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Tree in Silhouette
Tree in Silhouette

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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus D-360L
Location: Outside my front door, Oak Ridge, TN
Date: Jan 7, 2004
Aperture: auto
ISO: auto
Shutter: auto
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2004

This is just a tree that happens to be outside my front door. This night, the sky was amazing and I snapped a few shots.
Didn't do any post editing,except to sharpen it a little, but decided to experiment a little with borders.

Place: 36 out of 96
Avg (all users): 5.8034
Avg (commenters): 6.3750
Avg (participants): 5.4179
Avg (non-participants): 6.0360
Views since voting: 1450
Votes: 178
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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01/24/2004 11:46:57 AM
Critique Club

Wow, what great sunset colours. The colours along with the cloud formation really do look very nice. I like the centered composition and the tree looks great silhouetted. I think your main problem here is the jpeg compression. Your file is only 87kb, out of a 150k maximum. This means there are artifacts in the sky, and around the tree. I makes the pic look blurry and just generally not as appealing.

You say in your comments that you were experimenting with borders. I think the border looks okay but it could be better suited to the photo. At the moment you have 2 layers, with a line in the middle. I think you should only have 1 layer, so it looks thin, and put the thin white line in between the photo and the black border. This makes sure the black parts of the photo don't blend into the border.

I think some of the comments you got do bring up some good points. The colours could be even more eye-catching if you boosted the saturation a bit more in postprocessing. Also, a lot of people think 'after dark' means when the sun is completly gone. Voters are very literally minded here, so it's useful to take that into account.

Overall, this is a nice sunset photo, but slightly lacking in image quality. Play around with other compression levels to try and get something a little less artifacty.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2004 10:21:27 AM
Sunsets really dont strike me as 'after dark' Sorry.
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01/18/2004 09:08:29 AM
I like the square frame and boarder. Interesting sky and single focus subject. Well done 8
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01/17/2004 05:29:26 PM
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01/16/2004 10:32:07 PM
Blurry in the base of the tree. Detracts a bit.
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01/16/2004 01:51:09 PM
I am not keen on funereal borders, but here it doesn't especially detract since the shot itself is a dark one. I like this shot a lot.
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01/15/2004 11:04:11 PM
nice sky colors.
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01/15/2004 09:15:18 PM
very nice warm colours almost looks like an oil painting Nice image
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01/15/2004 08:00:58 AM
Very nice
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01/15/2004 06:21:42 AM
Beautifully captured.
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01/15/2004 02:02:28 AM
Not AFTER dark... Beautiful shot otherwise!!
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01/14/2004 10:11:02 PM
What a great shot. Nice reflection in the background, and wonderful colors. Very easy to overdo the saturation or the sharpening with a shot like this. You did niether. Great job.
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01/12/2004 08:51:13 PM
That is nice...Great silhouette and the sky is just perfect, good job!
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01/12/2004 02:39:03 PM
Very nice! Not quite "after dark," but I didn't hold it against you. Medal worthy!
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01/12/2004 12:57:55 PM
Not really "After Dark" when the sunlight is still visible. Nice colors and good silhouette.
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01/12/2004 10:28:07 AM
Lovely sillhouette against that marvelous sky. Just a bit more contrast may saturate your colors more and give it even more 'umph.' You may be criticized by some that this is not yet 'nocturnal', but I like it. 7
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01/12/2004 10:14:43 AM
After dark?
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01/12/2004 08:20:31 AM
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01/12/2004 02:32:56 AM
beautiful sunset colors, the clouds are nice too.
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