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Falc


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Long Exposure II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Peak District National Park
Date: Nov 2, 2006
Aperture: 214 seconds
ISO: 400
Shutter: f22
Date Uploaded: Nov 3, 2006

Taken just outside the Peak District National Park on my way home from the office. A nice clear sky and reasonably strong moonlight are essential for this shot. The shot was nearly 4 minutes exposure whilst I ran along the line and fired the flashgun at each windmill in turn.The further down the line the less effective the flash.

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. I never expected this to ribbon let alone blue!!

PS Work:

Crop with perspective to fix the exhagerated distortion of the 16-35 when tilted upwards.

Levels to nail the black and white point
Curves to add contrast
Colour Saturation.
2 runs through Neat Image - remove ALL NOISE. This was essential as the image was very noisy.
Cloned out a minor communications tower between the 1st and 2nd windmills - not significantly changing the image, but risky in these new rules.
Added a layer in Softlight mode, filled with 50% grey and then painted black/white to dodge burn. This is where I brought out the faint movement of the blades.
Selective colour to make the sky blue rather than muddy blue/black.
Plenty more playing with the hue/saturation to get the right tone for the sky.
Dodge and burn the windmill towers using same technique as previously described.
Contrast added and saturation for save to web
Resize and save for web

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 239
Avg (all users): 7.5426
Avg (commenters): 8.2941
Avg (participants): 7.3750
Avg (non-participants): 7.6900
Views since voting: 19746
Views during voting: 563
Votes: 188
Comments: 73
Favorites: 74 (view)


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01/26/2007 01:51:08 PM
Love this, have turbines near were I live, may try this to see how it workd out.
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11/28/2006 03:59:07 PM
What a brilliant image and a brilliant idea!
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11/23/2006 02:07:14 PM
Really nice idea and dramatic execution.
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11/16/2006 11:37:33 AM
Very cool shot! Love the deep rich tones. Congratulations!
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11/15/2006 09:28:33 PM
Great image and a well deserved ribbon, you must be super fit or a very fast runner probably both. Well done.
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11/15/2006 05:57:41 PM
Congratulations on a beautifully captured image. So unique and very deserving... :)
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11/15/2006 02:18:13 PM
Absolutely, utterly awesome! Huge congratulations!
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11/15/2006 07:49:09 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!
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11/15/2006 06:21:07 AM
Congrats Keith, a fantastic shot! You rawk!
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11/14/2006 10:11:42 PM
Congrats! This shot is way way cool
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11/14/2006 02:58:57 PM
Great shot Keith.
Your running around, lighting the posts really made this shot!
Congrats on the ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', '/') + 1) . '
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11/14/2006 09:43:43 AM
Amazing shot, really well executed. Congrats on the blue you did it!
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11/14/2006 07:55:42 AM
Absolutetly Stunning Work! Congratulations on a well deserved Blue!!
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11/14/2006 07:18:33 AM
I think this image is absolutely stunning Keith. A lot of thought has gone into this picture. I would never have thought of running down the line with the flashgun, let alone being able to!

A well deserved blue ribbon.

Audrey
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11/14/2006 05:17:07 AM
oh may god...

100/10... this is a life time shot.
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11/14/2006 05:04:01 AM
Wow! Congrats on your blue Keith! It was obvious that this would win the blue. Great job dude!
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11/14/2006 02:36:13 AM
Oh wow...sweet photo. I love it. Saturation is perfect, exposure is perfect. You definately deserved the ribbon.
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11/14/2006 02:16:01 AM
Oh, Sweet!
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11/13/2006 11:27:27 PM
Congratulations on your blue!!! Your work is beyond inspiring. Well done!
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11/13/2006 10:54:33 PM
WOW! The planning and effort you put into this Work of Art is so admirable. I can't stop staring at it. It looks otherworldly and peaceful. I would love to have this framed on my wall. Congrats on your blue!
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11/13/2006 10:16:43 PM
Great effort, and it really came out well, congrats on the blue!
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11/13/2006 06:42:38 PM
congrats on this very nice
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11/13/2006 06:17:53 PM
Wow, you must be a fast runner to cover all that in 4 minutes, it looks very very far in the picture.
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11/13/2006 03:14:39 PM
I did not vote in this challenge, but this IS going into my favorites!
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11/13/2006 12:23:02 PM
The sense of motion in this shot really makes it! Well done and congratulations.
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11/13/2006 12:09:31 PM
You put a lot of work into getting this and it's really paid off. Congratulations on your blue and on this stunning photo.
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11/13/2006 10:16:17 AM
A simply amazing image. You were well-rewarded for your vision and your efforts. I'm curious about how much illumination you would have had without the flash - by moon alone? Again, kudos. This photo is quite an accomplishment!
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11/13/2006 09:28:34 AM
Falc, beautiful image all the way around. Congratulations on a well-deserved blue!
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11/13/2006 09:14:47 AM
Very well done - just beautiful. Congratulations on the first place finish.
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11/13/2006 09:09:45 AM
Congrates on your blue!!!!! This is real good, I like it and adding it to my fav!!!
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11/13/2006 08:33:02 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon it is well deserved.
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11/13/2006 07:44:58 AM
Beautiful! Love it! Congrats on your blue ribbon!
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11/13/2006 06:31:02 AM
Great shot buddy, nice way to start off the WPL3 season! Go 5D! Don´t quite get using 400iso and f22, I would have used iso 100 and f8 for better image quality but what the heck do I know... :P Congrats!
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11/13/2006 06:14:52 AM
Hey Keith,

