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Brent_S


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Date: Dec 5, 2008
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10 sec.
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2008

Oh wow, I canít believe it! I guess maybe I hoped to ribbon here some day, but didnít expect I would do so in a Free Study at this point. Thank you all for your votes and especially the wonderful comments I really appreciate. Ironically, this image was taken during my first outing with a brand new camera I was trying to get the hang of- I guess it is a keeper ;-)
As many who commented were aware; this image was captured at Kerry Park which is in my home city of Seattle, Washington. Thatís Mount Rainier that you see in the background which is actually a dormant volcano. I have lived a couple of blocks from this park for about a year now and havenít shot there as much as you might think, but I am always surprised when I do go to this popular shooting spot how many photographers start packing up their gear when the light is only just starting to turn to magic. Iím lucky to have basically the same view (though more obstructed) from the front window of my apartment and am getting pretty good at predicting which days will be photogenic though I frustratingly often donít have the time to shoot. Iím glad I did this particular day!
I regrettably havenít been good about recording the steps I take in processing my entries during my short time here. I do know I didnít do a whole lot to this one, but as I remember it was something like this; cool the WB a little and adjust saturation and fiddle with color channels in RAW (used Lightroom ďcamera standardď profile), curves, levels, cloned out an airplane, tiny bit of burning and dodging, slight negative exposure offset, resize, smart sharpen, and SFW.

Many thanks all! I guess it is all downhill from here...
-Brent

*Thanks very much all for your continued comments since the challenge closed, I really appreciate them! I'm flattered that there have been some requests for prints of this image. I have now submitted a borderless copy of it to DPCPrints and it will be available for purchase soon pending approval.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 404
Avg (all users): 7.5030
Avg (commenters): 8.5161
Avg (participants): 7.4737
Avg (non-participants): 7.5660
Views since voting: 27499
Views during voting: 319
Votes: 167
Comments: 92
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12/07/2010 07:09:50 PM
WOW! what a fantastic shot! it must have been such a clear day that day! the colors are out-standing!
03/25/2009 01:16:22 PM
Beautiful picture.
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02/18/2009 11:19:55 AM
Amazing!!!! I'm new and am just trying to find my way around and this caught my eye in a major way; definitely deserving of such a special award; dynamic use of color and lighting in this perfectly composed image; congratulations!! Nina
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01/18/2009 01:33:18 AM
This is amazing, look at the depth in that photo. Not to mention the composition and the colors. I wish I would have voted.
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01/14/2009 01:40:17 PM
You capture Beautiful Seattle so well. This is the only city in the US that makes me just stop and enjoy the view, and I'm more a country/nature woman. I lived there for 6 wonderful years and still love the sight of her. Thank you for sharing!
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01/11/2009 05:12:27 PM
Stunning image. Technicals are spot on, but catching the right moment here with the light and the mountain being visable took some planning too. During my visit out there, I never once saw Mt. Rainier because of cloud cover :( Thanks for showing me what I missed!
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01/11/2009 08:10:20 AM
Unreal!!!
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01/10/2009 01:42:38 PM
just beautiful! great shot, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/10/2009 09:59:18 AM
What an incredible shot man !!! congratulations on the well deserved blue.
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01/10/2009 01:08:03 AM
As someone who lives in the Seattle area I have to say- this is one of the best (if not the best due to color) pictures of the city I have aver seen. It is nearly impossible to get a clear shot of the city and mountain at the same time, and this picture highlights them both perfectly. You should seriously sell this to some magazines- I'd love to buy a print of it myself. Let me know if you're selling!
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01/09/2009 11:02:03 PM
i love this photo by the way. got a ten from me :)
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01/09/2009 01:10:14 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon, excellent shot!
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01/09/2009 12:22:26 PM
Beautiful photo of this wonderful city
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01/09/2009 12:12:55 PM
Fabulous!

There is no such thing as a perfect shot but if there were this would be it!

I love the sky and Mt Ranier in the background and the lighting and the composition. Brilliant

A well deserved ribbon.
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01/09/2009 09:14:41 AM
great crisp colors!
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01/08/2009 09:59:27 PM
Hey Brent don't ever give up that spot. I'm looking forward to seasonal shots with the new camera. Congratulations!
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01/08/2009 09:26:31 PM
Just utterly fabulous, one of the nicest night shots I've seen. border doesn't bother me, though. congrats!!!
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01/08/2009 08:59:45 PM
One of Best shots of Seattle I've seen. Gave ya an 8, just personal thing about the boarder. Glad it did so well....Congrats!!!!
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01/08/2009 08:59:21 PM
Wow-- I admired it before and and very pleased to see it land on the top. Perfectly done and congrats on your Blue!
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01/08/2009 06:30:23 PM
Very cool. Makes me want to take a trip there just to see this view.
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01/08/2009 03:39:19 PM
It looks like you even captured some lenticular cloud formations near the mountain. Well done!

