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Love is in the stars - The Big Dipper
Love is in the stars - The Big Dipper

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Love II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Olympus 18mm f/3.5 MF Wide Ange Zuiko
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: Feb 20, 2007
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 30 sek
Galleries: Landscape, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Feb 20, 2007

This is a hut for drying fish located just outside of Reykjavik, near Grótta lighthouse. I had some trouble framing properly because it was so dark. The aurora was faint and was not in the right direction for my point of view. Still nice to have 'em inside the frame. The framing was to include a nice angle of the hut and star sign Big Dipper (Charles' Wain) above. I did several shots mostly for getting the cars that drove once in a while past to light the hut. Processing includes noise removal, and some shadow/highlight, USM and curves. I may have fiddled with the color balance, I'm not sure. Hope people will not feel I'm stretcing the theme too far.

Place: 50 out of 232
Avg (all users): 5.7880
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.3559
Avg (non-participants): 5.9494
Views since voting: 1688
Views during voting: 320
Votes: 217
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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07/09/2008 11:46:44 AM
I don't have any photos with stars...you inspire me to try it!
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03/06/2007 05:40:36 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

COMPOSITION... I love this photo, and am a big sucker for night shots in general. The fact that the aurora was faint and not at the angle you would have like does not distract from the beauty at all. The leaning shed takes up the appropriate amount of space, allowing a huge amount of clear sky. The big dipper takes a backseat to the aurora as well it should.

TECHNIQUE... This is a wonderfully captured night shot. The shed has enough light so as not be be dark, but not so much that it distracts from the scene.

OVERALL.. You have met the challenge nicely, and the photo itself is nicely done. The expanse of sky is very dramatic, the aurora shows up well and the stars are wonderful. I am sorry this critique is not more detailed. There is really nothing I would change, nothing you could have done to improve this photograph. I gave it a 10 during voting.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2007 09:30:10 PM
i really like this. 9. :]
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02/27/2007 07:50:03 PM
Great shot. I am a fan of nature shots.Nice reflection of the blue on the front of the builing. I think just a grey front(like the side) would have made it look flat. NICE work!!
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02/27/2007 10:21:13 AM
great photo
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02/26/2007 02:41:18 PM
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02/24/2007 10:44:43 PM
Very Nice Photograph.
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02/23/2007 06:41:13 PM
Great night shot, although a bit far from the challenge in my opinion. Exposure and composition are just right.
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02/23/2007 07:33:26 AM
I love it! nice job! good luck in challenge! 9
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02/22/2007 10:44:20 AM
Wish I could take a shot like this! Awesome. 9
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02/21/2007 11:58:38 PM
Marvelous shot, but it doesn't have a thing to do with the theme, as far as I can "feel".
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02/21/2007 07:55:48 PM
there seems to be a general theme of shooting things you love without actually expressing the theme of love itself

so to me.. a shot that does not show love is not a love shot and therefore doesn't meet the criteria
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02/21/2007 03:43:15 PM
Why, oh why do I live in a big city...lovely
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02/21/2007 01:20:24 PM
realy lovly night:)10
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02/21/2007 10:34:22 AM
great pic, but doesn't say "love" to me...
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