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Challenge: Silhouettes (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2600Z
Location: Hamilton Lake Rotoroa New Zealand
Date: Apr 16, 2004
Galleries: Performance, Water
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2004

My camera battery was low and I had taken a few photos and almost gave up as we started off home
Then I turned around and saw this balloon just about to block out the sun so I took this on suppresed flash The lake was so calm and such a beautiful evening I only had one shot at this and I am quite pleased with the colour and result
I hope you like it.

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Place: 1 out of 169
Avg (all users): 7.6667
Avg (commenters): 8.8108
Avg (participants): 7.6449
Avg (non-participants): 7.6900
Views since voting: 10705
Votes: 207
Comments: 90
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12/31/2008 04:39:06 AM
Super silhouette
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05/11/2008 01:19:17 PM
wow, I absolutely love silhouette shots like this, very beautiful!
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04/29/2007 08:44:54 PM
Hi~ I just checked this out in the portfolio, AWESOME work on a nearly dead battery...so nice to be LUCKY AND TALENTED!! 8-) congrats on the BR too!
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04/29/2007 08:16:39 PM
realy good LOL how can some1 vote it 1 :s
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06/04/2006 11:19:49 PM
Awesome ;)
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06/12/2005 12:17:50 AM
Isn't it nice how the surprize shots can be the best ?? This is just magnificent!
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12/26/2004 08:38:04 AM
Congrats Sally. I just noticed that this shot also won an Honorable Mention in the Everyman Photo Contest's Landscape/Nature category.

A very deserving double winner by a very talented photographer.
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11/23/2004 09:27:29 PM
An image like this play very deeply with the strings of my emotions. A great capture.
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09/22/2004 10:09:58 AM
theres alot of balloon shots like this one, but this one is unique because of the good use of light and reflection .. good job!
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09/22/2004 10:07:41 AM
Great shot! Loved the light ad warmth of it!
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05/02/2004 11:17:23 PM
Great shot! congrats on your first place finish during the challenge. I like it!
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05/02/2004 11:56:51 AM
Beautiful ... your timing was perfect ... and the golden colors are just out of this world. It could have done well for the serependity challenge too :-). Your notes behind the photograph are also illuminating. New Zealand is such a beautiful country - did postgraduate work in Massey (and have visited Hamilton) and can't wait to get back ... to photograph again - as there was no consumer digital cameras way back then.
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04/29/2004 01:15:35 AM
Originally posted by Zoomdak:

Congrats! You should make this a print.

Thanks
I would if someone can work out how I do that I have tried with several and it always comes back as wrong size I am not technical
04/28/2004 10:16:42 PM
Congrats! You should make this a print.
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04/28/2004 11:42:04 AM
Absolutely beautiful. Great job on caputring a feeling of "peace" and "silence" as mentioned in earlier posts. Congratulations.
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04/27/2004 09:44:34 AM
great performace!!! amazing siluet!! congratulations
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04/27/2004 07:07:30 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Photos like this is what made me want to become a photographer. Very beautiful!
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04/27/2004 06:34:43 AM
Congrats Sally. By the way I used to jog around this lake in my lunch hour, I worked in Frankton :)
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04/26/2004 11:25:39 PM
Well done! Congrats! Well deserved ribbon!
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04/26/2004 11:15:25 PM
Congratulation! Most beautiful image,would like to see it on DPC prints one day.
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04/26/2004 09:13:26 PM
I KNEW you could do it! ...with that "Unfair Advantage" I've mentioned to you before. Congratulations!
Tim
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04/26/2004 09:03:25 PM
Hi to you all