<edited to add>

I forgot to mention that I really dislike the "sandwich" border. :(


Message edited by author 2009-01-08 15:41:31.
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01/08/2009 02:46:37 PM
Very Very beautiful shot congrats on your ribbon. :)
Love you view.
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01/08/2009 02:33:38 PM
Oh my--this is AMAZING!

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01/08/2009 12:40:46 PM
Kerry Park is always a winner, congrats
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01/08/2009 12:20:47 PM
Congratulations on your BLUE and PB with this perfect capture. Absolutely beautiful!
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01/08/2009 12:18:44 PM
Proficiat on your first ribbon and a Blue at that :)
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01/08/2009 11:51:18 AM
Kick butt. That is dang nice.
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01/08/2009 11:40:27 AM
Awesome! A blue in a free study, and you totally shattered your PB, all in one go. Beautiful, beautiful shot. Well deserved.
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01/08/2009 10:38:04 AM
Ohmygoodness! I don't know that I have ever seen a more beautiful photograph. The night time exposure is absolutely perfect -- but the shadowy, snowy Mt. Ranier in the sunset background. What a fine art masterpiece! Congratulations on the blue ribbon -- but seriously -- this should be printed and sold to Seattle lovers for biiiiiiig bucks!

Oh, and thanks for ammunition. I have been foaming at the mouth to upgrade to that 5D Mark II. I will show my husband this photo so he will understand why I need it too :) As IF I could get a shot like this anyway, but at least with that camera I could get closer :)

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01/08/2009 10:28:27 AM
Fabulous picture! Congratulations!
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01/08/2009 10:07:18 AM
Wow Brent, how does it feel?
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01/08/2009 09:02:14 AM
Beautifully done, congrats on your blue and beautiful pic.
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01/08/2009 08:57:02 AM
Brent!!! Congratulations on a fine, fine picy!
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01/08/2009 08:48:03 AM
You certainly nailed it this time, excellent shot
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01/08/2009 08:13:13 AM
Congrats! Spectacular! Print as a postcard and you will sell plenty of them.
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01/08/2009 08:07:35 AM
Congratulations on the Blue and new PB - and what a PB! A superb photo, too.
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01/08/2009 07:59:10 AM
The mountain makes it distinct. But the photo is nice to me even without it.
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01/08/2009 07:38:12 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Excellent shot!
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01/08/2009 07:32:13 AM
Brent!!! WOW!!! Congratulations! I'm so happy you got a blue! WOW!!!
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01/08/2009 06:49:28 AM
Congratulations, loved the shot!
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01/08/2009 05:05:22 AM
Holy Cow! That's fantastic! Love that you got the mountain in the background. Wonderful! Really deserving of the blue. Congratulations.
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01/08/2009 04:49:22 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon. This shot is phenomenonally beautiful.
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01/08/2009 03:41:18 AM
congrats. This was my favourite.
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01/08/2009 03:40:50 AM
Congratulations on your blue...stunning capture!
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01/08/2009 02:01:09 AM
yep you nailed it, this is a perfect photograph. Congrats on your first blue!
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01/08/2009 02:00:39 AM
Ohhh that was the day we had those lenticular clouds, plus it was my b'day then, beautiful photo!!
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01/08/2009 01:49:08 AM
"Local Boy Makes Good" the headlines read. Way to go! Never, ever have I seen a better image of the seattle skyline at night. I hope you take this shot farther than DPC.
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01/08/2009 01:47:22 AM
It's a gorgeous view. I have seen it before, but my gosh you did it justice! The light is perfect, the clarity - especially of Mount Rainier - is exceptional. Many congrats on your ribbon and the outstanding score!
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01/08/2009 01:13:19 AM
Beautiful picture! Living in Seattle as well, I recognized this shot and were it was taken. lovely shot and i hope that you continue to do better...not go down hill!

