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Storm Front: Serenity III
Storm Front: Serenity III
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Williamstown Melbourne Australia
Date: Aug 21, 2006
Aperture: F5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Cityscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2006

It was sunny and cloudy and I wanted to have a dramatic effect for this shot...converted to greyscale, levels, curves for extra contrast, the dodged and burned, some USM. I thought a square crop would work for this, although I would have liked to have included the whole mast of the boats, but didn't frame the shot that way in the first place.USM, border, resize to glorious 720px.

Can I get a 6 plus for this? Let's see...it might be a love it or hate it shot...

Statistics
Place: 30 out of 684
Avg (all users): 6.5534
Avg (commenters): 7.4706
Avg (participants): 6.5024
Avg (non-participants): 6.7455
Views since voting: 1533
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 262
Comments: 47
Favorites: 9 (view)


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09/17/2006 01:10:41 PM
I so wish I had gotten to vote in this challenge. Great shot. Love the moodiness of the b&w. The lines are great and the background silhouette of the buildings is a nice touch. Glad to see this broke well into the 6s. If I could have voted it would have been a tad bit higher. Well done.
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09/11/2006 06:02:07 PM
I gave you a 9 on this one, the sky is very dramatic and that is what caught my eye. The thing I didn't care much for is the burning in on the boat, it is a bit to obvious.
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09/09/2006 06:15:13 PM
That was a 'hot pixel day.' I think you did well in the processing and I can understand why the image was impossible not to take at the time. The square crop does work - but viewing, as I do at home, on a laptop means that this size image requires a good scrolling. With my larger screens at my place of (self-employed) work, the total view is available without scrolling. Sometimes the scrolling factor might have an influence. It's nice to have the option of a larger image from time to time, as the rules allow in this challenge for instance, but IMO it is not always good to maximize the size. 0.02 cents at current exchange rate worth next to nothing... ;-)
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09/08/2006 07:44:02 PM
Awesome shot! Congratulations on a great score and finish!
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09/08/2006 02:35:57 AM
Yes, you can get a 6+ for this, beautiful shot!
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09/08/2006 12:23:42 AM
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a dramatic photo! You just totally rock! :)

