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From Behind the Trees
From Behind the Trees

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Challenge: Sunrise/Sunset in Black and White (Advanced Editing VII)
Date: Mar 13, 2012
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2012

Can't think of a clever title. Nor do I think this will do well at all. My first black and white challenge.
I don't even know how to work with the levels/curves/etc to make this photo "pop".
Oh well... we'll see if I get any feedback on how to improve. It was interesting to TRY and do this.

Place: 79 out of 85
Avg (all users): 4.6218
Avg (commenters): 3.0000
Avg (participants): 4.5000
Avg (non-participants): 4.6933
Views since voting: 243
Views during voting: 210
Votes: 119
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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04/16/2012 02:33:22 AM
At least you had a go. I chickened out of this challenge altogether.
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04/14/2012 07:35:50 PM
i like the composition. The back lighting makes it difficult to bring out any detail in the shadows. Looks a lot like my own backyard actually 8 )
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04/14/2012 02:05:44 PM
Needed to lighten up the shadows a bit and maybe give it more space.
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04/13/2012 09:29:13 AM
It is difficult to shoot into the sun and not end up with silhouettes, multiple exposures and a bit of blending of images might have helped out here.
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04/13/2012 03:05:54 AM
I gave it a 5 - apparently in sync with the masses as I am more often than not. If the sky had been more dramatic and maybe landscape orientation, it could have been 5.5 territory, IMO.
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04/13/2012 12:14:19 AM
This image is a little flat to me. Personally, I love a cloudy sky when shooting for b & w.
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04/12/2012 05:51:17 PM
I'm really trying to find something here... but the sun is not prominent enough, in my opinion, for the eye to find it... so it searches all over for a place to "rest" in the image.

I read the other comments and realized there is a sun in the shot. I missed it.
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04/12/2012 05:18:38 PM
everything 21.gif JamesDowning said I agree with
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04/12/2012 03:40:40 PM
Critique wise James has said it all. I personally gave you a 5 as it was an image that didn't grab my attention.
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03/26/2012 03:41:28 PM
Since you're so vigilant at helping the rest of us with comments, I'd like to give the same back. Especially noticing that you only got one during-voting comment... and since my image was rather similar in concept to yours.

Personally, I gave this a 4... but I can see where you're coming from with this shot.

I can tell you were working with the rule of thirds, with placing the big tree on the right at the 1/3 line. However, in doing so, that became the subject, not the sun. I think I would place the sun at the 1/3 line instead of the tree, so as to place it in a location that the eye naturally finds interesting.

Honestly, in my first pass, I didn't even see the sun back there. To make this shot really pop - there are "starburst" filters that you can use. I think that could have made all the difference in this capture. Something needs to emphasize the sun as the subject.

Technically it's not a bad edit. I think you could have brought up the whites a good bit though, do add drama. You can kinda see the sky is a bit bla here. By bringing the whites up, you could get more white out of the sky. I also like to use a little sharpening on my images after resizing them. It helps bring everything into a crisp focus, as resizing tends to blend sharp lines a good bit.

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03/23/2012 07:14:50 AM
Think you maybe could have used Topaz to help it out Denielle, but maybe you didnee want too.
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03/23/2012 02:11:11 AM
look at the company you`re in
all the cream of the crop
well done:)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2012 09:01:35 AM
Back up and use landscape format next time.
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