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The Universe
The Universe

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Challenge: Complexity (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 Aspherical XR IF Super Zoom for Canon
Location: My house
Date: Sep 23, 2004
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 800
Shutter: 3 min 40 sec
Galleries: Sky, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Sep 24, 2004

Set up outside one night..unfortunately there was some light pollution. Hope that this is as original in this challenge as I think it is.

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10/08/2004 09:56:00 PM
Hi Lee,
Scott here from the Critique Club,

I think your concept for this challenge was wonderful. The star trails look a little blurry....even for showing motion trails. I'm going to guess that your tripod was either setup on an unstable surface or that there may have been some wind when this photo was taken. I'm more likely to guess the latter looking at some of the motion in the tree tops. When I have taken night sky pic I try to keep my tripod legs close to the ground and widen them further then normal for a lower center of gravity. If you where setup on a surface like a wooden deck just the motion of walking to and from the camera may have caused some shake. If knowing I had a little light pollution in the pic I may have tried taking the pic later or at a different location. I got a sense from your comment on this pic that you thought it might have some negative effect.

The tree line looks like it shows some side effects of editing and doesnít feel like it blends well with the sky. Replacing the tree line with a solid more stable foreground subject may have helped. By adding a little clarity and some scale to your pic. I find the larger the object to compare the sky to just makes the sky that much bigger and would have added to your ďThe UniverseĒ title.

I had a good look through you profile and see some definite improvements in subject, composition, and clarity from your early challenge entries. I also really like your B&W work in your prints folder. Keep up the good work. If Iím right I think that your pics that generally do better in challenges are the ones you are more comfortable shooting. More like your profile pics. May I suggest not trying so hard for challenges and let your natural eye take the pic. (Donít take that the wrong way-trying new things is a great way to improve) Just donít second guess yourself. If your have any questions or comments please feel free to PM me.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/02/2004 10:34:17 PM
great idea...IMO i would liked to see maybe black and white or spia colour...maybe a bit less negative space
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09/29/2004 11:31:23 PM
Very interesting - nice shot.
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09/29/2004 01:52:49 AM
Would have loved to see longer star-trails...you're on the right track though!!!
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09/28/2004 08:43:18 PM
nice job
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09/28/2004 11:08:10 AM
Good job. That's a hard shot to get.
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09/27/2004 07:24:01 AM
goo idea, but the tree line as been so bumped up that the edge is blowing out.
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