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Silent Tide
Silent Tide

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Challenge: Long Exposure II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Guam
Date: Nov 4, 2006
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Nov 5, 2006

I am expecting to get beat up on my lack of post processing skills. We shall see...LOL

Post Processing:
Camera Raw adjustments
Clone sensor/filter dust
Clone power poles on cliff
Create layer for sky using lasso tools
brightness/contrast on sky
Adjust foreground layer with curves
Clone retaining wall out on cliff
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Place: 157 out of 239
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Avg (commenters): 6.0000
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Views since voting: 656
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 176
Comments: 5
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11/16/2006 01:21:34 PM
Hi Jennifer. This is a nice effort but you had subjected yourself to some of the most difficult lighting out there. Do you focus on the rocks....then the water gets washed out. Do you focus on the water....then the rocks are too dark. You see what I mean? A good ND filter can help with this or use of the Gradient tool in Photoshop. It would have enabled you to darken the water and avoid darkening the shoreline. Hope that helps.
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11/16/2006 12:19:10 PM
I don't know that this needs more "pop" per se - sometimes a nice quiet picture is a nice quiet picture - like this one. Of course, that won't score well at DPC as a general rule, but that doesn't make it a bad shot by any means. A bit more sharpness as already suggested, and a slight "S" curve will add a touch of richness and clarity - try it and see if you like it.
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11/16/2006 11:56:28 AM
I'd suggest using USM with a large radius (like 40) on the rocks to make them more attractive. You could also try this on the entire image, but then it starts looking fake, IMHO.

I always like the mist effect on water with long exposure.
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11/16/2006 07:15:47 AM
I like the sharpness of the tones and the contrasts in the photo, The extended time on the water makes it very nice and the shadows add to a very storng overall photo. If you had a bit of sunset/sunrise color this would be a show stopper.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/08/2006 06:33:02 PM
great shot well captured
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