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A Clouds Ballet at Sunrise
1st PlaceA Clouds Ballet at Sunrise
AllenP


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sunrise/Sunset in Black and White (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
Location: Mono Lake, CA
Date: Mar 14, 2012
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100,1/25
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2012

2-shot HDR, one exposed for the sky and one for the foreground. The f/22 helped me to get a desirable sunburst.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 85
Avg (all users): 7.8099
Avg (commenters): 8.8421
Avg (participants): 7.4545
Avg (non-participants): 8.0130
Views since voting: 3398
Views during voting: 279
Votes: 121
Comments: 47
Favorites: 6 (view)


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03/29/2012 06:43:20 PM
I'd be interested in see what this looked like as a colored shot. Either way this was my pick for the blue... Awesome photo and congrats on the win. :)
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03/28/2012 09:41:07 PM
When I study any contest image I do not see borders. This image is a 10+. It displays the power of black and white handled with aplomb. Kudos!
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03/28/2012 12:06:44 PM
Originally posted by oldbimmercoupe:

border adds 100% black which hurts image due to midtones being dominant.


That is the very reason that borders in fact help the eyes to draw to the image. We must be seeing things quite differently, Mr. Border Police ;)
03/28/2012 12:05:16 PM
Originally posted by hahn23:

Magnificent sun star. I love the sky. The image could have been better had you allowed more shadows in the areas which would have been naturally in silhouette. By HDR illuminating so many normally dark areas to such a mid tone gray, it hurts the natural appearance. I don't mean you had to let all go to silhouette, but make you could have made the scene look more like what the human eye can see when looking into shadows against the sunshine.


Thanks, Richard, but when I was standing there, I was able to see those details to the same level of brightness that you see here. Since we only see one side of the photograph, we don't have the other side to compare it to. I am sure if the picture was taken sideways in such a way that we could see both the front and behind the tufas , we could see the tonal/brightness differences hence not having this issue. My point is, one has to see the difference in brightness to draw a conclusion like that, one side is not enough.

Message edited by author 2012-03-28 12:07:23.
03/28/2012 11:58:05 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

I don't like the balance of the photo but the clouds are a treat.


The balance is certainly fine. If you expand your horizons a little more, you will see it.
03/28/2012 12:35:10 AM
I don't like the balance of the photo but the clouds are a treat.
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03/25/2012 02:20:35 PM
Gorgeous Allen....I love the title too! It fits the image perfectly!!!
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03/24/2012 06:11:55 PM
THis was a 10 from me. Exceptionally well done, and I KNEW I recognized the location :-)
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03/23/2012 10:36:15 PM
Totally fabulous, Allen. I'm so glad this did well for you.
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03/23/2012 06:50:21 PM
beautiful shot, Allen, congrats!
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03/23/2012 02:11:02 PM
Beautiful Allen! Terrific control in that shadow side. Very nice.
Congrats!!! Much deserved.
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03/23/2012 12:07:50 PM
Stunning
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03/23/2012 11:36:05 AM
Originally posted by AlexSaberi:

great shot - did you use a tripod? ;-)


;)
03/23/2012 09:28:15 AM
What a stand out! Congrats.
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03/23/2012 07:05:51 AM
Super stuff,Congrats on the ribbon.
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03/23/2012 05:54:30 AM
great shot - did you use a tripod? ;-)
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03/23/2012 03:03:35 AM
Is this Mono? Deft touch on the processing.
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03/23/2012 02:39:14 AM
i had this top in my ranking loved the detail and clarity in it top work :)
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03/23/2012 02:24:27 AM
Awesome shot Allen- congrats!
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03/23/2012 02:20:16 AM
Brilliant stuff Allen, keep em coming.
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03/23/2012 01:40:47 AM
Congratulations on the blue. Fantastic shot - I love the sunburst, and the sky is fabulous.
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03/23/2012 12:52:23 AM
Fantastic shot....well deserving of the blue!
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03/23/2012 12:40:41 AM
Super congrats, Allen. Your blue ribbon is well deserved.
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03/23/2012 12:06:38 AM
Big Congrats Allen! A Spectacular image. Congrats on the Blue.
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03/23/2012 12:05:02 AM
Is this Mono Lake? Fabulous image, Allen. Congrats on the blue.
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03/23/2012 12:04:29 AM
Yes really spectacular in all ways, especially the sun rays, well deserved bluey.
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03/23/2012 12:04:18 AM
Congrats on the well deserved ribbon!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/22/2012 09:28:21 PM
beautiful 10 and my guess for a ribbon
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03/22/2012 06:10:44 PM
A great location wonderfully captured. My choice for the blue. 10.
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03/22/2012 02:11:28 PM
Ribbon!!! 10.
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03/21/2012 11:02:43 PM
Great sky; nice tones.
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03/20/2012 12:06:16 PM
Wow! The clouds are just awesome! Perfect exposure. Comp and PP are right on. expect this to be Top ten or better.
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03/20/2012 11:28:41 AM
Top 3
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03/19/2012 02:04:06 PM
Top 5 in my view.
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03/17/2012 08:06:45 PM
Magnificent shot. Love the detail here. And the cloud cover is perfect. Well done!!!
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03/17/2012 06:43:15 PM
Very nice setting for your sunris! Nice star effect of the sun, too. Is this an HDR composite? I ask because of the clouds near the top of the picture - either slow shutter or several exposures merged. I like that effect.
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03/17/2012 01:20:32 PM
Wonderful.
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03/17/2012 10:57:56 AM
Perfection!!!!
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03/17/2012 10:21:58 AM
A little less contrast and this is a 10. Incredible scene!
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03/16/2012 11:47:40 PM
A 9 from me... this is spectacular!
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03/16/2012 09:49:35 PM
This will do well.
eta: my choice for blue
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03/16/2012 04:33:04 PM
Front page.
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03/16/2012 02:19:59 PM
Dang... that's all I can say... how can I expect to win when it's against an image like this?! Excellent shot. I'm in awe.
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03/16/2012 11:09:23 AM
border adds 100% black which hurts image due to midtones being dominant.
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03/16/2012 10:05:04 AM
This is excellent.
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03/16/2012 09:00:11 AM
Magnificent sun star. I love the sky. The image could have been better had you allowed more shadows in the areas which would have been naturally in silhouette. By HDR illuminating so many normally dark areas to such a mid tone gray, it hurts the natural appearance. I don't mean you had to let all go to silhouette, but make you could have made the scene look more like what the human eye can see when looking into shadows against the sunshine.
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03/16/2012 01:00:26 AM
I see a ribbon in your future. Beautiful Flare. Beautiful Capture.
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