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nrulkov


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Challenge: Stock Photography II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: San Diego
Date: Mar 20, 2005
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Panoramic, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2005

Picture is taken at Torrey Pines Gliderpoint using polarizer filter.

Adjustment of levels (automatic)
Dodged clouds, canopy and waves
Unsharp mask
Cloned out a few small gliders in the background and a couple of bright rocks on the cliff.
Sharpened the edge of the cliff.

Neat Image is not used.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 258
Avg (all users): 7.8139
Avg (commenters): 8.6061
Avg (participants): 7.5603
Avg (non-participants): 8.2111
Views since voting: 18870
Views during voting: 427
Votes: 231
Comments: 74
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03/31/2005 09:58:22 PM
Artyste,
Thanks for the detailed review. I agree with most of your criticism, especially on dodging. Nikolai
03/31/2005 11:59:11 AM
Beautful balance of light and colors awsome photo congrats on the blue..
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03/31/2005 03:47:00 AM
Hello, and greetings from the Critique Club.

Initial Thoughts

#1: Oh great.. I get to critique a blue ribbon winner.. eeek
#2: A good photo and a fun moment, but a little too distant and hard to make out at first glance.

Composition/Content

I'm about as far from an expert on landscape composition as they come, but I do notice a few things about this photo that stand it out. The line of the waves does a great job of leading you into the photo, and up to the para-glider. In fact, all the lines in this photo help to bring your focus onto the para-glider and offer a nice sweeping dynamic. My first reaction is that the paraglider itself seems to be an after-thought and almost a distraction, but He/She certainly adds an extra element when you sit and view it for awhile. The likeness of the sail with the clouds and waves is a nice touch.

Background

The horizon and sweeping clouds make for a good dynamic, and the infinite DOF really works.

Camera Work/Technical

Exposure is really nice for a sunny day, and I expect you under-exposed in order to do post work. Focus seems a *little* soft to me in many areas, but I suspect the dodging might be the culprit there. I'm personally not too keen on the vignetting I can notice around the border of the image, which in my eyes really causes your dodge work to stand out a touch more than it maybe should have.

Digital Processing

For me, the dodging was just a little bit too strong. It's caused more of a soft-focus on areas where I would have liked to see it a bit sharper. The cliffs especially seem to fade into each other because of this. I like the effect it had on the waves and the sail though. Your clone work was nice, I can't tell at all where any of the cloned-out objects were. One problem I noticed with dodging too, is that when it does soften an image, it's practically impossible.. (with my knowledge of post-processing), to get that sharpness back. While I have touched on the fact that softness is something that bugs me a bit here, I have to say that you did a good job in not having it *too* soft, and then in not over-sharpening it after the fact.

Fits the Challenge

I'd say it's a pretty strong candidate for Stock Photography. It's got a good mass appeal.. (scenery and sporting), and could belong in any of a thousand publications. Apparently, others agree with me. heh.

My Opinion on the Photograph

I'm not overly impressed with the post-produced "look" of this photo, but for the challenge and in general, it's a great photo that people are going to like. Good job, congratulations on your blue ribbon, and happy shooting.

Message edited by author 2005-03-31 12:19:09.
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03/29/2005 11:00:42 PM
Originally posted by larushka:

My daughter goes to school opposite this place (UCSD) I have taken some great shots of the hanggliders but nothing like this! Seems like this a hangout for Rebel/300D users! I'm especially glad to note that you used the kit lens for this picture - there is so much controversy over this lens' capabilities - I keep thinking I need to spend more money on L lenses, but this winning picture has changed my mind...


I also keep thinking about buying a better lens. The optics in the kit lens seems to be good enough for my level, but due to shaky mechanics the lens does not appear to me as a precise optical device. I do not think my picture will do a right thing if it prevents you from getting the lens of your dream.

