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Brighton Cove Dawn
3rd PlaceBrighton Cove Dawn
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Brighton Pier, Melbourne Australia
Date: May 11, 2008
Aperture: F14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30 seconds
Galleries: Panoramic, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2008

THE IMAGE:

The Place is Brighton, and it was actually dusk not dawn...I took license to call it a cove, but this is art right?

Took this on a Sunday evening when there were people around. Don't like being out in the dark around the sea at night any more! Used a tripod, went for a small aperture and a long exposure (30 Seconds). Nice that it was rather still and the yachts were frozen for me.

THE EDIT:

Levels, Colour balance adjustment layer, noise reduction adjustment layer, no sharpening (although there was a little in noise ninja), adjusted levels and did a little dodging and burning. After all that I decided to go for a duotone. I like the border, though I know some dpc people will not.

I had about 8-10 editing attempts to really massage the best out of this image. I was tossing up whether to do colour or duotone and settled for the duo which is nice and punchy. I will post the outakes after the challenge.

THE PREDICTION:

I think this will be a low 6 as there will be lots of clever entries and there is nothing too dramatic here. 6.2???

POST CHALLENGE:
Wow! I seem to be the king of yellow ribbons! Thanks everyone. Nice to scrape in. Thank you!!!

This image started life doing it tough and crawled back from mid 6ís to over 7. In the last half hour, moved from 7.16XX to under 7.1, which makes me think that some people might lower the votes at the top in order to gain a little advantage and win. Call me suspicious, but I am about this issue as it seems to happen quite often.
Thanks for all the votes everyone.

Here are a couple of Outtakes:

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This is a colour version.

And this one is another shot from the same place that I was considering:

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Statistics
Place: 3 out of 194
Avg (all users): 7.1088
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.6933
Avg (non-participants): 7.5417
Views since voting: 7889
Views during voting: 284
Votes: 147
Comments: 49
Favorites: 16 (view)


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05/23/2008 05:54:33 AM
Simply beautiful.
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05/22/2008 05:07:58 PM
You are one of the best photographers on DPC, you have an excellent eye, and consistently produce amazing stuff, congrats on a great score and yet another ribbon, nicely done, adding to faves.
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05/20/2008 11:49:57 PM
i've just looked at your last 10 entries in challenges .. if mojo is so easily lost and then reclaimed i'm wondering if you'd give me a bit of yours .. you have plenty !!
another amazing photograph .. i know i commented before, but it's pretty excellent .. nothing like making a point i reckon .. gotta go .. :)
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05/20/2008 07:14:20 PM
Excellent image congrats!!!!!!
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05/20/2008 10:07:28 AM
Really nice!
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05/20/2008 09:06:39 AM
This is so beautiful! Congrats!
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05/20/2008 09:05:58 AM
Enzo, this is beautiful and moody. I also really like the second outtake with the light rays. Nicely done!
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05/20/2008 12:08:35 AM
GREAT Shot..

Just one thought... I am sure you had put this border... but may be you can try putting a simpler border (1 pix white + 3 pix black) uniformly across all sides... it will look even better (jut my thought... i am not an expert... but still thought of sharing as i love this photo so much)
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05/19/2008 11:07:56 PM
Gorgeous, Enzo
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05/19/2008 04:44:04 PM
Congrats on a very artistic image and another ribbon!
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05/19/2008 03:08:33 PM
Muchos congratulous dear...
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05/19/2008 01:02:26 PM
Ahhhh...Enzo...CONGRATULATIONS! I just can't decide which one I like better this dark and moody version or the color outtake...both are FABULOUS! I want a D300 too! Too bad I can't order your talent as an accessory...::sigh:: Well done as always!
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05/19/2008 11:25:23 AM
Congrats Enzo, what a beautiful image.
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05/19/2008 10:42:27 AM
Beautiful! Congrats!
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05/19/2008 10:20:35 AM
Enzo! Wow! This is another one that I had a feeling would be winning the prize the minute I saw it! Congratulations. It is stunning!
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05/19/2008 09:22:33 AM
Oh well done, this is a simply stunning shot.
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05/19/2008 05:30:55 AM
Congratulation on the ribbon Enzo. This beautiful photo deserved no less. So, is it too big a call to say you've got your groove/mojo back?

