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Challenge: HDR IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Manhattan Beach Pier
Date: Nov 16, 2011
Date Uploaded: Nov 18, 2011

They were just putting the Christmas trees out on the pier. Probably a nice tree lighting ceremony later in the evening as well.

0.25, 0.10, 0.60 seconds for the exposures. Note that a couple of gulls stayed still the whole time. I'm quite pleased with the ghosted gulls - I think they're kinda cool.

A different frame, and non-HDR:

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The colors really are quite gorgeous this time of year, though. And the challenge entry was taken well after sunset.

Place: 13 out of 98
Avg (all users): 6.5390
Avg (commenters): 6.6250
Avg (participants): 5.9825
Avg (non-participants): 6.8660
Views since voting: 1181
Views during voting: 411
Votes: 154
Comments: 17
Favorites: 3 (view)

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11/29/2011 08:26:10 AM
Very nice work Deb. Congrats on the high score.
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11/29/2011 12:32:29 AM
Nicely done Deb.
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11/28/2011 09:03:44 AM
Good one, Deb!!!!
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11/28/2011 07:19:38 AM
The color / tones here make this magical. I just love the seagulls and the reflections in the water.
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11/28/2011 12:23:57 AM
I loved this so pretty and great lighting
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11/28/2011 12:20:11 AM
Your 2nd favorite spot!!!! Congrats, dear. I hope you enjoy the irony of placing higher than me WITH HDR!!!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/27/2011 06:44:18 PM
Great shot. Beautiful tones and colors, and a wonderful scene with the gulls (great movement included), the pier, summer sunset colors and... Christmas trees?! This may be a very normal scene for you, but there's a nice unexpected twist to it for me. There's also something very organic about those pier stanchions, quite possibly because they're not just silhouettes. This should do quite well.
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11/27/2011 10:55:29 AM
Christmas on the ocean, love the way the birds reflect the trees above.
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11/27/2011 10:32:02 AM
Very nice image.
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11/26/2011 10:49:40 PM
The colors are so marvelous, Deb. So very happy this got validated. I do so love the ghost :-)
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11/26/2011 05:05:58 PM
I like the colors in this, very nice.
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11/25/2011 06:54:04 PM
This is gorgeous... love the birds and the reflections - kind of like what I wanted to do with pedestrians in NYC but much much much prettier! The color and light are fantastic.
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11/22/2011 10:24:38 PM
Very cute how the gulls seem to flicker while the trees and lights are steady.
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11/21/2011 08:48:27 PM
Seagull ghosts take away from the otherwise welldone image. Most HDR software has a way of removing the ghosts.
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11/21/2011 08:24:14 PM
The birds almost mimic the trees up top. I like that we can see there was movement in some of them, as they appear ghostly. Nice. 7
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11/21/2011 05:50:50 AM
water shot and lovely lighting very interesting gull movement. A real contender I think but it is as if a tad tilted? You might lose points on that but not from me though.
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11/21/2011 01:26:37 AM
I like the shadowy seagulls
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