Just to say a Big 'Thank you' to all the kind people and nice words regarding my silhouette image. I am really proud of it and it has definately given me a buzz winning a blue ribbon.
I strive for perfection and I think this was one of those rare moments I was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time and to be able to use my camera in the right way. The weather was just perfect.
I love my little camera and it has given me heaps of pleasure I really enjoy belonging to D P C and I have found really nice people who write to me regulary through this site.
I am sure my photography has improved and I find myself looking at the world in a very different way. I think sometimes my family think I have lost the plot when we are out for walks and I drift off to photograph a flower or whatever but I do enjoy it very much. Some of the challenges I have had to really struggle with but apart from one that I down loaded wrong onto the site I think I am definately a much improved
photographer.
So Thank you once again for the vote and for making my day a happy one
I had my brother in law from the U K with me when I took the silhouette image and he was going back to the U K so I quickly got Imageland in Hamilton to run off a copy for him to take home. the manager at Imageland liked it so much that he wanted to print it off on canvas ( it was the first he has done on his new machine) I think the size is 24inchs x 18 inchs (not sure I think thats right) and he has framed it and put it on show It looks fantastic on canvas, he is not selling it and it has my (c) and name on it proudly displayed in the shop window.
I'll get off my soap box now LOL!
Thanks again
Regards
Sally
04/26/2004 07:58:17 PM
I was going through your entries for past challenges, and I was struck by how much your photography has improved since your first submissions! Way to go! Enjoy your ribbon!
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04/26/2004 04:14:05 PM
one of the best pics ive seen on this site congrats
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04/26/2004 02:02:21 PM
Congrats, but I'm sorry, you couldn't have taken that picture without a dSLR! Just kidding! Super image, great job, and enjoy your ribbon!
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04/26/2004 01:16:00 PM
beautiful! congrats on such a great capture and a well deserved ribbon!
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04/26/2004 12:46:02 PM
You had one shot at it and it came out perfect. Congrats... really nice image.
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04/26/2004 11:48:53 AM
Congrats on the well deserved ribbon, its a beautiful photo.

Keep it up...
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04/26/2004 10:45:54 AM
Congratulations!!! This one was my favoite and still is!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

Message edited by author 2004-04-27 09:54:34.
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04/26/2004 09:59:38 AM
Congratulations. Excellent seeing and execution. Buy a spare battery!
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04/26/2004 08:34:59 AM
Congratulations on this iamge and the blue ribbon. Well deserved.
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04/26/2004 06:32:49 AM
What a wonderful shot....I am amazed that some fool gave you a 1 rating. Some people are just bitter I guess.
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04/26/2004 05:17:43 AM
Congratulations ..thoroughly deserved blue.

Gordon
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04/26/2004 04:45:16 AM
Yipppeeeeee! Sally, way to go. You finally got a blue one!! This is a superb shot. Definitely my favourite from this challenge. Congrats.
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04/26/2004 04:06:03 AM
Words aren't enough... Well done.
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04/26/2004 03:10:44 AM
Awesome picture! Congratulations
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04/26/2004 02:47:00 AM
Fantastic shot - a totally deserved win - congratulations...
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04/26/2004 12:35:13 AM
Really great work, Sally! Wow! Told ya!
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04/26/2004 12:13:39 AM
This is really just beautiful. It's always a challenge to capture a moment that's really out of your control - and you captured this one wonderfully! Congratulations on you first place win!
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04/26/2004 12:08:20 AM
congrats on a wonderful picture! :)
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04/26/2004 12:07:27 AM
Beautiful image here. Congrats!
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04/26/2004 12:07:21 AM
WOW, Sally, fantastic, one of my 10's
Congratulations!
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04/26/2004 12:04:13 AM
Beautiful! What's not to like. Congrats!!!
Grayce
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04/26/2004 12:03:16 AM
Congratulations... This was a GREAT pic!
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04/26/2004 12:03:12 AM
Congrats Sally!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2004 09:51:17 PM
Beautiful sillouettes, reflections, and sunset
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04/25/2004 08:19:52 PM
Superb. Lovely. Exciting. Interesting. Amazing.
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04/25/2004 07:33:53 PM
Very tranquil. Comp is a bit too evenly split for me but it's a great scene.
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04/25/2004 05:06:52 PM
I really like the reflection
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04/25/2004 05:00:19 PM
The color and reflections are beautiful. The centered composition works, it would also work if it was off-centered.

