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The Steeple
The Steeple

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Challenge: Sunrise/Sunset in Black and White (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX Aspherical DG HSM for Nikon
Location: Utica, Illinois
Date: Mar 10, 2012
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2012

[Mar. 21st, 2012 09:27:59 AM]

Thanks a lot for the comments. Tough going this one, as I only had my laptop monitor for viewing while editing. Now viewing it properly it doesn't quite look like what I thought it looked like. In fact I probably would have cropped it slightly differently.

Though no sun, it's the best "sunset" I could get, as there wasn't a cloud and I'd be shooting right into it. I was looking mostly for a nice gradient, though I certainly see why a lack of color and sun would have people guessing if it was indeed a sunset.

The grain silos were lit with a floodlight across the canal from the right. The steeple is also lit by floodlight from the front left. It creates a scene that's naturally lit from three different angles, and I thought that was interesting, though again confusing in this context.

I was hoping the inclusion of Jupiter and Venus at least provided a clue that I was shooting west. :)

Cool challenge idea.

Place: 19 out of 85
Avg (all users): 6.3252
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 6.2045
Avg (non-participants): 6.3924
Views since voting: 312
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 123
Comments: 9
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03/24/2012 08:17:32 AM
Originally posted by NiallOTuama:

Why do you have your sunset in black and white!? Colours would have made this image far more effective.

Not sure I totally follow this comment at all. I thought this was an exceptionally well done image for this challenge. Whilst I'm sure it's wonderful in colour, that wasn't the challenge, was it? Nice one.
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03/24/2012 08:00:38 AM
I'd nearly say this image was over appreciated to be honest. I mean... it's a sunset, right. Why do you have your sunset in black and white!? Colours would have made this image far more effective. Schoolboy error my friend.
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03/23/2012 12:06:12 PM
The planets have been spectacular all month. Glad to see they got some screen time. Love this image.
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03/23/2012 02:15:00 AM
Love Jupiter and Venus at about 3 degrees. Well done. This is a compelling image.... underappreciated.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/20/2012 12:28:02 PM
I love that you can easily see the church steeple. But makes me wonder which direction the light is coming from? Maybe a street light? Beautiful image. I would like to see this make top ten.
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03/19/2012 11:09:48 AM
Beautiful shot. Don't really see a sunrise or sunset, but I can see the color difference in the sky, which implies the rise/set.

Love the detail here, great angle as well.
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03/17/2012 06:53:13 PM
Very nice catch of Venus and Mars.
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03/17/2012 08:24:58 AM
Interesting composition, though the square crop doesn't work for me. A little less foreground would have improved this IMO.
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03/16/2012 12:25:20 PM
Very nice composition of a somwhat "boring" sunject, but the river helps. The light in the sky is beautiful as well. Somehow the picture grows on me the longer I look at it :-)
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