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09/08/2006 12:15:45 AM
Well I gave ya a 9 and it was the first one I scurried off to see the scoring on, thought it had a shot at ribboning. C Novack, your comments are spot on, wish I could write comments like those.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 08:32:45 PM
Love the light on the name of the boat.
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09/07/2006 07:32:45 PM
You've managed quite a feat here: an island of peace in a sea of busyness. 9
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09/07/2006 02:17:25 PM
hard to image you dont win, a 10 for sure
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09/07/2006 12:59:47 PM
Wow this works so well, maybe a little over use of the dodge brush on the back of the yatch, but I like this a lot
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09/07/2006 11:46:19 AM
Terrific light. I might want either more or less space at the top.
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09/06/2006 09:45:45 PM
wow, look at all those lines! very cool! technically great shot too might i add! 10
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09/06/2006 09:14:43 PM
Nice pp and such, only doesn't give me enough feel of a storm. Maybe also if the frame was moved to our right a touch more.
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09/06/2006 07:45:09 PM
Love how you see through to the city in the background. Neat capture. 7
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09/06/2006 12:44:31 PM
Sun, sky and mist conspire to create a great mood for this photo. Well conceived, captured and presentsd! I especially like how you've emphasized the sailboat and the juxtaposition of its name with the mood of the weather. It may be an optical illusion but it looks tilted to the left slightly. I would give it an extra point if this had been adjusted to correct the illusion. Among my top picks.
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09/06/2006 11:15:51 AM
Great shot and the name of the boat fits perfectly. good luck.
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09/06/2006 09:52:02 AM
Great contrast of masts and buildings.
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09/06/2006 08:16:38 AM
Beautiful - looks a little too dodged on the boat but overall very nice.
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09/05/2006 11:51:05 PM
Cool. I like the forbidding lighting.
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09/05/2006 08:13:31 PM
gorgeous tones, great lines. 9!
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09/05/2006 04:20:23 PM
Great use of lighting effects. The light on serenity really brings out this photo.
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09/05/2006 02:10:38 PM
nice shot. To me, it looks like it could have been levelled some. It may just be my eyes but my immediate perception was that it was tilted to the right some.
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09/04/2006 06:39:59 PM
Really busy, but I think it works.
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09/04/2006 06:27:18 PM
Love it!
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09/04/2006 02:55:15 PM
Beautiful.
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09/04/2006 12:14:39 PM
this is one of the more effective shots to make use of the enlarged canvas... there is much to like about this, from the sparkly inviting water, the forest of masts, and the hazy skyline in the background (which complement the masts) all work for me. the greyscale is very pleasing too. i'm not entirely sure about the very obvious area of dodging to draw attention to the titular boat. it feels forced and unnatural. but overall, the shot has ambience; you can easily place yourself in the frame, hear the sounds of the boats moving... very nice, and a good choice for the study. 8.
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09/04/2006 07:32:26 AM
Beautiful b/w. I could see this hanging on someones wall. nice light.
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09/03/2006 11:05:47 PM
I love how the water sparkles the way it does in this shot... and how the name of the boat is so illuminated
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09/03/2006 11:03:28 PM
8 +1 for Australian photos = 9
- really nice b/w
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09/03/2006 08:40:34 AM
Nice capture! B&W works really well here and the water sparkles really make this image.
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09/03/2006 06:11:16 AM
Speechless....
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09/02/2006 06:11:05 PM
nice shot. all the masts add an intersting element.
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09/02/2006 03:20:38 PM
This one has my highest vote - a 9
The simple monochrome with the highlight on the boat is just terrific. I particularly like the backdrop of the distant towers. I guess if I had to be picky then the fact that not all the masts are complete would knock half a point off in competition. Masterful.
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09/02/2006 10:37:06 AM
The only thing that I think needs to be corrected is the slight tilt towards right, otherwise a very nice image
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09/02/2006 05:04:14 AM
I like how the cityscape is in the background to this sea shot.
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09/01/2006 09:39:25 PM
well done...the highlights on the boat are very effective..
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09/01/2006 08:51:20 PM
Beautiful scene, but the dodging on the Serenity is just a bit too obvious.
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09/01/2006 07:40:26 PM
It's busy but it's a good busy. ;>þ
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09/01/2006 03:35:13 PM
nice photo. Looks like you may have dodged the boat title a bit too much. Other than that, awesome!

Message edited by author 2007-07-27 00:16:36.
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09/01/2006 03:33:28 PM
the water and boats look tilted but the buildings dont. its a little disorienting. the processing is beautiful though. 6
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09/01/2006 12:47:21 PM
IT LOOKS LIKE YOU BURNT AROUND THE BOAT...MAYBE A LITTLE TOO CONCENTRATED, PERHAPS BURNING A LITTLE MORE OVER THE ENTIRE BOAT WOULD HELP MAKE IT STAND OUT BETTER.
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09/01/2006 11:01:58 AM
I'm liking this very much.
In my expert opinion, i like the black and white, sparkling water and lots of lines :-)
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09/01/2006 08:50:23 AM
The square format really helps tighten the composition. Good choice in going with B&W because there is alot of elements in the photo that would get quite bogged down and overly busy if it had been in color. With the B&W the viewer gets to drink in the shapes and textures present in the photo. Love how the masts of the ships 'mirror' that of the city skyline. The sparkles on the water give a little magical feel to it. The boats in the shipyard offer a promise of escape from the hectic bustle of the city to open waters that are calm and enchanting. And how wonderful that that the mood of serene calm is best represented by the name of the boat that is perfectly illuminated: Serenity.
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09/01/2006 06:35:15 AM
very good B*W,
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09/01/2006 04:46:28 AM
Wow - interesting foreground/background interaction going on here. I like it.
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09/01/2006 01:42:49 AM
Very nice!
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