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Challenge: Black & White III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Sydney Australia
Date: Nov 11, 2006
Aperture: f 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 12, 2006

thanks for the blue :) its been a long week watching the score
I just hope that I get to keep this one

this is the Macquarie lighthouse on south head Vaucluse in Sydney and is Australia's oldest light house. You are actually looking at the rear of the lighthouse there is a 50m cliff on the other side down to the pacific ocean

converted from raw with rawshooter pro:
exposure +0.1
fill light +5
shadow contrast +10
highlight contrast -10
vibrance -25
strong S curve to darken sky and shadows and lighten clouds
rotate and crop
export as tiff

edit with PS2 :
change to B&W with channel mixer and only used the green channel as this had the least noise
used slight curves to add further contrast
burnt the clouds to darken and reduce highlights
burnt diamond pattern to highlight the pattern
dodged the foreground, trees and fence to add some detail to the shadow areas
dodged the light section to bring the original lightness back
light sharpen
resize and output sharpening
add border and save for web

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 424
Avg (all users): 7.4046
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 7.3772
Avg (non-participants): 7.4576
Views since voting: 13306
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 173
Comments: 84
Favorites: 52 (view)


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05/06/2007 07:49:47 PM
Amazing! So beautiful..
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04/09/2007 08:21:21 PM
Wow... this is absolutely amazing. I love the effect on the clouds. Definitely deserving of the blue... although months ago...
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04/09/2007 09:17:00 AM
The Clouds are realy good
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11/23/2006 06:04:31 PM
this one is a very good one .photo colore nice ,back ground is exelent. thumbs up to the artist.
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11/23/2006 12:04:19 PM
Congrats on the blue. Your photo has made me incredibly homesick. I used to go to Vaucluse Boys High School situated about 400m from the light house. The Macquarie Lighthouse was our school emblem and our motto 'Lumen Scientia'. I am writing this from an incredibly crappy place in Iraq. When I come home next year I'll resume my interrupted photography learning. Congrats again and well done.
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11/23/2006 01:55:47 AM
One for the Aussies ! WTG Keith !! Gr8 Capture, love the clouds.
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11/22/2006 07:59:29 PM
Wonderful tones, scene and clouds! Congratulations!
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11/22/2006 05:36:45 PM
Congratulations on your blue with this stunning capture so well presented in b/w!
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11/22/2006 04:36:42 PM
The contrast in this picture is astounding. It really highlights many different aspects of this picture, but doesn't overdo it. It really helps to focus the main idea of this picture.
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11/22/2006 02:57:47 PM
Really beautiful. The glow on the clouds, lighthouse and sky add a wonderful mystical quality to this shot.
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11/21/2006 12:29:02 PM
Magnificent shot, congrats on your blue!
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11/21/2006 05:23:13 AM
Mate. Awesome stuff. Haven't checked in in a while, and found this on the front page when I did. So you got the wide angle obviously - and black and white too - this is one sweet shot, be proud.

We should catch up sometime soon, give us a bell.
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11/21/2006 04:19:15 AM
Outstanding work Keith. Well deserved!
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11/21/2006 03:03:27 AM
Well earnt Blue Firsty. This is a fantastic shot.
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11/21/2006 02:56:50 AM
Congratulations on your long awaited blue ribbon :)
Very much deserved :) :) :)
Hugs
Rel
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11/20/2006 04:05:14 PM
Congrats on your first blue.
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11/20/2006 03:04:20 PM
way to go Keith!!! Very very nice, where is this?
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11/20/2006 01:49:33 PM
Nice score for a nice image, the bar keeps getting higher. Super tones.
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11/20/2006 11:45:04 AM
alright, keith...you are really hitting a photographic high I think. just so good.
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11/20/2006 11:19:28 AM
Congrats on the Blue!! Absolutely Beautiful!!!
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11/20/2006 11:18:28 AM
Maybe the low voters suffer from Selaphobia. Awesome shot Keith, congrats on the blue.
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11/20/2006 10:02:29 AM
Congratulations on the Blue. Fantastic image. The composition is very strong, and the clouds are spectacular. Very well done indeed.
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11/20/2006 09:11:37 AM
This is spectacular, glad to see it win the blue ribbon. Congratulations!
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11/20/2006 09:05:59 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Amazing sky.
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11/20/2006 08:58:18 AM
Really an amazing photo, Keith. Congratulations on the ribbon!
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11/20/2006 08:57:58 AM
I didnt even see this during voting?! This is awsome i WOULD HAVE GIVEN IT A 9.9 :)
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11/20/2006 08:55:47 AM
Awesome shot, Keith, I love it! It has a very clean and artistic quality, quite spectacular. Congrats on the Blue and your amazing shot!
:-)
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11/20/2006 08:39:09 AM
amazing shot...worthy of the blue!
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11/20/2006 08:32:14 AM
Those clouds are amazing! Congrats on your blue, very well done :) Thank you for sharing your processing.
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11/20/2006 07:38:10 AM
Very cool image! Thanks for sharing your editing notes. Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
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11/20/2006 07:23:01 AM
What a dramatic photo! Beautifully done! Congratulations!

