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New Years at the Needle!
New Years at the Needle!

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2010-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G7
Location: Seattle, Washington (USA)
Date: Jan 1, 2010
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: Unknown
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Cityscape, Sky
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2010

Photographer’s Notes
New Years Eve, my wife and I went to the Seattle Center, had dinner, saw Avatar in the Imax theatre, and stayed for fireworks.

We had to wait about 2 hours from the end of the movie until the fireworks. It was cold … dry at times, foggy at times, raining at times, and misting the rest of the time. In other words, it was a fine December evening in Seattle. There were maybe 20,000 folks at Seattle Center waiting for the show, all in good humor, all well behaved. In other words, there was a fine Seattle crowd.

At the end of the fireworks show, I said to my wife, "That was SO worth the wait" And she agreed. What a great way to spend New Years Eve!

This is my first published photo of 2010. It was shot handheld, with a point and shoot. And except for one step, the editing would qualify for Basic Editing Rules.

Post Processing
• Straighten (PSCS4)
• Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
• Pop (PSCS4 Multiply Layer - Faded)
• Boost Saturation (PSCS4 Hue/Sat Layer)
• Brighten (PSCS4 Curves Layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (PSCS4 USM)
• Border (PSCS4 Stroke Layer)
• Save for Web (PSCS4)

Camera Data
• Camera: Canon Powershot G7
• Lens: Integrated @ 10.673 mm
• ISO: Unknown
• Aperture: f/3.5
• Shutter: 1/100

Place: 66 out of 388
Avg (all users): 6.2885
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 6.1402
Avg (non-participants): 6.6122
Views since voting: 1131
Views during voting: 303
Votes: 156
Comments: 8
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/08/2010 12:29:18 AM
I had a hunch ...
Great shot. I think it would have scored a bit higher had you been able to get rid of the color noise in the dark areas. Pretty good for a handheld P&S!
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02/08/2010 12:11:03 AM
This was my favorite in this challenge. Great work. 9
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 03:18:39 AM
02/04/2010 09:42:18 AM
What an amazing photo! The way you captured the fireworks is breathtaking! And you stuck to the theme which I like alot.
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02/03/2010 11:22:37 AM
You threaded this one well!!

Great capture and just AWESOME:-)

Not voting.
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02/02/2010 05:24:40 PM
That's terrific. Not wild about the red border. :) 7
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02/02/2010 12:38:42 AM
I love Seattle. Lived there from 1986 to 1988 while in the Navy. Awesome capture, but the red border clashes and is very distracting. This shot could have stood up well on it's own without it.
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02/01/2010 06:11:23 AM
wow...great work...not sure it needed the red line
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