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Moonrise Over Stonehenge
2nd PlaceMoonrise Over Stonehenge
EddyG


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Landmarks (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Location: My family room
Date: Dec 5, 2004
Aperture: /5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2004

Thinking "way outside the box" on this challenge (something I don't normally do): I shot this in my family room, not England. =]

I carved some blocks out of styrofoam, painted them black, and set them up in front of my TV, which was displaying the background picture. (I wonder if anybody else will photograph a "model" of a landmark for this challenge?!)

Luckily, there was a full moon just before this challenge started, so at least the nearly-full moon (which obviously makes for a more dramatic picture) is somewhat plausible. I'm guessing some people will comment on the moon looking "too big", but that can be explained by the famous "Moon Illusion". =]

Still, I'm not entirely happy with the way it turned out (to me, it looks fake because of the lack of any moonlight reflecting off "Stonehenge" or the ground, but maybe some voters won't notice). As usual, I waited 'til the last day to shoot my idea. Then I had to wait too long for the paint to dry on the styrofoam. So... I didn't have time to try and fix anything. I also would have liked to Photoshop the moon to an off-center location in the background picture, but again, no time. I'm submitting it anyway so I can at least click the [update] button all week...

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 143
Avg (all users): 7.2857
Avg (commenters): 8.2059
Avg (participants): 6.9684
Avg (non-participants): 7.5478
Views since voting: 13339
Views during voting: 448
Votes: 210
Comments: 78
Favorites: 30 (view)


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07/31/2006 10:20:14 AM
this is awsome
its creepy-ish
but it looks totally real untill i read what you posted about not enugh light on the ground and i noticed it looked somewhat fake but everything is amazing and its all fake GREAT job im adding this to my favorites
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01/01/2005 11:22:04 AM
Too Funny and waaaaay too clever!!

Good show!!
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12/18/2004 03:04:29 AM
I live 20 Mins from Stonehendge and i didn't notice it was a fake!!!
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12/17/2004 01:53:02 PM
What a great idea. The effects of the TV sky add just enough softness to link up to the foreground. Creativity pays sometimes, the other times, it is just a good idea.
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12/17/2004 11:24:18 AM
I really enjoyed your photo/composition (see comments during voting). Last night at the library I was thumbing thru an older version of "The Joy Of Photography" and came across a photo by Pete Turner taken in 1980 that I thought you would find interesting (it was a bugger to find on the internet). Getty Images has it...here's a URL that should display it, if not the image number is 202780, or search under Pete Turner and it comes up on the first page (of 26!).

Link

Message edited by EddyG - Edited link -- (BTW, that photo is terrific!).
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12/16/2004 08:16:53 AM
A well deserved ribbon winner. Very, very creative. Congratulations for both your unique idea and for your ability to fashion that into an outstanding technical achievement.

This is a great example of modern photography.
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12/15/2004 02:03:34 PM
Fool us once - shame on you, fool us twice... heheh

Congratulations!

Message edited by author 2004-12-15 14:03:56.
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12/15/2004 10:15:44 AM
this takes photography to another level because of the thought going into the setup. i think the actual 'photography' element was secondary on this one... great work overall!
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12/14/2004 08:30:53 AM
Oh I think it's great!! It is a digital challenge, so anything goes. I'd have it hanging on a wall in MY house!! Terrific job.
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12/14/2004 02:04:09 AM
Way 2 go Eddy!! I'm blown away now that I read your description. Tricked or not - this is a GOOD photo! Congrats.
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12/13/2004 10:25:46 PM
Oh my gosh after reading how you did this, it for sure deserves a ribbon. Great shot Eddy but even better after reading how you did it. Congratulations!
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12/13/2004 09:45:58 PM
I honestly think this inspires other people to focus on tricking the voters, while they should be focusing on producing good photos...
12/13/2004 09:36:10 PM
LoL it only looks fake to you cause you know you created an illusion and a good one at that. Its very good! Look out Hollywood maybe you could show em a few tricks in the movies!
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12/13/2004 05:43:33 PM
Congratulations on your Red! Great subject for this well planned beautiful image.
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12/13/2004 05:01:39 PM
FREAKY BUT I LIKE IT
GOOD JOB ON THE PHOTO TAKING

Message edited by author 2004-12-13 17:02:12.
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12/13/2004 12:36:45 PM
This is one of the best shots I've seen! Amazing photo! Congrats!
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12/13/2004 11:56:35 AM
Originally posted by Gauti:

just out of curiosity, what happens when a SC is req for DQ?

