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Challenge: The Four Elements II (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Skye, Scotland
Date: May 25, 2007
Aperture: f13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2007

This shot was taken on a recent trip to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Dawn breaks at 4:30 am in mid-May and an early start was needed to capture this scene.

I used a Canon 5D and 17-40L lens with Lee 0.6 soft-grad ND filter to balance the bright sky with the foreground.

Post processing in Photoshop, curves and saturation. Croped slightly.

Place: 10 out of 394
Avg (all users): 6.8596
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.7593
Avg (non-participants): 7.0317
Views since voting: 1748
Views during voting: 264
Votes: 171
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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06/09/2007 05:36:00 PM
Gorgeous, you've got a stunning shot here.
Very dedicated.
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06/09/2007 03:32:06 AM
Greetings from the critique club!

First of all congratulations on your top ten finish. It is certainly well deserved!

This is a relatively high contrast scene but the exposure was dealt with quite well. The sun definitely evident in the shot but without creating excessively large highlight areas.

I really like the detail in the sky. It has a very nice vast and "infinite" feel to it. (A lot to do with the choice of lens I think. Makes me ponder whether I should get one).

The composition is pretty good. I like the way the different elements (sky, foreground, island in the distance) all work together to create depth.

The color are rich and well saturated without going overboard

Details are sharp for the most part. A bit of the sunlight has bled into the top of the hill in the distance unfortunately. Nevertheless there is good detail in the rocks and sky.

The challenge: This is such a good image that to be honest, I didn't even give the challenge a second thought until just now. All 4 elements are present. (Though I disagree with the notion that the Sun represents fire but that's a silly opinion and has no bearing at all here)

Overall - Well done. Aside from the hill that I mentioned, I can't see anything obvious to improve this image.
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06/06/2007 07:57:51 PM
What splendor canned into a digital image. Those pixels must be jumping for joy! Congratulations on your top ten finish.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/30/2007 02:34:51 PM
I like. nice shot
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05/30/2007 12:41:46 AM
Breathtaking beauty!
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05/29/2007 12:53:33 PM
Wow! How beautiful.
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05/28/2007 10:43:51 PM
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05/28/2007 05:53:37 PM
Stunning colors - great capture
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05/28/2007 05:50:15 PM
Beautiful! The colours are lovely
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05/28/2007 12:35:01 AM
wow i love the combination, the sun looks almost like fire
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05/28/2007 12:18:46 AM
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