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Dawn Light (St Michael's Mount)
2nd PlaceDawn Light (St Michael's Mount)
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Challenge: D&L (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM
Location: Marazion, Cornwall
Date: Aug 23, 2005
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8 seconds
Galleries: Water, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2005

St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, UK. Access to St Michael's Mount is by way of a causeway, once walked by pilgrims, which is revealed at low tide.

I arrived half an hour before dawn (05:00am) as the tide was starting to cover the causeway. I set up the tripod to await the tide and light on a boulder strewn beach.

As the tide came in I saw these two boulders were going to be the last two points above the waves but it meant standing in the rising water upto the knees. I wanted to use a long exposure to get the mystical soft water around the boulders. I used all the ND filters I had to get the 8 seconds exposure time.

The dawn sunlight hits the granite walls of the castle and harbour but doesn't hit the beach for another 15 minutes. This image was partially luck (I was on vacation and able to get there), but planned as far as tides and sunrise times.

I hope you like it.


Used Rawshooter Essentials to reduce exposeure and set to outdoor strong, bumped the shadow contrast and saturation also minor adjustment to colour temp.

PS Work:
Removed some obvious sensor dust using clone tool
Crop and rotate to level the horizon
Increased saturation
Added a layer to provide a vignette effect heavily blurred and 25% opacity
Amended brightness and contrast
Used neat image to the bottom half of the image to increase the effect on the water.
Add 10 px black border then resize to 640.

File Name CRW_2770.CRW
Camera Model Canon EOS 10D
Shooting Date/Time 23/08/2005 5:31:40
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 8
Av( Aperture Value ) 22
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 100
Lens 28.0 mm
Focal Length 28.0 mm
Image Size 3072x2048
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode One-Shot AF
Parameters Settings
Contrast Standard
Sharpness Standard
Color saturation Standard
Color tone 0
Color Space Adobe RGB
File Size 5366 KB

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 200
Avg (all users): 7.3846
Avg (commenters): 8.5333
Avg (participants): 6.8926
Avg (non-participants): 7.8129
Views since voting: 11777
Views during voting: 537
Votes: 260
Comments: 76
Favorites: 46 (view)


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09/05/2006 06:15:41 PM
Keith, This is a lovely image of St Michael's Mount. I remember it well, having surfed at Marazion many a time in the distant past before leaving for travel around the world. As I remember, the seagulls on the Mount itself are well-practiced in bombing runs. They have a rather dreadful chemical arsenal made from old pilchards. Have a bit of that ordinance land in your hair (as I did one day while there) and it can be extremely embarassing! ;-)
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09/14/2005 11:37:53 AM
Absolutely stunning photograph, was there any didgital or physical manipulation of the shot.

You have a fantatstic eye, congrats
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09/08/2005 01:32:59 PM
This is dreams.I give 10. congratulations

Ilko Iliev
Bulgaria
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09/06/2005 05:17:37 PM
absolutely stunning. a great pic.well done.
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09/06/2005 04:48:43 PM
Very entrancing.....wonderful...congrats
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09/06/2005 03:59:36 AM
Truly fantastic. Great photo.
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09/06/2005 02:47:05 AM
this is just supberb
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09/06/2005 02:26:10 AM
Congratulation and you certainly have captured what you set up to do, and I don't call that luck. You have captured the intangible, the mystical ambience of the castle. Nice work.
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09/05/2005 04:38:44 PM
Congratulations on your Red with this stunning image! Beautiful!!
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09/05/2005 02:08:43 PM
Serene and beautiful, congratulations on your red ribbon, well done!
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09/05/2005 01:15:48 PM
there's goes my top spot for this lens ... and I don't own the lens anymore so i can't reclaim it.

...so i guess i'm happy for you ... and yet, still a bit sad :)

congratulations

ps ... i still have the 50mm 1.8 and 35mm 2.0 records, you don't have one of those, do you?
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09/05/2005 12:19:27 PM
Stumnning image Keith, just awesome...
You say you used all your ND filters, exactly what grade and how many did you use for this??

