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Under an Alien Moon
1st PlaceUnder an Alien Moon
AlexSaberi


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Challenge: Trees (Minimal Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Richmond Park, London
Date: Feb 22, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 640
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 22, 2007

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Well I took this on the last night of submission. I hadnt been taking photos due to an injured leg, but when I saw that the stars were out and the conditions right for what i had visualised, I just had to take a trip out to this weird tree.

Basically all I did was have a 30sec exposure, where I fired my sigma flash (off camera) at the tree from the right.

I took a couple of goes to get the exposure right, adn fit the moon in properly.

the orange glow is Richmond in the distance. the small clouds got nicely illuminated, as did the tree with the moss on it.

thats it. cheers for all the comments


OH JUST ONE MORE THING! I really think that having a no editing challenge will do DPc the world of good. It really does help u know your camera and how to use it to get the right photo to start with, rather than one u adjust in every way possible.

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 287
Avg (all users): 8.0421
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 7.8679
Avg (non-participants): 8.2619
Views since voting: 19895
Views during voting: 555
Votes: 190
Comments: 121
Favorites: 84 (view)


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07/31/2010 08:54:22 PM
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_333546.jpg Cool Tree Great execution
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07/31/2010 08:48:47 PM
GORGEOUS!
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03/27/2007 04:46:47 AM
woow

this is awesome.
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03/06/2007 10:52:14 PM
Absolutely stunning as usual, congratulations!!
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03/06/2007 05:48:32 PM
Alex cool work, you got what it takes!
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03/06/2007 02:58:46 AM
its a nice picture. man how come you take it. you are a very good pgrapher. i dont know how to submit picture . please help me if you can . and how are you? keep in touch .
thanks ,
fahad bangladesh
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03/04/2007 12:18:47 PM
Great ambiance and congratulations for a well deserved blue ribbon.
Franklin
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03/03/2007 11:27:11 PM
This is absolutely amazing. I just have no other words to describe it. I love the green glow, the orange clouds... you can even distinctly see the different colours of the stars.
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03/03/2007 07:29:46 PM
What a great shot!! A real Masterpiece!! Congratulations on the blue, and I concur with you about knowing your tool of the trade and trying to get the best result out of it.
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03/03/2007 06:47:42 PM
I'm so happy that you won with this beautiful shot, congratulations
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03/03/2007 11:51:28 AM
I think you are a genius. To be able to create such a surreal effect with no editing is magnificent.
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03/03/2007 09:21:02 AM
another great shot.Congratulations Alex.
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03/03/2007 06:20:52 AM
Beautiful and Bizarre! ... Well executed! Congratulations on the blue.
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03/03/2007 01:01:29 AM
simply amazing ... very well done
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03/02/2007 10:55:56 PM
"OH JUST ONE MORE THING! I really think that having a no editing challenge will do DPc the world of good. It really does help u know your camera and how to use it to get the right photo to start with, rather than one u adjust in ever way possible."
ABSOLUTELY
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03/02/2007 09:23:29 PM
Awesome shot!!! I would be interested in how you got this capture as well, long exposure and spot light to illuminate?? Just a guess...I also have to agree and disagree with the comment on non post processing, yes it is important to compose and (for lack of a better term) get right as many elements of a photo as possible in camera, but as Ansel Adams once said the important thing is the final image, how you get there is of little importance...(not an exact quote I am sure, but you get the idea) if the final image is good how you arrive at it is of little consequence...IMO. Photoshop usage, or manipulation is an art form in and of itself...you have to have the image you want to portray in mind before you start to get the end result you want, and I know (at least for me) Photoshop (or similar programs) are not a lot of help since I am not very adapt at using them, lol. Anyway, off my soap box...GREAT PHOTO!!!! Job well done...congrats!!!
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03/02/2007 08:08:57 PM
This shot is just great...but you owe it all to that tree and how it's all by its self...I look every where and kind find something like that...nice find and you did shoot it quite well also.
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03/02/2007 08:00:35 PM
Congrats on the Blue - very well deserved - Awesome Picture!!
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03/02/2007 06:27:38 PM
Very cool, awesome tree, well done
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03/02/2007 02:53:58 PM
wow... that looks really cool... how did you do that?
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03/02/2007 02:34:20 PM
I like your comment on the no editing challenge to many photographers these days dont know how to edit in camera that is just one of the downsides to digital darkrooms they are to forgiving i wuold like to see some of these people shoot old film and have to develop it themselves photograhpy is or was i shuold say a hands on artform at one time we are losing that.
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03/02/2007 02:14:25 PM
Out of this world looking photograph...congrats on winning the blue ribbon!
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03/02/2007 01:43:11 PM
Simply brilliant capture ... made all the more so by following the Minimal Editing rules. Wow.

