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Idle Waters
Idle Waters

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Challenge: Zen Photography II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: Gateway National Park, New York
Date: Jun 18, 2009
Aperture: 22
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Sky, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2009

Advanced editing allowance went wasted for this pic since it's basically straight out of the camera. If anything the Advanced rules forced me to over edit this a bit since I dodged the boats a little, not sure if It was necessary.

PRE-SHOT: This was taken around 7PM it's not the moon but the sun. used a White Balance that made the bright sunny day look like night. (hopefully it will fool voters) Used 6mm center weighting that resulted in the clouds staying real dark without having to burn them.

POST PROCESS: Single JPEG; Cropped, sharpened, and of course dodged the boats.

Place: 55 out of 146
Avg (all users): 5.6642
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 5.3934
Avg (non-participants): 5.8904
Views since voting: 870
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 134
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/22/2009 07:23:05 PM
This shot is really lovely. The blue is beautiful.
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08/07/2009 08:37:16 AM
I really like everything about this shot. The colors are amazing... can't believe that's SOTC.
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07/23/2009 01:17:00 AM
ETA: okay maybe boats aren't 'zen' enough but still
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07/23/2009 01:16:37 AM
This is an awesome shot man, looks very "hotpasta" - I gotta think the only reason you were docked points was for some fault in the technicals but STILL below 6.x for this is a travesty. Boats look a bit murky/grainy in the detail and yes maybe over is too 'blue' (and i love saturation), but the clouds and the sky I don't get it, if i voted i would have expected top 10
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07/02/2009 01:10:10 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I think this image scored quite well for this challenge.

You said you hoped you had fooled the voters into thinking this was actually a night scene. Hmm. I don't think you did completely.

Things that could have improved your score.

Composition: Horizon is dead centre, always a good idea to offset it if you are looking for a higher score. I know I often choose to put the horizon dead centre, but I know I will always suffer with the score if I do.

Focus: Seems a bit off to me. Everything appears to be just a little bit on the soft side.

Exposure: The sun is over exposed which I suppose is what you were aiming for in trying to get it to mimic the moon. However, I think you could have achieved this better by reducing the brightness a little bit. It would have looked more realistic I think. You mentioned you didn't really do much editing to this apart from dodging the boats. I think if you had done some very minor tweaks with brightness and levels you would have achieved the look you were aiming for with better results.

I'm personally not a big fan of the blue stripe in your border. I think it detracts from the image. Certainly my eye is drawn to it, away from the image itself.

Overall I think you scored pretty well with this one, but could have scored higher with some very minor editing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2009 11:26:01 PM
I love the rich blue in this scene. The water looks so peaceful.
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06/28/2009 03:00:49 PM
This would definitely have worked for me better in a less vibrant rendition.....still very nice.....bump to 7
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06/23/2009 08:17:51 PM
Interesting, I haven't seen nuit américaine in a while.
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06/23/2009 04:18:20 PM
Too blue for me, but a nice shot nonetheless.
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06/23/2009 04:05:47 PM
Stunning! Very zen and very well presented!
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06/23/2009 01:13:15 PM
Nice shot! The only thing I might play with would be a off center horizon to add more interest.
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06/22/2009 10:06:28 PM
Lovely and stunning color.
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06/22/2009 12:52:35 AM
Darn it I like all that blue!!
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06/22/2009 12:13:41 AM
Beautiful photograph, but the blues almost feel too intense to be Zen. Still giving it a high score though.
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