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Challenge: Negative Space III (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: California, Sierra foothills
Date: Jun 18, 2007
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 30s
Galleries: Sky, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2007

Thanks Casey(he posed with his camera and tripod for me).

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WOW! I wouldn't have guessed this although jdannels called it before the voting started. Thanks for lots of good votes and comments. It was as high as 7.96 yesterday before I crashed my update button. ;)

Elsapo's "Night Falls"243153.jpg jdannels "Stargazers"472137.jpg deserve recognition. I hoped to combine both ideas and when I noticed the position of the moon and Venus the night before, out I went the next night to find a tree. I really hoped for a single tree but this was the best we could find. Tromping around cow patties and rattlesnakes provided some urgency in our search.

Post was pretty simple and I stumbled upon a way to make the stars pop(at least on a web sized version).

RAW process, Cool temperature.
Neat image
Crop
Resize
Neat image
USM
Neat Image
USM
USM again(i think)
Fade the USM to taste.

This combination of NeatImage and USM gave pin point sharp stars without affecting too much of the detail. (Notice a small amount of blurring in the grass lower right). I think the streaks are planes although I don't remember seeing them. Possible lens flare???

Here are two outakes.
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and a WW possibility 539140.jpg

Thanks again. DPC rocks!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 374
Avg (all users): 7.8696
Avg (commenters): 9.1765
Avg (participants): 7.7436
Avg (non-participants): 7.9623
Views since voting: 23093
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 184
Comments: 97
Favorites: 116 (view)


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02/28/2009 01:17:25 AM
Congrats on having over a 100 favs! Knew it was a gem. :)
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01/24/2009 04:35:13 PM
Spectacular image!
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01/08/2009 04:32:15 PM
I really love this image and now that you've won 2nd place in FS 12-08 (should have been first), I just had to tell you how much I admire your work!

Jo ;-)
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11/11/2008 05:47:20 PM
beautiful capture!
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07/18/2008 01:04:26 AM
I must have been absent when they had this challenge. I don't remember seeing this shot before. Oh well, late congrats on a great image!
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10/15/2007 08:35:59 PM
Awesome picture!! I have to try this sometime. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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07/02/2007 12:52:22 AM
starry night indeed and I want to be there. Amazing pic.
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06/28/2007 07:42:24 PM
I've spent many a night under the stars the Moon my only companion. The night has a different smell the sounds are different in a way a different world than the day in light. This photograph with the expanse of stars overhead emphases the lonely human gazing up in wonder at the immensity of everything. You captured that feeling perfectly, with great skill. This is a photograph to be proud of.
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06/28/2007 06:51:04 PM
I don't comment on winning photos. But I have to say that this is the best photo on DP Challenge. Probably because you captured the feeling of Star Gazing dead on. I should know because I do alot of it with my scope my self. Good Job.
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06/28/2007 05:30:20 PM
simply excellent photo ! congratz
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06/28/2007 09:20:10 AM
My pick for the blue as well. I'm glad so many of us were in agreement. Congrats on a visual feast. I love the outtakes as well. My favorite is #4450 which feels otherworldly. Amazing work!
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06/28/2007 08:29:48 AM
Congratulations on your Blue with this wonderful use of negative space!
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06/28/2007 07:49:05 AM
Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon! Awesome shot!
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06/28/2007 01:08:24 AM
I would have to agree that the blue presentation makes this one go down smooth and sweet. Elements of the composition disagree with my slightly, but as you said, rattlesnakes are a serious deterrant from tromping around at night too much, and I don't mean to say the result is anything less than great. I know it can be a challenge to make stars really stand out without greatly exaggerating the noise in the photo, but you've managed to avoid that here and the image is quite enjoyable to look at.
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06/27/2007 07:38:58 PM
Mark: to say that this is outstanding would be an understatement. There are many amongst us that find the blue weight of an image as most soothing to the senses. Now, when you get a superb capture, such as this, it simply raises the bar. My admiration here is wide open. From the framing to the interesting composition this get a reverberating sustained kudos! Oh, like the opera lover would say, "Bravo" Congratulations on your BLUE with this cool blue winner!
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06/27/2007 07:23:08 PM
Mark, congratulations on your win! Gorgeous shot! ...and kudos to Casey for managing to stay still for 30s!
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06/27/2007 04:48:30 PM
Great job getting the exposure and composition just right on this. Congratulations on a super score and ribbon.
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06/27/2007 04:47:37 PM
Best shot I've seen on here in a long time!
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06/27/2007 04:23:00 PM
Very Very good picture, I love the colors
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06/27/2007 02:45:52 PM
superb and very well deserved! Congrats!!
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06/27/2007 01:20:37 PM
Awesome shot! congrats on the Blue!!!!
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06/27/2007 01:12:25 PM
Excellent silhouette! I am honored to associate with great photographers, like yourself! :)
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06/27/2007 11:55:41 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. This is the type of photography that I aspire to someday be able to accomplish. Beautiful!!
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06/27/2007 10:00:34 AM
absolutely gorgeous!! congrats on a well-deserved blue.
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06/27/2007 09:55:06 AM
Originally posted by jdannels:

Originally posted by the99:

I really like this photo. But I want to understand how your moon seems a Full Moon, if in June 18, the moon were in increasing phase, visible only an 14%. Anyway, amazing, magic shot! Congratulations!

