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Night Sentinel
Night Sentinel

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Tokina AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 DX Fisheye for Canon
Location: field
Date: Oct 28, 2008
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 301 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2008

taken at 10 mm

Place: 340 out of 394
Avg (all users): 5.0076
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.0233
Views since voting: 730
Views during voting: 238
Votes: 132
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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11/14/2008 10:43:34 AM
A photo that has a lot of potential.
I agree with yospiff that the star trails are not long enough to be really effective. Overall, I think the composition in frame is good. However, when I look at this photo, I am not sure what the subject is supposed to be.

The title would lead me to believe that the large tree around center frame is the subject. However, it's only a silhouette, and therefore is an extraneous background element. IMHO, what would have really helped this photo is to light that foreground tree... Fairly simple to do with such a long exposure. Hit it with a strobe, shine a flashlight on it and paint it with light, use a worklight; whatever is handy.

Photos like this bother me because they have tons of potential, but a few glaring issues caused voters to score it low. With a few minor alterations, this could have scored near the top of the pack.

From the Discussion Composition, Technicals, asthetics Etc thread
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11/07/2008 04:19:17 PM
Maybe a little longer on the exposure, would give that full unbroken circle, but none the less not many peeps do it this way.....refreshing change. nice image, 8 from me.
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11/03/2008 11:48:26 AM
Wow! Love the stars. 7
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11/02/2008 12:38:26 PM
nice star trails, but the rest is not interesting
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