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Something's not quite right down at the pier...
Something's not quite right down at the pier...

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Challenge: Chaos II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Da Du Breakwater, TaiChung County, Taiwan
Date: Jul 3, 2010
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 688
Galleries: Landscape, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Jul 3, 2010

Was mucking about late at night down at fisherman's wharf. A coast guard vessel came by and 'messed up my shot'. This was a 15 minute exposure and I didn't feel like wasting the time to redo it (with the dark frame subtraction, that's an hour just to get 1 pic...) so I decided to keep it going.

The boat stuck around just on the edge of the frame and I was hoping it would go off, then it struck me that it would be more interesting if it suddenly disappeared just before the edge of the pic...

I noticed something very odd about the star trails as well. Due to lens distortion, they don't really match up quite right until you look at one or two stars on the right that look curved. I removed them in post (in CS5 Bridge) and did a whole bunch of other stuff to it, then realized that this is basic, so simply made a copy and reset to default.

Hit it with some recovery, fill light and tweaked exposure a bit in ACR. Added some contrast and in PS, used some layers and hue/saturation to bring up the odd green glowing thing in the middle and the green specks by the fishermen.

No masks. No touchups. Slightly less effective, but I'm not too worried about it.

It may be a bit of a shoe-in on the Chaos theme, but I liked the feeling of the odd star trails, the disorderly layout of the wavebreakers and the odd green glow in the water which I feel gave it a bit of X-Files flavor.

See what happens.

Hrmph. Ended up skimming for brown. I knew it wasn't great, so I'm not actually disappointed. Still, I do think it's a hair better than my first entry that got pretty much the same score.

Oh well. :) I had fun doing it.

Place: 92 out of 102
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06/18/2012 10:15:03 PM
The Lemon Comment
It looks as though someone threw a box of large drinking straws at that ship or whatever that thing is in the distance. I'm not sure what it is, it kind of hurts my eyes to look at it too long. The weird yellow rocks in the foreground set the green ooze in the water off nicely though.

That was fun. Sorry!
06/18/2012 03:42:26 AM
I hate the radioactive paw prints and the fisherman looks like he's wearing a Tron suit.

(That's the best I could do, sorry :(. I really LOVE the distorted star trails!)
06/17/2012 02:03:09 AM
[Now what I consider a constructive comment, pointing defects on the image]:

At first it seems the "chaos" subject matter is the rocks, as they appear in foreground and well focused, which could be interesting but the lighting is very poor and it becomes dull. What seems to be some people and flare are really a distraction, and the strong city lights in the bg don't help much either. Though obfuscated by the city lights the effects in the sky are nice tough to the image.
06/17/2012 01:54:21 AM
[the lemon] (which I think it'd be out of order):

I can't see anything good here, or that connects with the challenge. You'd do a favor to yourself and all the rest of us voting on this challenge if you had not entered this piece of junk, making us wasting our precious time to look at it.

(that was fun... I'm still laughing... thanks for the treat, Keiran)
06/15/2012 10:23:16 AM
Okay, here goes:
Somebody's got rocks in the head and let some of them spill out and onto the camera's sensor along with a bit of the accompanying primordial ooze. And then, sadly somebody tilted the resulting pixels into the Challenge. Shoe-in? No, shoo-out!

(Hmmm, that was fun. too much fun.)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2012 10:22:43 AM
I think this picture, along with your portfolio, illustrates that you should be a writer.

Message edited by author 2012-06-16 03:21:47.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2012 09:06:43 AM
your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries. no move along you silly engligh kah-ni-git.

*sorry, i tried to be really harsh, i just can't do it. i like the sky and ocean in this, my only criticism is the stupid rocks in the foreground.
I mean really, could they not have the decency to get the hell out of your picture? photo-bombing or WHAT?!?
seriously, some rocks just have people in their heads...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2012 08:36:49 AM
I dislike the foreground. It's quite unpleasant and noisy... and leads me to think maybe the white balance was off.

I also do not see much to lead the eye around the picture, so the eye gets stuck in the strange green swirls, which I can't figure out what they are - which bugs me.

Sorry, that's about as rough as I get.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2012 07:09:50 AM
<begin sour lemon rant>

Something is not quite right with this photograph. Actually there is not anything right with this photo. In fact referring to this a photo is a insult to the pixels you abused when creating this monstrosity. The fact that you think anyone on earth besides your mother would think this is worth a second of their viewing time is unfathomable to me.

I would LOVE to give you some direction on how to improve this but some things in life, like your photographic talents, are just not fixable. Perhaps it is time for a new hobby.

<end sour lemon rant>

  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2012 12:17:16 AM
<in Character>

This image sucks. There's no beauty in it. There's no theme. There's no thought to composition and it is impossible to understand what you are trying to show here.

It's grainy and poorly executed, with jagged lines on the star trails.

It's just boring.

Plus, I think you smell like armpits.
06/15/2012 12:15:06 AM
This old image will be used as a Sour Lemons proof of concept.

From this point on, I invite any and all negative comments WITH NO EXCEPTION.

You may insult the photograph. You may even insult me.

Since this is a Sour Lemon pic, I will *NOT* report any comments. If I don't like it, I will call upon my stated position of having thick skin and simply suck it up!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/13/2010 09:09:22 PM
beautiful image
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/10/2010 11:30:51 PM
It doesn't feel chaotic to me
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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