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Night Lights
Night Lights

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Challenge: 30 Seconds or More (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: Hastings, Victoria, Australia
Date: Jun 20, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 sec
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2006

Shot of a local oil refinary and the moon. couldnot quite get the location i wanted. Next best thing

Shot was 30 seconds, and I played with the adjustments a little to bring up some detail. Used "Shadow/highlights" and "Exposure"

Place: 130 out of 170
Avg (all users): 4.5930
Avg (commenters): 5.1667
Avg (participants): 4.7027
Avg (non-participants): 4.5657
Views since voting: 863
Views during voting: 490
Votes: 371
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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07/04/2006 03:44:58 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hi Glen,

You have received some quite constructive comments from voters, most of which I agree with.

Eschelar has pointed out the character of the shot and I can see from your portfolio that the look that you captured was not accidental and you have captured some strong mood elements. The muted color and grain work very well in this shot and the veil of cloud over the moon adds a focal point

Some areas for potential improvement:

You state in your comments that you couldn't quite get the location that you were after, this tells me that maybe you settled for second best and your score has suffered.

The two light sources compete for attention, it would have improved the composition to keep one or the other but not both

The highlights are a little too harsh IMO. I see that your aperture was quite open, perhaps stopping down would have helped reduce the intensity and still allowed you hit 30 Seconds.

I think that the image would have benefited from a deeper black, silhouetting the trees.

Overall I think this is an interesting photo and meets the challenge, the problem is that often good photos don't particulalrly score highly. Most voters only spend a few seconds on each image and if you don't have the WOW factor they'll click a '4' and move on. Some people also view artifacts like noise as a negative and mark down for this. Noise is not to everyones taste.

Good luck in future challenges and keep up the night photography.

Chris (Pixelstate)

 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2006 02:45:22 PM
Image is a bit flat for my taste, if you had boosted up the contrast somewhat I would have liked it much more.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2006 02:13:47 AM
I would have liked it better with only the moon as the light source but still good
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/23/2006 09:44:28 AM
Subject and idea fine for this image. Tones in BG clouds good. It has some technical issues that are distracting. Should set a black point that makes all the trees solid black. If you desaturate yellows and reds somewhat then you could reduce the effect of the overexposed lights and moon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2006 06:46:27 PM
A bit of noise reduction would have helped.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2006 10:50:32 AM
A little bit better than 'so bad it's good'...

There's a lot of really good character stuff here... grainy, B&W, selective desat to enhance that... low contrast and hazy lights...

Definitely some potential here.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2006 03:55:08 AM
Meets Challenge:2
Total Score:4
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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