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Taupo Dusk
Taupo Dusk

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Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5
Location: Lake Taupo
Date: Aug 30, 2005
Aperture: F5.3
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/64
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2005

Spur of the moment photo from the lakefront at Lake Taupo N.Z

Place: 134 out of 343
Avg (all users): 5.6179
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 5.4118
Avg (non-participants): 5.9570
Views since voting: 1563
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 246
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/04/2006 09:57:12 AM
I am totally baffled at why this photo would only score in the 5.6 range. I think if it had been in the silhouette challenge, you would be looking at the high 6's! I truly love it!

My daughter-in-law lived in New Zealand as a foreign exchange student a few years ago, and she and your gorgeous pictures have convinced me that we HAVE to go someday! It is so breathtaking!

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09/17/2005 03:44:52 AM
Critique Club:

This certainly is high contrast and I think it met the challenge topic very well. There are a couple of things you could work on to make photos such as this even better.

1. Pay close attention to your horizon. While it's hard to tell here how level the horizon is by looking at the tops of the trees, you can tell that it's slightly off by looking at the water line.

2. The sillhouette os the clump of grass/reeds is very nice but it's so close to the center of the pic that it's competing with the sunset for my attention. Composing the shot with the grass in the corner would still give you some nice foreground interest but wouldn't be in the way of your sunset.

The color banding in the sky is kinda hard to avoid given the small file size we have to work with so there is often nothing you can do about that.

All in all, a very nice shot. Good luck in future challenges! :)
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09/13/2005 07:42:55 AM
When this photo was taken Taupo was in the middle of a pollen explosion from the literally millions of thos damn pine trees in our region. It was that heavy that during the day you could clearly see a yellow green cloud of it and it actually obscured scenery at times, played hell with allergy sufferers and gave one hell of a good sunset that night, apart from the slight haze that it caused it was spectacular
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 10:05:37 PM
Beautiful suset. I love the colors.
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09/11/2005 08:22:39 AM
Nice colours. Would prefer a longer exposure to get a smoother sea. 8.
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09/11/2005 01:11:09 AM
Bumping up after second look, but find the centered bush a bit distracting.
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09/09/2005 10:01:13 PM
Nice image, I like the pink in the sunset.
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09/07/2005 05:15:58 PM
Fit Challenge Criteria: 2/2
Color/contrast: 1/2
Composition: 2/2
Photo Quality: 1/2
My Subjective Affinity: 1/2

The color transition in the sky is very poor. Probably caused by the JPEG conversion, but should have been avoided.
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09/06/2005 08:23:45 PM
very pretty perfect job
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09/06/2005 10:56:07 AM
another nice contrast pic. good subject
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09/05/2005 12:35:23 PM
Beautiful tones! The sky is gorgeous. The foreground's color seems a bit off to me though - not sure why - and the horizon seems off a hair. Still a very nice appealing image.
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