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Rusty Shack
Rusty Shack

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Date: Sep 14, 2010
Aperture: f4
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 30 sec
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2010

First real Aurora session of the season. It looks promising. It at least can´t be worse than last season.

Place: 5 out of 296
Avg (all users): 7.0741
Avg (commenters): 8.3846
Avg (participants): 7.0769
Avg (non-participants): 7.0645
Views since voting: 3373
Views during voting: 324
Votes: 135
Comments: 18
Favorites: 8 (view)

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10/12/2010 08:08:04 AM
Hi Orvar, you asked for a critique, so here it is! Completely subjective of course, but you knew that. It's also going to be quite short since I don't know what I can say that you don't already know so I'm going to stick with what I got out of looking at it.

The composition of the shot bothers me a little. Obviously you have no control over the shape of the aurora, but that does work well with the angle of entry into the shot and the lovely curves. The clouds give it some good structure - layers of interest if you like, but the house / shack doesn't seem quite right. Why?

Firstly it is in the middle, so it grabs my attention, but it isn't very interesting. It is competing with the aurora for my interest, and loses but won't go away. It also looks a little over sharpened. Finally, the house (and clouds) are very red - possibly light pollution combined with a long exposure and the resulting white balance issues? I don't know if you could have toned this down to a more natural colour but I suspect that it would look more pleasing.

Of course this is all nit picking in what is a very good capture of a beautiful scene, so congratulations on that!
10/09/2010 11:25:49 AM
You had a lot of competition in this challenge, Örvar but my God is this a stunning image! Many congrats on the HM.
10/08/2010 10:23:22 AM
Nice job and colors! Congrats on 5th.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2010 07:51:23 PM
This is absolutely amazing! Blue for sure! 10.
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10/07/2010 04:06:56 PM
Very nicely done! Very the northern lights bright enough to light the shack that well, or did you have to use an extra light source?
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10/07/2010 12:56:04 PM
This is one great shot and has my top vote at the present moment of time.
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10/06/2010 07:08:04 PM
Well, yes, good. Very good, in fact. But I'm sure I've seen it before.
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10/06/2010 04:49:32 PM
wow :) x
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10/06/2010 11:11:31 AM
I am always so jealous of Northern Light photos, it is a sight I want to see some day. I love the processing on this shot, the tones of the building work beautifully with the lights. Nicely done, good luck in the challenge.
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10/06/2010 12:49:44 AM
Not much competition when you guys from Iceland submit your stuff!
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10/05/2010 04:32:58 AM
Outstanding work & very well justified centered composition ! Looks a winner to me..10 !
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10/03/2010 07:55:26 PM
I never get tried of seeing the Northern lights done well. Nice!
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10/03/2010 04:37:50 PM
Has a 3D quality about it. Beautiful.
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10/03/2010 05:43:41 AM
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10/02/2010 04:58:57 AM
Wow, if you took just the aurora here, it probably would make more points :-\ 6
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10/01/2010 11:25:40 PM
Wow! spectacular northern light! love this!
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10/01/2010 11:04:10 PM
Phew! I hope this ribbons.

For someone who hasn't seen an aurora live, I can only envy all you Icelanders. Very well captured with an interesting foreground. The faraway houses and the tiny glowing chimney are slightly distracting, but I see them only after I spend a fair amount of time on the scene. Looks like it was windy too - with all the grass motion in the foreground. Worth your effort I must say.
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10/01/2010 04:40:55 AM
My first 10 for a aurora photo! But the different movement of clouds mixed with the light makes a world's difference!
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