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Kung Fu Sunset
Kung Fu Sunset

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Challenge: Silhouette At Night (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham
Date: Jun 7, 2011
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4000
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2011

Taken while my mate and I were training on Cleeve Hill. We both train in Kung Fu and find the hill a great place for weapons training as it is out of the way. The sun was almost down and was allowing for some wonderful silhouettes. I took a whole series which came out quite nice.

Only post processing that has been done on this image is cropping. I cropped some of the right off to balance the subject across the image. I am not experienced in it yet in PP so I din't play with it too much.

Place: 10 out of 54
Avg (all users): 6.3533
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 6.0714
Avg (non-participants): 6.4180
Views since voting: 2242
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 150
Comments: 9
Favorites: 2 (view)

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06/21/2011 12:07:26 PM
Hey All,

Thanks for your comments. I agree with them all and have some things to work on that can improve the image further. Funnily after reviewing the other images this is the one I like the least because the speak runs through the clouds and leaves all that empty space above it. . I have another image where Olly is kicking and thrusting the spear, this his body filling the empty space on the left of the image but his leg and speak positioned in balance with the clouds and sun.

But, all in all I am really chuffed to come 10th out of 54 with some great comments and suggestions for improvement.

Thank you all for voting and commenting.

06/18/2011 05:00:10 AM
Nice, just a shame about the lens flare on the subjects left sleeve. You said you're not too familiar with post processing, so fyi that can be easily removed with the 'spot removal' tool in lightroom or the 'spot healing brush' in photoshop.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/16/2011 08:06:18 PM
Simple and nice.
06/15/2011 08:07:31 AM
Only for the flae on the sleeve I would give this a ten . 9
06/11/2011 07:29:15 PM
Great composition and crop. I would've preferred a sky that makes a bit more of a statement, but in the same sense, I like the fact that you didn't 'over do it' and kept it simplistic. 8
06/10/2011 11:43:00 AM
Nice action silhouette
06/10/2011 08:06:02 AM
I like it; the sky behind could have a bit more contrast- but what you give up in true powerful silhouette you gain in depth and detail.
06/10/2011 04:04:50 AM
interesting environment, and gestures. the small details of the grass add a lot to the shot.

I don't quite think that sunset qualifies as night, especially when I can see the sun still in the image.
06/10/2011 03:20:19 AM
Nice, might have worked better with the top and bottom cropped a little more, and that sky is crying out for some more post processing colour. Still, good though.

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