I'm curious how the stars remain sharp points in the sky with a 30sec exposure. Is this a combination of them being fairly low on the horizon, versus overhead, along with a wide FOV (WA shot)? I've noticed "star trails" in some of my shots with less than 30 seconds.

Congrats on the blue; well deserved.
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03/02/2007 01:18:51 PM
CONGRATULATIONS for that great and unique shot, from one of the 43 9's !!
I will send you a pm with some other comments
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03/02/2007 11:46:55 AM
Very creative use of offboard flash. Love it :)
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03/02/2007 11:35:27 AM
Alex, I loved this shot. the colors, the mood, the lighting. just perfect. When I saw this one, I knew it would take first place. Congrats!
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03/02/2007 11:10:39 AM
Wow! This is so surreal, I was really curious on how it was done! Congrats!
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03/02/2007 09:49:03 AM
I dont get it, where are the Elk? lol just kidding. Very Nice Shot.
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03/02/2007 09:05:14 AM
Heh. Some people like to call them "stars." Either that, or your hot pixels are oddly shaped like Orion.

Originally posted by RainMotorsports:

Looks like some hotpixels at least 10. Long exposure?
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03/02/2007 07:41:49 AM
What a pic man.. This is one of the most amazing photo i have seen in the recent past..
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03/02/2007 07:19:55 AM
I was away and didn't vote on this challenge - but if I had, I believe I would have pressed "10" on the bar (which only happened once before in my time here).

To me this picture proves that it's not the equipment and you don't have to be a PS wiz. to make great pictures - when the right person is behind the camera amazing things can happen.

This is extremely well done and going straight into my fav's.
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03/02/2007 06:45:16 AM
awesome
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03/02/2007 06:28:25 AM
Alex a well deserved first place, I could see it the minute i looked that it was going to get a ribbon. well done
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03/02/2007 04:53:14 AM
What a spectacular shot! Congratulations on a well-deserved ribbon.
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03/02/2007 04:47:49 AM
you did this on a Minimal Editing challenge? Congrats! you don't need CS2!
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03/02/2007 03:52:04 AM
gorgeous aye! congrats
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03/02/2007 03:24:51 AM
Congrats Alex on a very well deserved ribbon!
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03/02/2007 03:00:16 AM
Congrats on the blue, Alex! - Great work!
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03/02/2007 01:52:18 AM
I can not believe that this photo come out straight from the camera.This is amazing.Can you describe how you made this?if you can do will be a good lesson for amateurs like me.Congrat's for the ribbon

P.S who idiot put a 1 or 3 or even 4 to this photo?Are you crazy?
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03/02/2007 01:52:00 AM
You have got to be kidding me...
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03/02/2007 01:38:35 AM
Damn!!!!
this would be incredible in an expert editing challenge.
Its mind-boggling in a minimal editing challenge.
Congratulations
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03/02/2007 01:35:19 AM
Congratulations on another blue! What talent you have

