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Painted with fire
Painted with fire

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Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7
Location: Degrey lake, Hotsprings Arkansas
Date: Nov 13, 2004
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/512
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2005

No filters, slight bump on the saturation, and a quick run through neat image. I figured this was my best shot of 2004. With almost no editing of filters I feel a strong sense of accomplishment.

Place: 176 out of 530
Avg (all users): 5.9413
Avg (commenters): 6.6250
Avg (participants): 5.8792
Avg (non-participants): 6.1579
Views since voting: 1601
Views during voting: 558
Votes: 341
Comments: 22
Favorites: 5 (view)

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07/12/2005 05:22:33 PM
B/W Club!

this is a striking shot and i totally agree with you that the color is much stronger than the b/w. gorgeous gorgeous color here -- no reason to mess with it.
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02/10/2005 08:38:23 AM
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02/03/2005 02:30:45 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Definitely the first thing that I notice about this picture is the colors. The colors are great. The range of tones in the sky is just wonderful.

Since the colors are so strong, probably the strongest aspect of this image, you want to accentuate them as much as possible and remove distractions. The bottom 1/5 or so of the image is dark and unappealing, so it doesn't belong there. Taking out that part would also (as blemt suggested) would improve the composition by taking the horizon down from its current hovering place aroudn the 1/2 mark. It would draw the focus back to the sky, where all the color and interest is.

Without doing anything other than that slight change, I think you'd have a much improved picture. Going a bit further than that (this is something for "next time," I guess), I wonder what this scene would have looked like a few seconds later, just after the sun went beyond the hills. You might not have lost anything that way, and just avoided having the burned out parts of the picture caused by the sun and its reflection. Something to keep in mind, perhaps.

Just keep taking pictures :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2005 03:24:16 PM
01/26/2005 03:06:29 PM
I confess, I'm a sucker for sunsets. This one generates a nice feeling of serenity. Nice color balance, pretty clouds. I might crop the bottom a smidge more, because I think you have slightly too much of the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 balance going. Basically the horizion is dead smack in the middle. Very nice scene though.
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01/26/2005 12:30:01 PM
Nicely timed and composed photograph, with good detail and not over-saturated. ((8))
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01/25/2005 06:14:54 AM
Whee, great! Now, where's my girlfriend's hand? :)
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01/23/2005 12:38:52 PM
01/22/2005 07:18:31 PM
wow. no, make that WOW! people can say what they want about 'another boring sunset', but it's images like these that drive us all to try to shoot them. most excellent work. thanks for sharing. and now, as i have nothing else to offer, i'll just sit and enjoy it for a moment, if you don't mind. good luck in the challenge!
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01/22/2005 11:24:35 AM
Great sunset, but a little noisy. Reflection is fantastic.
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01/22/2005 05:34:19 AM
I like this shot but because of the high contrast from the sun on the clouds in gives a blurry impression in the sky. A beautiful tranquil picture tho to say the least and a shot that you could get lost in just looking at it. Best of luck and keep up the good worlk in 2005.
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01/21/2005 06:24:31 PM
Pretty, nice composition. I wish the dark corner in the upper right was fixed and that the blue of the sky wasn't quite so noisy.
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01/21/2005 02:24:09 PM
Gosh that's beautiful... can't think of anything that I would do differently... 10
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01/20/2005 04:19:27 PM
Awesome colors.
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01/19/2005 10:47:24 PM
Sunsets are one of those subjects that have to be really spectacular to make me go wow anymore. This one, though one of the better ones I've seen lately doesn't have that pop...
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01/18/2005 02:19:21 AM
This is a beautiful sunset... but I'm wondering it you could have shot it in a different way... I would have liked to have seen the sun in a more prominent spot. and maybe zoomed in a bit on that and made it a verticle would have been nice... the dark upper corner in the right bothers me... and I think you could have played a round with this a bit more. Pretty sunset/rise though!
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01/16/2005 08:46:34 PM
Nice reflections in the water and beautiful sky.
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01/16/2005 07:10:19 PM
Great sunset...If this was taken from your cottage, let me know what weekend I can come visit this summer. Wonderful colours and clarity...Worth framing and hanging on the wall. Well done.
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01/16/2005 05:33:43 PM

Message edited by author 2006-05-05 14:02:15.
01/16/2005 04:56:25 AM
Perhaps the best of the sunsets. I wish there was a little more separation in the dark areas to the right.
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01/16/2005 04:05:48 AM
Not a bad sunset shot - I think theres a little too much black space on the right, but this remains a solid shot.
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01/16/2005 12:16:52 AM

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