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Evening on the Huangpu
Evening on the Huangpu

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Challenge: Boats (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-300 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f.3.5-5.6 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Shanghai, China
Date: May 22, 2008
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: May 22, 2008

In order to get the boat anywhere near still, I had to shoot at 1600 ISO, unfortunately. Thank God for Noise Ninja, I guess, though it ultimately won't keep me from low scores I'm sure.

Place: 116 out of 162
Avg (all users): 5.1547
Avg (commenters): 5.7000
Avg (participants): 4.9714
Avg (non-participants): 5.2703
Views since voting: 588
Views during voting: 302
Votes: 181
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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06/06/2008 07:08:17 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club -

From a quick browse through the comments you recieved I see that I will probably sound like a broken record on certain aspects.

You met the challenge for sure. There is a recognizable boat in the shot. But there are some issues here that definitely kept you from bringing in the higher votes from the (very picky) DPC crowd. Night shots of moving targets are tough. You did well using your high ISO and longer than usual shutter speed for (I am assuming) a handheld shot. I am surprised you didnt get more motion blur on your subject. But it still isnt as sharp as most DPC'ers are looking for.

Your tilted horizon is a big issue for most dpcers as well. They like either a straight horizon or an obviously intended tilt. This shot doesnt feel tilt intended. Straightening that up I think would have given you several tenths onto your score.

Your background while very cool (and I would keep that in mind for future challenges) competes with your boat. My eye is drawn more to the city scape and the boat starts to blend in with the city lights.

That all said - I really like the variety of lights and colors you have here. The NN did pretty good taking care of most of your noise issues.

Looking at your vote curve you realize tat it could be much worse. 5.1 average isnt great but you didnt really have alot of people who hated this shot. But in the end you didnt strike a chord either way.

I see you have been here just since March. Welcome! I hope you are finding your time spent here well worth it. There is a ton of info on this site that is worth gold. Pay attention to what people are doing and how they do it and keep on entering. Your scores will continue to go up.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/31/2008 01:18:47 PM
Nice colors, but I'm not sure the tilt (intentional?) adds anything to the image.
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05/31/2008 01:12:11 AM
Excellent stop motion on a night shot - very impressinve
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05/30/2008 02:14:55 AM
A tad unleveled but not too bad. Nice colors, I like the reflections in the water.
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05/29/2008 01:44:57 PM
So much going on, it is really difficult for my eyes to find the boat.

I do like the reflections of the blue and red lights in the water though. Those sort of add a bit of peacefulness to this.
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05/28/2008 02:26:08 PM
Wo ai Shanghai! (I love Shanghai!)
05/26/2008 08:13:30 PM
The boat seems a little soft in the focusing. Hard to get it sharp when the boat is moving at night though.
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05/26/2008 01:24:15 PM
Nice night shot. You could have leveled the horizon line, though.
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05/26/2008 12:49:31 PM
all the various lights are just alittle distracting
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05/26/2008 09:52:03 AM
Whole thing is a bit dark for me...but there are elements I love: the blue lit water from the boat and the red lit water from the building
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05/26/2008 07:50:48 AM
A slight clockwise rotation to make the horizon even is all this picture is missing. Great shot!
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05/26/2008 02:42:20 AM
nice shot, you could have slowed shutter a bit more perhaps?
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