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Delicate Balance of Light
Delicate Balance of Light

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Challenge: Balance (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac, Qc
Date: Jul 16, 2004
Aperture: F 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 secs
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2004

It was almost pitch black outside when I took this shot. Just some remnants of the sunset behind me, which gave some contrast to the sky and clouds in front of me.

Shot using my kit lens (18-55mm) at 18mm to get the most wide angle distortion possible. Also used the flash to help lighten up the dark foreground.

That is the balance: getting the elements properly lit up.

Shot using tripod (duh!). Exposure for 30 seconds, using RAW mode. Converted using EVU and increased exposure by 1 stop. Also adjusted the white balance as well, to 4200. I tried a 4 minute exposure at smaller aperture, but it created too much motion in the sky, so I
decided to use the shorter exposure and pump it up in post.

In PS7: crop to 8x10. Saturation, levels, spot edits to eliminate hot pixels, slight D&B, resize, USM, border.

I can hear the comments already:
1. Where is the balance?
2. Hate the border.
3. Love the border.
4. Too much red or yellow.

Oh well, I really wanted to attempt a complicated exposure, and try to balance the light just right. So here is my attempt. I hope some of you like it.

Place: 17 out of 139
Avg (all users): 6.2727
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 5.9885
Avg (non-participants): 6.5200
Views since voting: 1730
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 187
Comments: 18
Favorites: 7 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/25/2004 11:44:10 PM
Simply beautiful...wonderful contrast of light and dark. 10
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07/25/2004 09:24:13 PM
One of my favorites this challenge - excellent use of light and dark -- colors are played off each other well (blues and oranges)
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07/25/2004 08:40:09 PM
Nice colors, decent composition. still a good score!
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07/24/2004 10:20:39 PM
Yes it is, nicely done. This will seem ridiculous, but, in the great shot you present, the thing I want to mention most is the puple flower in the front. Great DOF. This would have score really well in the Deep DOF challenge.
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07/24/2004 03:15:17 PM
I don't care for the frame but a lovely image.
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07/24/2004 03:05:53 AM
very nice image shows balance in several ways but overall its a good stand alone image without a challenge.
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07/23/2004 10:11:49 PM
beautiful picture
07/23/2004 09:57:43 AM
beautiful color and composition
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07/23/2004 03:38:03 AM
07/23/2004 12:46:11 AM
This is a beautiful marina study. The reflections, water and sky are so moving.
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07/22/2004 11:18:15 PM
very nice contrast
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07/21/2004 10:19:50 PM
Amazing! Simply amazing!

Did you use flash to get the rocks and flowers in the forground?
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07/21/2004 05:43:34 PM
Great timing. Dark enough to capture reflections, yet light enough to capture clouds.
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07/20/2004 09:45:17 PM
wow ... this shot is beatiful ... the colors are stunning, but I'm not sure how well it meets the challenge ... I dont really see "balance in the light" . its a shame b/c I realy like this pic.
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07/19/2004 05:41:51 PM
I find those pink flowers in the foreground kind of distracting but otherwise this is really gorgeous!
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07/19/2004 02:26:43 PM
I love the sky & contrast to the orange light. Might consider cloning out the flowers in the foreground or cropping out the rock completely for an even more powerful image.
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07/19/2004 12:58:53 PM
pretty light - the gold and blue go so well together. I like the rocks and flowers inthe foreground - subtle but make a nice frame. The line on illuminted masts make a wonderful center line, and the sky hold its own with dramatic clouds. well done! 8
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07/19/2004 01:25:10 AM
Oh my god, really nice picture... but the frame.... no comment !.... a7
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