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Challenge: Silence fix (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Saint-Malo, France
Date: Oct 25, 2012
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 43,0 sec
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2012

I really didn't expect a ribbon for that one, let alone a blue one!

Thanks all.

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Place: 1 out of 95
Avg (all users): 6.6000
Avg (commenters): 8.6000
Avg (participants): 6.4286
Avg (non-participants): 6.7500
Views since voting: 3306
Views during voting: 223
Votes: 105
Comments: 35
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11/10/2012 07:31:56 PM
Beautiful silence! Congrats!
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11/05/2012 05:01:03 AM
Gorgeous image, Christophe. Well deserved of the blue.
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11/05/2012 12:42:41 AM
Congrats Christophe, beautiful shot. I love the silky calm of the water. I didn't pick this as yours - just shows how versatile you are.
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11/04/2012 09:30:55 PM
Congrats, Christophe!

(WHY do I feel like I'm saying this all the time? I feel like an old person repeating herself all the time... *grin*)
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11/03/2012 12:59:51 PM
Way to go Christophe, excellent as usual.
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11/02/2012 05:59:43 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Christophe. A letterbox frame would have made it seem bigger - and brought out the frame haters LOL Darned if you do, darned if you don't . . . (my mom wouldn't allow stronger language than this)

Message edited by author 2012-11-03 15:37:45.
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11/02/2012 03:45:12 PM
Congrats on the blue, Christophe. There's a palpable, brooding weight of silence here.
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11/02/2012 03:19:42 PM
Originally posted by digifotojo:

Nice image but definitely not best in show... which makes me wonder. hmmm Congrats for pulling this off.


Thank you. "Best" is subjective, sometimes it is hard to foresee how the various opinions will merge together. But thanks for letting me know yours.
11/02/2012 03:07:50 PM
Nice image but definitely not best in show... which makes me wonder. hmmm Congrats for pulling this off.
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11/02/2012 02:15:20 PM
Originally posted by snaffles:

Lovely shot, Christophe, and grats on the blue, but just curious as to why it seems so tiny?


Thanks Susan! It is not particularly tiny, it is 800 pixels wide. I suppose this impression comes from the fact I used a 2:1 ratio, resulting in only 400 pixels vertically.
11/02/2012 02:01:15 PM
Lovely shot, Christophe, and grats on the blue, but just curious as to why it seems so tiny?
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11/02/2012 12:16:05 PM
Congratulations on a beautiful image Christophe. Reminds me a little bit of a landscape you did for the benefit of our Jawbones team ages ago. I'm sure you will remember the one I am referring to :)
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11/02/2012 10:33:13 AM
Originally posted by Dennisheckman:

Christophe, Congrats on winning yet again, and with a score that is below your overall average! Question for you- did you use a neutral ND filter for the horizon separation or just a standard ND filter? Or no filter at night?


Thanks a lot Dennis. Yes, I used a ND 1000 filter. However, to get that contrasted horizon, I processed the RAW file 2 times, one time with normal exposure for the sea and fortress, and another time (lower exposure and much more contrast) for the sky. Then I blended them manually together.
11/02/2012 10:25:29 AM
Christophe, Congrats on winning yet again, and with a score that is below your overall average! Question for you- did you use a neutral ND filter for the horizon separation or just a standard ND filter? Or no filter at night?
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11/02/2012 09:45:40 AM
If I calculated right, I am 37 blue ribbons behind you. How can I catch up if you are awesome at EVERYTHING?? :)

I love slower exposure shots like this with both sky and water. Beautiful work.
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11/02/2012 08:52:01 AM
Congratulations on the blue, Christophe. It's a striking image. I gave this a 5 because of the brightness of the foreground water relative to the dark stormy sky. In the real world, bodies of water take on the nature of the sky and are always slightly darker than the sky itself. It is perfectly okay to use artistic license to present the image in the way you wish. However, all the bright water vs. dark sky was unnatural to my eye, since there was no direct involvement of the sun. But, I may have lived in the mountains too long. Also, when viewing your scene, I "heard" the water splashing on the shore or boat, rendering it less than silent. Hope it's okay to offer this constructive criticism. Again, congratulations on your top score in this challenge.
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11/02/2012 08:16:33 AM
Congrats on the blue; beautiful bw.
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11/02/2012 06:53:09 AM
Beautifully done, Christophe. :)

