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Challenge: The Moon (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
Date: Jan 4, 2010
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1600s
Galleries: Black and White, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2010

Setting moon above the blowing snow on Stone's Peak. 73% waning gibbous moon @ 268 degrees east of north. 01/04/10 The full moon on New Year's Eve was not visible due to cloudy weather. Nik Software SilverEfex Pro.

DOF: Focus Distance: 10,000', Near Limit: 416', Far Limit: Infinity, Total DOF: Infinite , Hyperfocal distance: 434.7 ft.

My effort is based on Ansel Adams zone method.

[Jan. 8th, 2010 05:39:53 PM]

Vote #182 was a "1". Otherwise, voters have been generous.

[Jan. 10th, 2010 09:53:49 AM]

Lots of votes and views in this challenge. Must be a function of the relatively small number of entries.
Validation notice arrived this morning Jan. 10. Thanks, SC and admins!
Those who have commented have been very kind. Some very excellent constructive criticism was offered. Thanks to all. I suspect this image will finish in the top 5, but probably not the blue ribbon.

[Jan. 11th, 2010 12:55:48 PM]

Thanks to all for the kind comments and generous votes. Lots of votes and views.... still coming in, but a bit slower now.

[Jan. 12th, 2010 09:49:51 AM]

Lower votes came in overnight bringing my score down to 7.0900. At the high water mark at about 80 votes, the score was 7.3200. Overall, I'm very pleased. Vote #253 was a "3", but that comes with the territory.

On the issue of blacker tones and more contrast, I did pay much attention to Ansel Adam's Zone method. There are some all black pixels. And, there are some all white pixels. In general, i'm somewhat reluctant to push contrast out more to increase the tails of the histogram in the extreme areas where detail is lost. But, I think the image could use a few more black blacks, even if there is a trade-off. It's good advice.

[Jan. 12th, 2010 11:50:26 PM]

Ten minutes before the close of voting:
Votes: 286
Views: 607
Avg Vote: 7.1189
Comments: 24
Favorites: 1
Thanks, all! Good votes and comments. I hope to place in the top 5 somewhere.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 72
Avg (all users): 7.1092
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.8750
Avg (non-participants): 7.1475
Views since voting: 5193
Views during voting: 607
Votes: 284
Comments: 47
Favorites: 11 (view)


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12/30/2010 10:50:50 AM
I'm so glad you mentioned this on the personal favorites thread as I was away on holiday and missed it the first time around. This is a phenomenal photo. Incredible, really. Nice work. And a favorite of mine now.
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02/11/2010 02:24:54 PM
Simply gorgeous!
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01/18/2010 06:24:40 PM
Nice combo of great mountain range and moon. Congrats on the red!
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01/18/2010 04:04:55 PM
beautiful!! your portfolio is amazing! please keep shooting!!
congrats on the red!
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01/16/2010 05:00:12 PM
This is such a beautiful image. I keep coming back looking at it. Well done!
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01/14/2010 03:42:37 PM
Fantastic image. Your B&W conversion is fantastic.
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01/14/2010 01:52:10 PM
Congratulations, Richard! Well done and well deserved!
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01/14/2010 04:15:53 AM
Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

This will ribbon or I'll eat my camera strap. Very Ansel Adams in it's feel. Great contrast and exposure, diagonal lines creating movement into the photo, sharp focus on the moon as well as the foreground and nice placement of the moon (ROT) within the composition. 10.


Nice to see I that I won't have to eat my camera strap after all! Congrats on a ribbon well deserved.
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01/13/2010 06:46:59 PM
An eight from me. So glad to see a ribbon on it!
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01/13/2010 06:35:16 PM
wow, awesome shot, congrat on your ribbon
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01/13/2010 11:39:13 AM
Good shot Richard--very well done and the conversion is excellent!
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01/13/2010 11:02:15 AM
Vote #182 got scrubbed or upped his/her opinion to a 2. :-) Congrats on the ribbon - lovely shot and perfect for B&W.
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01/13/2010 09:14:30 AM
This has that Ansel Adams feel. Congratulations.
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01/13/2010 08:50:23 AM
Awesome, Richard! Congratulations. This is Rocky Mountain beauty in its finest hour! What a good day for RMNPforumers, huh? I got an honorable mention in the portrait challenge too :)
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01/13/2010 06:27:25 AM
Congrats Richard on this great image and on the ribbon. So well delivered.
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01/13/2010 06:03:26 AM
Congrats on ribbon, its a gorgeous shot
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01/13/2010 05:44:50 AM
Fabulous shot Richard !! Congrats on the Red
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01/13/2010 01:28:44 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!! I thought this was your work. Beautiful
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01/13/2010 12:55:54 AM
Stunning shot, Richard. Many congratulations on your ribbon.
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01/13/2010 12:47:58 AM
Wonderful scene! Congratulations on the red.
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01/13/2010 12:16:25 AM
You pegged it!