Mike
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03/02/2007 01:21:32 AM
Had either this one or Joes in the top spot. Great work again from your perpetual playground. ;) Awesome work!
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03/02/2007 01:18:01 AM
Congrats on another amazing photograph - and your second 8+
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03/02/2007 01:02:28 AM
Congratulations, well deserved. It is only fair that you should tell us about the details of this great shot. PLEEEAAASSSE.
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03/02/2007 12:39:24 AM
great use of light painting! congrats on a blue with an 8+ score!
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03/02/2007 12:34:21 AM
I bet this tree is right outside your bedroom window and all you had to do was turn around and capture it. :P Such a striking shot congrats on winning the challenge!
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03/02/2007 12:26:45 AM
Can't get over how amazingly beautiful this is.... Congratulations.
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03/02/2007 12:22:08 AM
Totally amazing....I would love to know the story behind this. Congratulations.
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03/02/2007 12:17:11 AM
Wow Alex congrats on the 8! I knew this was the top shot in the challenge, I love how you have the mix of light! Outstanding.
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03/02/2007 12:16:57 AM
ooooooooo... Awesome. Wonderful color and detail. Seems so magical, yet grounded in reality. Great work.
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03/02/2007 12:14:00 AM
Great Job. Congratulations on an excellent creation.
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03/02/2007 12:12:09 AM
The original? I hope its the same as this, or our winner is in trouble...

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03/02/2007 12:11:04 AM
Congratulations, Alex! Wow. You've done it again :)
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03/02/2007 12:10:40 AM
Love this one. Can't wait to see the original, cause this one is ''outta this world" ...heh
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03/02/2007 12:08:05 AM
My top pick so you know what I think! Be ice to know how you got this shot, lighting and such. Congrats!
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03/02/2007 12:04:23 AM
LOVE IT. They are probably on there with their weapons loaded!

Message edited by author 2007-03-02 00:04:56.
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03/02/2007 12:03:20 AM
Amazing pic !! The top looks a lil brighter than usual ... good pic anyways
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03/02/2007 12:02:58 AM
Well done - Knew this would do it! Great shot. I put it down as my winner with a 10. Basic editing - Amazing skills.

Message edited by author 2007-03-02 00:03:56.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/01/2007 04:11:49 PM
Great shot, one of the best!
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03/01/2007 03:38:38 PM
This is just a crazy sweet shot, love the sky, the colors are out of this world. :P Love the composition and your idea here. Well done. 9
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03/01/2007 03:07:33 PM
Excellent shot. The light on the tree, while interesting, seems unnatural, especially the brightest part. Painting with light?
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03/01/2007 10:32:18 AM
Wow! A great shot! See you for a ribbon! - Good luck! - 9 -
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03/01/2007 12:03:38 AM
Ohhh, nice and scarey. I like the lighting and eerie affects. It's a compliment to have this image validated!
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02/28/2007 09:55:31 PM
Wow, what a bizarre but interesting photo. Can't believe it is straight from camera; what an incredible shot and use of in-camera techniques.
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02/28/2007 08:47:10 PM
This is cool!
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02/28/2007 11:33:39 AM
great work with the torch light(?)
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02/27/2007 10:57:49 PM
Cooool. 10
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02/27/2007 10:01:39 PM
Holy cow this is fantastic.
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02/27/2007 09:31:49 PM
This is also one of my favorites in this challenge. Good luck 10
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02/27/2007 04:48:01 PM
Very nice creative shot - you have truly set the standard on this entry
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02/27/2007 02:04:44 PM
Can't wait to read about this one. The tree is freaky cool and I love the orange glow in the background.
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02/27/2007 01:42:39 PM
This is absolutely spectacular. . .under any editing rules. But even more impressive realizing it was done with no editing! 10
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02/27/2007 08:46:48 AM
Coo! Lovely colours and lighting!
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02/26/2007 07:06:48 PM
Ok, phenominal look to this shot, but I'm trying to figure out how you got this with "minimal editing"???????
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02/26/2007 08:59:11 AM
Wow!
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02/25/2007 11:08:42 PM
Now there's something interesting. I'm amazed you did this under minimal editing rules. You caught the tree and star in a way that gives it a pretty strong composition, and the colors are nice and vibrant, which is hard to do, out of camera. Good job.
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02/25/2007 08:24:22 PM
This is the kind of photo that wins ribbons!
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02/25/2007 05:31:49 PM
Excellent!
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02/25/2007 05:18:44 PM
Wow...hopefully you will tell us you did this. A 10 from me :)
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02/25/2007 05:13:21 PM
Incredible minimal editing..8

