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Half Dome At Night
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Challenge: Darkness (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park CA
Date: Jun 12, 2005
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 43 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2005

Taken from Glacier Point at about 10 pm. It was too dark so I couldn't see anything in the viewfinder to compose or focus, it was trial and error to get it. There were a lot of planes that I had to wait to pass to take a shot, and even in this one there was one that I cropped out. I had a blast doing this. It was incredible being up there alone at night, although I had to force myself not to be spooked being the only person up there with just a little LED headlight on my forehead. -sorry for blabbering, but it was a neat experience.

Anyways, on to the editing:

Adjusted the brightness/contrast in RAW first

In PS: Tweaked the brightness and levels some more
USM
NeatImage to remove some ISO noise
Cropped
Added border
Save for Web

Statistics
Place: 45 out of 373
Avg (all users): 5.8257
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
Avg (participants): 5.6061
Avg (non-participants): 5.9942
Views since voting: 1108
Views during voting: 424
Votes: 304
Comments: 20
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11/28/2006 11:43:26 PM
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

This is what I'm talking about! I love a story like that and it gets lost in the 5.8 score. Nice shot. It's too bad the star trails were the size they were. it's probably what hurt the shot as they are too short and look more like blur than trails. A 5 minute exposure probably would have made this a winning shot!


Thanks Doc! I totally agree, the stars were not enough to be trails, yet too much to be plain old stars. Just somewhere in limbo between the two.
11/28/2006 10:33:43 PM
This is what I'm talking about! I love a story like that and it gets lost in the 5.8 score. Nice shot. It's too bad the star trails were the size they were. it's probably what hurt the shot as they are too short and look more like blur than trails. A 5 minute exposure probably would have made this a winning shot!
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06/22/2005 12:24:11 AM
This was really fun to do, and really beautiful up there at night. I now have an excuse to make another trip to Yosemite and try it with a full moon. Here's the darker version before PS editing, I should have just used this:

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/21/2005 09:15:08 PM
Absolutely gorgous! 10
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06/21/2005 02:43:52 PM
This almost looks like an oil painting - the way the colors of the landscape appear. Very nicely done.
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06/21/2005 07:43:17 AM
This would be a great image if iit weren't for the obvious technical problems. Shoot a faster ISO if possible, wider aperiture, and use a tripod....5
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06/20/2005 08:46:17 PM
Really nice image. The stars just add such a beauty to the picture. Thainls for sharing it with us.
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06/19/2005 12:23:07 AM
DMC
06/18/2005 10:33:10 PM
WOW!!!! Where is Half Dome??
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06/18/2005 08:54:39 PM
Lovely shot. I wonder how it would have been if you'd taken a longer time exposure to get more circular action out of those stars. Not a criticism, just a thought.
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06/18/2005 08:38:59 PM
The blur of the stars moving is very distracting.
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06/18/2005 02:55:40 AM
The relatively short exposure for this kind of shot has resulted in very short star trails, and could be mistaken by some as motion blur (which is obviously not the case because the rocks are nice and sharp). If possible, I would suggest either a longer exposure to make the star trails appear more deliberate or shorter to make them appear closer to points. Other than that, I really like the shot with a lovely 'National Geographic' feel to it. Well done.
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06/17/2005 07:47:46 PM
Cool pic! Great shot!
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06/17/2005 05:31:28 PM
Seems weird. Was the sky darker?
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06/17/2005 01:46:41 AM
Nice earthy colours. The stars look like falling snow, which adds to the mood of the photo.
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06/17/2005 01:34:40 AM
Beautiful subject. Too bad it wasnt advanced editing so you couldnt use a filter to make the stars look better.
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06/16/2005 10:26:06 PM
Wow - I want to be there at night. Well done.
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06/16/2005 08:47:41 AM
This literally has me speechless. I absolutely love it. 10.
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06/16/2005 06:30:09 AM
wow. impressive. setting of a fantasy movie with dragons and such.
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06/15/2005 09:58:01 PM
Gorgeous night landscape. I'm really impressed at the amount of detail you got.
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