A weel deserved ribbon.... beautiful....
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11/13/2006 03:07:27 AM
Wonderful shot!
Congrats on your blue!
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11/13/2006 12:43:17 AM
This image simply takes the cake and the big ribbon. It even has a touch of blue to pick the preference. Congratulations on your BLUE!
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11/13/2006 12:42:37 AM
Very cool. Obviously well planned. I like how the stars look like they're being blown along by the windmills.

Well deserved!
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11/13/2006 12:42:31 AM
Congrats! Special work as usual.
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11/13/2006 12:28:55 AM
That is fantastic!
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11/13/2006 12:22:37 AM
Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your blue
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11/13/2006 12:14:43 AM
Beautiful! Congrats on winning the blue ribbon.
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11/13/2006 12:14:38 AM
Exceptional image. Congrats on the deserved blue!
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11/13/2006 12:14:04 AM
Very nice! Congratulations!
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11/13/2006 12:07:53 AM
Extremely cool shot. Well done and congrats.
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11/13/2006 12:05:28 AM
glad this won. I voted and thought this was the best . Congrats !
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11/13/2006 12:05:17 AM
Congrats!!! Well deserved
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/12/2006 02:11:32 PM
Wonderful capture, you can see the energy emitting from the windmills!
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11/10/2006 01:19:20 PM
Great, superb if i had to be really picky it's a shame about the gate in the middle but a very strong 9
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11/10/2006 12:54:19 PM
really beautiful shot
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11/10/2006 11:50:00 AM
Nice, soft image. The combination spining wind mills with the two stationary ones adds to the overall quality. Good framing.
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11/10/2006 09:43:39 AM
I like the movement and the lines leading to the horizon. the illumination of the first tower is perfect. i wish the others were as clearly illuminated. still, a great shot.
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11/09/2006 02:24:02 PM
Very surreal looking photograph. This has the feel of an airbrush painting. Beautiful, good luck!
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11/09/2006 09:57:53 AM
Very clean and nice hint at the timing with the star trails. 8.
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11/09/2006 09:42:18 AM
All on scale of 0-2
Focus: 1
Lighting: 1
Composition: 1
Creativity: 1
Wow Factor: 1

Total: 5
11/08/2006 06:40:13 PM
great shot well captured
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11/08/2006 06:00:40 PM
Awesome, man.
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11/08/2006 03:01:28 AM
now, this is a great shot ! great subject for challenge, blade blur is really cool. How dark was it? the stars are really trailing off and this has to be over 2 minutes at least.
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11/07/2006 10:00:58 PM
nice image. too bad those two still ones aren't running also. ovrall nice image 9..gl
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11/07/2006 05:40:19 PM
beautiful creamy colour and depth...nice composition
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11/07/2006 11:50:37 AM
Nice shot. I like the serene feel to this picture. 8
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11/06/2006 09:16:42 PM
really like this. it has a surreal sci-fi type feel to it. 8.
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11/06/2006 09:09:14 PM
very nice...one of my favorites. good luck
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11/06/2006 06:48:56 PM
Nice Work
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11/06/2006 03:50:41 PM
This is my pick for the blue ribbon
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11/06/2006 03:39:16 PM
Ya, this is going to be up there. Easy...
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11/06/2006 03:27:01 PM
the rotation on the first mill create a strange effect but the idea is great and good the photograph. 9
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11/06/2006 12:19:24 PM
One of the best pictures - amazing. A 10!
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11/06/2006 12:00:23 PM
BRILLIANT! very original hope it ribbons, 10 from me!
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11/06/2006 06:33:35 AM
Great shot! I really love the lighting. Your composition is great - good luck in the challenge!
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11/06/2006 04:38:07 AM
I just love this shot, added it to my favorites, I did a little research and I think you've used this subject before, I like this version far better and if I'm wrong I apologize, still an amazing shot, good luck.
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11/06/2006 03:37:06 AM
Lovely. The blur of the blades and the stars is wonderful. Nicely done.
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11/06/2006 03:07:33 AM
Colors came out great here. WEll done.
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11/06/2006 02:41:02 AM
Very nice usage of light. Great concept.
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