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Circo Alaska
Circo Alaska

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Alicante, Spain
Date: Apr 12, 2007
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2, 1 and 3.2 sec
Galleries: Water, Textures
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2007

Posibly my most "worked" image.Some hours to get it, but I like the result, so no problem...
Steps: first of all is the idea, we saw the circus when we were going to buy to a near shop, and come near, made some not very good shots and quit. But when we were shoping I SAW the shot. I realized that the mood puddle would reflect the lights as it was arriving the night, and with a wide angle... I shooted some with different times in a tripod.
I have used 3 different shots (0.5, 1 and 3.2 seconds), create a real hdr in photomatix and tonemapped it with the detail enhancement. Then corrected some global things in lightroom (some levels and saturation). Finally went to PS, used noiseware, worked by zones to create more contrast in different zones of the image and created a mask for sharpening.
I hope this is my new PB.

Place: 55 out of 573
Avg (all users): 6.4972
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.3125
Avg (non-participants): 6.9608
Views since voting: 1860
Views during voting: 283
Votes: 179
Comments: 14
Favorites: 4 (view)

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08/18/2007 03:22:39 PM
wonderful shot. Love the vibrancy and surrealness of it!
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05/12/2007 08:24:09 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club -

Very cool shot you have here. One that probably looks even better larger than the size we are limited to here at DPC.

Very cool colors and your HDR editing is well done. It gives an almost creepy mood that can be associated with traveling circuses. I think my only suggestion would be to have a bit more sky and a bit less foreground. The reflection in the ground water is very cool and is a great balance to the trucks and tents, but the extra ground with no reflection seems a slight waste of space IMO.

Overall a really nice shot andthe voters rewarded you fo rit. While maybe not a PB a great score and excellent placing in a FS. Well done using the expert ruleset the way I think it was intended as well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more of you entries!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 10:40:48 PM
great moody edit...love the time of day this was shot as the light is perfect 8
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05/07/2007 04:39:15 PM
This is fantastic. I really like the erie, abandoned, and cold feeling. 9
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05/07/2007 10:41:09 AM
Very nice - and good use of HDR...
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05/04/2007 07:35:25 PM
Great colors and cool subject matter. Of course the reflection is awesome. Back to bump you up to 9.
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05/04/2007 03:15:55 PM
This is fantastic! It looks like an old time carnival and the nostalgia just oozes out of the picture. I love how bright the lights are not just themselves but even in the water reflections against the darkness of the sky and the pavement. In my very humble opinion this should be a ribbon for you!
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05/03/2007 06:22:02 PM
i often have this dream
not kidding
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05/03/2007 12:05:42 AM
Stunning shot, fantastic PP, good luck.
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05/02/2007 07:23:28 PM
Fantastic light, sky ominous. 7
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05/01/2007 11:14:48 PM
Excellent perspective and composition on this. Well done.
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05/01/2007 12:21:21 PM
Brilliant! THis is amazing...The vibrant colors are really awesome, and I love the way the glowing lights contrast with the almost dismal looking ground. Excellen, unique shot.
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05/01/2007 10:11:44 AM
I like it. the colors, the contrasts, and the composition
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05/01/2007 12:32:38 AM
cool processing, great colors
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