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The sun's afro
The sun's afro

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Steenbras River mouth, South Africa
Date: Sep 20, 2009
Aperture: f/13 and f/18
ISO: 400
Shutter: 20 and 13 seconds
Galleries: Water, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2009

This is probably the first decent shot I got using my new 9 stop ND filter. It was a long month with horrible sunsets. Not what I would call a landscape photographer's dream. I managed a couple of nice shots though. I don't think this would be everybody's cup of tea though. But let's wait and see :)

Minor sun flare cloned out.

This is a blend of two exposures. The darker exposure was only used to get the hotspot of the sun a tad smaller. I see now that the darker shot was taken at a different aperture. They were taken one after the other without moving the tripod. According to advanced editing rules, the composition and framing must remain the same, which was the case here. I'm always a bit paranoid that I'm breaking rules. I'm certain that it's not the case here though.

Thank you everybody for the kind words and great score. This is my highest finish in a free study, so I am ecstatic! So close though. Second 4th place in a row, gotta break through that barrier! :)

Place: 4 out of 400
Avg (all users): 6.9474
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.9829
Avg (non-participants): 6.8286
Views since voting: 3053
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 152
Comments: 15
Favorites: 10 (view)

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10/10/2009 09:14:25 AM
exciting composition for a landscape for sure! Great colors, contrast and exposure.
10/08/2009 09:23:10 PM
Simply stunning!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2009 09:51:35 PM
Very pretty; I think the light on the rocks is my favorite part.
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10/07/2009 03:34:30 PM
Great composition and vibrant colour.
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10/07/2009 02:10:12 PM
Personally, I think the title's stupid, but the image is spectacular! LOL!!! If I give you a 9 you can't be mad at mke, right?.....9
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10/05/2009 12:04:21 PM
Back for 2nd viewing & this is a great shot. I have to bump this to a 9. Great shot !!
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10/04/2009 07:11:09 PM
Funny title, nice image
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10/03/2009 11:36:29 PM
Who would have ever believed it?.......A sun with an afro.....
Very nice photo.
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10/02/2009 10:28:50 PM
Ah the beauty of long exposures... You nailed it! Love how the water can be interperted as cloud.
Your in my top 3.
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10/02/2009 12:14:19 PM
Classic sunset scene. Good colours and details right through the shot. I like the way you have managed to keep detail in all areas without blown out sections, I assume multiple exposures and / or grad filters.
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10/02/2009 01:08:54 AM
Excellent color and composition
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10/01/2009 05:02:12 PM
Beautiful, The colors are perfect, the comp is amazing as well.
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10/01/2009 03:57:49 PM
Great Title, Good image. I like the effect of the long exposures on the water, the almost mystic feel that it goves the overall photo as a result. Composition is very centered, and the front rocks seem to lead somewhere. Could an off center sun, and more room to the right have worked? Just a thought. A great image and great colours through it as well..........
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10/01/2009 02:43:44 PM
Great effect on water. Nice compo.

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10/01/2009 07:00:00 AM
Very picturesque. Nice DOF, very crisp and clean image. The colors of the sunset and the sky look very natural. Nice silkiness of the water. Like how the outcropping of the rocks walk the viewer out to the sunset. A breath taking image.
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