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Fire Sky
Fire Sky

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Challenge: Minimalist Landscape (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Coronation Dam, Krugersdorp, South Africa
Date: Jun 5, 2011
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.5 and 2.5
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2011

This is not as minimalist as I wanted and I'm going for 4 scores over 6 in a row so lets see if this holds out or not.

Went back to my frequently visited place at Coronation Dam in Krugersdorp to shoot the sun set. I was hoping for a less dramatic sky for this challenge but WOW the sky turned out to be amazing so I couldn't not enter it.

Manual blend of 2 shots using a gradient and luminosity masks. One for sky and one for land. Also used a few layers with varying blending modes to get the sky to look exactly like it did when I was shooting. Pushed a high radius sharpen to get some contrast in the sky. Crop a bit off the right and clone out a few distracting ligths in the distance. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' prperold sharpening action and resize.

Yes this didnt do as well as I had hoped for but I do realise it is not as minimalist to do well in this challenge. I did however like the amazing clouds so I entered it regardless. Scores that fit a challenge are nice but nice shots are always in your portfolio. I am happy to have got this shot.

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06/17/2011 07:47:14 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I suspect based on your comments that you were a little disappointed with the score as it fell below your hopes. I think you probably also know why this may have scored lower than you hoped.

In my personal opinion, I do think it is perhaps not minimal enough to succeed in this specific challenge. It's odd, but I think the wonderful detail in the sky pushes out of minimalist landscape zone. Maybe just my opinion, but I suppose a few others must have thought so too, or I feel you would surely have scored much much higher. This is a wonderful sunset shot and I am envious that you were able to capture it.

I haven't got any smart suggestions for you on how to make it better, it doesn't need making better :) It is certainly a very lovely image, but just falls short in the minimalist category.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/11/2011 02:33:19 AM
AAAAAMMMMAAZZINNGGGGGG!!! im in love with that sunset!!!! just beautiful! 10!
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06/10/2011 08:10:37 AM
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06/08/2011 05:24:57 PM
Everyone has a shot like this but yours is better than most.
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06/08/2011 12:53:18 PM
Sunsets are difficult to capture. Good job!
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06/08/2011 10:34:58 AM
Burning sky peaceful land, what a view.
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