For reference, in the case you describe, that SC member does not participate in voting on their own image or in any private SC discussions related to the legality of the image.
12/13/2004 10:46:35 AM
ya had me fooled! congrats on a very clever and beautiful shot!
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12/13/2004 10:30:59 AM
Congrats EddyG
You know you're awfully close to a DQ on this rule:
Artwork. Literal photographic representations of existing works of art (including your own) are not considered acceptable submissions, however creative depictions or interpretations are permissible. This includes, but is not limited to paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, computer artwork, computer monitors, and televisions. A literal representation is one which is composed in such a way as to compel the voter to rate only the work of art represented and not the artistic decisions made by the photographer (e.g., lighting, composition, background elements, etc).

probably with 2 different artworks, you're OK

Edit:
just out of curiosity, what happens when a SC is req for DQ?

Edit #2: you should probably rename it to TV Moonrise of Styrofoamhenge :)

Message edited by author 2004-12-13 10:33:19.
12/13/2004 10:18:07 AM
First off... thanks for all the great comments, both during and after the challenge!!

I was a bit disappointed after I got done taking the shots for this challenge. I had this "vision" in my head for a few days, and I was a little bummed-out when I finally saw the results on the PC... it just looked kinda "fake", and to make it worse, I didn't have a clue what to do to "fix" it. With time running out, I almost didn't submit, but then convinced myself that since Stonehenge probably wasn't that well known photographically, it might be all right. Needless to say, when I checked my score the next morning and saw it was at 6.9, I was pretty excited!

As might be expected, DQ requests came in for this shot almost immediately...

Thanks again! =]

Message edited by author 2004-12-13 10:18:53.
12/13/2004 09:56:52 AM
Thats a great idea- when i first saw your photo - i was like - lucky feller - lives in england and takes a pic of the stone henge and includes the blooming moon aswell.
Really great pic - and an even better idea.
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12/13/2004 09:45:27 AM
WTG Sweets ! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon :)
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12/13/2004 08:35:37 AM
I didn't see this during voting - but you had me fooled until I read your comments. Great job... as usual :-)
Congrats on the ribbon!
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12/13/2004 08:03:29 AM
To be honest, I really don't like the "set up" aspect of photography and I think it's interesting that the attitude on this site seems to be more about the end than the means BUT:

When you're this good, EddyG you need to flaunt it, baby!!

Great work and effort!

(Please let the positive part outweigh the the negative part of my comment)

Message edited by author 2004-12-13 10:40:34.
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12/13/2004 05:37:53 AM
Too clever : )
Captures the spirit of the place perfectly. Congrats.
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12/13/2004 05:09:56 AM
and there i was about to phone english heritage and the national trust about trespassers in the dead of night ;) completely got me - i've actually been there a couple of times, and i was totally convinced by your shot. totally excellent shot, and great display of lateral thinking - you should work for NASA or something...

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12/13/2004 05:06:48 AM
I agree with scalvert....fooled me ! Congratulations !
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12/13/2004 03:11:40 AM
LOL, too funny.
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12/13/2004 03:06:54 AM
Congratulations, great photo and set up
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12/13/2004 01:35:06 AM
Hehehehe, well that's one way to get around a lack of photogenic landmarks.

I wasn't the biggest fan of this during voting - but now that I know how you did it, I'm really really impressed.
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12/13/2004 12:50:48 AM
Very cool. Kinda like my Brickhenge shot, but more moody. I just love it! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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12/13/2004 12:24:59 AM
really captures the spirit of Stonhenge used to go there for summer hippie party and get totally .... what's the word again?...
Nice job.
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12/13/2004 12:17:05 AM
Awesome job Eddy ~ you must have enjoyed all that "update" clicking with the score you pulled! Congratulations.
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12/13/2004 12:15:27 AM
Great idea and execution on this Eddy. Congrats
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12/13/2004 12:14:13 AM
EddieG You sorcerer you. You have captured the ancient magic here. Congratulations on your red.
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12/13/2004 12:09:45 AM
Amazing. Had me fooled completely! Still, one of the best of the bunch and well deserving of a ribbon, congratulations on a most creative entry!
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12/13/2004 12:04:25 AM
too cool! well done on execution of a great idea. well deserved on your ribbon!
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12/13/2004 12:04:05 AM
Good one. I had the same idea using an Inuksuk (Iniut landmark) but never got to execute it.
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12/13/2004 12:02:39 AM
Very clever! You fooled me. Congrats on the red.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/12/2004 11:24:58 PM
wow, very eerie and cool--one of my favorites.
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12/12/2004 10:11:24 PM
I always like shots with the moon and dark clouds anyway : )
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12/11/2004 11:55:20 PM
This looks almost too good to be true...wonderful shot! One of my favourites in this competition.
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12/11/2004 07:05:45 PM
Breathtaking! Great photo...need to put that one on the wall.
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12/11/2004 06:48:11 PM
This is just beautiful, and I am so jealous! 10
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12/11/2004 06:41:29 PM
returning for comments:
While there is some distortion, this image remains a fascinating composition with this ancient work. Bumping up.
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12/11/2004 08:33:40 AM
How did you shoot around the fence? :) Great shot of the moon against this landmark (small nit but would like a bit more definition on the right against the sky) as presented one of my ribbon picks this challenge BOL
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12/10/2004 11:57:47 PM
this is beautiful. how do you get the moon so clear. Guess my lens is not strong enough. The moon only looks like a big glow of light with out definition like this one. I use a tripod, etc. but I cannot get any where near this shot.
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12/10/2004 04:28:46 PM
Challenge link: strong - you deserve much credit for the capture alone.