Cheers,
Nordic
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09/05/2005 10:00:45 AM
Didn't view the D&L ones before results were posted - so what a delight to see this one! It's a lovely image of a beautiful place - and your decision to use all the ND filters and get that long exposure and hence that milky effect in the water, works really well. As does the red morning light on the mount against the darkness nearer to shore. Wonderful!
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09/05/2005 09:11:41 AM
Beautiful work....congrats.
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09/05/2005 04:49:09 AM
Worth every bit of the effort put forth to get this shot Keith.
Congrats on your Red Ribbon.
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09/05/2005 01:03:02 AM
congratulations, beautiful shot
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09/05/2005 12:53:27 AM
Magical indeed and dream like. A masterful weave. Congratulations on your RED.
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09/05/2005 12:09:40 AM
a beautiful photograph. great capture and congrats on your ribbon.
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09/05/2005 12:06:26 AM
Great! One of my tens. Congrats on your red, Keith!
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09/05/2005 12:06:15 AM
Just goes to show you that people didn't hold you down for not having an ampersand! Congrats!
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09/05/2005 12:06:01 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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09/05/2005 12:04:58 AM
On of my top picks also. I love this shot. Congrats on ribbon!
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09/05/2005 12:03:49 AM
Wow! Beautiful!! I love long exposure shots like this, and this one stands out from the crowd. Great work!! Congrats on the red!
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09/05/2005 12:03:36 AM
Great job Keith--it's a wonderful shot. Congratulations.
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09/05/2005 12:01:35 AM
Congrats. One of my top pics!!! Way to go.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2005 11:18:36 PM
This is surreal. Excellent use of long exposure. The colors are fantastic and the crop is good. Great work and good luck!
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09/04/2005 11:18:09 PM
Love the way the moving water looks like mist around the rocks. Beautiful!
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09/04/2005 09:10:14 PM
I have visited this beautiful place and your image does it justice. Thank you for reminding me of its beauty.
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09/04/2005 07:54:49 PM
Just like in dreams. 8
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09/04/2005 06:33:02 PM
Wow, what a stunner. There are so many captivating elements to it. The lighting of course is stunning, the composition really reall works. You have placed those styrene rocks perfectly :) The one in the foreground leads you to the hero fof the shot, the island and the one on the left is significant because it breaks the horizon line and gives the whole pic depth. The sky is perfect for the shot mood and finally the sureal look of the water in the foreground just punctuates the whole effect. If I could vote, it would be a 10
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09/04/2005 06:13:33 PM
Nice water effect and a great job creating an interesting composition with these three subjects. Really beautiful photo.
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09/04/2005 03:10:19 PM
I think the foreground is over processed.
09/04/2005 01:00:19 PM
Very nice long exposure, great lighting and composition. Mont St.Michel is one of my favorite places in the world and I actually got to go there once...love to go back someday. Good Luck!
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09/04/2005 09:26:20 AM
This looks like its out of a fairy tale, what a magical picture, good luck. 9.
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09/03/2005 12:19:26 PM
Very cool image. Texturally beautiful and a sweet composition. Good Luck!
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09/03/2005 09:05:04 AM
Incredibly nice colors. Well composed (I like the three distinct land "islands?"
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09/03/2005 07:58:08 AM
Super pic.
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09/02/2005 10:33:50 PM
Nice perspective and good composition. I like the softness of the foreground and the light on St. Michael's Mount. Great photo.
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09/02/2005 09:15:44 PM
Nice long exposure shot, the foreground almost looks foggish........nice work 9
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09/02/2005 08:13:22 PM
wow!been here,never saw it like this. beautiful composition and colouring.
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09/02/2005 06:36:56 PM
Great capture... very surreal feeling... Unfortunately I'm a stickler on this one... point off for no "&" or "and" in title
09/02/2005 05:57:48 PM
dear gosh how come i cant find a place that pretty to take a picture? i hate living in this part of the world!!!
10
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09/02/2005 04:03:13 PM
nice moody pic
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09/02/2005 01:32:25 PM
Makes me want to go there. I love this picture. Just love it.
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09/02/2005 12:40:37 PM
This is amazing. No water disruption at all. Beautiful. congrats!
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09/01/2005 08:43:18 PM
Amazing! Very breathtaking...should be in a gallery!
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09/01/2005 02:34:40 PM
Beautiful. The haze cause by the long expsoure really adds to the picture.
