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Celestial Cemetary
Celestial Cemetary

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Challenge: 30 Seconds or More (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Waverly Cemetary, Sydney
Date: Jun 18, 2006
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 422
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2006

Converted in Adobe Camera RAW to 16 bit TIFF. Curves adjustment, saturation boost, slight crop, resize, sharpen, drop to 8 bit and save as JPEG.

My next purchase will be a remote, as I held the shutter open for all 422 seconds of the exposure :). It's surprisingly sharp given the 7 minute hand-wobbling exposure.

Place: 39 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.1136
Avg (commenters): 6.6364
Avg (participants): 6.1351
Avg (non-participants): 6.1087
Views since voting: 878
Views during voting: 539
Votes: 396
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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07/03/2006 10:34:57 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hi, Patrick. Welcome to DPC. I notice this is your first challenge and what a nice way to start! I'm reading your comments and I must say I don't believe you. :) If you really held the shutter down like that maybe you don't need a remote? :P Seriously, that's pretty impressive.

As for the photo itself, I like the composition and the control of light. No blown out highlights to be found anywhere. The star trails are also good. I wish there were more of them but nothing you can do about that. The image also has good color. I like the choice of the locale which provides lots of interest making this not just a "sky pic" like so many of these shots tend to be.

If this was advance editing I would suggestion bringing out a bit more detail in the cemetery using curves or shadow/highlights adjustments. Other than that I don't think there is much more you can do to improve this specific shot. Good luck and I look forward to seeing more of your work.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2006 11:47:07 PM
I like the picture, I like the setup, but the lighting just doesn't seem even. Kind of wierd looking.
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06/26/2006 09:56:05 PM
excellent...hope this does well for you
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2006 12:36:17 PM
very crisp, clean image. good composition and nice star trails. 7.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2006 01:25:55 PM
Nice choice of foreground not the usual star trails.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2006 11:45:08 AM
Eerie. I'd like to see the left monument straighted. I'm not sure if that would have been allowed under basic editing though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/23/2006 08:46:27 AM
I really like the different lighting on the headstones, gives an interesting dynamic to the composition
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2006 10:21:24 PM
Very interesting subject and strongly composed. Most would of gone with a gothic looking photo with this subject, I kind of like how you kept this with more naturally processed. It seems just right, great work!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2006 08:10:42 PM
Scary place! Well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2006 01:24:55 PM
Meets Challenge:2
Technical: 1
Wow: 0
Total Score: 6
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2006 11:59:37 PM
Check spelling of cemetery
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2006 01:41:44 AM
nice photo, however the bottom left is a tad too dark, pulls away from the image. Curves would help bring this out more.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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