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Valley of Fire

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Challenge: Hidden Gem: DPL Season 3 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
Location: Valley of Fire, Nevada, USA
Date: Aug 10, 2015
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 4000
Shutter: 20 Seconds
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2015

Photographer’s Notes
Milky Way is probably an over exposed subject here but I find it endlessly fascinating.

This time from the Valley of Fire ~ 70 miles from Las Vegas.

Post Processing
• Convert from RAW (PSCC 2015)
• Exposure Blending (PSCC 2015)
• Dodge & Burn (PSCC 2015 Overlay Layer)
• Remove Distraction (PSCC 2015 Healing layer)
• Resize (PSCC 2015)
• Sharpen (PSCC 2015 USM Layer – Masked)
• Save for Web (PSCC 2015)

Camera Data
• Date: 2015.08.10
• Camera: Nikon D800e
• Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
• ISO: 4000
• Aperture: f/2.8
• Shutter: 20 Seconds

Place: 4 out of 130
Avg (all users): 7.0000
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.8947
Avg (non-participants): 7.2609
Views since voting: 889
Views during voting: 140
Votes: 80
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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09/04/2015 12:24:31 PM
Congrats on th HM.
Nice shot.
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09/04/2015 10:11:42 AM
You are right Chuck, the Milky Way seems like an endless arrangement of wonders and mystery. Congrats on your HM!
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09/04/2015 10:05:54 AM
Congrats on a pretty cool image and HM
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09/04/2015 06:12:32 AM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

Congratulations on your high score and placing with your entry assumed to meet the challenge.

What a star filled sky, I don't think I've ever seen so many stars! This is a very well executed image, the exposure is long enough to get a good image and not too long that the stars themselves are too elongated. The detail is very good throughout the image including the foreground which adds a perfect level of interest to the night scene. The composition is good with the Milky Way itself positioned nicely on the left third.

There is a nice rim of light above the right distant landscape with a few interesting clouds to boot. Perhaps the only thing I am not so keen on is the white appearance of the nearest bushes in relation to the rest of the scene. I assume this has been illuminated by yourself during the exposure? On closer inspection is it due to the cold? There does appear to be a lighter hue to the tops of all the bushes leading into the scene. Even so, I think it would benefit from a little toning down, apart from that an excellent job, well done.

Thanks for your great entry, Sid
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09/04/2015 02:54:32 AM
Congrats on the HM. It was one of my top 3.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/03/2015 10:37:07 PM
Fabulous photo! 10
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09/03/2015 09:21:22 PM
Love the sky and the purple landscape.
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08/28/2015 09:29:35 PM
Wow wow Wow. 8
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08/28/2015 11:19:10 AM
fabulous !!!
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08/28/2015 10:24:05 AM
Well processed
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