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The Santa Maria Revisited
The Santa Maria Revisited
timfythetoo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Take Two (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: Columbus OH
Date: Jun 4, 2006
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: .6 sec
Galleries: Transportation, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2006

So this is another variation on my Night Shot entry. I went downtown to take some more pics of this boat. I hung out from 8:30 til just after 10pm to take pics at different stages of sunset. This was one of the last shots I took. I didnt really go by many of the comments as they told me to crop out more stuff. I ended up leaving more in but my sky background made it ok in my opinion. No stupid kids on the boat this evening either so I was able to shoot the whole thing pretty much.

Post Process - Levels, hue and saturation adjustments, dodging and burning, layer mask with another levels adjustment, cloning, unsharpen mask, border, resize for web, Neat Image. After an auto levels adjustment I actually decreased the saturation in the sky. I was really surprised at how deep the blue color was. So glad this was advanced editing rather than basic.

Post Challenge - Thank you all for your votes and comments. I am so pumped to have my first 7+ shot and to be hanging with the images that surround me. Here is a copy of my original. 331869.jpg

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 161
Avg (all users): 7.0176
Avg (commenters): 8.2174
Avg (participants): 6.9545
Avg (non-participants): 7.0577
Views since voting: 3580
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 170
Comments: 52
Favorites: 17 (view)


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12/07/2006 01:36:24 AM
There is nothing i dislike about this picture. It is hard to tell where water stops and air begins. Good work!
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08/18/2006 07:19:53 AM
Wow this is spectacular, love the colours and reflection. Thanks for my comment.
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07/08/2006 08:27:13 AM
this is gorgeous!
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06/21/2006 12:54:34 PM
This is a very sweet image. The glow has an old comfortable feel to it and the technicals are perfect.
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06/18/2006 09:26:03 AM
This is a great image. I could kick myself every time I get an hour away from a shot and realize the conditions are better.

Message edited by author 2006-06-18 09:26:27.
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06/18/2006 07:25:14 AM
Hi from the Critique Club!

What a great image!

This image has an unreal quality to it, it's almost too perfect:)) Those wonderful glass like reflections are almost as though you slipped a mirror below the boat, as the water is so smooth and flawless.

The lighting too, gives an unreal feeling; it's as if you picked up the boat and put it in a studio, so that you could have complete control of the lighting and colour:)) There is a gorgeous balance to the intensity of the lighting - with the brightest light being on the boat in the middle of the image, and then it gradually fades in intensity as you move away from the middle, at both the top and bottom of the composition. The lighting on the upper masts and sails looks as though it has been painted in oils;)

The whole image creates a feeling of calm and serenity, and as others have said, it's practically flawless, so there is little more I can add;)
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06/17/2006 02:23:32 PM
Wow, congrats on the PB and 7+ with this great shot.

Slightly different format for Take Two...

Main critiques on original
brightness on right, more water reflection/detail, noisy sky, distracting bits (to be cropped out but you've just made them non-distracting)

What you've improved
Much better POV, without the teenagers to get in the way. Reflection really adds to it, and colours are more vibrant, without such noise.Because you've not had to crop in so tightly its compositionally much stronger. Also, maybe its just rfom the wider angle, but you've managed to avoid blowing out the brightest parts this time. Because the whole ship is in view, you've captured more of a sense of its grandeur, so it makes much more of an impact. Also, it avoids the clutteredness of the original.

Oh, and I much prefer this border, much neater imho.

What I prefer about the original
Whilst I love the reflection of the 2nd, I have to admit I prefer the position of where boat meets sea in the original - I think I'd like to see this one cropped to just below the porthole reflection

Overall, imho
Great work, you should be proud of it. Definitely deserved the score/placement, and its nice to see you do so well when I've seen the first photo and really can see the improvements.
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06/16/2006 09:13:41 PM
Trading post...
Congrats on the top 10 finish! I really liked the first shot, with the improvements it's really polished. The reflections are excellent. I would get this framed and hang it on the wall if I were you! Great job!
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06/16/2006 03:42:35 PM
[[trading post]]

great shot, and so much have improved from the previous shot.

I don't think anything could be done better.

and congratualations on your top 10 finish

Message edited by author 2006-06-25 08:26:04.
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06/14/2006 02:12:50 PM
Congratulations on your 7th place, Great shot!
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06/13/2006 09:35:48 PM
Congratulations on your top ten finish with this lovely rendition.
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06/13/2006 06:55:19 PM
--Trading Post Comment--

