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Summer's Remains

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Challenge: 1-Second Exposure (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Lake Taupo
Date: Mar 20, 2009
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1 sec
Date Uploaded: Mar 21, 2009

Hurrah for tripods.

A 6.0 is coming my way.

Single exposure taken with the tripod about 3 feet from the lake shore in the water. This was much fun.

Processing consisted of taking a single exposure and exposing it once for the sky and another for the foreground in Lightroom. I got the 2 pics, then put a gradient layer-mask to get a smooth blend between the two pics.

I played with the levels a little bit, did a gradient map in soft light for the colouring to heat it up a touch. Dodge and burn on the clouds, water, rock and reflections in seperate stages.

I debated smoothing the water with Noise Ninja (or equivalent) but didn't like the smooth, glassy look for this pic as I think it looks mroe together (with the roiling clouds) looking tumultuous and turbulent.

And yes, this is very similar to my 'Eventide' pic, but I like these rocks, and that sky, and that lake, and hey, this is a different rock, so there.

Place: 30 out of 132
Avg (all users): 6.0484
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.6349
Avg (non-participants): 6.2602
Views since voting: 1168
Views during voting: 408
Votes: 186
Comments: 8
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/29/2009 06:21:56 PM
Very nice. Love the sky and the subtle movement in the water.
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03/28/2009 04:11:52 AM
the sky looks a bit overly tonemapped for me actually on second thought I think it's about right. Excellent shot.
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03/25/2009 05:19:20 PM
This is a truly exceptional photograph, I enjoy the sky
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03/24/2009 08:20:15 AM
Stunning sky
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03/23/2009 10:53:52 PM
Beautiful! Looks as if the sky is on fire!
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03/23/2009 08:16:30 PM
you win, good sir/madam
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03/23/2009 02:58:06 PM
Love the rendering of the sea, less keen on the sky.
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03/23/2009 01:05:54 AM
Great sky, I like the dramatic intimidating clouds, and golden color. Did you focus on the sky rather than the rocks? Good idea if so.
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