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DrAchoo


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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Cannon Beach, OR
Date: Sep 22, 2006
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Sep 19, 2006

This was the last shot of the evening (the same one as my purple entry). The hardest thing of the shot was pulling all my gear back out, finding shots to erase on my full card, and shooting. I was already walking back to my car when the fire caught my eye and the stars, my goodness, the stars...

The 5D had a bit to do with this as 800 ISO is easy to shoot with for noise. I have found the secret of shooting fire at night is to have the fire itself actually blocked so you can merely have reflection. The fire itself is too bright and blows out.

POST: I can't believe it. I thought 3rd at the best. Anyway, I promise the ride is over for now. I don't even have an entry for an upcoming challenge at the moment. Thanks to all who voted. Is heida's 5 ribbons in a row in sight? I highly doubt it! Is 3 blues in a row some sort of record? I have no idea, but I'll take it...

Processing:
Convert from RAW twice. Once for the purple sky, once for a more normal looking beach. Combined the two in PS. The smoothing of the night sky was done by a gaussian blur of the red and blue channel. Normal adjustment layers were used for some tweaking, USM was used to bring the stars out. Resize, border, bam.

Cloned out a volleyball net on the left in the background.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 615
Avg (all users): 7.3016
Avg (commenters): 8.3704
Avg (participants): 7.2414
Avg (non-participants): 7.5000
Views since voting: 21172
Views during voting: 322
Votes: 189
Comments: 80
Favorites: 68 (view)


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10/14/2006 12:46:21 AM
Great photo Jason! Congrats on keeping Oregon's beauty before the eyes of the globe! Our Oregon State travel bureau should be offering you a job! Blessings to you on your blue!
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10/12/2006 07:46:53 PM
Congratulations on a great picture! Love the stars man! Is there a street light or something behind you? Just wondering
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10/11/2006 09:19:37 AM
Yet another painted image wins a challenge. You are definitely on a roll stamping them. No congratulations from me, sorry.
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10/10/2006 04:37:41 PM
it is that kind of photograph that makes you just wish you were there . . which is the secret of a great photo . . . well done.
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10/10/2006 04:22:52 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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10/10/2006 03:36:43 PM
Fabulous! how i wish to be dere...
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10/10/2006 01:16:25 PM
great photo!
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10/10/2006 01:06:28 PM
did i forget to congratulate you??? i still wanna go there, so purdy.
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10/10/2006 12:13:37 AM
this is simply outstanding...and top of the line stuff.
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10/09/2006 05:56:15 PM
damn 1st place twice in a row. gj! :D
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10/09/2006 04:39:57 PM
Wonderful image, love the colours, I feel as if I want to be there.
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10/09/2006 12:31:10 PM
Wonderful photo, stunning work. This was my favorite in the challenge, congrats on the ribbon!
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10/09/2006 12:07:06 PM
Absolutely AMAZING shot! The way that you managed to capture the light from the fire, the blanket of stars, AND the glow from the horizon is spectacular. :D You have an understanding of light like few others... [note to self] Move to Cannon Beach [/note to self] ;)
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10/09/2006 09:01:41 AM
Wow... this visit produced some stunning work... congrats on your ribbon(s)...

I pulled off a similar double entry with my shots for the Purple and XIII challenges....(both from the same location in Monterey) I didn't quite achieve your level of success... 4th and 22nd.. but I'm happy enough with that :-)

Chris
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10/09/2006 02:50:11 AM
wonderful image congrats on your image and ribbon
lovely work
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10/09/2006 12:20:52 AM
Can't let the others have some of the fun can you?

haha j/k . This is truley a stunning image!
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10/08/2006 08:50:21 PM
The Tiger Woods of DPC! Congrats on a breathtaking example of creation.
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10/08/2006 05:30:51 PM
Jason, you truly are a star here at DPC. You are so creative and your work is so technically perfect as your ribbons indicate. But, in addition to this, you are so willing to share your techniques and to help others. I remember that not too long ago I asked a question about how something was done on one of your submittals, and I received your answer almost immediately. Congrats on this blue ribbon!
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10/08/2006 05:03:02 PM
I am addressing this free study Blue Ribbon image with the also Blue Ribbon image in purple two. What a monumental achievement to score the coveted prizes with such flair. My deepest felt congratulations on the expertise you are displaying. It is nothing short of stunning. Added to this is the sheer beauty of your captures. You are raising the bar higher and higher.