Message edited by author 2008-05-19 09:28:12.
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05/19/2008 05:01:31 AM
Congrats on the third place Enzo! Excellent work!
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05/19/2008 04:15:50 AM
love the border especially how it sort'v bleeds into the lower part of your image .. this is stunning .. a wonderful photograph processed to perfection .. CONGRATULATIONS on a very well deserved score and another ribbon ... :)
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05/19/2008 04:07:37 AM
Awesome image and so deserved to ribbon..... Well done Enzo.....
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05/19/2008 03:07:03 AM
Congrats Enzo, very well done!
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05/19/2008 02:56:09 AM
Beautiful image Enzo, congrats on the ribbon.
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05/19/2008 02:38:58 AM
This has all the toning of Alexsaberis latest stuff.. real nice shot..

well done!
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05/19/2008 02:17:56 AM
Love ALL your duotones, I prefer this one over the colour. If we do GTG in Melbourne later this year I hope you will give a class on how you process these so well...congrats!
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05/19/2008 02:15:12 AM
Well done Enzo, one more ribbon for you ;)
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05/19/2008 02:01:26 AM
Enzo you give always beautiful photos to us congrats :)
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05/19/2008 01:58:40 AM
ooooh, there you go again, congrats stunning shot.
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05/19/2008 01:26:57 AM
Oh, WHAT a stunning image, Enzo. So glad it made top three. Huge congrats on your ribbon.
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05/19/2008 01:21:20 AM
Enzo this is gorgeous! Congrats on the ribbon and on taking such a lovely photo.
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05/19/2008 01:06:50 AM
Dude - This is such a beautiful image. [I actually commented on this immediately, but the feedback seems to have been lost, so I'm trying to recreate my emotions.]

The blues and the tonal range are amazing. Plus the fact that you are one of the DPCers I most admire and respect - so it's a great honor to be included in the ribbon arena with you. I still have so much to learn and you have so much to teach. Thanks for hanging with the likes of me. :-)
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05/19/2008 12:56:40 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! This truly is a great shot. The dual tone is definitely the way to go.
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05/19/2008 12:51:02 AM
Very cool image, well done with the PP, congrats
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05/19/2008 12:46:38 AM
I think you have adequate material for the next challenge. :-) Nothing wrong with yellow ribbons, by the way. You have plenty of all the colors!
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05/19/2008 12:45:43 AM
Congrats on the Ribbon Enzo. Nice shot I liked the colour version too.
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05/19/2008 12:32:22 AM
I totally retract my earlier comment, i clearly don't know what i'm talking about :P Congrats on the ribbon! looks great both in color and in duotone, border adds to the impact
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05/19/2008 12:29:31 AM
Congrats on another ribbon Enzo. Did you overtake me in that count again? I need to get back on my game. ;)
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05/19/2008 12:23:03 AM
great shot Enzo. You and that D300 go well together.
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05/19/2008 12:14:11 AM
Congrats Oliver Stone Enzo! :P
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05/19/2008 12:13:24 AM
Congratulations on your yellow with another wonderful image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2008 09:07:48 PM
Beautiful tones and detail. Perfect clouds for your gorgeous image!
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05/16/2008 11:54:50 PM
Nice image and lighting. Great colors. Border is okay, not so sure with the thick top and bottom, but an otherwise terrific image. I'm sure this will be in the top 3.
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05/13/2008 11:25:18 AM
Very good! Among the tops of this challenge.
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05/12/2008 11:38:38 PM
THIS is a very nice image- I love how the boats are in their own little spot of light, and the shadows 'frame' them, the glassy reflection is lovely as well; and overal the blue hue gives it a night-time feel for me that stops me in my tracks and makes me take a nice virtual breath of 'cool fresh air' :) I had this at a 9 and now bumped it up to a 10 with a second look... the lines and shapes are just -great- ! nicely done :)
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05/12/2008 09:25:38 PM
Looks beautifully stormy in blue.
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05/12/2008 07:00:21 PM
lovely shot
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05/12/2008 02:00:57 PM
Nice and cold. Duotone Blue? I like it.
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05/12/2008 07:10:51 AM
Picture perfect.....
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05/12/2008 03:24:46 AM
Beautiful colouring. Fantastic composition with the clouds.
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05/12/2008 01:01:59 AM
I think I know who this is so I don't want to criticize the master, but it seems like the resolution is a bit off here, the boats do not look very sharp to me. I won't take off from my vote, still a great shot with excellent post-processing, the choice of blue works very well.
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