16'47.02"N 13°51'17.13"E

;)
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Mehu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, danke danke, ich muss da irgendwann zu gehen. Ich lasse etwas da für Sie zu finden, wenn Sie zurückkommen! ;)
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FuchsiaBud Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I know exactly what you mean about the "...and a happy little boat lives over there"
...... nice one! :D Beautiful shot btw...
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Bob Ross was a quite unique fellow, wasn't he? :D

Thanks for commenting!
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FuchsiaBud Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes yes! I always watched his program on TV! :D He is an outstanding painter as well!

No problem... you really caught a unique picture! :)
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zaz14ispottermad Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Student Photographer
CONGRATULATIONS
YOU HAVE JUST BEEN FEATURED IN MY JOURNAL
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CONGRATS ON SUCH A STUNNING PIECE OF ART
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the3godfathersteve Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
if you like sunrises and sunset pictures come on in our club :iconsunriseandsunsetclub:
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Kimmers-Rule Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Beautiful, takes my breath away. You captured the true beauty of the area.
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!

Hoping to travel to that area again this year.
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Prismatic-Prince Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Very cool. Thanks for the note of the process. I want to get into HDR Photography one day.
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avator Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
Wow, seriously beautiful colors on that picture. Good shot!
Bob Ross is grand :)
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KefiraDalila Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Ummm....

This is beautiful.
So beautiful I almost want to cry.
I'm sorry I have nothing intelligent to say.

Mostly I took a closer look at it because Bob Ross was in the title, and Bob Ross is a total bad ass.

But this is an amazing photo.
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yokopoko Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
oh, I'm a big fan of Bob Ross :aww:
and your photo really reminds of his paintings :D
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diaphanousglass999 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
This picture is so amazing. The lense flare is a little much, but otherwise it's absolutely gorgeous. I love the boat and how old it looks.
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, the lens flare is very prominent but I couldn't help it. The picture was shot right at the sun and so the lens hood was no use.
Effectively reducing or even removing it in Photoshop wouldn't be an easy task.
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uh Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Student Photographer
awesome job...that neat image pro is it any worth it?
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
If you are having problems with digital camera noise, then Neat Image is a great weapon against it.
There are several versions of it, depending on wether you need 16 bit image processing or the photoshop plugin.
I'm very satisfied with it, even though I don't need it as much now with my new Alpha 700 camera compared to my old DiMAGE A2.
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uh Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Student Photographer
i will surely try the photoshop plugin! my casio ex-z75 isn't really great as much as i tell around...thanks for the tips!
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henksomething Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
wow, real nice
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for commenting!
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ElaineTheMain Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Student Photographer
dude.. how enchanting:faint:
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Alfa-Laval Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008   Photographer
Holy shit! I'm stunned 8|
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the comment!
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sicanya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
:wow: ..........
looks like a painting...
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coldsound Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
noch ein atemberaubend schönes photo^^
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:blush: *blush*
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DameDesReves Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
beautiful view
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serenity74 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
:wow: this is stunning :clap:
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I appreciate it! :)
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dd45 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow.... maybe that's why my snapshots look like... well, snapshots :lol:

damn fine picture! :D
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh thanks! :blush:

Well, if you invest days on end for posing a 3D scenery, more days setting up the right lighting and all and finally wait yet another day for the final high quality render, then I think you can invest 15 minutes set-up and photography plus an hour or two in postwork to get a high quality photography, don't you think? ;)
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dd45 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uhm, gimme a minute... i'm sure i can come up with a rational sounding excuse... erm, response. :lol:
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Touche'! :P
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elvish-fiend Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
wow, that is really beautiful! everything looks so real!!!

it sounds like an awful lot of work to make it...but i guess its worth it for something like this :D
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Errm, yeah, well... actually it IS real, it is - at least to some point - still a photography :D
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elvish-fiend Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
yeah, well thats what i mean. it looks too real to be a photograph :P
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
That's why HDR photography is sometimes referred to as "Hyperreal" :D
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kessalia Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh, I love the composition and colors. :D I do find the lens flares there a bit distracting, but with the sun there there's only so much you can do. *L*

my fav part is the reflection of the sky in the pool on the left.
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duncan-blues Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah the lens flare is a bit too strong for my taste too. I wouldn't mind a gentle lens flare, I actually like them every now and then as long as they stay gentle and non-distracting.
I really have to try and re-create something like this with my new camera once I get the next chance for a vacation in Sweden.
I also should have made yet another very short-timed exposure of this shot to get a little structure into the bright blotch that is the sunset. Still I like the overall outcome of the picture very much.
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Janszoon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi duncan-blues,

very nice HDR-image. Cool!
I added your photo to my favourites.
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