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Moonrise at Dawn
Moonrise at Dawn

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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 950
Location: Sonoma County, California
Date: Oct 30, 2005
Aperture: f 4
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/28
Galleries: Sky, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2006

Color adjustment layer
Copy background layer
- Lighting effects filter (for gradient background)
- Replace Color (to brighten moon)
- Clean edges of moon
- Blending mode - Illuminosity
- Opacity adjustment
- Resize
- Noise filter (NI, half of weak noise)

Place: 779 out of 833
Avg (all users): 4.5777
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4790
Avg (non-participants): 5.0541
Views since voting: 686
Views during voting: 544
Votes: 431
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2006 01:14:41 PM
Lovely shot and well framed with the tree. To improve I would think about the cropping as there is a lot of wasted space above the moon, and getting it on the thirds horizontally may have worked better or just as well.
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01/26/2006 06:09:23 AM
I like the way the branches only particially fill the image...
01/24/2006 09:17:25 AM
the out of focus trees detract from the rest of the photograph.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/23/2006 11:25:03 PM
The lack of noise, the perfect gradient of the waining light "dawn/dusk" make this a sleeper shot. Photographic skills & post processing are combined here in a photo that is exquistely well done ... additionaly the lack of over sharpening for detail on the branches exhibit a restraint that pays benefit by not being over processed. My only complaint (9 instead of 10) is that I prefer color to black and white.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/22/2006 11:03:37 PM
01/22/2006 04:30:39 AM
There is very little in this picture that makes one want to look again. If the tree had lost all its leaves and the moon was cradled by the branches, or if the left and right thirds were cropped off ... then it may be more interesting ... to me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/20/2006 11:56:30 AM
This just doesn't make a visual impact for me. It is very monochromatic. The trees don't hold my interest and the sliver of moon is just too tiny to make a strong statement. That said, it probably took a bit of effort to capture it clearly at this time of day. Keep on keeping on is about all I can offer.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2006 07:12:49 PM
I really like the way the tree triangulates this inage. The gray tones are a great choice here. That little sliver of moon is what sets this apart from ordinary.
01/19/2006 03:23:39 PM
Just not enough in this photo to really jump it above the pack, and the artifacting in the branches is very noticeable.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2006 11:11:28 PM
10 from me...good luck!
01/18/2006 08:40:36 PM
I think the moon is too centered in the composition, and too small in the frame to really be the main subject of the photo. I don't really think there is much in the shot to hold my interest. Maybe if there was a more interesting silhouette in front that the tree?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2006 07:49:10 PM
..actually... I think I would have liked to see this in color a bit more than the B & W conversion you have gone with...the colors of twilight are usually so beautiful.
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