I noticed this too when I did my shot "stargazers", the moon was even slimmer. The two versions you posted have very short shutter speeds and show the definition of the moon and nothing else as it is all dark. For mark's shot, if the moon would have been full it would have been way to bright and you would have seen very few stars and a big white blob for a moon. The 14% visibity allows for the moon to not be too bright but fills itself in with the long exposure. It also helps that the moon is low on the horizon and isn't as bright(like a sunset) and doesn't interfere with the light of the stars. Thats what I think, but I have been wrong before :)


Joe got it right. I was concerned about the blown out moon but the stars needed all of 30s. A sliver of moon would have been perfect but there was no way to achieve it in basic.

Message edited by author 2007-06-27 09:55:26.
06/27/2007 08:46:25 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved blue. Beautiful shot!
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06/27/2007 07:36:43 AM
Without the stance and presence of the photographer, it would be just another really nice night shot with awesome stars, planets and moon. WITH the photographer, it takes on a whole different and far more intriguing storyline - one that I'm sure a lot of us here can relate to. Excellent work and congratulations on the blue!
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06/27/2007 06:11:08 AM
awesome, awesome, awesome
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06/27/2007 06:08:22 AM
A truly awesome photograph! You should take pleasure in this for years after this challenge is forgotten. A beautiflu, timeless shot! Congratulations!
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06/27/2007 05:39:25 AM
excellent work! have a great week!!
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06/27/2007 05:09:36 AM
A stunning photo. Love it! so well deserved! congrats
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06/27/2007 04:33:23 AM
What a great shot!
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06/27/2007 03:07:46 AM
What can I say. This beautiful image was my favourite of the challenge and a well deserved winner. Congrats Mark (oh, and btw, I hate you too ;-) Good luck in the next round, you guys. You played a good game.
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06/27/2007 03:03:20 AM
Wow!! your score is incredible. Big congratulations on your blue ribbon. This photo is my all time favorite, so beautiful. I saw your message on BP. Thank you for that comment.
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06/27/2007 02:24:11 AM
Originally posted by the99:

I really like this photo. But I want to understand how your moon seems a Full Moon, if in June 18, the moon were in increasing phase, visible only an 14%. Anyway, amazing, magic shot! Congratulations!

I noticed this too when I did my shot "stargazers", the moon was even slimmer. The two versions you posted have very short shutter speeds and show the definition of the moon and nothing else as it is all dark. For mark's shot, if the moon would have been full it would have been way to bright and you would have seen very few stars and a big white blob for a moon. The 14% visibity allows for the moon to not be too bright but fills itself in with the long exposure. It also helps that the moon is low on the horizon and isn't as bright(like a sunset) and doesn't interfere with the light of the stars. Thats what I think, but I have been wrong before :)

Message edited by author 2007-06-27 03:00:37.
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06/27/2007 01:43:27 AM
Beautiful shot. I can see why you got the Blue. Congratulations.
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06/27/2007 01:22:44 AM
I really like this photo. But I want to understand how your moon seems a Full Moon, if in June 18, the moon were in increasing phase, visible only an 14%.(The aspect of the lunar phase of that night is seen in this: http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=539833 or in this http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=538958)
Anyway, amazing, magic shot! Congratulations!

