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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Papago Mountain, Scotsdale, AZ
Date: Jan 8, 2004
Aperture: f/11`
ISO: 200
Shutter: 320
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2004

I was in Arizona looking for a great place to take sunset pictures. I was intrigued all week by Papago Mountian with a whole in it. This was the scene looking thru the hole from the top. (there were steps going up there..to risks were taken to get this shot...good thing for me as I am a chicken) But what a beautiful view!! I know this is on the edge of after dark, but the scene is definitly different at the sun goes down.

Place: 42 out of 96
Avg (all users): 5.6629
Avg (commenters): 6.5714
Avg (participants): 5.3971
Avg (non-participants): 5.8318
Views since voting: 899
Votes: 175
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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01/22/2004 11:43:01 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hits: This is a wonderfully thought out and executed photo. The natural framing you chose adds great impact to an already beautiful sunset. The bird in the scene, while a little small here, adds to the natural feeling and balance. The exposure looks well done. And the border works well here to frame the photo.

Misses: Not much to criticise here, but one small issue I "THINK" I see, though it's hard to tell at this size, is that the edge of the sillouetted opening looks just a tad softer than you would want the edge to be. That would stand out more in a larger print, but it's also something that could be handled by post processing, if it's even the case at all.

Ideas. Not much I would change here. The only suggestion I would have would be to see if the great asethetics can be improved even more by increase the relative area of the sunset by cropping the top and bottom a little tighter (making it more panoramic).

Great picture overall!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2004 11:55:59 PM
Great shot... Looks like an exotic sunset!
01/18/2004 09:43:07 PM
wonderful pattern. the lines and uneven edges amkes this shot sttractive.
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01/17/2004 08:12:23 AM
Nicely framed sunset. The monochromatic sky is something I usually don't like, but I think its kinda neat when its sandwiched between these 2 rock forms 8
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01/16/2004 11:35:45 PM
I love how this is framed.
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01/16/2004 08:44:12 PM
Like this shot here, looks as though you tore off a section of a piece of paper and beneath it is this sunset.
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01/16/2004 07:52:07 PM
Nicely seen! I really enjoy the framing with the crag and the mountains. Lots of drama here!
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01/15/2004 05:07:53 PM
I like this. The overhang adds a great touch. Where was this taken?
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01/15/2004 06:00:48 AM
Nice photo...good composition.
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01/15/2004 01:49:59 AM
I believe the name of the challenge was 'After dark' not 'Just before after dark happens'...
01/14/2004 12:06:16 PM
The sky colors are beautiful, and the framing is really interesting. What is the top section of the frame?
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01/13/2004 06:41:16 PM
Good entry for the just before after dark challenge :)
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01/12/2004 09:01:02 PM
nicley composed, interesting sky. Good decision about the boarder - this shot is helped by it - somehow the orange on the right that touches the orange in the photo bothers me (slight negative) One of my picks for a ribbon. 9
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01/12/2004 08:44:32 PM
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01/12/2004 08:21:23 PM
Technical: fits the challenge. Exposure lighting composition focus all good.

Personal: I wish you'd used all 640 pixels and made the border a little less wide. On my monitor there is a line of tiny lights, but it's too dark to be able to tell what I'm looking at. I love the color though, this looks to be a great photo.

My vote: 6
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01/12/2004 09:55:57 AM
After dark?

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