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Sunset reflections

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Challenge: Landscape III (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: pozzuoli
Date: Apr 16, 2007
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/45
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Apr 17, 2007

Poalrizer filter focal lenght 18 mm. postwork levels, curves, usm, sunshine filter from nik collection, saturation, cloned out two small elements on the low left-right sides.

Place: 187 out of 308
Avg (all users): 5.4375
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2442
Avg (non-participants): 5.5353
Views since voting: 695
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 256
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/25/2007 11:23:21 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

The first thing I noticed with this photo were the bright, saturated colors. They really catch the eye! Unfortunately, the expectation of a nice abstract (or perhaps surreal) photo isn't fulfulled. After the initial "wow", the subject is recognized and the colors just look unrealistic and oversaturated.

The photo is, paradoxically, both overexposed and too dark. There's just a really high dynamic range here that is very difficult to capture without special techniques.

The composition is great left-to-right. The boats are attractive and the placement of the elements gives a great impression of depth. But top-to-bottom the composition isn't well balanced. The centered horizon that's bright above and dark below just doesn't work for me, although the masts do their best to tie the photo together. I think cropping about a sixth from the top helps a lot. And perhaps a bit less from the bottom to give a panoramic format would suit this photo well.

But getting back to the original idea (or at least my original impression), I think this photo could work by taking a surreal approach: selectively darken the sky and mountains to give a sort of low key effect. Although the bright areas would still be bright, and there's far too much contrast for a true low key photo, I think the effect could be dramatic, and the "unreality" subtle enough to give the viewer the feeling of "something isn't quite right, but this sure is pretty."
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2007 04:05:44 PM
Gah, I wish tht beautiful reflection had stayed present in the blown out sky. Not bad, but not the best.
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04/22/2007 10:45:18 PM
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04/21/2007 01:13:39 PM
How can you have a reflection of clouds that are not there!?? With other color tone too. This is just bad.
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04/20/2007 08:02:44 PM
The reflection color is much different than the washed out sky color
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04/20/2007 01:08:05 PM
The water in this image looks incredible. The tones and colors are perfect since the exposure was right on. I do think, however, that the sky is quite blown out. A split ND filter would have helped in this scene. The other thing that you could have done was shot in RAW and processed two seperate exposures: one for the sky and one for the water. Then you could have combined the two images into on using the sky from one and the water from the other. That would have made a perfect exposure where the sky and the water are equally dynamic. I still gave you a seven on this shot since the scene is so beautiful and the composition is right on.
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04/19/2007 07:05:07 PM
the big white spot in the sky is too blown for me, the boats are blue.. but nice image overall
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04/18/2007 09:32:02 PM
Nice one.....
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04/18/2007 05:52:26 PM
Nice shot... I'm a big fan of landscape sunsets w/ boats. Saturation and white balance could be improved
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04/18/2007 02:15:30 AM
Good colors, but the sky is just too blown out. Overall, well done.
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