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Challenge: Long Exposure II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenge entries
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: British Sugar Factory, York England
Date: Nov 4, 2006
Aperture: f14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30 secs
Galleries: Sky, Urban
Date Uploaded: Nov 4, 2006

The British Sugar factory in York is closing at the end of this beet campaign. It has defined Autumn for York residents for many years - the billowing clouds are actually steam, not smoke, and have a vry distinctive autumnal smell. The closure of the factory will have a profound affect on the economy of York and the surrounding rural area. My aim was to try and show how closely the factory was connected to the lives of York residents, hence photographing it with the suburban houses in the foreground. I had to wait for a relatively clear night with a fullish moon in order to capture the right light reflected off the steam clouds; additionally I had to wait for the wind to be blowing in the right direction. I shot in raw, converting using DPP and selecting a colour temperature of 6,500. I did a little dodging and burning on the houses and resized in Elements 4.

Edit: Dead chuffed to get a top twenty finish on my second challenge entry - suspect it will be a long time before I repeat it, 'though....

Place: 17 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.6284
Avg (commenters): 7.7143
Avg (participants): 6.4000
Avg (non-participants): 6.8495
Views since voting: 2468
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 183
Comments: 13
Favorites: 4 (view)

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09/11/2014 04:23:15 PM
This is absolutely beautiful. Excellent job on the long exposure.
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11/15/2006 04:14:05 PM
I really do like this photo, congrats on your top 20 finish
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11/13/2006 11:05:19 PM
I really like how you used the long expoure to capture the presence of the wind, well don and congrats on your 17th place on your second entry!
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11/13/2006 09:53:55 AM
great shot! You might try approaching someone in the factory about buying this photo....I bet they would be very interested!! :)

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11/13/2006 01:02:52 AM
What a beauty. I can smell the sugar! Very good capture. Congratulations on your top twenty finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/12/2006 11:58:35 PM
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11/10/2006 11:31:29 PM
directional smoke and the lighting create a very dramatic effect. 7 bump to 8
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11/10/2006 09:46:19 AM
nice movement and lighting. i really get the sense that time is elapsing.
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11/09/2006 07:46:31 PM
All on scale of 0-2
Focus: 1.5
Lighting: 1.5
Composition: 2
Creativity: 1
Wow Factor: 1

Total: 7
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11/06/2006 10:44:29 PM
Wow, really like the tall smoke stack (?) and the smoke trails. I would have loved to see the smoke stack the main point of focus as the foreground is distracting and takes away from the pic. Very nice though.
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11/06/2006 07:20:32 PM
Great shot. Is this a sugar beet plant? 8
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11/06/2006 06:18:11 PM
wonderful 10
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11/06/2006 12:31:55 PM
great shot
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