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OKC: Remembering When Time Stood Still
OKC: Remembering When Time Stood Still

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Challenge: Monuments II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma City, OK
Date: Apr 24, 2015
Aperture: 13.0
ISO: 500
Shutter: 13
Date Uploaded: Apr 25, 2015

From the Oklahoma City National Memorial, 5 days after the 20th anniversary of the bombing.

Beautiful night in OKC with fast-moving low clouds. Fairly minimal editing: adjusted curves, a little selective desaturation, cloned out a couple stars, and a little dodging of the foreground.

Place: 8 out of 60
Avg (all users): 5.9589
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.6364
Avg (non-participants): 6.2250
Views since voting: 307
Views during voting: 157
Votes: 73
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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07/14/2015 12:42:40 PM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

First of all, congratulations on your 8th place result. The long exposure has enabled you to create an image with impact that has clearly been appreciated.

For me the sky with its motion blur from the clouds is what gives this image its impact, I also like the startbursts of the lights from the small aperture you have used. I'm not too keen on the wide angle effect on the buildings but I think if you had used perspective control you would have altered the whole image to its detriment. Equally, the more exaggerated an effect is the more acceptable it becomes.

The biggest problem I have here is the amount of overexposure from the illuminated areas. I tend to agree with your commenter that combining separate exposures may have been a better choice or perhaps a reversed graduated filter to reduce the exposure of the lower half may have worked better.

As a stranger, I need your description to confirm that this is indeed a monument, and the time, I assume is not a clock as I thought, but a permanent reminder of the time when the deed was done? So, given all that it obviously fits the challenge well.

All of this is rather academic given your result, well done.
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05/04/2015 10:48:27 AM
Congrats on the TT!!
the clouds look great!
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05/04/2015 08:48:45 AM
Stunningly futurist. all the "natural splendor" of man made lights and night.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2015 06:01:33 PM
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05/02/2015 12:28:51 PM
i like idea of this one. I don't feel you got the results you may have wanted. I feel these long exposure night shots require multiple exposures to drill down the shadows and the highlights, then for that to be blended together. As I wrote on another image that I didn't score very well, I'm always hesitant to comment critically, because you never know the circumstance of the shot. If you're not familiar with the process I'm mentioning above, feel free to hit me with a PM and I'll send you a few links to some photogs who are perfecting the technique. I think this subject is worth the effort.
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05/01/2015 07:39:50 AM
In many ways a great shot - love the sky and the contrast it creates. In my top 5. Good luck!
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04/29/2015 10:26:56 PM
Interesting, I have never seen this. It looks beautiful. Nicely captured.
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04/27/2015 08:12:44 PM
Great sense of movement.
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04/27/2015 09:06:09 AM
Top 2
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