Jack
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02/25/2007 01:45:37 PM
Wow. I wanna know how that green got there! Very cool!
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02/25/2007 12:37:49 PM
this is a great shot, well done ~10
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02/24/2007 09:12:55 PM
wicked.
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02/24/2007 03:28:27 PM
wow, how'd you do that? Is that moonlight on the branches? great capture
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02/24/2007 11:38:59 AM
Beautiful
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02/24/2007 06:44:51 AM
Amazing and magnetic- cant take my off at it. You image intrigues and take te viewer along on a mystical trail. Kudos to you for pulling off this one. Surely a 10
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02/24/2007 06:15:47 AM
WOW!!!
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02/24/2007 05:42:06 AM
cool. i'm glad this has been validated.
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02/24/2007 02:10:31 AM
Excellent Photo,And well done with the lighting...
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02/23/2007 08:26:02 PM
way cool!!!
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02/23/2007 07:47:37 PM
Holy guacamole this is cool. Love, love, LOVE it. :)
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02/23/2007 05:35:39 PM
Looks like a disney or museum display.
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02/23/2007 05:09:32 PM
Very cool - love the colours.
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02/23/2007 04:25:13 PM
Dang. Wow. Holy Cow.
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02/23/2007 03:53:21 PM
an excellent shot.
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02/23/2007 03:38:53 PM
WOW !!
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02/23/2007 12:40:57 PM
This will win a ribbon. Gorgeous.
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02/23/2007 12:35:56 PM
The lighting on this is stunning! What a great image.
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02/23/2007 11:29:35 AM
WOW.. this is really amazing considering the minimal editing rules. Great job!
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02/23/2007 11:00:45 AM
i would love to know how you did this in minimal it is great
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02/23/2007 10:35:14 AM
10, but that green on the tree is just weird :)
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02/23/2007 10:35:04 AM
Great tree image love the colors and the shape of the tree.
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02/23/2007 10:23:53 AM
wow... all this under minimal editing... That's pretty awesome.
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02/23/2007 10:12:47 AM
awesome work.
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02/23/2007 10:00:47 AM
Amazing!!!! If I could give this an 11 I would. I will be shocked if this does not win blue.
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02/23/2007 09:44:14 AM
This is awesome! I want to take photos like this when I grow up! 10
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02/23/2007 09:36:56 AM
Wow -- I'm officially impressed! So far this is my favorite by a long, long, long shot. I smell ribbon! A 10 all the way.
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02/23/2007 07:59:33 AM
Wild! Great photo!
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02/23/2007 05:18:47 AM
This is my winner - I wanted to do a very similar pic but couldn't due to work. For minimal editing this is just amazing and shows a great knowledge of photography. I hope everyone else thinks the same - 10
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02/23/2007 03:53:41 AM
OK, Wow. Did you park a car or use a strong flashlight? I looks absolutely amazing, congrats on the ribbon.
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02/23/2007 03:50:20 AM
good composition and lighting (car beams?), well done
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02/23/2007 03:28:15 AM
This is clever. I guess that is the moon and you have used a torch to light up the tree? 10 should ribbon.
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02/23/2007 02:09:16 AM
Well very nice if it passes. Looks too shopped for min edit.
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02/23/2007 01:42:02 AM
ohhh, well that's just not fair now is it?!!
....sigh, hope you enjoy your ribbon...*sobs*
lol, jk 9
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02/23/2007 01:37:04 AM
How the heck did you do that under minimal editing rules? 5
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02/23/2007 01:18:18 AM
Geez this awesome. This better not be from Iceland. :P
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02/23/2007 12:55:29 AM
Looks like some hotpixels at least 10. Long exposure?
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02/23/2007 12:47:27 AM
This is one heck of a sweet photo for minimal editing! i hope it ribbons!
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02/23/2007 12:45:18 AM
now thats pretty cool!
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02/23/2007 12:20:05 AM
This is so beautiful !! I hope yopu will describe the lighting
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