~Sofia
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01/08/2009 12:43:43 AM
How beautiful! The busy city against the serene background. Perfect. Huge congrats on your blue ribbon and new PB, Brent.
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01/08/2009 12:41:09 AM
I've gotta hand it to you. This is the BEST shot of this type I have seen. Just magnificent!
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01/08/2009 12:21:29 AM
Fantastic , knew this would do well. Congrats on the Blue!
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01/08/2009 12:20:05 AM
That's simply excellent. The mountain makes the shot. I love how this style of "framing" (or bordering) is coming into broad acceptance; it works so well for so many images. Congrats on blue.
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01/08/2009 12:19:54 AM
congratulations on an awesome photograph, an amazing process, a blue ribbon in the free study and a personal best .. happy days .. !!!:)
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01/08/2009 12:11:47 AM
There are so many beautiful night shots - but this one stands out because of the mountain in the background. Absolutely magnificent. Congrats on Blue.
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01/08/2009 12:11:08 AM
Congrats on the blue. I love Mt. Rainer in the background. I assume that's Mt. Rainer...although I guess I'm disoriented, I thought it would have been to the left of the Needle...but I only visit Seattle, so I'm all turned around! Great shot.
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01/08/2009 12:06:10 AM
Congrats on the BLUE!!
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01/08/2009 12:04:53 AM
Very beautiful--love the clear city shot against the backdrop.
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01/08/2009 12:04:04 AM
Wow, look at the mountain in the background! Amazing!
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01/08/2009 12:02:42 AM
Way to go Brent! I thought this was a stunning image and I'm so happy you won the blue for it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2009 10:50:27 PM
Beautiful!
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01/07/2009 09:16:38 PM
I've seen this shot many times but none better than this. Great job.
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01/07/2009 08:32:06 PM
I hope this makes top 10! I love it; but what sets this one apart is the mountain in the background. Very sweet view and excellent detail in the buildings. 10 -BB

PS. I'd love to visit this city sometime.
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01/07/2009 08:18:44 PM
This is really beautiful! Nice clarity and colors.
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01/07/2009 05:52:24 PM
Top notch cityscape made even better by the mountain.
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01/07/2009 10:25:18 AM
Wonderful capture. Very beautiful light. 9
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01/07/2009 09:15:24 AM
The night lights and the Mountains in the background make me stop...good capture
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01/06/2009 09:58:24 PM
Beautiful! Love how the color of the sunset faintly paints Mount Rainier. Excellent composition and PP. Made my top10.
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01/06/2009 09:05:39 PM
So vibrant, perfectly exposed. I love the soft moutain in the background.
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01/06/2009 01:21:46 PM
Beautiful cityscape, the exposure and lighting are spot on with both the lights of the city and the fading light on Mt. Ranier (?) preserved. 10
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01/06/2009 01:17:22 PM
Stunning....so much to look at, and it all so nicely rendered.
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01/06/2009 12:16:56 PM
Vibrant colours make a cityscape with impact
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01/05/2009 12:48:13 PM
this looks like a computer generated image, remarkable timing, and editing. 10
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01/04/2009 08:32:02 PM
I live here and have shot this scene from this vantage point many many times, but never better. Nearly perfect in every way!
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01/04/2009 01:34:13 PM
Beautiful shot with Mt Ranier in the background
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01/04/2009 03:48:14 AM
Impressive work, the clarity is awesome
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01/04/2009 12:20:08 AM
perfect exposure...great as a postcard 8
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01/03/2009 11:06:43 AM
One of the best Kerry Park shots I've seen in a long time... perfect time of day, and a great view of Mt. Rainier! I think I'm going to push the 10 button for this one!
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01/03/2009 08:02:52 AM
this is brilliant. winner
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01/03/2009 06:04:17 AM
Magnificent colors and detail
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01/02/2009 08:59:29 PM
love the composition - the mountain in the background is very cool - gives 2 different sides of the city
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01/02/2009 04:18:08 PM
Love the shot and guessing this was shot with your new 5DMkII?
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01/02/2009 09:36:49 AM
That mountain in the background looks so out of place with the city lights... great addition though to the typical cityscape. Wonderful colors too! Great job!
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01/01/2009 11:08:39 PM
Perfection!. The purple mountain and clouds make it a 10! Beautiful!:)
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01/01/2009 10:45:08 PM
Gorgeous!
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01/01/2009 06:49:34 PM
gorgeous ... I love seeing Mt. Rainier in the distance ...
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01/01/2009 05:27:23 PM
Very nice. 6
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01/01/2009 04:52:36 PM
Put this one on a post card and mail it to me. A great shot of my hometown.
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01/01/2009 12:59:45 PM
All I can say is WOW. The mountains (Rockies?) in the background add something really special to this.
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01/01/2009 06:22:12 AM
Famous view well captured
(I might have cropped away some more of the sky)
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01/01/2009 06:11:45 AM
gorgeous
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01/01/2009 01:07:06 AM
Great exposure and I love how close Mt. Rainier looks.
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