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Old Jan 31, 2007, 9:51 AM   #1
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This is a picture of the Balsams in Dixville Notch, NH. It is the site of the "First in the Nation Voting" for the presidential elections - usually less thean 20 voters. It is an all inclusive resort - lodging, food, golf (Donald Ross Championship course), clay tennis courts, skiing (downhall & cross country) and a lot of other activities. Conde Nast rated it one of the top 700 hotels in the world for 2007 - scoring 100% for food and 97% for service.
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 10:04 AM   #2
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This is another "postcard" of the Balsams. It is a collection of vignettes of various points of interest. I hope vignettes are acceptable. If not I won't post them again.
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 10:15 AM   #3
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Wow, that reflection is superb in the first shot only slightly marred by the ripples in the center. Can't imagine what it costs to stay at this five star hotel. May be my monitor but your shot seems a teensy bit light and perhaps need a smidge of saturation. Anyone else noting this?

I like your first postcard the best primarily because of the outstanding reflection.

Vignettes are allowed for this version of the challenge because of the postcard theme. Thanks for checking.

Hope you don't mind, please see my very quick and dirty edit to adjust contrast, saturation and sharpening.





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Old Jan 31, 2007, 1:36 PM   #4
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Your modification looks more like what my picture looked like on my monitor. I also was disappointed in the color when I posted. I should have gone back and adjusted it.

Thanks for your comments.
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 4:37 PM   #5
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Beautiful location. Your postcard makes me want to go there.

I was thinking the original post was a bit hazy. Selvin's edit really perked it up.

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Old Jan 31, 2007, 4:40 PM   #6
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The Balsam's...one of the few old wooden grand hotels in New England left. My husband spent some wonderful weekends there at chef's meeting....the food was always special.

I love the reflection shot..those red roof tops are signature!
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 4:41 PM   #7
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Yes. I agree. It looks much better.
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I like both of these - the vignette collection is SO much better than what I had been visualizing.
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Old Feb 1, 2007, 12:52 AM   #9
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That first image is a perfect post card. I like Selvin's editingand I find the original a bit over sharpened. The second oneis a good idea but theimage is too soft and the water makes it a bit too busy.
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