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Liberty at Sunset
Liberty at Sunset

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Challenge: Free Study XV (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: New York
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: New York City, NY, USA
Date: Nov 11, 2006
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/800s
Galleries: Cityscape, Sky
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2006

It was pretty meaningful visiting the Statue of Liberty on Veterans Day.

Unfortunately, we took the last ferry, so we couldn't visit Ellis Island. My great-grandfather came through there more than a hundred years ago, and probably other family members.

I like this shot because Lady Liberty is shown looking out over the water, and because I can imagine that this is something like how she appeared to immigrants catching their first view of the US as they headed to Ellis Island.

Editing was cropping, enhancing the contrast, darkening the blacks, blurring out the halo created by sharpening within the camera, noise reduction, cloning out a helicopter and a bird, and adding a yellow-red gradient map (the original is pretty bland). First time using a gradient map. :)

Place: 60 out of 501
Avg (all users): 6.3586
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.1895
Avg (non-participants): 6.6800
Views since voting: 1049
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 145
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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06/18/2009 12:48:54 AM
well done this is I think what I wanted when I took this shot, haha, turned out to be one of my worst!
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12/25/2007 12:49:44 PM
The composition and coloring are perfect. Before I read the title I thought it was at sunrise because there looks like fog over the water in the background. The ship off the the left works perfectly to fill what would be some empty space on the left. I would have scored this a 10, although I am slightly biased having been born and raised in Staten Island.
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01/20/2007 02:57:19 PM
Beautiful silhouette and colours here! :o)
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01/07/2007 02:41:39 PM
hmm, well .. this is great photo, no doubt about it, love the colors and everything, it's cool
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12/19/2006 08:32:07 AM
Beautiful shot...Love the colours.
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12/10/2006 09:26:18 PM
Very very nice work.. I might have a go at doing this too. Will obviously credit concept to you!
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12/09/2006 04:19:51 PM
You did a great job with the gradient map - really adds life to this. I agree with your sentiment about her looking out over the water - the composition you chose is a powerful one. I also like how the distant shore is blurred, which accents the sharpness of the water and the silhouette. Nice capture and very nice editing! (And very nice score and finish, too.)
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12/09/2006 09:38:15 AM
This is so pretty - talk about a shot that would make a great postcard! I think it is more than just a pretty photo, though - when I look closely at the colors and textures in the water, the great composition and silhouette, and the misty feel at skyline, I suspect it took a lot of work to compose and execute. And look at that score from the commenters!
Great job, you should be proud of this.
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12/08/2006 10:50:04 AM
I've never used a gradient map. I'll have to experiment, if this it what it can do.
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12/08/2006 06:29:17 AM
Excellent shot and the editing to match.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2006 02:56:24 PM
A very unique photo of Lady Liberty, quite the romantic feel. Stunning!
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12/05/2006 12:15:31 AM
sweet shot. Is this from the ferry?
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12/02/2006 05:43:13 PM
This is excellent. Great idea & color
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12/01/2006 10:55:44 AM
YES!! The foggy area down by the water adds a nice layer of softness. Beautiful scene. I like the composition.
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12/01/2006 06:44:59 AM
This is beautiful! I love silloutte. Stunning!
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12/01/2006 12:20:14 AM
wonderful.... i love NY!!
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