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Reynisdrangar Cliffs
1st PlaceReynisdrangar Cliffs

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 30 Seconds or More IV (Standard Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
Location: Iceland
Date: Nov 19, 2016
Aperture: F/11
ISO: 50
Shutter: 246sec
Date Uploaded: Nov 23, 2016

Under the Reynisfjall Mountains, at the end of a dramatic stretch of black sand beach are these towering, spiky basalt sea stacks jutting out from the ocean 66 meters (217 ft) into the air.

Processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, like the other and this.

Place: 1 out of 44
Avg (all users): 7.0000
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.3214
Avg (non-participants): 7.5135
Views since voting: 1416
Views during voting: 140
Votes: 65
Comments: 7
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12/05/2016 04:11:11 AM
Beautiful image. I particularly like the sharp details in the foreground.
12/02/2016 01:12:12 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First things first ... CONGRATS on adding another blue ribbon to your beautiful portfolio. :)

Next, the challenge requirements are definitely met here with the 246 secs. The clarity you achieved with the extended exposure is beautiful. I love the details of the rocks and how they are balanced by the smoothness of that wonderful fog. The reds and yellows in the sky bring warmth to the coolness of the water and reinforce the balance I see/feel when looking at your scene.

I'm afraid I can't evaluate the processing from a technical perspective (still learning on that front) but you've wonderfully captured textures and shadows throughout. The giant pillared rocks in the distance are incredible. If I stare long enough I start to see a winding external staircase up to a castle tower (largest) or the claw of a monstrous sea creature (far left). I can't find a thing to complain about. It just feels magical to me. Thank you for creating this masterpiece for us.
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12/02/2016 09:15:27 AM
12/02/2016 12:05:49 AM
In my top picks, stunning! Congrats
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2016 09:14:30 PM
You have some dark halos around the tops of the crags against the sky, which break my suspension of disbelief and draw attention to the postprocessing done here. The rocks and clouds breaking the right edge of the frame all conspire to lead the eye out of the image on that side and leave the composition feeling a bit unbalanced; aside from that though, the composition is overall strong and the tones (dubious dodging/burning aside) are excellent. Still one of my highest scores in the challenge.
12/01/2016 06:59:23 PM
This reminds me of a Cuttooth image, except taken on the other side of the planet of course. Beautifully done!
11/28/2016 07:33:39 PM

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