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Sunset on Lake Superior
Sunset on Lake Superior

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Evening (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited AF
Location: Munising, MI
Date: Aug 4, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2008

When I saw the morning/evening challenges, I knew exactly what I wanted to get. I crossed my fingers, rode my motorcycle over 350 miles to Munising, MI and then paid $33 to take the chartered "sunset cruise" to Pictured Rocks to get this shot. I hope it does well. It's not a popular shot that has been done umpteen times here on this site, so I'm really hoping its originality garners a few extra 10ths of a point.(I'm a big believer in submitting unique shots that others haven't already submitted before) A search of the site doesn't turn up any shot of this shoreline in any of the challenges. I'm saving my best shot(s) for the August free study. :-)

I'm not big on guessing what my score will be, but a 6.8+ would be great. Getting my first ribbon would be icing on the cake as well seeing the effort that I had to go through just to get to this particular shoreline. But judging from my previous entries, this will probably fall down under 10th place and get only a 6.2. It's too bad this was a Basic challenge...

no cropping or rotating
curves for the sky (to help define the sunset a bit better)
highlight/midtone/shadow contrast adjustments
slight saturation
usm a tad

Place: 8 out of 183
Avg (all users): 6.6218
Avg (commenters): 8.8571
Avg (participants): 6.3600
Avg (non-participants): 6.7453
Views since voting: 2249
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 156
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/05/2009 12:23:31 AM
Wow, I love this - very serene and beautiful. Makes me want to go there to see it for myself.
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11/23/2008 10:38:40 PM
It's a beautiful ride on a bike up through the UP. I'm originally from the northwest side (up in the Keweenaw) and did a 2 week photography/camping expedition across the UP on my old '80 Suzuki GS850 a couple of summers back and it was a blast. I did stop in Munising, but only grabbed a couple of shots of Miner's Castle. This shot of yours shows how much I really need to take one of those sunset cruises there (I still go up at least twice a year).

Congrats on a great image & a top ten finish!
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08/15/2008 03:33:28 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Beautiful shot!
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08/15/2008 10:14:13 AM
more bars in more places...
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08/13/2008 10:06:07 PM
I missed voting this challenge but this shot goes into my faves. Lake Superior geology holds a dear place in my heart. This reminds me of similar shots all over the Apostle Islands. Great shot and well with the trip, IMO!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/12/2008 01:39:39 PM
Perfect postcard. Gorgeous scenery.
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08/10/2008 05:46:04 AM
What a great photo - pure and simple. A photo that stands on it's own merits without being butchered in photoshop. Thank you! 10
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08/08/2008 01:57:03 PM
i really like the theme here - repeating shapes and colors in an angular fashion across the scene
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08/06/2008 08:41:35 PM
Beautiful! Very natural, gorgeous shot. The colors and lighting are excellent. 10
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08/06/2008 07:53:32 PM
love the composition. really beautiful!
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08/06/2008 03:08:52 PM
beautiful image. love the color and detail.
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08/06/2008 01:05:55 AM
i love the descending coastline!!! the colors are great too
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08/06/2008 12:43:26 AM
beautiful colors
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