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Lost Light
2nd PlaceLost Light
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Challenge: HDR II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: UK, North Wales
Date: Sep 7, 2009
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Sep 7, 2009



[Sep. 16th, 2009 07:29:55 PM]

One spring evening, John was reading his newspaper when he noticed an advert, LIGHTHOUSE FOR SALE. The price looked inviting and the location was not too far away. 'Imagine that', he thought, 'I could own my own lighthouse...'
He duly made the purchase and started the much needed renovation. Friends and family flocked to see it and lend a hand. Everyone seemed so proud to be associated with the notion of lighthouse ownership.
As winter arrived, costs were starting to spiral, enthusiasm was starting to wane and friends were starting to drift away.
Vandalism became a problem. Graffiti was daubed, windows and doors were smashed and there was even a fire.
And then the storm hit.
The metal canopy was torn from the roof and mangled on the ground. The stone skirt, (stable for more than a century) was disrupted and scattered along the beach.
Then one night, following a despairing day's labour, the once proud owner fell asleep in the lighthouse with the words 'Money Pit' tormenting his restless thoughts. Suddenly he awoke with a start. He couldn't remember moving his car off the beach to the safety of the parking lot behind the dunes. He jumped to the window and peered out through the gloom. There in the moonlight was his car, the rising tide lapping at the top of the wheel arches...

...One evening a man was browsing through the adverts in his paper when he noticed a lighthouse for sale. 'Imagine that', he thought...
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This is that lighthouse and John is my wife's uncle. (He's retired now and living in Australia - he says it's the furthest place he could find away from the lighthouse). All this happened more than 20 years ago and I've resisted going back ever since - until now.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 155
Avg (all users): 7.5821
Avg (commenters): 8.6500
Avg (participants): 7.5181
Avg (non-participants): 7.6271
Views since voting: 12966
Views during voting: 599
Votes: 201
Comments: 62
Favorites: 40 (view)


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04/20/2011 03:39:38 PM
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That is how good this image is! Amazing stuff
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05/17/2010 07:01:00 PM
Smashing image, smashing story.
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01/08/2010 08:36:50 AM
Great story great shot, next time you visit let me know, would love to go shoot this
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11/18/2009 08:14:40 PM
Love the story as well as the shot.

Congrats on the ribbon ... well deserved
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10/08/2009 12:17:05 PM
What a great story, fab shot, congrats on the score and ribbon too.
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10/04/2009 06:56:14 PM
The story is smashing! And the photo of course as well. Gorgeous.

Message edited by author 2010-05-31 12:14:11.
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09/26/2009 04:10:38 PM
Magnificent story and beautiful photo..the blue is stunning
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09/25/2009 11:00:58 AM
It's a gorgeous photo - extremely well done both from a capture standpoint and a processing standpoint - quite deserving of the ribbon and amazing score, so congrats on all that. But mostly thanks for the story! A good photograph can often be an invitation - this most definitely fulfilled that role when coupled with this marvelous story. Whether real or not, it's wonderful and SO much nicer than finding N/A when opening the shot.
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09/24/2009 07:45:54 AM
I love both the story and the picture, congratulations on your red ribbon.
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09/23/2009 09:21:20 AM
Quite a story -superb image -congratulations !
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09/23/2009 04:01:59 AM
Really nice shot. The composition is great. Congrats on the Red
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09/22/2009 10:59:46 PM
wonderful story and picture, I would have try taking this at lower ISO (100)with a tripod at shutter speed of approx 1\6 sec.
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09/22/2009 09:12:23 PM
Great story to accompany a great photo. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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09/22/2009 05:21:31 PM
How spectacular!
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09/22/2009 01:29:26 PM
What a great story to go with this fantastic shot. Absolutely perfect.
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09/22/2009 01:53:30 AM
Beautiful photo. I'm glad someone got something good out of that lighthouse.
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09/21/2009 10:05:25 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!!
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09/21/2009 06:44:00 PM
A great story to go with this beautiful shot, thanks for sharing.
Gallatin
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09/21/2009 06:24:52 PM
Oh my...the story is just such a perfect complement to this outstanding photo. Congrats on a very well-deserved ribbon! You should send a print to your wife's uncle, John...;-)
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09/21/2009 04:38:10 PM
very nice , I love the temp of this photo
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09/21/2009 01:08:09 PM
Excellent image of a great lighthouse. Congrats on the red. (Nice story as well.)
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09/21/2009 11:58:06 AM
what a great story to go with a great photo, congrats.
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09/21/2009 11:19:09 AM
Wonderful story and image!! Congrats on your Red!!
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09/21/2009 09:42:03 AM
I knew there would be one ribbon less when I saw this picture! I had this picture for sure in the top two!!!
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09/21/2009 09:23:39 AM
Yes! A perfect choice for a ribbon! Congratulations!
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09/21/2009 08:38:10 AM
Just incredible photograph and great story!
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09/21/2009 05:35:12 AM
really well done and congrats on the yellow
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09/21/2009 03:48:02 AM
Beautiful shot, congrats on your ribbon
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09/21/2009 03:06:11 AM
Great shot and finish!
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09/21/2009 02:46:16 AM
Congrats on a great image and a helluva score!
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09/21/2009 02:24:26 AM
Beautiful image. Congratulations on the red.
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09/21/2009 01:56:00 AM
I knew this beauty would ribbon as soon as I saw it during voting. Stunning shot and compelling story. Excellent work David, many congrats on your ribbon.
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09/21/2009 01:31:25 AM
You have done a magnificent job of the HDR image and I love your story. Congrats on the ribbon.... well deserved.
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09/21/2009 12:26:23 AM
Big congratulations on your red ribbon. Well deserved for such a beautiful image.
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09/21/2009 12:22:48 AM
Wonderful by all means :) Very well deserved Ribbon :)
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09/21/2009 12:20:09 AM
Great finish! Congrats on the red and PB!
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09/21/2009 12:16:00 AM
Huge congrats on a well deserved red. :)