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09/01/2005 01:29:36 PM
Fabulous shot. I love everything about it, particularly the light & the composition.
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09/01/2005 12:04:25 PM
stunning photo <10> this is beautiful, should be available as a print.
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09/01/2005 06:50:38 AM
Great composition
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08/31/2005 07:26:23 PM
I think this is masterfully displayed. really. is this on the road that leads into this wonder? for those who don't know of this place, it really is amazing. great job.
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08/31/2005 04:56:50 AM
woooow amazing place, i really like it
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08/31/2005 12:54:10 AM
very nice composition and you captured the dawn light at just the correct moment
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08/30/2005 08:36:10 PM
Lovely shot, I like the misty effect on the water.
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08/30/2005 08:31:37 PM
Wow! This is beautiful!
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08/30/2005 08:02:53 PM
Is this not where the causeway runs out to the mount? The cver of a recent National Trust magazine has a better, though similar shot, which includes the first steps along the causeway. There'sa certain magic imparted by the wave-mist around the rock, and the vignetting (whether edited of lens-produced). Perhaps a touch simply 'pretty' for my taste - but then that's no easy thing to achieve by any means. Good work.
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08/30/2005 06:30:00 PM
Wowzer.... this has always been a place that I'd like to visit and you have captured it beautifully. I'm sooo jealous here... so you get a 10.... and a fav. Great work.. hope you ribbon.
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08/30/2005 05:09:56 PM
Love this shot. Excellent work. Maybe the title might cause a drop in votes... those who insist on D & L (Could have called this Dawn & Light) Should do very well. My top rated...
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08/30/2005 04:16:50 PM
Mmmm, I just love this effect on waves. 10.
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08/30/2005 04:08:19 PM
I like the tones in this picture. The composition is balanced and interesting. I like the blurred water and how it looks like ice.
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08/30/2005 03:27:04 PM
Great photo! I wish I'd seen the mount at full tide (but then I couldn't have walked across). I've stood on that rock in the foreground :) Is that vapour around the base, or did you do this on a long exposure?
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08/30/2005 01:34:38 PM
Awesome exposure and composition! Is that a long exposure of sea in the foreground or mist?
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08/30/2005 09:38:57 AM
wow, great triangular compostion great use of light ballance and color contrast. the blue aginst the buildings and the sky is great. only thing negitve to say is in the top right hand corner the clouds are way out of focus but I don't think that is going to matter much, great shot and let me be the first to congradulate your top three finish
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08/29/2005 11:30:41 PM
Well here is my 4th 10. Not a fault to be found, a class photo.
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08/29/2005 10:05:32 PM
Excellent.....10.
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08/29/2005 07:54:04 PM
Fantastic image.
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08/29/2005 06:52:33 PM
Lovely, great capture!
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08/29/2005 06:40:18 PM
breathtaking (first time I've used this word to describe a photo). First time I've given a 10.
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08/29/2005 04:18:05 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!
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08/29/2005 03:29:39 PM
Beautiful. Love the misty water. The light seems a bit drastically different on the island and in the mid-to-foreground, but that could be due to an object (i.e., mountain?) blocking the sun there. Very dramatic piece.
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08/29/2005 03:08:05 PM
Looks like a scene out of a fantasy book. Great capture. 7
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08/29/2005 12:40:12 PM
Very pretty and colorful. The water has a mystical feel to it. Good work here.
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08/29/2005 12:33:52 PM
I gave this shot a 9 last night and want to comment on it. The foggy appearance of the water is so ethereal. The golden tones of the structures in the distance makes for a great contrast. I love the simple wisp of a cloud here and there. Overall - stunning.
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08/29/2005 12:31:30 PM
Beautiful effect of the long exposure. I also like the different lightings, blue and orange.
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08/29/2005 10:07:21 AM
Yes I can pretty much see this ribbon and it very well deserves it as well, I guess no one can deny that =) Not only is the subject nice on itself, the composition, the lighting and the slight softness just makes this picture all complete. The only thing that bothers me slightly is the contrast, but you know I think it's just me. This picture makes me want to jump from one rock to another and then swim to the castle. Not swim float, that's what the long exposure makes me feel like doing. Beautiful
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08/29/2005 10:04:04 AM
Gorgeous capture. This really belongs in a travel guide somewhere. :)
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