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The Midas Touch
3rd PlaceThe Midas Touch
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sunset or Sunrise (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Avery Point, Groton, CT
Date: Dec 6, 2008
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.5 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Dec 6, 2008

with the exception of a little cloning (to remove dust and a small lighthouse), editing was minimal. I hope voters don't "hate" on the flare. this light lasted long enough for me to get about 3 or 4 captures. here's the original (only resized) for comparison.
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slight rotation (0.3 degrees), crop, curve layer, hue/sat layer to adjust hue -2. soft-light layer to add just a touch of darkness in bottom left corner for balance. USM at large radius, resize, USM at small radius, add a little brightness, add border.

held a 3-stop, soft ND and an ND filter in front of the lens.

I have high hopes for this one.

I am totally psyched to get a ribbon in this challenge. I thought for sure that there were more than two images that would score higher than mine.

More importantly, it was an absolute joy to be able to witness this particular sunset. I got to the location about 20 minutes before this image was taken. I tried out a couple of other compositions before settling onto this one. Then I waited, but only for a few minutes. The sun hit this perfect angle in the sky, and the light went through the perfect amount of atmosphere. Everything was suddenly bathed in the most glorious golden light that only lasted about 1.5 minutes, enough time for me to get 4 or 5 shots. Then it was gone. Show over. Even though I usually like to stay and shoot in the twilight, I packed up the gear, and my daughter and I walked back to the car. I had what I had sought to capture, and couldn't wait to see this shot on the computer. And, I loved it! This one will stay with me.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 167
Avg (all users): 7.0240
Avg (commenters): 6.9167
Avg (participants): 6.4930
Avg (non-participants): 7.4167
Views since voting: 5484
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 167
Comments: 32
Favorites: 13 (view)


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12/16/2008 11:37:29 AM
Congratulations Steve! Beautiful!
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12/16/2008 04:48:43 AM
Congratz on your Yellow. Lovely shot.
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12/16/2008 01:00:40 AM
love the colors..nice job, Congrats!
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12/16/2008 12:46:15 AM
Well done, Steve! Congrats on your third place win!
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12/15/2008 05:00:12 PM
Great ribbon! Congrats!
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12/15/2008 01:58:24 PM
This has something very magical about it. It's a joy to behold. Congratulations on your ribbon, Steve.
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12/15/2008 09:40:31 AM
Glorious indeed! This one will stay with all of us :) CONGRATULATIONS!
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12/15/2008 08:20:43 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Beautiful!
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12/15/2008 06:10:12 AM
Congratulations!
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12/15/2008 05:29:20 AM
Steve - Congrats on another well deserved ribbon. This is outstanding, and earned a 10 from me during voting.
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12/15/2008 02:32:21 AM
That magic when the light is just perfect creates more than just a stunning photograph - a nice reminder that while we do go out to capture pictures, sometimes we capture moments in our heads/hearts as well. Nice you could share this one with your daughter, and 'grats on the ribbon and excellent score!
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12/15/2008 02:27:30 AM
this one and the red ribbon (and i guess the blue as well) feel oversharpened, but there's something about the letterbox that makes me forget everything and only see a cool frame from a film. nice shot-
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12/15/2008 01:59:00 AM
Special shot Steve, congrats!
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12/15/2008 12:54:24 AM
Congratulations on your yellow ribbon! Lovely tones and the flare works for me!
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12/15/2008 12:07:30 AM
Very nice shot.
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12/15/2008 12:06:05 AM
Incredible detailed texture and vivid color - CONGRATS! Super job!
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12/15/2008 12:03:56 AM
I gave this a 10...adding as a fave...can't believe I am the first...CONGRATULATIONS
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/13/2008 05:23:23 PM
It's a 10 of a photo that to me is more concentrated on the rocks then the sunset/sunrise. A very, very good photo...
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12/13/2008 04:36:30 PM
great shot, love the stones
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12/12/2008 12:04:59 PM
Beautiful!
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12/12/2008 11:23:41 AM
love the glow on the rocks, the details in the foreground, and the chop of the water
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12/10/2008 06:14:49 PM
nice glow, is that a little lense flair?
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12/10/2008 09:24:25 AM
that is so pretty. the light reflection ion the rocks and thats what really draws your attension.
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12/09/2008 03:52:08 PM
Beautiful, nice composition and great colors.
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12/09/2008 03:30:30 PM
breathtaking!
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12/09/2008 05:58:10 AM
Very nice colors
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12/08/2008 05:38:21 PM
The sun looks a little blown out other than that I really like this one.
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12/08/2008 05:29:47 PM
One of my favorites. Hope you ribbon ;)
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12/08/2008 02:40:57 PM
Great detail on the rocks and blurr on the ocea. Not so sure about the vignetting.
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12/08/2008 11:56:58 AM
has impact
The reds look a little overcooked
Vignetting on sky almost blends with (unnecessary) border 6
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12/08/2008 04:53:20 AM
good composition and use of light
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12/08/2008 12:26:37 AM
GReat title and I would have to say a chance for a ribbon...10 from me, it's faultless
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