Yes, Jason, you are a rising star gushing upwards like hot larva to find your rightful place amongst the top photographers at DPC. Talent like yours is always admired.

In the purple challenge you bring us your magic of outstanding tonal and color beauty and in the free study you outdo yourself with a most interesting and captivating image with campers being showered by scintillating stars. Again: a monumental achievement.
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10/08/2006 03:37:51 PM
Congrats on your 3rd blue in a row. That's amazing! I really like this shot.
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10/08/2006 02:35:00 PM
Great result Jason, 1st out of 612, hearty congrats on another superb ribbon winner.
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10/08/2006 01:50:33 PM
Nice going dude, really dig this shot, would have given it a 10 if I had voted in this challenge and the best shot I have seen from you so far, went straight to my faves. Keep it up!
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10/08/2006 01:45:36 PM
this photograph is sublime and it makes me want to be there in person. Congrats on the ribbon, a fave for me.
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10/08/2006 12:44:32 PM
Hey Doc... Congrats again. You are standing way out from the crowd these day and rightly so. Simply wonderful!
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10/08/2006 11:32:04 AM
Stunning stars! You are on a roll...good for you!! I need to learn how to post process like you masters. Congrats on another well deserved blue!
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10/08/2006 10:33:14 AM
this reminds me of how i think primordial earth would be like.. or the dawn of man... without the chairs of course.
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10/08/2006 10:32:10 AM
Stunning!!! Congrats on the blue ribbon!!
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10/08/2006 09:38:12 AM
NO WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY! Awesome shot.
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10/08/2006 09:34:39 AM
I am i awe! Doc!!! Congratulations on a fantastic pic and your Blue.
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10/08/2006 08:59:18 AM
I think this could be my fave shot of yours. Congratulations.
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10/08/2006 08:06:26 AM
Congratulations on your blue with this stunning, starlit night shot! Gorgeous capture, well presented!
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10/08/2006 07:55:17 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon, again!
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10/08/2006 07:44:35 AM
Congratulations once again, Jason... you've had a great run of artistic inspiration lately. You understand well how to connect with viewers, particularly through your use of color and attention to detail. What will you do for an encore?
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10/08/2006 06:21:00 AM
Like someone said before.. Magical - absolutely stunning... Congrats on your ribbon... again :o)
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10/08/2006 04:53:20 AM
A truly breathtaking shot. Congratulations on your well deserved blue.
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10/08/2006 04:19:07 AM
Doc,

outstanding, magical shot.

Silvestro.
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10/08/2006 03:49:13 AM
congrats Doc!

And please don't stop the challenges! ;-)
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10/08/2006 03:37:49 AM
Beautiful, congrats!
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10/08/2006 03:07:50 AM
Hey DrAchoo,

Congrats.... this as to be the nicet picture seen... just love...
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10/08/2006 03:04:43 AM
Ribbon hog!

LOL - Congrats Jason - a magical shot for sure!
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10/08/2006 02:57:16 AM
gave you a 10 Doc...thought it would be right up there...great to see you win another ribbon...you were getting short of them Jason ;-)
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10/08/2006 02:12:48 AM
Making Canon Beach famous you are, must sell post cards there! Well done, Jason!
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10/08/2006 01:52:18 AM
Two blue of Cannon Beach on the homepage, that makes me proud.
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10/08/2006 01:42:14 AM
I, uh ... wow. Just a sec while I look at it again. Uh. One more time.

Ummm ... what was I saying? Maybe another peek will remind me.

You're now obligated to teach a graduate course on shooting at dusk, with a special focus on stars.

I mean, WOW!
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10/08/2006 01:07:14 AM
You are a machine. I think we need to do a Touring Test. :-P

Congrats Doc it's spectacular.
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10/08/2006 01:04:36 AM
The stars are breath taking, well worth all the trouble!
Don't you feel a bit bad about winning week after week after week...If we didnt love your work soo much, you wouldn't be winning.
Just do me a favour and stop raising the damn bar so high would ya!!??

