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Challenge: Calendar II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
Location: Misty Cliffs, South Africa.
Date: Feb 17, 2009
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Feb 22, 2009

Taken at the 18mm end of the lens. Used a 3-stop GND filter to balance the exposure. Used a 2-stop ND filter to increase exposure time.

RAW Conversion in Lightroom. Noise reduction. Masked curves adjustment layers on the sky, sand and greens. Increased contrast. Cropped to 8:10 aspect ratio. Resize to 720px. Sharpen. Save for web.

Place: 47 out of 182
Avg (all users): 5.9324
Avg (commenters): 6.9000
Avg (participants): 5.6349
Avg (non-participants): 6.1529
Views since voting: 814
Views during voting: 243
Votes: 148
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2009 12:34:41 PM
Interesting location but not the strongest composition. Perhaps you could have moved lower and closer to those plants on the left to make them your foreground interest against the colours of the sunset. As it is, it looks as if you've tried to include a little bit of everything without focusing on anything in particular. Good luck.
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02/28/2009 09:36:08 AM
The foreground does little to add to the composition (for me, anyway) except to keep the elements in the rule of thirds placement. The sand could be cropped out entirely imo, or else shoot from a lower perspective near the flowering plants at lower left. The clouds and colors are wonderful.
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02/27/2009 09:11:06 PM
Beautiful sunsets! We don't get skies like that in Virginia. :(
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02/27/2009 05:52:32 PM
nice shot,
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02/27/2009 10:58:23 AM
The change from cool colors on the forground to middle ground, to the warm colors in the background is really beautiful!
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02/27/2009 12:27:37 AM
WOW, WOW, WOW. Excellent cloud, perfect exposure, great composition. One of my top score. Good Luck.
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02/26/2009 09:11:06 AM
Lovely sky and good balance between beach, sky and water.
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02/24/2009 03:22:22 AM
you didn't have to mention summer, I liked the idea that it was snow
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02/23/2009 09:47:07 AM
nice fiery sky, really like the beach to water to sky....
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02/23/2009 09:12:15 AM
Lovely scene. Great colors, and not over saturated, captured well in the water. The foreground appears underexposed.
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02/23/2009 08:02:27 AM
beautiful detail through the whole image, a real feast for the eyes, good luck 9
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