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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Favorite Challenge Entries
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Yosemite, Peeler Lake
Date: Aug 10, 2006
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 30s
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Aug 16, 2006

3:30 a.m. Laying awake on my thermarest. Got up to answer nature's call and this scene presented itself. Full moon was up providing nice illumination for the trees and rocks, and the sky was still dark enough to register the stars nicely. This is one of my favorites and i predict a decent showing, even in a tough challenge. HOpefully 6.3+, just so i can add a fresh pic to my top 6!

Crop to center tree in frame.

Use a couple of layers, one with NI to remove some noise in the upper half only.
Adjust curves in the blue channel to strengthen blue cast.
Some dodge/burn to darken BG mountain and lighten areas of the reflection. Dodge some individual stars to give them a little pop!
Burn in edges in top part of frame to focus attention towards the tree.

Bump global saturation and contrast.

Here is the original with autolevels applied and resized for web.portfolio_edit.php?IMAGE_ID=393823

Statistics
Place: 69 out of 684
Avg (all users): 6.3173
Avg (commenters): 7.7059
Avg (participants): 6.3448
Avg (non-participants): 6.1957
Views since voting: 1599
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 249
Comments: 22
Favorites: 10 (view)


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06/28/2007 10:36:56 PM
damn voters. this shot is unbelievably good.

i bet if you'd copied countless other pictures, i.e. by placing a glass sheet with drops of water on it in front of your lens, people would suddenly appreciate this a lot more.

apparently, if a shot doesn't conform to a formula, it's no good, no matter how technically impressive and artfully striking it is.
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09/09/2006 06:55:20 PM
I really really thought this should have finished ALOT higher!! Top 25 easy! Great picture!
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09/09/2006 01:45:37 AM
I rarely say this, but I'm truly stunned at this score. I think your star shot is better than mine! I got a comment early on that suggested someone thought I'd cloned in some stars, so I asked for validation. Maybe you can try that the next time someone starts questioning your shot.

It'll also help for folks who've never taken a night shot like this and don't understand just how much light a sensor absorbs over a long exposure. I can't speak for you, but my shot definitely shows more light, stars, and details in the mountains than I saw with my eyes.

If you'd be willing, I'd love to see your original. Mine is here: 393170.jpg

Maybe we could collaborate on a tutorial. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 11:31:11 PM
Very funky photograph, it totally looks like daytime except for the stars. Well done!
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09/07/2006 02:52:58 PM
Ah, another shot of stars in the mountains. Unlike mine, though, you have the added beauty of the reflection in the water. And the sky color is just amazing. Bumping to a 10.
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09/06/2006 10:17:43 AM
These stars do not look real. I'm sure that they are, but I find the reflections distracting, and some of them look brighter than the sky.
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09/05/2006 12:16:57 PM
This must have been a pretty long exposure...or the moon was really bright. Great execution!
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09/05/2006 05:18:44 AM
I love how bright the night is and the calmness of the water giving a perfect reflection. maybe too bright on some of the rocks on the right but it doesn't bother me, just trying to thinkof something constructive to help you out. good luck 10.
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09/05/2006 12:07:02 AM
wow...absolutely beautiful!!! i love it giving it a 10 and adding to faves!
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09/04/2006 06:25:25 PM
The centered horizon doesn't really work for me. I wish there was more sky even at the expense of cutting off some of the tree's reflection.
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09/04/2006 05:53:25 PM
great use of reflection, and i love how prominant those stars are.
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09/03/2006 10:48:47 PM
Love the colors and reflections of this photo.
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09/03/2006 05:19:00 PM
That is some seriously calm water for sure! Nice job. I think it's almost over-sharpened (?) - the reflection of the stars in the water might have been blurred just a little bit - they almost stick out too much. I like it though and I'll have to try that some time...good luck to ya!
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09/03/2006 03:57:17 PM
The sky feels too pale for those stars. I know the image was shot at night, but it feels like it was shot during the day.
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09/03/2006 01:52:23 PM
What a great picture! I really love the reflections! I've always wanted to shoot a picture with the stars reflecting in the water! 10!

Message edited by author 2006-09-09 18:54:24.
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09/02/2006 08:06:56 PM
wow, are these stars real?!
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09/02/2006 06:13:49 PM
nice time exposure
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09/02/2006 05:01:21 PM
I am looking forward to seeing the specs of your photo after the challenge is over, shutter speed and etc. It's an outstanding landscape.
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09/01/2006 08:15:30 PM
Just fantastic.
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09/01/2006 10:50:14 AM
Nice
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09/01/2006 09:46:02 AM
Beautiful capture and lighting for a night shot. 10
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09/01/2006 02:01:00 AM
best ive seen yet (of 15%, mind you...). 10.
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