Congratulations!
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10/08/2006 12:34:44 AM
Damned purple beach :-) Amazing that two of the top 4 images are at the same beach, different viewpoints of it, eh :-) Good going, Doc!
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10/08/2006 12:26:50 AM
What are we gonna do with you? You ribbon hog :-) Once again nice work.
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10/08/2006 12:08:38 AM
Congratulations! Great shot.

Love to hear the details on this shot
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10/08/2006 12:07:52 AM
Congrats. The sky came out great.
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10/08/2006 12:07:35 AM
congrats on another ribbon!
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10/08/2006 12:05:19 AM
Congrats on ribbon...Well done
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10/08/2006 12:04:36 AM
Great colors and sky. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 07:00:29 PM
What a beautiful sky with all those stars. I would like to see more of the horizon on the right, as the pink colors of the sunset must have been spectacular. The rock formation might be better off-center to the left, IMO.
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10/07/2006 01:27:43 PM
Excellent image - keeps me looking, brings back memories. Well done!
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10/05/2006 03:47:01 PM
I really do like this photo, great colours.
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10/05/2006 02:48:11 AM
great job - i really like it
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10/04/2006 10:38:20 PM
Cannon Beach...that leaves only a select few photographers that could have taken this image. Wonderful image by the way, great exposure. I tried to get this shot just this past weekend, but had a hard time getting the exposure correct (probably because I wasn't thinking clearly). Great border...it is thin enought not to distract the viewer, but also adds enough finishing touch to make this really professional. Great Job.
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10/04/2006 11:59:22 AM
This is simply gorgeous. The colors in the sky are fantastic and I love the little group on the beach...really adds to the overall atmosphere of the photo.
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10/03/2006 09:46:33 PM
Wonderfully done... One of my ribbon picks, good luck!
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10/03/2006 04:31:46 PM
fantastic shot
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10/03/2006 04:17:18 PM
Great sky colouring.
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10/02/2006 11:18:33 PM
Great capture. I'd really like to know the tech details of the image, as well as how much processing was done. The amount of stars captured and lack of significant star trailing is fantastic.
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10/02/2006 09:19:12 PM
Nicely done!! Perfect lighting on the people, surroundings, and sky. Great composition - the people with their campfire make this shot more interesting - they also give a greater sense of how expansive the sky is - perfect for how you chose to title the image. I love the colors of the sky, too. Wonderful photo all around - 10
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10/02/2006 07:00:05 PM
I really like this.. from the color to the stars...very nice 7
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10/02/2006 10:37:02 AM
Amazing! 10
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10/02/2006 09:25:52 AM
Wow, Nice color and use of wide angle.
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10/02/2006 08:44:00 AM
no way! that's stunning! this should be right up there...amazing image that has to be a 10
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10/01/2006 11:24:40 PM
Wow! Look at that great sky color and how brilliant those stars are. Beautiful photograph!
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10/01/2006 06:39:29 PM
A thing of beauty. Gorgeous color and of course the campfire circle (as well as the wonderful colors) really sets this apart from other landscape shots so far. I might have cloned out the headlights (or maybe it's another fire) on the beach to the left of the rocks. A wee bit distracting (but only the teensiest wee! :) 8.
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Back to bump to 9 - one of my top two picks. Good luck (as if you'll need it! :)
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10/01/2006 06:15:03 PM
nice night time exposure...very interesting
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10/01/2006 01:08:24 PM
Pretty nice shot! Absolutely fantastic colors. This is a 10 from me.
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10/01/2006 12:25:05 PM
All those stars....Just Awesome
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10/01/2006 12:18:48 PM
Great sky and coloration!
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10/01/2006 11:57:17 AM
I recognize Haystack. I don't think I've seen it look any more beautiful. This is so good. Congrats.
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10/01/2006 10:12:22 AM
Pretty location. Memorable night. 8.
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10/01/2006 02:57:40 AM
Loverly...looks like a Xmas card
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10/01/2006 02:34:22 AM
wonderland, how awesome to have been there.
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10/01/2006 12:51:50 AM
Great stars....
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10/01/2006 12:11:18 AM
Great shot, Robert (or some affiliate ;>þ). What would make it even better would be if the stars were perfect pinpricks of light OR streaked longer.
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