Great photo, good luck...
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04/25/2004 04:35:16 PM
This is just such a beautiful image, must be a winner for this challenge - 10
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04/25/2004 03:23:28 PM
Truly beautiful pic. Very nicely done!
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04/24/2004 08:22:46 PM
great reflection in the water
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04/24/2004 02:43:36 PM
Ribbon-er for sure, great picture---it gives a feeling of serenity and just---WOW!
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04/24/2004 12:20:57 PM
This is a great show, but I think it could do with a bit of a tighter crop on the balloons. 9
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04/23/2004 11:06:49 PM
Very nice picture.
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04/23/2004 10:35:22 PM
this is quite a shot! Love it! Love the reflection and the sky's colours. upgrading it to an 8
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04/23/2004 10:31:27 PM
Great picture! 10
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04/23/2004 08:00:52 PM
What a beautiful photo. Colors are amazing and reflections are a great bonus. Perfect.
10
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04/22/2004 07:56:21 PM
It takes amazing timing to get a shot like this. Well done.
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04/22/2004 03:49:38 AM
Nice.
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04/21/2004 10:16:57 PM
I like the warm colors and the rippled reflection of the silhouettes. (8)
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04/21/2004 09:59:29 PM
Beautiful and unique. One of my favorites.
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04/21/2004 07:52:21 PM
This picture is wonderful!
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04/21/2004 12:56:47 AM
Simply fabulous!
TC
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04/20/2004 11:37:00 PM
I don't know photography but I like this!
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04/20/2004 11:11:59 PM
Beautiful, I especially like the reflections on the water. Nice warm tones too.
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04/20/2004 10:34:06 PM
This is one of those magical moments. You were there and you caught a lovely image appropriate for this Challenge. Very, very nice work. 9
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04/20/2004 10:26:24 PM
Very well done!
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04/20/2004 10:16:43 PM
WOW! 10 from me!
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04/20/2004 03:00:30 PM
Love it!! But then I'm a sucker for hot air balloons!!! 10!
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04/20/2004 10:51:09 AM
brilliant
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04/20/2004 09:34:55 AM
Interesting, great colors, fits 100% the challenge. The baloons are too centered, so -2 for the composition. (8).
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04/20/2004 09:22:18 AM
This is a stunning shot. Great job!!
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04/20/2004 07:34:52 AM
This is absolutely stunning. I love the shapes, the reflections and the texture of the water. This is a winner to me!!!! Top marks
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04/20/2004 05:44:13 AM
Beautiful picture. The reflection in the water is icing on the cake, it would have been stunning photographed over land - over water with the reflection is perfect. 10
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04/20/2004 03:33:57 AM
I've not seen them all yet, but i know this is going to be a winner, definitly top 3, probably numero uno. However, with it being an advanced editting challenge, I might have been slightly tempted to get rid of the lines hanging from the nearest balloon ; just makes it a little bit untidy. overall - fabulous! 10.
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04/20/2004 12:07:22 AM
This is just simply peaceful to look at. I can almost imagine myself sitting on a dock on the lake and being witness to something like this. It feels 'silent'. The color of the light also feels very warm. I might even have my fishing pole with me when I see this. I like this composition with the sun behind the baloon. That contributes nicely to the silhouette. This is a great example of being ready to go and in the right place at the right time.

Compositionally, I think you have a couple options here that could create an even stronger image. This one feels somewhat 'static' because the horizon is splitting near the center of the frame, and the balloons with their reflections are creating a centered vertical, but slightly off balance. I think a simple tighter crop here would work nicely. Make it into a tall narrow compostion just large enough to encompass the balloons with their reflections....

Excellent work :)
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04/19/2004 10:27:26 PM
I like your image as a silhouette... it makes for a nice one. I'm not fond of center subject compositions (my personal preference issue).
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04/19/2004 08:49:26 PM
Nice.
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04/19/2004 04:37:05 PM
wow
Best picture i have seen on this site
my tip for a ribbon
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04/19/2004 02:13:23 PM
Very nice..9
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04/19/2004 01:57:58 PM
Stong image. Nice colors. Try cropping the top so that the upper balloon is just at the top (but not touching the edge.)
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04/19/2004 10:47:21 AM
What luck to have these as subjects and the weather obliging too.
You certainly have made the most of it with an excellent image.
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04/19/2004 10:23:21 AM
outstanding image! good for you!
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04/19/2004 09:52:15 AM
Simply awsome!
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04/19/2004 09:12:00 AM
great shot
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04/19/2004 04:35:19 AM
Beautiful! Love the inclusion of two balloons rather than one - really makes it more striking. In terms of composition, given that there isn't really much more sky than there is water I'd crop the sky down and opt for a centred horizon. Ideally I'd suggest having a touch more sky than you have (to create a one third/ two thirds balance) and I'd also rotate to the right a touch so that the balloons are a touch further left within the frame.
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04/19/2004 03:54:52 AM
Beautiful and fits the challenge perfectly. I would expect this one to earn a ribbon.
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04/19/2004 01:26:26 AM
Very good, nice work.
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