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Apocalyptic Sunset
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Challenge: Sunrise/Sunset in Black and White (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Mar 12, 2012
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2012

This was the best sunset I could get in the past few days. The B&W does bring the amazing shape and odd 3 layers of the sun rays out nicely ... I still prefer a colour sunset ;-)

Just realised I can put this here rather than a comment:

Ohhhh Yeahhh :-) ... doing the happy dance :-)

My PB and my first "6" ... yeahhhhhh!!! With a photo I didn't think much of, even if I did spend a lot of time in PP.
And no "1", not even a "2" :-)

Thank you for everyone who commented.
I was actually wondering about the forground "shadows", whether to leave them in or "black them out". In the end I decided on a little of both :-)

Statistics
Place: 26 out of 85
Avg (all users): 6.0252
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.0390
Views since voting: 222
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 119
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0


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04/19/2012 05:27:42 AM
Hi Gaby
Yes - No 1's or 2's. Always a good thing but even the best of shots and winners of challenges get 1's for reasons I canít understand but some voters obviously have different tastes to what the majority do and we have to just accept it.
Your decision to leave just a hint of detail on the FG hill was probably what got you over the 6 mark - might have been a bit better with a bit more detail but we will never know now :-).
Composition wise - things are set out nicely and fit into the "thirds rule" nicely with the land on bottom third and the rays coming out of the lower left third intersection.
Seeing as it was advanced editing I would have added some Gaussian Blur to the sky. I see you shot it at ISO 400 and there isnít terrible noise but I would make it smoother than it currently is. The sky could do with some more contrast (many ways of doing this) to make the rays pop out a lot more.
Sharpening on the clouds looks fine but the horizon looks a bit soft. Some more sharpening is required there.
Need anything else? Give me a PM
03/23/2012 02:08:36 AM
Ohhhh Yeahhh :-) ... doing the happy dance :-)

My PB and my first "6" ... yeahhhhhh!!! With a photo I didn't think much of, even if I did spend a lot of time in PP.
And no "1", not even a "2" :-)

Thank you for everyone who commented.
I was actually wondering about the forground "shadows", whether to leave them in or "black them out". In the end I decided on a little of both :-)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/22/2012 03:31:39 PM
Glorious rays. And enough shadow detail in the foreground to contrast nicely with the bright sky. Nice photo.
03/20/2012 12:16:02 PM
Beautiful light!
03/17/2012 08:03:39 PM
Gorgeous sunbursts. Love this type of image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/16/2012 11:49:37 PM
An 8 from me. LOVE the rays!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/16/2012 08:52:27 PM
Boom!


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