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The Storm (BASIC editing)
The Storm (BASIC editing)
talikf


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Landscape III (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Date: Apr 16, 2007
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.5
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2007

This is the view from my house and this is the first time I can actually catch lightning, I had tried before unsuccessfully.

Post Challenge:
Thank you all for all the comments and votes.

I donít see why some of you had to make such a big deal about including the editing method in the title. The reason I did it is that I had posted this picture to another website and I received all sorts of ďthatís fakeĒ comments. And itís NOT fake so I didnít want people to think it was, especially under expert editing rules. I probably should have written (not a composition) instead of (BASIC editing) but that was the first thing that came to my mind.

Here is an edited version, made after the comments that some of you made, thank you!




Statistics
Place: 5 out of 308
Avg (all users): 7.2028
Avg (commenters): 7.9792
Avg (participants): 7.1020
Avg (non-participants): 7.2553
Views since voting: 4512
Views during voting: 664
Votes: 286
Comments: 76
Favorites: 15 (view)


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05/24/2007 09:37:56 PM
Originally posted by Caltrop:

2-1's 2- 2's 2- 3's = 6 idiots
great capture - not a bad view from your home either.

Why not 4 and 5 to the Idiots list(38 more idiots)? This is number one photograph alltime of this website! Nine of eight should have the higher total not 6!
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05/04/2007 01:08:17 AM
Kiss me rass! lol
05/01/2007 12:09:25 AM
What a spectucular capture! Lucky you and warmest congratulations on your top 5 finish with this engaging capture.
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04/28/2007 11:24:46 PM
For some reason when there's an expert edit challenge I end up getting something I like that would fit but (like this one) would be just great under basic edit and I never use it. The same thing happened with tryptic - I was going for a 3-banger but ended up with one image that was just great - -oh well, I can see the point of putting the Basic edit in the title -- you'll never make everyone happy and expert editting haters would definitely think this was fake -- I live the reflection - I wonder whether it might have been funt to mess around with the dodging and burning and saturation to get more contrast and drama.
OH, BTW - incredible capture! ( obviously)
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04/27/2007 09:41:39 AM
What a awesome capture congrats on your top ten. :)
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04/27/2007 06:46:39 AM
Excellent shot, congrats on the 5th place!
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04/26/2007 06:22:24 PM
A truly great capture - you must have been thrilled. As journalism goes this ticks lots of boxes and as a landscape it's very intriguing. A superb and memorable lightning shot.
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04/26/2007 01:14:58 PM
Again, this is an awesome shot. Just chiming in to support you on your choice of title. And to tell you that I prefer your original editing. I like the moodiness added by including the darker parts of the ocean horizon. Gives the shot better scale IMO. Great shot. You got a personal Blue Ribbon for me on this one...
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04/25/2007 07:27:02 PM
Stunning view and stunning capture. Congrats on HM! A pox on the 1,2,3 voters.
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04/25/2007 10:35:09 AM
Again, 1s and 2s and 3s!!! Come on, this is starting to annoy me - What is the point of taking the time to vote if people are going to trash a beautiful picture - still # 1 (or 2) in my book!
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04/25/2007 09:51:27 AM
All the trolls need to be placed in a trench somewhere!! There are trolls everywhere and they just suck. This shot should have placed higher, it's stunning!
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04/25/2007 09:17:46 AM
Very nice capture. Great Job!
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04/25/2007 06:05:57 AM
Agreed - people who voted 1 - 4's on this should seriously be smacked with the troll hammer.
DPC admin, please do something ? Trollage spoils the fun and ruins peoples chances.
If this image was not abided by the rules it would have been DQ'd.
It's real and it's fantastic - I cant believe it didnt ribbon.
Superb talikf !
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04/25/2007 01:58:21 AM
2-1's 2- 2's 2- 3's = 6 idiots
great capture - not a bad view from your home either.
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04/25/2007 12:45:38 AM
Congratulations on your top 5 finish! Terrific capture.
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04/25/2007 12:38:14 AM
Great capture and strong finish.
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04/25/2007 12:36:03 AM
That's pretty wild!
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04/25/2007 12:24:48 AM
i seriously don't get voting:S this should have won!!!!
Fantastic shot!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2007 12:00:00 AM
nice capture
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04/24/2007 11:35:31 PM
Wow! That's pretty awesome!
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04/24/2007 11:00:25 PM
Timing is everything!
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04/24/2007 09:27:17 PM
a basic 10
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04/24/2007 08:30:35 PM
terrific timing - I know this made your day!
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04/24/2007 08:10:03 PM
pretty amazing!

holy crap.

10
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04/24/2007 05:51:26 PM
Why include the editing method in the title, I really don´t care what was used to edit it as long as it´s legal for the challenge it´s in. Just seems like you are bragging you got a lighting in the photo wich to me is not such a big deal really although I appreciate it´s not easy either.

Anyway shot is pretty good but nothing that is blowing my socks off, mostly it isn´t composed terribly well but that lighting drags it up above average. Gave a 6.
04/24/2007 09:42:40 AM
This is amazing. What a capture. Hope you win the blue with this one!
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04/24/2007 07:22:22 AM
Back to comment and bump: An amazing capture. Glad you put the editing comment in your title because this shot is almost unbeliveable. 9
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04/24/2007 05:52:02 AM
I do like the shot, but I don't see why you've put (BASIC editing) in the title. So what if you didn't use the full range of editing capabilities available. As has been pointed out in the forums, just because it's available doesn't mean you have to use it, and good pictures don't necessarily need all available techniques used on them.

Are you expecting extra credit because because you edited the picture less? Do you feel that the image won't measure up to others that do use more post-processing?