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11/20/2006 07:01:07 AM
Well deserved, congrats on the blue... LOVE this image... fav :o)
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11/20/2006 06:59:12 AM
awesome image. Congratulations on the well deserved blue!!
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11/20/2006 05:50:58 AM
Lovely tonality. Congrats on the blue!
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11/20/2006 05:24:19 AM
Finally Firsty get´s first place! How fitting :) Congrats!
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11/20/2006 04:51:00 AM
congrats on your PB, oh yeh, and the ribbon too
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11/20/2006 03:35:05 AM
Really no surprise, Keith. Congrats to another well deserved ribbon! This should kick our team to the top!
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11/20/2006 03:34:04 AM
Hooray Keith, way to go!
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11/20/2006 02:01:40 AM
Surreal and fantastic! Congrats on the ribbon and an awesome, awesome image.
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11/20/2006 12:49:24 AM
great job dodging and burning here. Magical image. I just thought better contrast would of made this really superb.
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11/20/2006 12:47:19 AM
Congratulatons, it's a terrific capture. I didn't know there were such lighthouses still in Sydney (but then I'm not a Sydneysider...)
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11/20/2006 12:44:59 AM
A spectacular capture. It is like the lighthouse is holding up an umbrella made of clouds. Worthy of the Blue and more! Congratulations.
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11/20/2006 12:43:08 AM
Whoooooot!!! WTG Keith!!! Congrats on your well deserved blue!
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11/20/2006 12:40:40 AM
Congrats on your blue!!!! A truly astounding photo...that sky!!!! WOW!
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11/20/2006 12:38:03 AM
An awesome sky and a fantastic b/w. Congratulations on your blue ribbon.
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11/20/2006 12:35:58 AM
Congrats on your 1st blue.
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11/20/2006 12:29:13 AM
Man that is a weird sky. Almost looks like giant orb of clouds. Striking nonetheless.
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11/20/2006 12:24:52 AM
Congratulations. Simply beautiful in all respects.
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11/20/2006 12:10:29 AM
what an appropriate username :)

well done! congratulations
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/19/2006 10:11:03 PM
This isn't really black & white... it's gotta be blue or red! 10
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11/19/2006 10:04:38 PM
The cloud formations add a lot to this image. Maybe could of been a tad brighter but it's well captured none the less. Good luck!
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11/19/2006 08:24:07 PM
Simply amazing...
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11/19/2006 06:57:30 PM
i love the clarity of this image, the sky is AMAZING!
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11/19/2006 06:45:03 PM
Excellent work. The clouds do their part to further enhance the use of B&W.
Should be a top contender!
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11/19/2006 04:22:34 PM
This shot is incredible. The clouds add such an extreme effect to this image. Excellent job. 10
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11/19/2006 07:02:24 AM
Very powerful image here, and I love the dramatic sky, with those clouds.....
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11/18/2006 10:55:28 PM
perhaps a tad underexposed.
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11/18/2006 04:20:37 PM
Those clouds are bizarre - look so close and artificial- I think that will bump the score up here. Almost like the image is divided into two worlds, one mundane and one imaginary.
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11/17/2006 09:31:46 PM
Hey - where did you get those clouds? Is there some place I can buy those? This rocks! Back to bump you to 8.
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11/17/2006 01:46:31 PM
Great capture of the sky on this one. The fine curve along the back edge of the clouds from the left to right side of the composition with the fairly unblemished background make this one a 10.
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11/17/2006 11:32:34 AM
A starnge photo - the sky seems somehow seperate from the rest of the photo. Nonetheless, as a black and white photo it utilises the full range of shades from b through to w, and is earning an 8 from me.
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11/17/2006 09:38:40 AM
Oh the clowds are impressive... like 3D.
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11/17/2006 09:25:03 AM
Love those clouds. 7
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11/17/2006 12:11:07 AM
Super lighting. Looks surreal. Love it. 10
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11/16/2006 02:58:03 PM
incredible sky...great shot!
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11/16/2006 11:48:17 AM
Back for a second look and definatly bumping up. Love the sky the beautiful highlights and shadows make it outstanding. Love the lighting on the tower. My only complaint is the flat black foregound. Maybe if you had cropped a little higher this wouldn't have been a distraction to the rest of the beautiful image.
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11/16/2006 09:46:13 AM
very nice.
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11/16/2006 05:05:10 AM
the clouds, the clear sky, the lighthouse, and the trees ........ has a very surreal feel ...... interesting ...... different .... love it .........
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11/16/2006 12:25:29 AM
Wow... awesome sky, very surreal shot.
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11/15/2006 09:59:50 PM
fantastic
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11/15/2006 04:32:36 PM
Looks like it came straight from Pixar :) What a shame, because it looks like it could have been a nice picture.
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11/14/2006 11:59:44 PM
whoa... incredible
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11/14/2006 09:41:09 PM
I LOVE THIS!!!! great job. How'd you get the sky to look like that? Just lucky?
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11/14/2006 07:02:19 PM
remarkable cloud cover. looks like you got there just in time.
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11/14/2006 11:35:47 AM
Looks surreal and spooky.
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11/14/2006 10:23:50 AM
Really well done. What a sky!!! Wonderful
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11/14/2006 10:21:55 AM
Wow, stunning! Love the composition and could nature have cooperated any better.
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11/14/2006 09:51:55 AM
Great depth and dynamics
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11/14/2006 04:25:06 AM
good focus, great tones and a fantastic capture of cloud formation. This shot has atmosphere
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11/13/2006 09:14:46 PM
Very nice, dramatic sky!
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11/13/2006 08:50:30 PM
All on scale of 0-2
Lighting: 1
Composition: 1
Focus: 2
Creativity: 2
"Wow Factor": 1
Total: 7
Something about the sky does not look real to me. Excellent sharp focus, however.
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11/13/2006 03:00:51 PM
very good dynamic range and B&W tones...8
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11/13/2006 10:32:28 AM
Beautiful sky. Love the lighting and your detail is really sharp. Caneven see the outlines of bricks in the lighthouse. Darkly beautiful.
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11/13/2006 03:05:07 AM
amazing sky...would love to have seen this in colour! wow...great image
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