Message edited by author 2007-06-27 01:48:28.
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06/27/2007 01:22:05 AM
Congratulations!! What an amazing and well deserved score and ribbon. Where were you in the thread? I knew there were better scores out there but you kept it to yourself huh? lol. This is really an amazing shot!!
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06/27/2007 01:02:42 AM
Excellent work - congratulations! You sure know how to use that Tokina. I haven't gotten the hang of it yet. :)
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06/27/2007 12:59:36 AM
Awesome, really stunning. You deserved the blue here!
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06/27/2007 12:56:31 AM
this is lovely congrats!
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06/27/2007 12:46:17 AM
Wow, you squashed the competition. Red didn't even break 7! Congrats!
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06/27/2007 12:42:12 AM
Congrats on yet another blue; for 2 of your last 7 challenges.
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06/27/2007 12:38:44 AM
No surprises here...beautiful photo and congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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06/27/2007 12:30:48 AM
Congrats on a fabulous image.
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06/27/2007 12:27:52 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon!!! Very nice!!!
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06/27/2007 12:22:33 AM
Congrats!!
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06/27/2007 12:17:30 AM
What a great shot! Congratulations Mark!
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06/27/2007 12:17:04 AM
Congratulations. This is simply BEAUTIFUL!!!
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06/27/2007 12:13:36 AM
A PB and wow! Great work on this, Mark! Big congrats on your new blue!
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06/27/2007 12:13:00 AM
Another great ribbon, Mark! Congrats!
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06/27/2007 12:09:01 AM
I knew it was a PB the first moment I saw it. Way to lead us into the playoffs! Congrats on the monster score too 7.86, wow!
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06/27/2007 12:08:24 AM
You should be very proud of this shot. I think it's amazing.
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06/27/2007 12:05:44 AM
Congrats! Well deserved.
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06/27/2007 12:04:44 AM
I hate you.
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06/27/2007 12:04:36 AM
Very Nice.
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06/27/2007 12:04:07 AM
Beauty Mark, pure beauty!
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06/27/2007 12:03:28 AM
Spectacular!
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06/27/2007 12:03:24 AM
woohoo...that's my teammate!! :) congrats, mark!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2007 11:55:22 PM
Excellent....looks like something Spielberg would copyright!!
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06/26/2007 10:12:56 PM
WoW. Nice shot and great use of neg space!!!
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06/26/2007 05:39:37 PM
Startlingly clear shot - so well done on your ribbon!
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06/26/2007 05:35:06 PM
what a wonderful image!
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06/26/2007 04:48:26 PM
9-Very nicely done, great nighttime shot
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06/26/2007 01:43:24 PM
Incredibly gorgeous. Love the stars and the deep blue sky. Great silhouettes.
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06/26/2007 11:44:59 AM
excellently well done! great composition, beautiful work in the camera! i am impressed! 10 and a hopeful blue for you!!
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06/26/2007 10:16:40 AM
Ohmy!!! Is this spectacular or what!! If it were my vote, this one would definitely be in the top 3! Good luck!
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06/26/2007 07:06:39 AM
Amazing sky. It's probably not my favourite here, but I think you may have won this challenge. 8.
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06/25/2007 07:56:06 PM
Hmm, interesting how you captured all of the trails in the sky yet no motion in the stars. Beautiful shot.
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06/25/2007 03:21:08 PM
One of my 10's! I love the dreamy quality of this photo!
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06/25/2007 02:10:34 PM
Wonderful image. The stars are amazing.
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06/25/2007 09:29:12 AM
wow ... stunning ... good luck
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06/25/2007 09:05:15 AM
Beautiful and serene scene. This really captures the feeling of inner peace that comes from a photography. Very well done!
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06/25/2007 08:39:12 AM
has to be a ribbon winner...congrats in advance...10, my one and only 10 in this challenge
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06/24/2007 08:22:44 PM
amazing!!! Absolutely beautiful. This will definitely be in the top 5 and will probably ribbon! (at least it better!) 10
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06/24/2007 11:37:55 AM
Extraordinary! My favourite photograph in this challange, an I've seen them all! Hope this trakes the blue! Bravoo!!!
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06/24/2007 10:35:38 AM
My favorite of the challenge. Perfect silhouette. The view of the starry sky is incredible. And just enough blue to give it color. A 10 from me.
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06/23/2007 08:12:04 PM
Perfect shot. great tones and of course, great use of negative space.
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06/23/2007 05:20:37 PM
I tried this over and over this past week. Same composition, except I just can't get a low moon where I am and was at the time. This is so excellent. I'm very jealous. I usually never envy one's work like I do with this. 10
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06/23/2007 01:33:10 PM
10
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06/23/2007 10:40:57 AM
holy exposure, batman!! I hope you wrote up a 'how I did this' bit in your comments.
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06/23/2007 12:00:59 AM
Where's ET? Nice use of negative space.
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06/22/2007 11:38:07 PM
good negative space
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06/22/2007 03:06:55 PM
stunning, I'd say this will win the blue ribbon!
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06/22/2007 10:19:09 AM
the tree shadow on the left is a bit distracting. without that and the three piece on the lower left side should be perfect. 8
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06/22/2007 01:06:05 AM
great night shot, so crisp
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06/21/2007 12:42:00 AM
You gotta show me how to take shots like this. What kind of lens do I need to capture the stars so great?! this picture gets a 10 from me !!!!!
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06/20/2007 04:26:59 PM
Very nice and great for this challenge opposed to many of the other "flower" photos I predict a ribbon!
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06/20/2007 01:42:14 PM
Wow... the first 10 I've seen so far
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06/20/2007 11:51:34 AM
Nice shot. Interesting to find out how you got a shot of yourself with such clarity from far away.
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06/20/2007 11:41:24 AM
OMG, Wow! Simply beautiful! *10*
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06/20/2007 11:34:57 AM
Awesome! beautiful night sky.
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06/20/2007 11:28:44 AM
Excellent one first 10 I've given in weeks. My luck be with you all the time for images like these.
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06/20/2007 01:23:12 AM
wow, this is killer for a basic editing shot! looks magical /10
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06/20/2007 01:08:23 AM
winner
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06/20/2007 12:28:53 AM
This is wonderful!!!!
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06/20/2007 12:17:47 AM
10 10 10 10
this will be on the front page
its in the stars for you.
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