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Brent_S


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Challenge: 30 Seconds or More II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Date: Dec 30, 2012
Aperture: f14
ISO: 50
Shutter: 35 sec
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2013

Thanks all very much for all the nice comments and votes as well :)

This is the Seattle Great Wheel which is fairly new to the waterfront. The fish sculpture is about two meters in height and just plunked down off to the side of the pier the wheel sits on and mostly ignored sadly enough. I had to get down very low to shoot this perspective and the bricks on the pier (who puts bricks on a pier) froze my butt :P

I shot this scene once before a couple of months ago when the wheel was lit by floodlights from below instead of LED lights on the side. I posted that to Facebook already, so thought I would take a whack at shooting the wheel with LEDs for a different look.

The LEDs (which can be changed to any color) are super bright for a 30+ second exposure. I started dialing things in before it got very dark by using an 11-stop ND filter. Then as twilight set in I switched to a 3-stop ND filter to slow things down, and then because the wheel was so bright I slid an additional 2-stop soft ND grad filter in from the right side about half way. That gave me a pretty nice exposure overall with one exposure covering a huge dynamic range (just had to brighten the two right corners in Lightroom).

I could have done this as a multiple exposure HDR, but worried too much about whether it might not pass with the rules. Silly really...

Here is what the wheel looks like when not spinning if anybody is curious.

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 64
Avg (all users): 7.2446
Avg (commenters): 8.8750
Avg (participants): 6.7556
Avg (non-participants): 7.4787
Views since voting: 3109
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 139
Comments: 51
Favorites: 7 (view)


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01/16/2013 12:15:39 AM
Love the fish! Nicely done.
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01/15/2013 05:04:14 PM
Very happy to see this ribbon Brent! The comp is brilliant, and all the other fantastic elements. Congrats!
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01/12/2013 11:25:05 PM
This is exceptionally nice. Well done!
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01/12/2013 09:37:16 PM
The color is stunning. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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01/12/2013 10:57:06 AM
Beautiful! Congrats.
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01/12/2013 10:07:57 AM
Brilliant shot, love it.....
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01/12/2013 06:56:00 AM
Everyone else pretty much said it all. I particularly like how the curve of the fish matches that of the wheel. Great work.
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01/12/2013 03:15:48 AM
Well done on your ribbon. Very well executed and presented.
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01/11/2013 06:31:49 PM
Brent... this perspective is so fantastic! The wheel now looks like one big, flat, oblong disk. So cool. Congrats on the red!
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01/11/2013 01:18:12 PM
Congrats on the red.
You did a GREAT job of keeping this shot crisp with such a long shutter speed.
Well deserved ribbon.
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01/11/2013 12:57:35 PM
Well done, Brent!
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01/11/2013 12:42:27 PM
Fabulous shot Brent!. Love seeing you on the front page..although you nipped me in the points race and three of us with the same position.. Looks like you are going to run away with it this year... :)
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01/11/2013 12:33:06 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. I must confess I wasn`t sure what this was, so thanks for the explanation! Beautifully done.
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01/11/2013 10:27:24 AM
This is great. Fantastic colour and clarity.
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01/11/2013 08:42:40 AM
So colorful! Congrats on the red.
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01/11/2013 04:10:13 AM
Nice , Congrats.
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01/11/2013 03:55:07 AM
Shows the three 'C's - Colour, composition and clarity. Congrats.
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01/11/2013 03:54:35 AM
Well done, Brent, congrats
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01/11/2013 03:40:36 AM
This was favorite Brent, congrats!
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01/11/2013 03:19:26 AM
Fantastic finish Brent. The composition really set this one off.
Congrats on the red!
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01/11/2013 02:49:32 AM
Well done Brent, excellently flowing composition. Congrats!
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01/11/2013 02:01:00 AM
Way to go Brent, nice comp
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01/11/2013 01:04:51 AM
Simply outstanding, Brent. Congrats on the ribbon. Sorry about your butt...
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01/11/2013 12:58:17 AM
Congratulations! Really lovely image.
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01/11/2013 12:55:18 AM
Nice ribbon Brent.
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01/11/2013 12:43:47 AM
Great new 'spin' on this subject. Unique and appealing. WD on your ribbon!
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01/11/2013 12:15:52 AM
Brilliant perspective, congrats Brent.
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01/11/2013 12:13:28 AM
I thought this would be a ribbon winner - Congratulations on the red and nice score! :-)
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01/11/2013 12:04:55 AM
Excellent. You keep getting better and better.
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01/11/2013 12:03:05 AM
Congratulations Brent. Great work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2013 11:46:50 PM
Beautifully captured.
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01/10/2013 10:06:57 PM
well done
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01/10/2013 08:59:36 PM
Strange... but I like it!
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01/09/2013 10:11:32 AM
The juxtapositioning of the fish and the ferris wheel makes a very interesting composition. an 8
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01/09/2013 10:06:55 AM
Awesome!
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01/09/2013 09:51:21 AM
Great composition and color.
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01/09/2013 03:33:18 AM
Very nice
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01/08/2013 10:14:54 PM
very well executed in composition and photo! Excellent
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01/08/2013 01:26:52 PM
I like the perspective on this.
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01/08/2013 12:40:42 PM
This is so amazing
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01/06/2013 01:02:05 AM
Pretty amazing. Fantastic colors and clarity. Jet trail kind of even works as the line he's caught on. Great photo.
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01/05/2013 09:10:37 PM
my best one 10
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01/05/2013 03:28:29 PM
Amazing composition!
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01/05/2013 11:52:37 AM
I have no idea what this is but it captures my eye and I keep staring. It's quite beautiful actually.
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01/05/2013 10:39:19 AM
very nice
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01/04/2013 10:47:35 PM
Top 3
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01/04/2013 06:29:30 PM
I'm trying to figure out what that is, but I like the clever title - I'll bet not many will get it. You need a fisherman I guess to get it. Nice job - I like it - a nine for the image and a nine for the title. Well done.
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01/04/2013 05:22:30 PM
Excellent composition and control of exposure
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01/04/2013 03:32:55 PM
Easily my favorite in this challenge. Great complementary colors. Stunning juxtaposition of the fish statue and the twirling wheel. Strong eye-appeal. An inspiring image. I expect this will be a ribbon contender. 10
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01/04/2013 01:11:07 PM
This is fun to look at. Even after I figured out it's a fish, I can still go back & figure it out again. The way it's posed w/the blue wheel is just perfect. Well done.
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01/04/2013 10:59:16 AM
Magnificent job framing the wheel with the curve of the statue.
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