I had mixed feelings about all the white in the foreground. But I ended up liking the bold choice of opposites and the centered horizon. :)
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11/02/2012 06:30:58 AM
Originally posted by Neat:

I picked this as yours, I gave you an 8, lovely stuff, would of been higher if there was not so much white in the foreground.

So yes to answer Alex's question, I really thought you had a disdain for black and white photography!


Thanks Anita! I don't know why you would think that, I have several B/W photos in my portfolio, including portraits, still lifes, landscapes. No disdain at all. No love either: I consider B/W and colors as 2 different tools, and I use the one that works the best with what I want to achieve.
11/02/2012 06:23:29 AM
Originally posted by Alexkc:

So I was right, it is Saint-Malo :)

I've been there with the low tide and I reached the fortress.

The different ruleset are only a small detail for the blue ribbon catcher ;)

But this time I have a question for you: while your usual photos are almost always very colorful, your landscapes are often in B/W, why?


Thank you very much Alessandro!

In fact this photo is not in B/W: the fortress has some color in it. It is very desaturated though, but I didn't like the plain B/W version in that case.
I tend to use B/W in 2 different ways: by design (when I decide the photo will be in B/W before pressing the shutter, because I believe it will be stronger that way) or by default (when I don't find any convincing solution to manage colors: B/W is the easy fix). For this photo it was by default: the light was extremely flat that day (I had to heavily dodge/burn things to bring back something to look at), colors were really boring despite my different tries, so in the end I went with that solution.

It's true that I usually prefer color over B/W, simply due to the fact there is more information, more things to look at (unless I deliberately chose to go with a minimalistic approach, then B/W becomes a serious option). Moreover, processing wise, color gives you more flexibility, more possibilities to play with: even in Advanced Editing, each shape in the photo can have its own color modified independently (which I often do to end up with a very controlled whole), while when you're in B/W you can only adjust luminosity.
11/02/2012 02:53:52 AM
I picked this as yours, I gave you an 8, lovely stuff, would of been higher if there was not so much white in the foreground.

So yes to answer Alex's question, I really thought you had a disdain for black and white photography!
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11/02/2012 02:16:49 AM
So I was right, it is Saint-Malo :)

I've been there with the low tide and I reached the fortress.

The different ruleset are only a small detail for the blue ribbon catcher ;)

But this time I have a question for you: while your usual photos are almost always very colorful, your landscapes are often in B/W, why?
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11/02/2012 01:28:40 AM
Congratulations on the blue! Breathtaking image...
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11/02/2012 12:22:27 AM
Would never have pitched this as yours! I hope this stops all that non-sense all chatter about you not.doing "photography" once and for all. Congrats!
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11/02/2012 12:04:17 AM
Nice work Gyaban. Great to be sharing the front page with you again. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2012 04:59:05 AM
well shot, well edited, and a good pick for subject matter. one of my top picks.
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10/31/2012 07:49:07 PM
oh, sort of Monte Cristo's chateau d'If but moved in a Northern climate. beautiful
bump
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10/31/2012 12:56:37 PM
Looks so lonely and forbidding as well as silent
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10/30/2012 12:06:29 AM
now THIS makes me imagine silence... I can almost feel it.
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10/29/2012 12:56:23 PM
love the metallic water. Pity that the image looks so small
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10/28/2012 04:00:17 PM
10 excellent shot
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10/28/2012 04:44:29 AM
The sky is really making the picture. Foregound too bright for my taste
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10/28/2012 01:00:33 AM
Best in show award, congrats
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10/26/2012 11:41:24 AM
The clouds really make this shot. Nice job.
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10/26/2012 10:35:06 AM
Wow. Just stunning.
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