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Mesquite Flat Dunes, Sunrise
Black-and-white detail.

Death Valley National Park, California-- July 1996

Many thanks to SP member Kenneth.alone for correcting the scratches on this picture and thereby making it look much nicer.


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Voted 10/10

great eye & photo.
Posted Oct 26, 2006 1:00 am

Bob SihlerRe: Beautiful!

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Thank you!
Posted Oct 26, 2006 10:52 pm



Voted 10/10

Didn't see this shot yet! Beautiful!
Posted Nov 9, 2006 11:19 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Wow

Bob Sihler

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Thanks! That one really took off, to my surprise.
Posted Nov 9, 2006 11:50 pm



Voted 10/10

abstract image!
Posted Nov 23, 2006 1:54 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Impressive...

Bob Sihler

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Thank you, Sajama. I like to play with shadows when I can, and this one seemed made for it. I'm glad you liked the shot.
Posted Nov 23, 2006 3:06 pm

tuntunSimply beauty


Voted 10/10

Beautiful enough. And wonderful too. I like it.. :) :) :)
Posted Dec 6, 2006 8:38 am

Bob SihlerRe: Simply beauty

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Thank you!
Posted Dec 6, 2006 11:15 pm

pcirani@tiscali.itI like....


Voted 10/10

This picture! Compliments! Paolo
Posted Mar 27, 2007 3:13 pm

Bob SihlerRe: I like....

Bob Sihler

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Thank you very much! You have some very nice pictures yourself!
Posted Mar 27, 2007 10:10 pm



Voted 10/10

Very nice. :)
Posted Dec 18, 2007 11:35 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Artistic

Bob Sihler

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Thank you; I love the effects of shadows on dunes.
Posted Dec 19, 2007 6:50 pm

tanyaRe: Artistic


Voted 10/10

I have never thought about trying to get the shadows. I will keep that in mind next time I am at the dunes. :)
Posted Dec 19, 2007 10:39 pm

VaughnHMy respects


Voted 10/10

to the photographer.
Posted Jan 6, 2008 11:08 am

Bob SihlerRe: My respects

Bob Sihler

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Thank you!
Posted Jan 6, 2008 4:17 pm

Kenneth.aloneWell found...

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Unique enough to stand out of the masses. I like it a lot, i gave it a seven hoping you might clean up some of the scratches on it, increase the shadow contrast a little and remove the colours!
Good photo already though, maybe great...
Posted Apr 2, 2008 4:45 am

Bob SihlerRe: Well found...

Bob Sihler

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Thank you for both the compliments and the constructive criticism. I appreciate the explanation. The photo is a scan of a film print and loses some of the sharpness and contrast as a result (this photo was also from before I had a red filter). I might pull out the original print and use my image editor to make the contrast match the original, but I probably won't make the contrast stronger than the original, as I like to keep what I get and strive to do better with the camera rather than use the computer to get better results. I'm not being a purist, as I will use filters and control the aperture and shutter, but I prefer to do the work before the shot, not after it.

I would love to do something about the scratches, but I don't have a program that will let me do that (or I don't know how to use it if I do). I actually sometimes consider deleting this photo because of the scratches, which really stand out to me and detract from the image.

What colors do you mean?
Posted Apr 2, 2008 8:47 am

Kenneth.aloneMesquite flat with scratches removed

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Hello Bob,
here is the URL to your your image with the scratches removed.


Of course, i left all of the colours and contrast levels the same, just the scratches.
It is possible to replace the old image with this one without losing it's score or comments, there is help with that in the forums should you decide to do that.

Just maximize the image here by clicking on it and then right click and select "save image as" and then decide where you want it to go and you can then do what you like with it.

Just let me know when you have the photo and i'll delete it.
If for some reason the image doesn't come through feel free to e-mail me personally and i'll send it to your personal address.
Anyway, Hope it helps.

Posted Apr 2, 2008 10:13 am

Bob SihlerRe: Mesquite flat with scratches removed

Bob Sihler

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It's done now. Thank you very much. the picture looks so much better now!

What program do you use? I really might have to get something like this to clean up other scanned images.

Thank you again.
Posted Apr 2, 2008 11:03 am

Kenneth.aloneNo problem...

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i used Adobe Photoshop CS3. It is the best of them but the price tag is awful. You might be able to find a free and legal version of corel's paintshop pro. They give the older versions away on their site and it will do the job just as well.
I deleted the page, have a good one, Kenneth
Posted Apr 2, 2008 11:09 am

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