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Old Nov 4, 2005, 7:50 AM   #1
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A friend of mine in Colorado once told me she missed the Fall colors in Michigan, so every year since then, I've tried to get a shot with a little of everything to send to her. So here is this year's Make Wendy Homesick shot, taken one street west and a few blocks north of my house shortly after 4 PM a couple of days ago.

(Too bad I couldn't move the house out of the shot temporarily...)
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Old Nov 4, 2005, 2:57 PM   #2
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This would be a great shot for HDR blending. I like the light and colors of the background, but the foreground trees are just a little too underexposed for me. Be great if you could blend in an exposure for the foreground. Wonderful colors though, she'll be very homesick.

ps.. i don't think the house is a big deal, kinda adds that "here's the trees in your old neighborhood" feel to it.
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Monroe Michigan ! ! !

Back in the sixties Michigan had a lower age for getting marriedand we use to call it the "Marriage Capital of Ohio" I witnessed three marriages there. (That's a total of six idiots) Not one of them lasted... No reflection on Monroe. Pretty town. Nice shot.

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Nice natural setting shot and the use of the trees in framing this shot adds to some nice depth.

Could go nuts on some saturation but it would take away from the natural beauty you captured here.

I can see you do a nice job of keeping on with the "homesickness" feeling.
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Monroe Michigan ! ! !

Back in the sixties Michigan had a lower age for getting marriedand we use to call it the "Marriage Capital of Ohio" I witnessed three marriages there. (That's a total of six idiots) Not one of them lasted... No reflection on Monroe. Pretty town. Nice shot.

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Hahahahaaa! I didn't know that! (And thank you for the comment.)

My wife and I were married in the Monroe County Courthouse, but we were 24 and 23 respectively. She was from Ohio, though!
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Old Nov 7, 2005, 6:10 AM   #6
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This would be a great shot for HDR blending. I like the light and colors of the background, but the foreground trees are just a little too underexposed for me. Be great if you could blend in an exposure for the foreground. Wonderful colors though, she'll be very homesick.

ps.. i don't think the house is a big deal, kinda adds that "here's the trees in your old neighborhood" feel to it.
Yes, I've played with different gamma levels and if I get the darker trees looking right, the lighter ones are too light and the colors don't look that vivid.The only editing software I have are IrfanView and Ulead's iPhoto Plus (little app that fits on a floppy--came with my first scanner, written for Win3.x/95, doesn't support file names >8 characters) and its successor (which I can't remember the name of since I hardly ever use it). I don't think any of those could blend two versions of the photo.

I just wish it was MY house in the picture! Thanks for the good words. (Wendy loved the picture.)
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Nice natural setting shot and the use of the trees in framing this shot adds to some nice depth.

Could go nuts on some saturation but it would take away from the natural beauty you captured here.

I can see you do a nice job of keeping on with the "homesickness" feeling.
The framing was as much accidental as deliberate--fortunately, it works. The only way I could get all the colorful trees in the shot without getting more "house" was to get further back and zoom in, and the "framing" trees just happened to be where they should be. I tried a little more saturation but it looked kind of artificial, and the scene had enough going for it as it was.

Thank you for the comment. I do what I can; she was in my 4th Grade class and I had a huge crush on her since then, but didn't manage to speak to her until our 20-year high school reunion in 2000. (We were both very shy.)
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the problem with this photo is that you captured such beautiful color that she will like it too much, become too homesick, and then be sad.... :blah:

j/k.. :?
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She could tell her employer she needs to research wireless network opportunities in southeastern Michigan. :G
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I love the way the dark colors and lines of the trees in front are a natural frame for the picture. Good job!

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