Originally posted by glad2badad:

I predict Red Ribbon for this shot. Pretty easy prediction actually. :-) I love the scene overall. The comp is great. Only thing that's keeping this a 9 instead of a 10 is the tonal range. I'd like to see more coverage on the lower end in the blacks. Great shot overall! Congrats.
01/13/2010 12:11:42 AM
Originally posted by glad2badad:

I predict Red Ribbon for this shot. Pretty easy prediction actually. :-) I love the scene overall. The comp is great. Only thing that's keeping this a 9 instead of a 10 is the tonal range. I'd like to see more coverage on the lower end in the blacks. Great shot overall! Congrats.

Love it when predictions are this easy. :-D Wonderful shot and well deserving of a shiny new ribbon!
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01/13/2010 12:08:48 AM
Congrats on 2nd..Fabulous!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2010 11:47:26 PM
Love it -- Great shot!
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01/12/2010 11:22:26 PM
10! I saw this about 80% of the way through voting, came back after I was done and it's still my clear favourite. Best of luck to you!
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01/12/2010 11:13:09 PM
Amazing capture. Gorgeous scene. There is so much more to look at that than just the moon. Excellent!
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01/12/2010 08:33:42 PM
Great shot....10
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01/12/2010 07:24:23 PM
Extra points for doing this in black and white. Beautiful work. (Validated?)

Message edited by author 2010-01-13 18:46:27.
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01/12/2010 11:26:35 AM
Wow, just beautiful!
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01/12/2010 08:56:39 AM
I hope I get it - moon meets match in mountain? If not, then mountain is too overbearing for my tastebuds.
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01/11/2010 10:14:45 PM
I would like a bit more contrast, especially in the trees. But a nice shot.
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01/11/2010 04:11:50 PM
Way cool.
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01/11/2010 01:53:44 PM
Lovely Image
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01/10/2010 10:00:56 PM
Gorgeous. Very Ansel in clarity and tones. Not voting.
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01/10/2010 08:15:38 PM
A nice A.Adams quality w/ good detail, exposure and tonal range. Not having a "full" moon here makes this more attractive, I feel. 9
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01/09/2010 12:47:59 AM
This will ribbon or I'll eat my camera strap. Very Ansel Adams in it's feel. Great contrast and exposure, diagonal lines creating movement into the photo, sharp focus on the moon as well as the foreground and nice placement of the moon (ROT) within the composition. 10.
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01/08/2010 09:12:34 PM
This excellent photo has a real WOW factor that reminds me of the work of Ansel Adams.
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01/08/2010 12:51:10 AM
Love the photo, this is easily one of my favorites
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01/07/2010 11:38:23 PM
Nice perspective. Literally cool.
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01/07/2010 01:51:37 AM
Majestic scene
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01/06/2010 02:52:09 PM
One of my blue moon favorites.
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01/06/2010 09:39:57 AM
I predict Red Ribbon for this shot. Pretty easy prediction actually. :-) I love the scene overall. The comp is great. Only thing that's keeping this a 9 instead of a 10 is the tonal range. I'd like to see more coverage on the lower end in the blacks. Great shot overall! Congrats.
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01/06/2010 06:48:40 AM
Fantastic "Ansel" shot
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01/06/2010 04:49:40 AM
One of the two 10's in the challenge I've given.

I love the conversion, and the red channel processing that left the sky dark really improves the moon. Perfect composition, wonderful contrast and just a great shot.
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01/06/2010 04:43:01 AM
Unreal, attractive, thought-provoking.
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01/06/2010 04:33:22 AM
Spectacular!
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01/06/2010 04:22:36 AM
I like the added interest of the snow.
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