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Celestial dance
Celestial dance
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Challenge: Painting With Light II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Thingvellir, Iceland
Date: Feb 27, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 60 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2006

Lit with a single flashlight. The conditions were perfect for this kind of shot, no moon, totally clear skies and dark since itīs in the middle of the winter and of course, aurora borealis. This is a copy of a shot I did a couple of months ago in August 2005, at that time the bright summer nights in Iceland kindof ruined the shot, parts of the sky were overexposed so I always wanted to reshoot that and this challenge was the perfect excuse to go hauling into the night, drive half an hour and climb up a steep cliff to stand there for almost an hour trying out different shots. Should maybe have used a slightly shorter shutterspeed as the stars have started to move in a couple of places but that doesnīt really bother me in this size. I really like this shot, came out better than I thought, hope you like it too.

Donīt think I have ever needed to do as little post processing since I learned how to use photoshop, I was very happy with how it came out straight out of the camera, all I did was a slight adjustment with shadow highlights and a vast increase in contrast. I still wish I could do a seperate curves on the sky and on the foreground but since itīs basic editing, of course that is not allowed.

Here is a link to another edit of this shot, like I would have submitted it if advanced editing was allowed and this is how the shot is supposed to look like if you ask me.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 187
Avg (all users): 6.8491
Avg (commenters): 8.1000
Avg (participants): 6.5333
Avg (non-participants): 6.9637
Views since voting: 5502
Views during voting: 562
Votes: 338
Comments: 40
Favorites: 13 (view)


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11/11/2006 08:14:38 AM
An incredible scene and one that I bet very few people have had the pleasure of seeing (before your picture of course).
That 5d is amazing to generate almost no noise at iso 800 for 60 seconds!
Did you have to use such a high iso?
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03/09/2006 03:08:51 PM
hey, i think this one looks better, and more real than your other more-photoshopped one, great job ... a little more even flashlight work would enhance it, but other than that, nicely done!

Simon
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03/08/2006 09:36:15 PM
This should have won..
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03/08/2006 05:38:31 PM
Til hamingju með góðan árangur og frábæra mynd.
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03/08/2006 12:47:14 PM
i can't believe something like this exists on our planet.
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03/08/2006 12:05:05 PM
The magic of the night! Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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03/08/2006 10:07:33 AM
Skrítinn þessi dökki punktur vinstra megin í myndinn í norðurljósunum.
Eru þetta kannski óhreinindi á sensor?
Glæsilegur árangur. Til hamingju með þetta og auðvitað líka á ljosmyndakeppni.is. En eins og þú segir þá var lýsingatíminn heldur langur út af stjörnunum en það venst ótrúlega vel :-) og þú hefðir væntanlega þurft eitthvað öflugra vasaljós til að ná nægilegri birtu á skemmri tíma.
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03/08/2006 07:33:18 AM
Glæsileg mynd Lárus, ég hefði viljað sjá hana skora hærra.
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03/08/2006 03:17:59 AM
Beautifully done! Great finish for no-motion-trails...

R.
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03/08/2006 02:34:15 AM
I'm rather disappointed to see the scoring curve in this shot! People mistook the Aurora Borealis as the source of the painted light? Look at the rocks, look at the water!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2006 11:32:51 PM
Lovely! Bumping up.
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03/07/2006 10:51:48 PM
painting with light on a cosmic scale. very impressive. 9.
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03/07/2006 11:44:17 AM
are those the northern lights
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03/06/2006 11:50:01 PM
Wow this is amazing, it does not even look real.
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03/06/2006 11:41:58 PM
Gorgeous....gorgeous....gorgeous....
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03/05/2006 12:10:49 PM
Never get bored from the Aurora Borealis...well done
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03/04/2006 11:25:59 PM
Fantastic!
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03/04/2006 02:20:18 PM
gorgeous aurora light. where is this waterfall?
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03/04/2006 01:07:51 AM
Wow, I like it, real good example here.
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03/03/2006 08:31:34 PM
Very nice. I guess it meets criteria...
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03/03/2006 06:25:08 PM
I'm always a sucker for Northern Lights shots -- very slick! Looks like the kind of thing that should have an inspirational poem written on it, or something. - 10
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03/03/2006 03:54:51 PM
Come on you painted those stars up there didn't ya! Dayum, I knew I live in the wrong place, you guys are so lucky getting all that aurora stuff. Choice image.
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03/03/2006 09:34:46 AM
Came back and can't bump up anymore, I already gave you a 10. In my Favorites and on my wish list :) This is beautiful on so many levels. Love how you lit the rocks and waterfall. Car headlights or an incredibly powerful flashlight I'm guessing. Good luck and I hope it ribbons, it deserves to :)
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03/03/2006 04:38:57 AM
Lucky you to see this stunning dance in such a unique setting and then to be able to capture it so beautifully.
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03/03/2006 01:15:02 AM
This is really great....."WOW".....
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03/03/2006 12:45:36 AM
That is an impressive shot....looks out of this world.
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03/02/2006 09:17:17 PM
Doesn't seem to meet the challenge of "you" using a non stationary light source to illuminate your subject.
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03/02/2006 06:22:00 PM
Stunning shot. Been meaning to try a shot like this for ages. Looking forward to reading your photographers comments after the challenge.
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03/02/2006 07:53:03 AM
Absolutely beautiful. 10
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03/02/2006 03:34:48 AM
Very interesting photo. looks very unreal. Should do very well.
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03/01/2006 10:34:58 PM
This one, I like. Very Nice.
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03/01/2006 06:15:20 PM
Beautiful!
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03/01/2006 05:01:25 PM
A really nice capture of the borrealis. 7
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03/01/2006 12:33:24 PM
Cool Pic... Curious how this was done
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03/01/2006 10:50:48 AM
Oh no! you didn´t...
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03/01/2006 09:14:58 AM
This is great. I assume you are considering the aurora to be your moving light source?
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03/01/2006 08:36:04 AM
amazing shot! I have a dream of seeing something like this 8
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03/01/2006 07:41:03 AM
i like what youve done with the water and the green sky, but i'm not feelin the "stars"?
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03/01/2006 04:36:42 AM
stunning. You Icelanders get all the great scenery!
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03/01/2006 01:41:32 AM
There is just not enough to say about this photo. Beautiful.
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