Raj
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09/21/2009 12:11:03 AM
Very nice image. Congrats on 2nd!
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09/21/2009 12:08:34 AM
huge congrats!!!..this was my pick for the blue
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09/21/2009 12:06:04 AM
Big congrats!!! Brilliantly done
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09/21/2009 12:03:24 AM
Great job! This is Beautiful! Congrats on 2nd!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/20/2009 08:19:54 PM
There is SO much to this picture! The really cool cloud formations. THe small puddle that just happens to capture the reflection. Really great composition.
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09/19/2009 08:19:31 PM
Excellent composition. Minor haloes around the lighthouse. Control of exposure overall very good. It's probably the odd sky detail which distracts me from an otherwise fine scene.
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09/19/2009 09:28:22 AM
A bit noisy but overall I really like this.....not overdone like many HDR images.
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09/18/2009 08:58:43 PM
i think you've got the blue in the bag. gorgeous!
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09/17/2009 10:04:32 PM
POW! I assume from the state of disrepair that this is not a working lighthouse?
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09/17/2009 12:16:31 AM
Terrific powerful image! Love the vibrant blue and the tower reflection is a nice serenpity touch...
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09/16/2009 11:39:36 PM
This is my pick for the blue. Good luck!
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09/16/2009 10:30:35 PM
have we seen this lighthouse before? it looks amazing, really really amazing
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09/16/2009 09:25:20 PM
Absolutely stunning! One of the best so far! 8/10
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09/16/2009 05:10:34 PM
Wonderful work! deserves to be at National Geographic :)
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09/16/2009 02:04:14 PM
Great work on composition and processing. IMHO, the blue is a little overwhelming.

Raj
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09/16/2009 03:35:05 AM
Excellent
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09/16/2009 12:15:22 AM
This is an absolutely fantastic... composition, colour, detail... brilliant! I upgraded my vote from 8 to 9 and reckon this is in the running for a ribbon.
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09/15/2009 10:02:10 PM
Blue - that was the first thing that struck me when I saw this shot. The hint of blue in the rocks against the vibrant blue of the sky works really well. Not usually a fan of centred horizons, but I like it here.
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09/15/2009 09:17:53 PM
Just a tad over done for my taste but still a lovely image. Great use of the diagonal. 8
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09/15/2009 07:06:58 PM
Simply superb.... 10.
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09/15/2009 02:48:02 PM
Excellence! Simply a great photo.
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09/15/2009 01:57:10 PM
I shall be rating this challenge by the following criteria:

1 - Not HDR in my opinion

3 - HDR is way over-done, in my opinion

5 - A reasonable use of HDR, but not a very engaging photo, in my opinion

7 - A reasonable use of HDR, and an engaging photo, in my opinion

10 - A fantastic use of HDR, and an out of this world photo, in my opinion

Your photo receives:

7
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09/15/2009 10:17:04 AM
Beautiful! love the sky and reflection in puddle...9!
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09/15/2009 12:04:48 AM
My pick for the Blue! Excellent in all aspects. The composition and the processing done perfectly!! 10
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09/14/2009 01:54:38 PM
This is so beautiful. I love the rugged, weathered look of the stones and the lighthouse.
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