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Sunset at Siphon's Draw
Sunset at Siphon's Draw
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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Siphon's Draw, Arizona USA
Date: Nov 29, 2003
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160th
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2003

This image was taken along the Siphon's Draw Trail in the Superstition Mountains Wilderness area east of Phoenix, Arizona USA.

The Superstitions are famous in the US as the hiding place for the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. It remains the only gold mine from the Old West that has never been relocated, but people still keep looking. :)

I had a great time taking about 150 sunset shots over two evenings.

My intention was to create a dramatic sky effect. I did do some color enhancement, but only to brighten the real color that was already there. I only overdid the blue a little to add interest to the shot.

Neat Image was used for noise reduction in the final submission to produce a soft, surrealistic effect.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 99
Avg (all users): 7.0263
Avg (commenters): 8.2381
Avg (participants): 6.5890
Avg (non-participants): 7.4304
Views since voting: 6939
Votes: 152
Comments: 30
Favorites: 29 (view)


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04/26/2007 05:19:25 PM
talk about a totally amazing and beautiful image ... that sky is absolutely stunning ... even the slight blur around the silhouetted plants looks good, it sort'v fits in with the softness in the sky .... another lesson for me, coz i would'v probably deleted this pic coz the silhouettes dont look sharp/focused !!....

Message edited by author 2007-04-26 17:20:08.
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06/13/2006 08:23:48 PM
Excellent photo and work...
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10/06/2004 08:41:52 PM
Outstanding shot, love the silhouettes and the golden and blue sky contrast nicely...
Can't believe you don't have a "Print available"...looks like it might do well...
Again, Super Photo...
keep on shootin'
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12/08/2003 06:55:36 AM
Here you are again, and wow! bloody amazing picture! well done steve.. phew
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12/08/2003 02:32:40 AM
Congrats Dad! Above a seven and a high place in a tough challenge!
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12/08/2003 02:22:17 AM
Two more steps and you'll be in the Gifs! Well done Steve. ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 10:46:09 PM
This is a stunning shot, I love your colors and your composition, beautiful.
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12/07/2003 04:08:06 PM
gorgeous colors.
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12/07/2003 09:20:24 AM
This is amazing! The colors are PHENOMENAL. The soft focus really adds to the tranquility and peacefulness in this scene. I am a sucker for sunrise and sunset photos. The motivates me to redecorate my living room and incorp a southwest theme so that this photo would work there. Wow. -10-
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12/06/2003 10:32:21 PM
Very beautiful photo, lovely colors and nice soft focus. 8
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12/06/2003 07:27:39 PM
beautiful sky..
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12/05/2003 10:44:35 AM
I think there is a little bit too much saturation here. It doesn't look natural to me...
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12/03/2003 06:36:56 PM
sorry im asking so many questions. i looked in the rules and i didnt c my answer so ill ask you. do all of the challenges have a time limit on the pics taken? do they all have to be in that week?

P.S. i thought ur pic was great
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12/02/2003 10:34:17 PM
Absolutely beautiful shot. 9
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12/02/2003 09:59:11 AM
Lovely sunset. The saguaros look so nice in blur!
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12/02/2003 09:22:56 AM
Kind of harsh for soft focus to me.
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12/02/2003 06:32:35 AM
There is a bit of what looks like over sharpening (before blurring...), best seen on the cactus to the left (white lines on the outlines). Looks like youi have oversharpened the image and then blurred it. Colors are great and the subjects are great as well. I think you should have skipped the sharpening, everything else is great.
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12/02/2003 05:27:09 AM
Looks like a shot from Arizona Highways magazine! What absolutely gorgeous color! A very visually engaging shot. 8
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12/02/2003 04:34:35 AM
You've must be kidding. What an amazing colors, it's truly a remarkable photo, that's a 10 from me.
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12/02/2003 01:26:50 AM
WOW!! Beautiful
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12/01/2003 10:53:58 PM
WOW!!! Those colors are sooooooo vibrant!! Very nice!
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12/01/2003 05:24:08 PM
i think you've made it difficult to notice the soft focus with a nighttime shot although the colours are great. I can still see the soft focus in the clouds and the outline of the cactus but it is not immdeiately obvious
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12/01/2003 04:48:19 PM
Very striking colours with a bizarre vibe to it. You've managed a quite surreal effect (however you did it) and it makes for an impressive scene. Good job.
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12/01/2003 02:18:10 PM
This is very nice.....from the thumbnail I was almost thinking this photo does not look soft....but, first impressions can be wrong. Upon seeing the full image it is soft and muted....
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12/01/2003 01:24:56 PM
Holy cow. Possibly THE most beautiful sunset I've ever seen. The detail in the clouds is amazing, and the soft focus adds a fluid feeling that greatly enhances the photo.
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12/01/2003 10:52:59 AM
Stunning. Looks like HDTV!!!!! Really is pretty. 10
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12/01/2003 10:18:59 AM
Absolutely stunning. Bravo! The colour saturation really makes this shot. The cacti are jut a little too much especially the one in the very near foreground on the right.
I still must vote 10. My pick for shot of the challenge.
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12/01/2003 08:10:20 AM
You made a nice choice - a beautiful shot with striking color. I love the layers from deep blue to deep orange/red. The cactus sillouhetes add interest. Well done :-)
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12/01/2003 03:34:37 AM
high impact shot. Whatever you have done here with curves, colours, levels, whatever it is, has really worked well.
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12/01/2003 12:27:40 AM
Very interesting shot. LIke the colors and how the full specrum is shown in the sky.
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