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Night Pumpkins
Night Pumpkins

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX Zoom-10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Location: Greenfield, MA - 11PM or so
Date: Sep 26, 2010
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 640
Shutter: 43 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2010

Shot at night, a day after the full moon in Greenfield, MA - love the old Charlie Brown halloween special so went looking for the great pumpkin with camera and flashlight... shot was taken using a Flashpoint tripod, my D90 and wide zoom lens and a lot of fumbling around in moonlight amongst thousands of pumpkins.

Place: 265 out of 296
Avg (all users): 4.8468
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.8370
Avg (non-participants): 4.8750
Views since voting: 600
Views during voting: 200
Votes: 124
Comments: 8
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10/13/2010 07:02:08 AM
Hi Chuck, welcome to the critique zone!

My inital take on this image is that while this was taken at night, it doesn't really show apart from being a little dark. You don't have a real 'night' feel to the shot, so what to do?

Technically: This is a pretty noisy image - not only have you got ISO 640 in play, but also 'long exposure' noise. Your use of f8 has also given you a pretty big depth of field which I'm not sure you need. I would drop the ISO and the aperture (maybe f6.3 and 200?) and take the hit on the shutter time - it should be cleaner. You can then run it through noise reduction in PP. I also suspect that there is a long exposure noise reduction setting in your D90, don't know if it was on? The natural lighting is interesting on the foreground, less so in the background although nice in the sky on the right.

Artistically: This is of course completely subjective, but... I would have taken this shot from slightly to the left, focusing on the big pumpkin left of centre, moved a lot closer and put that probably slightly right of centre and a little low. That would give the photo a real sense of focusing on the pumpkins. It would also block out a little of the background. If you want the field look in for Charlie Brown, you could start a little above and have two thirds ground in the shot. If possible, I would have definitely done a 'recon' during the day, composed the shot, and then come back to take it at night.

PP: You don't say what you did do, but I suspect that a little Noise Reduction, sharpening and popping the contrast with curves or even levels would have boosted the look of this a little.

Random thought, this could be a great location for 'painting with light'? ie. Sticking the camera on 'Bulb' and then using a big flashlight to 'paint' in the bits you want? Worth a play if you have the time. Hope some of this was useful!
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10/08/2010 12:19:17 AM
Can't tell if they are just humming or getting ready to dance.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/04/2010 05:08:04 PM
Very cool. I swear I see the Great Pumpkin.
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10/04/2010 11:33:08 AM
seems a little dark
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10/03/2010 02:21:20 PM
Oh Love it, fist thing came to mind was Charlie Brown and Linus sitting in the pumpkin patch!! It's cool and sorta spooky Halloween feeling!!
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10/02/2010 03:21:51 PM
There is something sinister yet alluring about this image. Don't know what that dark thing in the foreground is, but I find it very distracting due to its prominent placement. Otherwise, this is a killer image.
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10/02/2010 05:02:59 AM
Not a good photo. If you crop the bottom portion little more, I would give it a 4... now it's 3
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10/01/2010 08:38:07 AM
it's a little dark. I'm not sure that shooting this at night helped to create something interesting.
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