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Evening Star
Evening Star

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Challenge: Book Titles (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: St-Henri, Montreal, QC
Date: Nov 6, 2003
Aperture: F 14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30 secs
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2003

Title: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

OK OK so it's not a star.

This shot was a lot of fun. It was a 30 second exposure at F 14. Shot with my 18-55mm lens at 18mm. The small apeture generated the starbust effect that you see. It is actually the MOON, not a star. You might notice that ALL lights got that pattern. THERE WAS NO FILTER ON THE LENS. I wish the trucks were not in the background, but I guess I'll have to settle to just burn them in the print version. There are also some hot spots that I will want to remove from the print version. I already have friends asking me if this picture will be made into a print.

Process: Very little colour manipulation in PS. The colour you see is what was really there, if your eyes could absorb 30 secs of light. Crop, auto colours, very slight levels, then Neatimage to clean up the noise from the long exposure. Back to PS for some more levels, colour balance, and removal of oversaturated colours. USM and border.


Place: 6 out of 231
Avg (all users): 6.8485
Avg (commenters): 8.0357
Avg (participants): 6.8359
Avg (non-participants): 6.8603
Views since voting: 4864
Votes: 264
Comments: 35
Favorites: 12 (view)

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03/27/2004 12:16:02 PM
Fantastic photo, mariommel... I really love it
11/19/2003 08:03:48 PM
Congratulations on a top 10 finish, a fine image. Anne
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/18/2003 11:17:47 PM
Absolutely gorgous...was a polarizer lens used to get the flared star? Very nice! I give it a 10!
11/18/2003 06:06:04 PM
Really like the colors
11/18/2003 02:25:26 AM
Very nice looking one. Comment is useless. 10
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11/18/2003 01:40:00 AM
What did you use to make the star effect?
11/17/2003 05:12:34 PM
The lighting on the trees with the dark sky and star filter gives the picture an eerie other world look. It is perfect for the title. Nice job.
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11/17/2003 01:56:11 PM
Great color and exposure depth, bet you wish you could spot-edit out some of those lens reflections. Have a bit of trouble connecting the title though...good photo.
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11/17/2003 01:18:06 PM
Incredibly sharp image - either a really still night or a fabulous piece of USM work. Star filter, and that's the moon, yeah? I like the way the extraordinary light in the sky contrasts with the humdrum world below - and the colour in the trees is just enough to add a little visual interest to that humdrum world.
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11/17/2003 10:03:33 AM
Good capture. Like the overall feel of the shot 8 -danny
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11/17/2003 08:11:26 AM
Very nice use of glow and light/dark contrast, but the lens flare detracts just a bit from the image. Nice work, and truly a solid 8.
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11/17/2003 03:14:23 AM
Fantastic shot! I haven´t words to describe it. My favourite of this week. I love the effect that you got in the star. Awesome shot, and good work... Congratulations for this brilliant shot. 10
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11/16/2003 03:08:24 PM
The mood here is very enticing, with the contrasted colors at night.
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11/15/2003 09:55:16 AM
nice picture, 8
11/14/2003 05:23:39 PM
Very nice shot. I like the red border. Good colours. Unfortunately the reflection dots detract from the overall image. 6
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11/14/2003 02:37:29 PM
11/14/2003 11:25:01 AM
great colours and composition
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11/14/2003 03:35:10 AM
Beautiful, hope this gets high marks.
11/14/2003 12:34:49 AM
Love it, some unfortuante lense glare/dirt, and weird thing along the path, but a wonderful photo all totaled.
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11/14/2003 12:11:26 AM
Good picture but some of the lighting on the street is a bit distracting.
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11/13/2003 09:46:39 PM
great lighting and colors! Those golden trees and that blue sky! A bit of glare in the lens, not a big deal. I like the path coming down to meet the viewer, the lighter line of clouds lower in the sky. Wish the buildings on the left weren't there, but they aren't too distracting. 8
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11/13/2003 06:55:39 PM
great job- beautiful picture! 10
11/13/2003 06:46:21 PM
Three words for you: W-O-W!
11/13/2003 04:31:36 PM
Lovely pic.
11/13/2003 08:39:54 AM
Beautiful nightshot.
11/13/2003 07:46:42 AM
Very nice shot.
11/12/2003 11:51:21 PM
wow, that is beautiful. Nice picture
11/12/2003 10:39:27 PM
Loved that book. Excellent photograph as well! I love the rich colors and the sparkle effect on the moon.
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11/12/2003 03:49:04 PM
A striking image with wonderful richness of colour and light. What a contrast of deep blue skyand golden leaves. Leading line of tree trunks and road into the distance is also pleasing - a good composition.
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11/12/2003 12:49:23 PM
WOWnderful shot! :-) Excellent composition, beautiful colours and sharpness, and I also love the sparkling lights! Best chances for a ribbon, go ahead and take 10 points from me. :-)
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11/12/2003 12:12:57 PM
Use of a lens flare filter, perhaps? Is that the moon up there? What a great shot!
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11/12/2003 10:58:04 AM
Nice compo and lightings. Shame there are some lens glares in the sky.
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11/12/2003 09:56:20 AM
I very like this photo, I guess you used “star” filter, excellent effect. Also colors on the photo really great and this is in night condition.
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11/12/2003 08:51:29 AM
Very well done. I love all the stars in the scenery that echo the star in the sky. Great colors and the clouds are wonderfully textured.
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11/12/2003 02:43:54 AM
Outstanding shot! I love this, good colors and fits the title perfectly.
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