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Sunset Behind the Apostles
Sunset Behind the Apostles

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-09 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon
Date: Sep 8, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2007

Shot was taken on my first photo trip ever, and it was simply awesome :) ... 3 photographers, we went down the Great Ocean Road, spent 3 days, and i shot close to 600 frames.. was a good weekend :) This shot was taken at sunset near the 12 Apostles. Used a ND grad to try and control exposure somewhat.

PP was quite extensive
- Photomatix HDR
- Noise Ninja
- cloning
- add gradient from below and above in overlay mode
- curves for sky
- curves brightening water
- curves darkening the apostles a little
- overall curves bringing a little contrast
- color balance warming the picture
- levels to vignette image
- sharpening/resize

Place: 46 out of 503
Avg (all users): 6.5760
Avg (commenters): 7.6429
Avg (participants): 6.5053
Avg (non-participants): 6.8000
Views since voting: 1215
Views during voting: 230
Votes: 125
Comments: 15
Favorites: 3 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2007 07:22:36 PM
Beautiful picture!!!
10/05/2007 10:10:51 AM
Very nicely done. Did you use tone mapping on this image?
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10/05/2007 10:05:56 AM
Looks like HDR, more space for foreground will be better for compostion, imho.
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10/03/2007 11:15:08 PM
Really great color. I would like to see just the top half
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10/03/2007 10:10:08 PM
very nice...nice coloring
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10/03/2007 06:10:12 PM
Tone mapping works well here, though I wish the blacks were just a bit darker. Very cool location.
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10/03/2007 12:30:58 PM
10/02/2007 07:15:15 PM
Very beautiful colours, soft and subdued. Like a work of art! 9
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10/02/2007 01:07:25 AM
HDR? Very pretty seascape, love the reflection of the sun, makes the shot for me
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10/01/2007 08:25:05 PM
I would have liked to have seen more shadows in the lower half, its so bright it doesn't fit in with the rest of the photo
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10/01/2007 11:24:28 AM
nice image leads the eye - 8
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10/01/2007 10:34:51 AM
What's left of them, eh... Beautiful image of what is soon not to be. The foregound is a little bit distracting for me, but the misty appearance over near the apostles themselves is fantastic. 8
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10/01/2007 09:47:13 AM
I like it quite a bit, but I think I am turned off by the unnaturally saturated cyans and greens. They contrast delightfully with the warm tones, but they are just a hair over the "actually occurring in nature" line. Otherwise, you were spot on in your composition and timing (waves and tides). The mist in the distance helped to add to the fairytale sort of feel you have going on here. Overall, fantastic shot but be careful about being too heavy handed on the Cyan saturation.
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10/01/2007 07:16:51 AM
Bloody awesome!
10/01/2007 12:48:40 AM
I love the top 2/3rds of the image. The bottom just doesn't have the same quality to it. The top feels like a dream. The bottom feels like a dream interrupted by reality. I'd say ... just crop off the bottom.
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