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Cold Capped
Cold Capped
giantmike


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Challenge: 30 Seconds or More II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Dec 31, 2012
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 32
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2012

My goodness, what luck! With the holidays I had a number of days off, and I went out shooting the morning each one of those. On this particular morning I was hoping to get a scene that would work well with the light layer of clouds moving across the sky, and the early morning light.

I have a variable ND filter that gives me about 6.5 stops, which was barely enough. At 32 seconds, I couldn't really get much more exposure time without starting to blow out the sky. I really need a graduated filter...

This particular spot is a favorite of mine, and has been featured in a few entires in the past. But this is the first time I shot it with a long exposure, and I really really like the results. The water here is constantly moving (which is why it's open), and normal exposures show that roughness. But this long exposure evened that movement out and made a glass like surface, which isn't what I was expecting. I was instead expecting to see a cloudy water surface, which is normally what you see with long exposures of water movement.

With some tweaks to clean it up, I then ran it through Topaz DeNoise and Topaz Adjust 5, which is where the magic happened to really make this image shine.

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 64
Avg (all users): 6.5612
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.2273
Avg (non-participants): 6.7158
Views since voting: 1091
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 139
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)


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01/12/2013 09:41:44 PM
I don't think you can attribute this to luck - it's a very fine, professional capture. The focus, light, clarity and exposure are right on and the scene is beautiful. Congratulations on the top ten, Mike. Very well deserved.
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01/11/2013 09:42:37 AM
Beautiful shot. Congrats on the TT Mike.
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01/11/2013 06:15:12 AM
My top pick. Congrats on the TT placement.
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01/11/2013 01:43:39 AM
Deserving of the top 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2013 11:42:57 PM
Beautiful shot!
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01/08/2013 11:00:04 PM
Very nice, peaceful scene. Soothing colors.
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01/08/2013 10:32:22 PM
beautifully shot! well done
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01/06/2013 12:23:19 AM
This is so serene - the stillness of the water and the pastel colors are beautiful.
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01/05/2013 05:17:13 PM
Winter imagery is always difficult as trees are bare and contrasting color is hard to find. Plus, most photographers have trouble with making snow white rather than blue. This is a good example of how it should be done - lots of nice pleasing colors, the mood is peaceful and relaxing and the snow is white. Very nice image - I'd like to see it place in the top ten.
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01/05/2013 03:16:23 PM
Beautiful and peaceful scene
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01/05/2013 11:51:26 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! A wonderful place captured in gorgeous detail and color. I'd really love to visit.
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01/05/2013 10:37:21 AM
beautifully serene
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01/05/2013 12:26:00 AM
One of my top rated shots. Colors are perfect
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01/04/2013 08:06:24 AM
Well done I like the crystal clear water in the shadows of the rocks.
Very nice.
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01/04/2013 12:56:21 AM
Looks like Mike again, wonderful, wonderful scene, love the water and the sky. 10
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