Thanks again for the great comments to all of you, Nikolai

03/29/2005 09:06:57 PM
Congrats on the Blue Ribbon Nikolai.
Shame Southern California has so much to offer huh?
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03/29/2005 08:43:26 PM
I think its just fine.I have photographed their 2003.Their is a lot going on its worth going.The small image dosnt do the photo justice.
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03/29/2005 08:37:43 PM
very nice photo
amaizing colors
fantastic sky
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03/29/2005 08:03:24 PM
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Message edited by author 2005-07-11 21:11:59.
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03/29/2005 01:49:12 PM
Exciting and Beautiful!!!!
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03/29/2005 09:04:18 AM
Excellent!
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03/29/2005 04:28:13 AM
My daughter goes to school opposite this place (UCSD) I have taken some great shots of the hanggliders but nothing like this! Seems like this a hangout for Rebel/300D users! I'm especially glad to note that you used the kit lens for this picture - there is so much controversy over this lens' capabilities - I keep thinking I need to spend more money on L lenses, but this winning picture has changed my mind...
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03/28/2005 09:02:25 PM
Congrats on the blue .Great shot
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03/28/2005 08:29:57 PM
Thanks to all of you for your great comments and high scores. This is my first ribbon.

Nikolai
03/28/2005 06:03:50 PM
Congratulations on your fantastic image. It's really awesome.
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03/28/2005 05:28:25 PM
Congratulations on your Blue with this magnificent shot!
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03/28/2005 05:02:14 PM
amazing capture! I know this place =)
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03/28/2005 03:08:53 PM
What an amazing shot. Congratulations on your welldeserved ribbon! And the extremely high score to go with it too :)
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03/28/2005 02:32:50 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon, Nikolai! You now have the highest-scoring shot ever for the Canon Digital Rebel, a title that I held for all of one week (gee, thanks). It's amusing to note that I stood in the very same spot at Torrey Pines just last month. ;-)

Message edited by author 2005-03-28 14:35:29.
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03/28/2005 02:19:03 PM
Beautiful image. Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
This is a wonderful capture...and let's hear it for the kit lens! Hooray!
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03/28/2005 11:12:45 AM
This is a fantastic shot! Congrats on the well deserved blue. I love everything about it.
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03/28/2005 10:24:04 AM
The lens is Canon EFS 18-55mm which comes with Canon EOS-300D Rebel kit. Focal length for this shot was 18mm.

Originally posted by focus:

Which lens were you using? It appears taken through a fisheye.
03/28/2005 09:27:37 AM
Which lens were you using? It appears taken through a fisheye.
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03/28/2005 08:24:31 AM
Beautiful!!! Congrats on your first ribbon as well. The white sail contrasts nice with the blue sky, much better than a colored sail would.
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03/28/2005 08:22:44 AM
Just fantastic. Congratulations!
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03/28/2005 07:22:31 AM
Excellent!
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03/28/2005 05:09:41 AM
Originally posted by Philos31:

It looks so silky, did you use NI?


Well my question is answerd :-)
It still looks nice and silky. Congratulations.
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03/28/2005 02:17:13 AM
YEAH!!! I Gave it a TEN!!! AWESOME!! Best shot!:)
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03/28/2005 02:06:03 AM
Congratulations ! Great picture, well deserved ribbon !
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03/28/2005 01:54:52 AM
im speechless..this is flawless....congrats
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03/28/2005 01:43:11 AM
Beautiful picture of the "paraglider" and surroundings! Please tell us what flight site this is taken at.
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03/28/2005 01:31:16 AM
wow - this is one beautiful photograph - i am impressed. The picture without the skydiver alone is perfect, but the skydiver just adds more interest and makes it that much better!
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03/28/2005 01:17:12 AM
Congrats!
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03/28/2005 12:59:07 AM
WOW. Congratulations. This was my favorite, well done.
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03/28/2005 12:38:08 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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03/28/2005 12:18:09 AM
Oh WOW! congrats on your ribbon
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03/28/2005 12:16:02 AM
Congrats on the blue Nikolai! well done!
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03/28/2005 12:09:01 AM
Congrats!!
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03/28/2005 12:02:43 AM
And the image continues to sing, "Buy me<" as i mentioned in my original comment.