This shot is awesome! There is nothing more or less that I would do to it. Sorry there isn't more critique to offer, but this one is great just the way it is. It really is sitting there with some other great images...right up there where it should! Great work!
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06/13/2006 01:35:46 PM
The first one was pretty good, but this is awesome! You made all the right decisions (e.g. time of day, sky etc).
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06/13/2006 07:58:19 AM
Tremendous improvement on you first. This is very nice. Congrats.
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06/13/2006 07:17:16 AM
Congratulations on your top ten placing, Tim. This is a beautiful image, exactly the way it is.
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06/13/2006 06:48:59 AM
Dude - you got the 7+ score! No critique from me - just a congrats!
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06/13/2006 03:51:52 AM
Excellent score Tim.....Yes, you finally got the seven you deserved as I "LOVED" this image..... Well done, and now you have to try and and get some more sevens..... I know you can do it mate.....
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06/13/2006 02:11:32 AM
NIce job on your retake. I couldnt find the first version but i liked this one very much.
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06/13/2006 01:14:45 AM
Congrats on 7th Timmy...well done.
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06/13/2006 01:04:13 AM
Told ya.
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06/13/2006 12:40:30 AM
Amazing improvement! Congrats :D
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06/13/2006 12:22:58 AM
Congratulations on breaking that 7 barrier and on your new personal best Tim! This is really beautiful.
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06/13/2006 12:16:23 AM
Great job on a PB Tim!
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06/13/2006 12:14:56 AM
Wow! I did predict this one to ribbon! Congratulations on 7th place!
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06/13/2006 12:08:57 AM
WTG on a personal best timmy!
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06/13/2006 12:08:36 AM
Way to get the 7 man...awesome work
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06/13/2006 12:08:27 AM
Congratulations my friend on your top 10!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2006 11:28:15 PM
Back to comment, you have done a beautiful job with this. A definite improvement (you started out with a good original). You've managed to turn this into something that much more special by changing the composition, the addition of the lovely reflection and the lovely burst of color. Well done!
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06/12/2006 09:54:03 PM
Ah yeah!! This one is damn near flawless. It had better finish well.
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06/12/2006 09:11:53 PM
WOW! I think this has to be one of the best pictures I have ever seen on DPC! Great job! Bump b/c this is an awesome picture!
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06/12/2006 05:32:50 AM
Great... again :o) Liket the other one a littlebit better, but this one is a superb also... Good luck :o)
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06/11/2006 11:25:39 PM
I remember this one....SOOO MUCH better!!! 10 this time around!
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06/11/2006 01:46:25 PM
Very nicely done, Tim! Exposure is perfect and I love that the reflections are pristine. Well worth the re-shoot as evidenced by your hints on the score. I'm glad you got the angle and perspective you wanted this time!
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06/11/2006 09:31:02 AM
Great capture, not much I can say about improving this, maybee the lights on the left are a little distracting, but that is being exceedinly picky
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06/10/2006 07:58:09 PM
This is superb. A winner for sure.
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06/10/2006 12:47:24 PM
stunning 10 - your gona have to make this a print.
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06/09/2006 01:39:58 PM
Magic hour worked well here, great color.
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06/09/2006 01:37:32 PM
Good job Tim.
Looks like it was easier to shoot without tons of stupid teens in the shot (not that all teens are stupid - just the crowd on the boat in the previous shot)

Little bit of glare to the right of the anchor is distracting. Give you an 8 anyway.
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06/08/2006 09:48:59 PM
What a great reflection shot this is! Stunning!
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06/08/2006 03:46:50 AM
Hello Timmy! Now this is way better than the first one. The first shot was cropped to tightly. This shows the reflections which truly creates a dynamic image. Way better dude! (8)
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06/07/2006 04:07:27 PM
IMO, worthy of a 10.
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06/07/2006 02:47:23 PM
Nicely done.
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06/07/2006 06:58:28 AM
Now this one is going to take some beating, and surely will win a ribbon..... I don't know what color but I am giving you a "10" as I feel this is much better than the other one entered in a recent challenge.....
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06/06/2006 11:25:46 PM
Gorgeous image !!!
The reflection and tones are amazing.
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06/06/2006 06:47:05 PM
Ha, I was just wondering which was your's SJ. Nice shot. I love the gradient. I'm gonna comeback and compare the top shots to their originals. 7 for now.

Wait, this is Tim, not SJ...I'm back, yes, superior. The zoom out with the reflection adds a whole new dimension. The gradient sky is the best addition. bumping to 8
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06/06/2006 03:10:35 PM
Excellent color and compostiion.
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06/06/2006 02:52:01 PM
Wow nice shot!! Good reflections, rich color.
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06/06/2006 02:01:19 PM
Stunning. . .mirror reflection!! It's hard to imagine that this isn't better than your first one because this is better than anything :) Looks like a ribbon contender to me :)
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06/06/2006 12:35:32 PM
Very nice enough said.
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06/06/2006 09:26:59 AM
lovely light in this...well done
don't recall the original, but this looks fantastic and I hope you do well with this
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06/06/2006 01:05:14 AM
Very nice! Very colorful! 8
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06/06/2006 12:21:47 AM
That's a hell of a retake :-) I wish there was a tad more separation of rigging and sky at the top; in every other respect, it's close to perfection.
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