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Vortex to the Sun
Vortex to the Sun
Blue Moon


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Challenge: Pattern II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: San Mateo Bridge, CA
Date: Dec 25, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Abstract, Sky
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2006

Taken on the San Mateo bridge while driving(well, I was in the passenger seat). It wasn't really a sunset, I just made it look that way. Edit: I cropped, changed the overall color temp of the image to very warm a.k.a. orange, then saturated it a bit, brought down brigtness, the contrast way up, applied neat image, added border, saved to web.

I think this could go either way. It will either do bloody awful, or people will love it. It might not be as much of a pattern as other entries. The more and more I look at it, the more I like it, so hopefully the voters will too. I also hope it doesn't look too fake.

:::After Challenge:::
WOOO-HOOO! 5th place! I'm so happy, especially since I haven't even gotten into the top 10 before.
I still don't like this one as much as most of you apparently do, but hey-I'll take it :)
The artifacts are from it being a really noisy image before I applied neat image, but neat image did not getting rid of the noise in the tight spaces. There wasn't really anything I could do about it.
By the way, how many of you spotted the disruption in my pattern? a.k.a. stupid seagull...

Thank you for voting and for your comments!

Here is the original: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_459607.jpg

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 250
Avg (all users): 6.9351
Avg (commenters): 7.5238
Avg (participants): 6.6190
Avg (non-participants): 7.1156
Views since voting: 3187
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 231
Comments: 37
Favorites: 8 (view)


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10/07/2010 04:49:32 PM
Just cruising around, reading some profiles and looking at images. Got on your profile page via Alices cause she mentioned that you took her current profile photos. I read that one of your goals was to receive 2500 comments....I scrolled down and this image jumped off the page at me! so I figured I'd help you with the comment goal.
I love this; it's beautiful! Read your notes - stupid seagull lol ;-) I probably wouldn't have noticed it - but then again I was looking at the photo - didn't even know what challenge it was till I read the notes.

Good luck in school - you do beautiful work!
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04/04/2009 08:12:34 AM
This is a Great Pattern Photo! Nicely Done on ALL Counts: Capture & Post-Process! Great Job!
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02/20/2009 03:19:57 PM
I thought I only used the word Vortex ? lol, nice composition here.
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04/27/2007 10:23:19 PM
Hi Leah. I've admired this shot many times, so decided to comment at last. :)

I think this is a great example of taking an interesting composition and then making it sing through editing. The "real" colors really don't matter here.

As for noise at ISO 50, I've had similar problems with the same camera. It usually happens in the sky.
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04/01/2007 10:20:39 PM
Hi Blue Moon,

I love your photo 'Vortex to the Sun' and I am wondering how you changed the overall color temp as you mentioned. I really like the effect and would like to try it.

Many Thanks,

Drake 217
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02/12/2007 08:20:03 PM
great point by JDanniels below....definitely make sure you aren't compressing your images too much b/c it will cause those artifacts. Great image here though...love the repetition, color, and lines.
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01/30/2007 11:17:45 PM
Hey I have been on that bridge many times, long and flat! Congrats on your PB, although a bit late. I was just looking at your photo and noticed how small your file size, 31 kb, And you can use up to 150 kb. I think this is why your photo has the artifacts, because I don't think ou should have any noise at ISO 50. I am not sure what software you use but whatever they have for Save for the Web or equivalent will strip the exif from the photo and allow a bigger file size.
Congrats on 5th place!
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01/13/2007 04:24:30 AM
congratulations! your photography seems to be really taking off! really impressive!
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01/05/2007 05:19:27 PM
congratz ! great photo
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01/03/2007 11:43:31 PM
Fascinating pattern, good composition, lovely color shades. Congratulations on your 5th place Honorable Mention!
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01/03/2007 04:39:24 PM
Leah,
Congrats, congrats, congrats on your high finish. Very much deserved for this interesting persepctive and wonderful vanishing point.
Not sure you suck enough for Team Suck, but glad you're with us all the same :-)
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01/03/2007 01:29:51 PM
Congrats Leah! Very nice job of post-processing this to get the look you wanted. That darn seagull robbed you of a ribbon you know. JK :D
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01/03/2007 02:08:36 AM
Great pattern here. Well cropped. Congrats on your high placing and a PB.
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01/03/2007 12:40:40 AM
Look at you, Leah! Great finish...congratulations!
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01/03/2007 12:15:25 AM
awesome! great job! (added to faves)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2007 04:14:47 PM
Like it!
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01/02/2007 03:33:45 PM
Beautiful orange color. You have some very noticeable artifacting going on. Too much compression? Still above average rating.
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01/02/2007 11:44:15 AM
You "grabbed my attention".
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01/02/2007 06:27:55 AM
very very beautiful
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01/01/2007 09:12:20 AM
Great perspective, well done
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12/31/2006 07:07:20 PM
Very cool photo. 9
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12/31/2006 02:11:43 PM
Great shot, good eye. Very nicely done.
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12/30/2006 11:08:57 PM
One of my favourites although I don't like all the pixelation around the posts and lights.
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12/30/2006 09:37:58 PM
Composition is great! The verticals are not aligned, and better focus would have really enhanced this image. Sharpening artifacts would not then be evident. Please shoot this again, and report back!
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12/30/2006 04:17:22 PM
I really like this shot and it perfectly suits the challenge. I lot of messiness around many of the poles (grainy dark smudges) but not much you can do about that in basic editing so back to bump you up to 8.
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12/30/2006 10:27:45 AM
Great tones and silhuettes
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12/30/2006 12:49:05 AM
this has a graphical quality, like a magical photocopier. 7
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12/29/2006 05:02:33 PM
To me, this is a waste of a perfect subject. A bit less Photoshop 5
12/29/2006 09:58:46 AM
love this one. Fantastic lines. 9
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12/29/2006 07:48:14 AM
i see that compression ruins the photo, why only 31 KB. the composition is great! :-) 8
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12/29/2006 01:12:46 AM
Good composition and colors, but the silhouettes don't look sharp.
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12/28/2006 11:27:54 PM
great symmetry, the color works
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12/28/2006 05:44:47 PM
Absolutely beautiful colors and this is a great diagonal too. It seems to lead you to the point of no return. 8
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12/28/2006 12:32:12 PM
Ahh too bad there are some artifacs in the image. i would have really enjoyed this if it was ultra smooth Very nice concept and composition for this piece.
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12/27/2006 04:55:51 PM
Good eye and nice sky...
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12/27/2006 01:48:10 AM
Excellent! Just a tad more on the left so's not to crowd the bottommost lamps and it would be essentially perfect.
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12/27/2006 01:42:08 AM
Happy Holidays - 9
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