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Happy Birthday Langdon! I got you a ray of light. It's not worth much but it's pretty :-)
Happy Birthday Langdon! I got you a ray of light. It's not worth much but it's pretty :-)

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Challenge: Langdon's Birthday (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Upper Antelope Canyon
Date: Mar 16, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 6 sec.
Galleries: Abstract, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2007

Taken as raw.
Converted in PSE5.
Adjusted color temp, saturation and contrast.
Save for web.

Place: 19 out of 107
Avg (all users): 6.3622
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 5.9273
Avg (non-participants): 6.5462
Views since voting: 1474
Views during voting: 347
Votes: 185
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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04/05/2007 12:41:05 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Langdon seems to like it, and why not? Photographers always appreciate nice light, and this really is pretty! The color really draws you in to the photo and provides a wonderful backdrop for the subject: the light ray.

I find your choice of a landscape orientation interesting. I would have probably opted for a portrait format to focus attention more squarely on the subject and give the photo a more exciting feel. The dark foreground formations seem unnecessary, and I would have cropped them out, leaving only a bit for contrast and framing. Yet the way you have it does work very well. The foreground is dark enough not to detract from the subject, and gives a more relaxing feel that contrasts nicely with the light ray.

I have two suggestions for postprocessing. Both are based on personal preference, so may or may not suit your taste, but give them a try.

First, bump up the midtone contrast a bit to make the subject stand out more. Curves is the tool of choice for this, but I don't know if PSE5 has that. Alternatively, use the Midtone Contrast slider in the Shadows/Highlights tool.

Second, use a touch of Unsharp Mask. It will bring out the textures in the canyon walls, but you mostly want to add definition to the edges of the light ray.

Overall, this is a beautiful photo. Nice work.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/28/2007 10:20:44 PM
It is indeed pretty, and I thank you for it! :)
03/26/2007 03:02:15 AM
It's more than pretty....it's stunning! I've always wanted to visit this place. Nice capture of beautiful colors and lines.
03/23/2007 07:49:39 AM
There are cetain pics that I imagine cause a photogrpaher to soil him or herself with joy upon encountering them. Assuming this is real, this had to be one of those scenes. I've seen this place photogrpahed many times but I don't think a light beam has been in them. Perhaps the photo could be called "A new pair of boxers" ... but I don't think most people would get it.

As far as something I'd like a tad more: I'm wondering if it's my monitor, but I'd like just a bit more sharpness and contrast to make things pop just a tad more because I can see great transitions of light an hues that could be exagerrated to create sweeter eye-candy - thn again, some people worry about cavities (which is what we're looking at here in grand form). 8
03/22/2007 11:31:04 PM
Great work! I vote a perfect 10!
03/22/2007 03:05:39 PM
03/22/2007 08:48:48 AM
Wow! Love the tones and lines of this photo. I would love to go hiking in there. Great focus and composition.

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