Image critique: a powerful image and a dramatic subject. I think the processing has been pushed too far, rendering Stonehenge a bit too indistinct. Moon looks good - perhaps a little too central - but its's large and eerie.

Out-of-challenge appeal: I've reviewed this and I like it more each time, although the quite harsh processing is my only niggle.
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12/10/2004 08:02:47 AM
Very atmospheric - should do well
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12/09/2004 09:21:50 PM
Wow, great site and capture. Catching a moon rising over anything is a nice accomplishment. Catching the moon rising over Stonehenge is nearly mythic. The stones are beautifully silhouetted, the clouds look surreal. But the moon looks oddly out of place somehow. I'm not sure what I'm trying to say. I like it though and gave you a 7.
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12/09/2004 09:07:48 PM
What can I say, this is amazing! I love the mood you have set in this photograph. Great Shot!
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12/09/2004 07:56:53 PM
Freakin amazing !!!! I love stonehenge and this is just awesome! 10
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12/09/2004 05:20:39 PM
i don't get it...what is stonehenge?
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12/09/2004 03:11:14 PM
Great photograph! Kind of spooky, so dark.
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12/09/2004 10:19:20 AM
I am speechless. This is absolutely stunning and an instant winner in my book. I am interested in hearing your story for this shot. What strikes me most is the clarity of the moon set against the background of clouds. Did you boost the levels of the clouds to bring out more of the shadow details?

I think the position in the sky as well as the centered composition really works well here.
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12/09/2004 06:48:49 AM
Really cool shot with great mood and color. The composition might be improved if the moon were a bit higher or if you cropped it a bit tighter, but it still came out great like this. Really nice job.
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12/08/2004 10:07:33 PM
Very cool! Most excellent! Congrats
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12/08/2004 06:54:59 PM
prolly a top 10, but don't don't take my word for it :)
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12/08/2004 05:53:11 PM
I had already voted on this prior to the validation I now see. Just stunning, and thankfully, not overly - edited. 9.
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12/08/2004 07:30:06 AM
without a doubt - the winner!! - 10
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12/07/2004 07:31:21 PM
Great lighting and silloette of the subject. Great picture.
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12/07/2004 06:55:40 PM
Great picture, love the clouds and the sky colouring. I would like to see the stones a bit lighter.

Interested to see the original and how is was achieved.

Good Luck
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12/07/2004 05:56:26 AM
very nice
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12/07/2004 05:36:08 AM
Very Spinal Tap, no?
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12/07/2004 01:18:14 AM
Obviously the color is delicious. Couple that with Stonehenge and the moon in perfect color. The only thing that would have made this a 10 is the moon being higher up and maybe to the left or right. I guess you could have hung around for another hour or so...
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12/06/2004 08:48:10 PM
great work 10
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12/06/2004 07:09:06 PM
No comments needed. You obviously know what you're doing. A perfect 10 that I will add to my favorites!
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12/06/2004 06:13:37 PM
This shot has that Midevil Feel. 8
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12/06/2004 04:10:36 PM
I don't think you will see clouds behind the moon.
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12/06/2004 03:20:09 PM
Amazing shot. Is the moon real, looks so big.9
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12/06/2004 03:06:37 PM
this image just doen't look right , as the clouds are too bright having a full moon behind them.(3)
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12/06/2004 03:26:01 AM
I love this shot. Stunning. One of the best!
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12/06/2004 03:11:24 AM
This image is lovely, I wish you could have moved around (or probably waited for time to pass) to keep stone henge central and The Moon off centre, either way, it,s a good idea, well shot.
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12/06/2004 01:51:41 AM
Beautiful shot, how did you get the moon to be so big? Is this s double exposure with a tele lens for the moon and a wide angle for the monument? 9
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12/06/2004 01:36:11 AM
Beautiful.
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12/06/2004 12:31:27 AM
this is beatiful!!!!
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12/06/2004 12:31:09 AM
nice shotawsome sky good luck
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12/06/2004 12:16:29 AM
This is so amazing I'm having a hard time believing it's real. Oh wait, this is a Members challenge, I guess anything is possible. This gets a 10 from me.
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