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First star I see tonight...
First star I see tonight...
strangeghost


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hope (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Aug 21, 2004
Aperture: f 3.7
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/118
Galleries: Emotive, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Aug 22, 2004

Shot in a park near my house with the help of a 7 year old daughter of a neighbor. Scope set up on top of a low rise, camera on tripod downslope. Took dozens of shots looking for that perfect combination of blue tones in sky and silhouetted people. Didn't want the result to be too dark, but wanted that impersonal feel. I have Natalie standing on one of my accessory case, which is why my legs are cut off and hers aren't. I also hate the way my thumb protrudes from my "pointy finger" but whaddya gonna do?

Crop, most adjustments via curves to darken overall, enhance blues, and achieve the silhouette look. Remove noise (KODAK plugin) and finally sharpen edges.

I trust the "hope" theme will be evident to non-astronomers as well.

Statistics
Place: 16 out of 285
Avg (all users): 6.2458
Avg (commenters): 7.9412
Avg (participants): 6.0821
Avg (non-participants): 6.3772
Views since voting: 1322
Views during voting: 411
Votes: 301
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/11/2004 01:16:59 PM
I don't knowanything that would cause someone to score this lower than a 10, but 1's and 2's? Even 3's... way too many. This should have ribboned.

This is one of the coolest pictures I've seen on this site.
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09/01/2004 12:49:04 AM
Congratulations on your 16th placing. In the magic of the night.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/31/2004 11:09:19 PM
I really love this photo. I am a big fan of dark figures or objects against a light backdrop. I also like it for its everyday-ness. a very good photo.
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08/31/2004 11:03:46 PM
I cannot imagine a better silhouette photo. Outstanding work. 10
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08/31/2004 08:30:48 PM
Fantastic sillouette! The blue of the sky really sets it off. Excellent job.
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08/30/2004 09:46:27 PM
My favorite of the challenge. Well composed.
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08/30/2004 02:38:51 PM
SO AWESOME!! 10!!!
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08/29/2004 11:34:09 PM
This one is really an eye catcher. I love how you captured the rich blue night sky and the great silhouettes. The composition is great with the telesope and the man's arm pointing you to the stars. We are astronomy fans with telescopes - so this image really speaks to me! Good luck!
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08/29/2004 03:01:19 PM
Nice vibrant blue and neat silhouettes, shame we cant see any stars in the shot too.
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08/29/2004 07:37:10 AM
What a great photo and an excellent choice for silhouette. The composition and action in this shot are really nice and there's no noise at all in the sky. Really great job!
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08/28/2004 01:00:37 PM
Exceptional image. So simple yet effective.
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08/27/2004 03:40:52 PM
I like the photo, silhouettes (spelling?) are awesome. Don't see the hope.
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08/27/2004 07:35:09 AM
Very nice silouhette. Only thing I would have left out is the tree on the left. Good job!
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08/26/2004 05:20:13 PM
Nice work
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08/26/2004 03:34:56 PM
GREAT PHOTO even the telescope profile is neat !!
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08/26/2004 01:19:39 PM
Great interpretation and shot.
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08/26/2004 10:58:58 AM
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08/25/2004 10:43:47 PM
I believe this shot would have been stronger without the telescope.
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08/25/2004 09:30:47 PM
I like this quite a bit - very rich color in the sky. I'm not so fond of the tree, it detracts from the simple message in the rest of the shot.
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08/25/2004 07:26:05 PM
Beautiful picture
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08/25/2004 02:00:47 AM
Very whimsical. I think it could benefit from slightly more contrast. The silhouettes aren't as sharp as they could be.
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