Just my thoughts. I'd suggest next time you just edit the image 'til you're happy with it and submit :)
04/23/2007 08:17:13 PM
Is that real?!?! that looks awsome!
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04/23/2007 08:10:52 PM
Phenomenal capture! Literally, as well ;-)
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04/23/2007 07:50:44 PM
awesome
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04/23/2007 12:27:47 PM
Very cool.
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04/23/2007 08:06:59 AM
That's an impressive catpure
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04/23/2007 01:01:38 AM
WOW. Great use of expret editing rules.
04/22/2007 11:43:29 PM
WOW, that is just amazing. Freaky shot, awesome !
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04/22/2007 08:49:08 PM
looks good, but the colors on the buildings are bland
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04/22/2007 03:54:47 PM
I love the lightning shooting through the cloud. A little scary to see it land like that. Amazing capture!
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04/22/2007 03:21:02 PM
Great capture and should do very well. It could be made to look more dramatic with more editing but glad to see you keeping it real.9
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04/22/2007 11:26:05 AM
What a capture!
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04/22/2007 11:08:15 AM
oh!!! ouch!
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04/21/2007 01:59:04 PM
wow
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04/21/2007 10:21:16 AM
Beautiful 10!
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04/21/2007 09:06:47 AM
Really powerful shot!
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04/20/2007 08:15:01 PM
Great moment, very nicely captured. The lightning works very well in the center of the frame since it is such a dominating subject in the photo. My favorite thing about this shot is the dramatic scale. Great image.
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04/20/2007 07:02:42 PM
Great lightning strike photo along with the nice foreground
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04/20/2007 06:40:56 PM
Amazing! This must have been very loud.
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04/20/2007 03:57:45 PM
10
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04/20/2007 02:38:34 PM
Yikes - I am glad you weren't on that point! Nice image - but I would think that making the statement so matter of factly that you did this in "Basic" is probably causing your score to suffer. I like it 8
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04/20/2007 01:00:04 PM
Spectacular! I'm sure you'll get all kinds of comments about how well everything is lit.. The marina in the foreground provides a depth often lacking in lightning captures.
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04/20/2007 09:59:52 AM
good timing!
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04/20/2007 01:31:27 AM
Perfect 10 + fav...this photo is outstanding!
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04/19/2007 10:48:53 PM
Mighty!!
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04/19/2007 08:38:06 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Were you waiting for that, or was it dumb luck?

Message edited by ursula - too many "!", messes up the page..
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04/19/2007 04:15:18 PM
Great capture!
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04/19/2007 02:55:05 PM
Awesome capture!
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04/19/2007 02:39:14 PM
That's one heck of a bolt of lightning you captured there...really looks great with that storm lit scene. Well done!
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04/19/2007 02:12:03 PM
very good capture, would liked to have some vibrance to the color to give it wow..OMHO....6
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04/19/2007 12:44:12 PM
This is an amazing lightning bolt you captured. Very dramatic and you even got a wonderful reflection across the foreground boats. I've tried photographing lightning on numerous occasions and I can tell you this, you will be hard pressed to capture more this good. It looks like it was captured early morning or dusk which is even more difficult for lightning.

With this image it might be time to learn more sophisticated editing if that is the reason you submitted under basic editing only(though you did make it 720 pixels wide). This picture deserves better treatment.

You might want to consider cropping about 100 pixels or so from the far right. This will offset the bolt for added viewer interest and counterbalance it against the darker clouds on the right. There is much that can and should be done with this image with post processing. If done this one is worthy of selling and hanging framed on walls.

This image will get a good score because it is such a dramatic capture, but it SHOULD have been a ribbon winner.
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04/19/2007 09:59:39 AM
Basic editing? Wow, a once in a lifetime capture! Image might benefit from a little tighter cropping on the sides.
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04/19/2007 09:28:22 AM
Great shot!
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04/18/2007 10:34:26 PM
Awesome. I hope there's details about the capture/editing. While there are many nice landscape images, I have to give this a 10. The scene, the timing, details... great image. This is the type of photo I'd like to produce.
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04/18/2007 08:37:02 PM
Now THAT's a capture.
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04/18/2007 07:56:40 PM
Awesome capture!!!
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04/18/2007 07:11:52 PM
Talk about "Good fortune"!! I must give you a 7 for this. Good luck!
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04/18/2007 06:53:12 PM
Really nice shot and even more so considering the limited post production you apparently did. Keep in mind, however, that the challenge allows expert editing and most people, myself included, will probably judge equally against others that have done more extensive post production.

Again, nice shot.
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04/18/2007 05:32:52 PM
love it. great capture. 9
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04/18/2007 03:46:13 PM
Amazing shot...wouldn't want to be on the receiving end!
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04/18/2007 03:33:11 PM
Holy heck... Nice lighting capture. Way to be there.
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04/18/2007 01:36:26 PM
Amazing capture, good job. 8
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04/18/2007 11:26:48 AM
Very nice timing. A bit noisy in the sky, but that's a small price to pay for this kind of shot. Even without the lightning bolt this would have been a good shot.
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04/18/2007 11:16:08 AM
wow...intense capture!
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04/18/2007 02:28:38 AM
Holy s%$&!!!!!
What an amazing capture!!!
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04/18/2007 01:36:45 AM
WOW!!! How long did it take you to produce such quality work?
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04/18/2007 01:15:18 AM
Wow! FANTASTIC lightning shot. One of the coolest I've ever seen.
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04/18/2007 12:49:16 AM
heh, I was going to add a (Advanced editing) to my title. ;) Nicely captured. I may have cropped some off the bottom to remove some of the land, but perhaps I'd have to see it. It's unfortunate that great bolt decided to go almost smack in the middle of the shot. 7
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04/18/2007 12:40:39 AM
nice catch!
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