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Astral reflection
Astral reflection

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Challenge: Free Study XVI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Thingvellir, Iceland
Date: Dec 14, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 10 sec
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2006

Taken at the same time as my "Sky" entry, just rotated a bit to the right and down for this shot.

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Yeah, I know what you are thinking, I am just submitting this in hopes for a high score. Well honestly I am not, I actually feel a bit bad about it but this month has been kindof busy, only photography I have been doing is kids photo for christmas cards, two weddings and then photos specifically for DPC. There was no way I was going to sit out a free study though as I love those so I had to submit something. That means that I either had to submit another shot of Gummi in the graveyard, my wife with mud, another of Ingibjörg eating chocolate and so forth. I thought it at least better to submit this as it COULD have been shot by someone else instead of using a photo with the same model that was 100% taken by me.

Besides, I am currently exploring nighttime photography and these are the biggest learning experiences with me, these nightshots and my "new thing" so bear with me. Not expecting a high score, would be extatic if this just scored over my average and got at least 1 favorite.

As for post processing, was similar to the other shot, standard raw conversion, shadow/highlights, dodge/burn was a bit stronger though this time, a little healing brush and curves for contrast and of course sharpened after resizing.

Place: 9 out of 488
Avg (all users): 6.7912
Avg (commenters): 7.9444
Avg (participants): 6.7402
Avg (non-participants): 6.9091
Views since voting: 3237
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 182
Comments: 28
Favorites: 11 (view)

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04/14/2008 04:51:11 AM
Love your night sky images...all of them.
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01/13/2007 08:08:36 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Beautiful shot!
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01/09/2007 08:18:32 PM
Congrats on your 9th place finish, another great aurora shot.
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01/08/2007 03:19:11 AM
I'll see your 'Icelandic aurora' and raise you one 'Rural India' ;-)

Excellent image my friend, though not quite up there with some of your previous aurora shots. I think you just overdid the contrast a little (for me anyway).
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01/08/2007 01:43:45 AM
Amazing. Just as good as the other ones. Congrats on top 10.
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01/08/2007 01:25:07 AM
Wow, this one is even more spectacular than the sky entry one - truly outstanding!
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01/08/2007 12:17:38 AM
I didn't get to vote on this one, but I love it! The aurora is great, but with orion standing next to it, pure magic!

Message edited by author 2007-01-08 00:18:47.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2007 04:25:38 PM
This is as stunning shot. The depth and vibrancy of the colors is amazing. It has a solid composition, with objects of interest in both the fore and backgrounds, and is well balanced. To really kick it over the top, you've captured Orion right next to the lights, which helps ground the image and increase its appeal even more. This is one of those shots that deserves about a twelve, if the scale went that high. 10
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01/07/2007 02:04:54 PM
dammit I want to live in the north too!!! Awesome.
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01/07/2007 01:08:02 PM
I think I can guess who took this amazing photo! Stunning colours.
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01/07/2007 09:37:09 AM
Congratulations, you have mastered the aurora photograph! You have helped to inspire DPC to create a wave of copy-cat photographs and similar efforts of long-exposure star-scapes. You have scored well and set a trend. Your new challenge: create another movement, abandon this new encarnation of the 'water-drop, selective de-sat, veiled face' and keep our front page fresh and unexpected. Good luck to you this week, and all other weeks. An eye and mind such as this should not need luck, but I wish it upon you all the same.
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01/06/2007 05:08:41 PM
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01/06/2007 12:58:29 PM
Wow. Awesome. The composition is made by the rocky outcrop at bottom. Great sense of how to compose the image.
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01/06/2007 09:34:45 AM
A DPC favorite...can't miss the Top 10.
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01/06/2007 08:45:22 AM
Great, the aurora seems to be very low, almost touching the mountains in the horizon
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01/06/2007 02:21:23 AM
Brilliant! Obviously NOT taken at the equator NOR the southern hemisphere.
I especially appreciate the inclusion of the constellation of Orion to the right.
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01/05/2007 07:35:22 AM
great image. 10
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01/04/2007 11:33:15 PM
I'm always impressed with these! I think this deserves a 10 simple because of what you had to do to get the shot! But even so, it is OUTSTANDING! I would love to get the chance to do this some day!
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01/04/2007 11:24:17 PM
Curse you and your magic northern latitude...or longitude what ever... anyway another dang beautiful photo that makes me jealous and curse the very camera that I use. I say stuff like "why can't you do that?" "show me the green swirls baby!" and "come on camer just give me one good shot" Then when I upload them I get crooked photos of lameness.

I have already said this once this challenge...

You suck...good luck...I hate you...10
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01/04/2007 11:39:54 AM
Absolutely amazing! Lovely color and great reflection!
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01/03/2007 09:38:12 PM
this seems a bit played out these days on dpc... good job nevertheless.
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01/03/2007 07:55:22 PM
Not by you captured my mind images
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01/03/2007 11:30:17 AM
hmmmm, 2 guesses to who did this:o) As usual beautiful work. I can never get enough of these Northern Lights pictures. They're so mesmerizing!
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01/03/2007 06:46:13 AM
Very nice lighting.
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01/02/2007 09:43:51 PM
This is something else. Mother Nature knew what she was doing with this scene. You captured it beautifully!!
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01/01/2007 10:26:22 AM
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What else can you say. I never tire of seeing these spectacular displays of nature! I hope someday in my lifetime I can see one for myself and have my own photo. In the meantime, I truly enjoy the privilege of getting to see it thru you :)
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01/01/2007 02:08:24 AM
Cheating! Northern Light is just too beautiful :-)
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01/01/2007 01:14:05 AM
has to be a 10...wonderful, one of the best I have seen of this subject (and we've all seen a few)...stunning
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