Outstanding and congratulations to you on this highly deserved image which shines like a diamond.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2005 06:13:19 PM
It looks so silky, did you use NI?
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03/27/2005 02:57:54 PM
What an awesome sky. The surfline leading in from hte lower left is very nice compositionally. I want to see the paraplane a bit closer. Maybe a bit tighter crop?
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03/27/2005 10:18:36 AM
My absolute favorite in the challenge! 10
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03/27/2005 02:26:18 AM
Beautiful!
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03/27/2005 12:40:38 AM
This is gorgeous! Great exposure.
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03/26/2005 09:47:25 AM
Fantastic photo.
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03/26/2005 01:21:23 AM
great shot, congrats!
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03/25/2005 09:58:04 PM
A perfect flight and a perfect 10 in my book
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03/25/2005 08:40:09 PM
Wow! Looks so unreal! Great job!!! 10
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03/25/2005 04:13:00 AM
Gets a ten from me, very slick, nice work, wonderful contrast, will sell well.
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03/25/2005 03:27:04 AM
I love the lines of the Clouds and the water breaking and the Paraglider .. Superb picture .. well done
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03/24/2005 10:28:36 PM
Beautiful photo, gorgous rich colors...nicely done!
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03/24/2005 09:37:42 PM
Whoa, just loved this photo! Brings out the adventurer in anyone looking at it and the scene is just magnificant
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03/24/2005 07:41:46 PM
Good shot, maybe too much neatimage?
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03/24/2005 10:35:01 AM
A perfect image...10!!!
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03/23/2005 01:48:23 PM
Wow!
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03/23/2005 01:06:14 PM
love the blues
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03/23/2005 08:19:51 AM
Great photo, the sky is incredible.
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03/23/2005 01:01:03 AM
Nice colors. The sky and ocean to the left seem a bit too dark.
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03/23/2005 12:10:57 AM
Beautiful. I like the colors; like the composition,like the detail in the foreground. The clouds are cool, too.
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03/22/2005 11:54:37 PM
attracting tourists :) 8
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03/22/2005 08:37:38 PM
Gorgeous shot... belongs on a postcard! One of those 'wish you were here' postcards. :-)
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03/22/2005 11:56:07 AM
Beautiful!!!
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03/22/2005 12:10:59 AM
Added to my favorites, I love anything that reminds me of California. This picture makes me want to get back on the plane and come back. Actually, yeah, I'm going, see ya!
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03/21/2005 11:37:58 PM
returning for comments:
This image sings buy me, buy me. Good work.
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03/21/2005 11:36:57 PM
Great composition, color, and theme. Super stock shot!
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03/21/2005 05:29:13 PM
WOW!! 10
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03/21/2005 04:07:00 PM
I could just sit at this very same spot at look at this for the whole day!
Unique take on the theme! Great job!
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03/21/2005 01:18:58 PM
Wow! What else can you say. It's just gorgeous! 10
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03/21/2005 11:49:25 AM
Awesome! Good color.
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03/21/2005 09:41:26 AM
Superb! Great contrast, the composition is beautiful, and the sky has helped you a lot here. Maybe a little more depth, the foreground looks a tiny bit soft. But that hangglider really adds up as well.
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03/21/2005 09:24:15 AM
Beautiful
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03/21/2005 05:23:43 AM
10. The range of colors and the excellent stop action of the para sail (paraglider?) makes this a winner.
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03/21/2005 03:26:27 AM
Stop the clock I want to be there.
10
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03/21/2005 12:47:02 AM
wow! Im stunned.
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03/21/2005 12:08:25 AM
Very dramatic.
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