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Tides of Dusk
Tides of Dusk

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Challenge: HDR II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: Staten Island, NY
Date: Sep 11, 2009
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Sky, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2009

The Photo :I was inspired to title this Tides of Dusk since its basically taken from the same spot of the shot I took for the my last Free Study challenge I had entered. Except of course, this is the opposite side of the beach at Sunset. Rarely go handheld, had to here for the proper vantage point to omit the sidewalk and street, focused on the plant, used fill flash for foreground, can't tell since it's an HDR.

Post Process: Made of 3 Tone-mapped Jpegs derived from original RAW file. Did some color balancing to change blues to magneta, some Levels and more than a few rounds of sharpening which increased noise. I was forced to use neat image to remove it sacrificing some resolution I think. This won't score past 5.5.

Post Challenge- Well whatta ya know? It broke the 6.5 barrier!

Place: 23 out of 155
Avg (all users): 6.5250
Avg (commenters): 6.3571
Avg (participants): 6.3218
Avg (non-participants): 6.6814
Views since voting: 1510
Views during voting: 462
Votes: 200
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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09/25/2009 11:56:30 AM
Hi from the Critique Club

You asked for a comment from a Critique Club member.

I was reading yoru comments and then the comments during voting and a lot of people picked up on the fact that you used a fill flash for the plant. I actually like this, I think it gives the eye a starting point in the shot which leads to your very strong leading lines that you have going on.

Your details are good, would have liked to have seen a little more detail in teh rocks though. I think for me the light on the water is off. There seems to be no reason as to why it is there and surely your flash is not that good?? Post processing is very good, POV and DOF are excellent.

Overall, very nice placement
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/19/2009 08:28:47 PM
A good subject for HDR, but uneven light throughout.
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09/18/2009 01:52:49 AM
Nice perspective and colours, but there is too much border competing with the image, and stealing the attetion.
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09/16/2009 10:33:40 PM
Absolutely fantastic! Fav and 7/10
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09/16/2009 10:32:56 PM
why is a part of the water so much more lighter then the rest? its a bit distracting
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09/16/2009 09:25:17 PM
Good lighting, nice capture.
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09/16/2009 02:00:34 PM
Nice composition and good colors on the sky. Looks like you have tried to use flash for lighting the foreground. Clever attempt to get the HDR effect.

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09/16/2009 10:14:00 AM
border overpowers image. nice hdr work.
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09/15/2009 11:30:45 PM
Nice tones, good work
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09/15/2009 02:08:19 PM
I shall be rating this challenge by the following criteria:

1 - Not HDR in my opinion

3 - HDR is way over-done, in my opinion

5 - A reasonable use of HDR, but not a very engaging photo, in my opinion

7 - A reasonable use of HDR, and an engaging photo, in my opinion

10 - A fantastic use of HDR, and an out of this world photo, in my opinion

Your photo receives:

5 - but barely. You could have toned down a lot of the spot processing here. (or what looks to be spot processing)
09/15/2009 04:39:41 AM
A good traditional use of HDR for a landscape. S'nice.
09/14/2009 09:48:35 PM
I like the depth and feel
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09/14/2009 02:08:33 PM
Totally lovely!
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09/14/2009 01:42:49 AM
Very interesting choice of composition. Sky looks good. I would have scored it higher without the flash. 6
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09/14/2009 12:59:46 AM
Nice colors. It looks like you used a flash for the foreground and it makes the middle look too dark.
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