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Challenge: Landscape At Night (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon
Location: East Oahu
Date: Jan 14, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2012

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Very happy this did well. Thanks to everyone that took the time to vote and leave comments.

I tried taking this shot a few months ago but was never really happy with it so decided to give it another try. The moon was at a perfect phase, not too full and bright, and not too dark either. That allowed the shutter to be open just long enough to get the cloud movement but short enough for the stars to be relatively stationary. I definitely agree with the critical comments on the softness of the shot, though. The fisheye is fully manual so sometimes it can be tricky setting the focus and aperture. When I got back that morning and reviewed the shots, I noticed the softness and was planning to retake them the next night. Unfortunately, the weather turned horrible and I didn't get another chance.

On another note, I definitely agree with Richard's (Hahn23) comments that he posted in his entry on the interesting pattern of the low votes. I was neurotic (as usual) with how my scoring was going so was tracking my votes regularly throughout the week. Odd how the lower votes came in pairs like they were strategically done, i donno, who knows.

Thanks again everyone.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 77
Avg (all users): 7.1414
Avg (commenters): 7.2727
Avg (participants): 6.9024
Avg (non-participants): 7.2038
Views since voting: 3768
Views during voting: 499
Votes: 198
Comments: 30
Favorites: 3 (view)


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02/03/2012 11:37:26 AM
Beautiful shot Mark, well done congratulations
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01/27/2012 04:45:22 PM
You rackin'em up. WD Mark.
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01/26/2012 07:07:10 PM
So incredibly lovely! Belated congrats on the red!
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01/26/2012 12:43:11 PM
Congratulations, awesome image!
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01/25/2012 10:40:55 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! You do have a way of making water look, well, amazing! Great shot.
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01/25/2012 09:06:36 PM
Well done Mark. Congrats.
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01/25/2012 01:26:15 PM
congrats on your ribbon! very deserved!
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01/25/2012 10:52:03 AM
Congrats on your Red Mark! I have been in this same exact place a few years ago. Well before the shutterbug took control.
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01/25/2012 05:51:50 AM
Good on yer,Congrats.
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01/25/2012 03:01:01 AM
Sweet, sweet image, Mark! Congrats!
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01/25/2012 02:42:04 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Mark...had an inkling this was yours...
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01/25/2012 02:17:13 AM
Lovely comp and deserving red Ribbon. Great work
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01/25/2012 01:52:23 AM
Thanks everyone for the great comments, I really appreciate them.

Message edited by author 2012-01-25 02:07:56.
01/25/2012 12:54:06 AM
Oh well I was wrong with the first 2 ribbons, well done anyway.
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01/25/2012 12:07:45 AM
Congrats! I liked it from the word "go". Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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01/25/2012 12:07:11 AM
WTG Mark! Congrats on red!
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01/25/2012 12:04:22 AM
Wow! Congratulations. Well deserved.
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01/25/2012 12:03:49 AM
Awesome :)
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01/25/2012 12:01:56 AM
wOOHOO!!!
NICE!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2012 11:52:31 PM
Wow... that is beautiful. Love the long curved line of the coast. I'll be anxious to see where this is.
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01/23/2012 02:59:57 AM
Rabbit....
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01/20/2012 03:20:58 PM
I really do like this image. I think it could benefit from a little sharpening though. To me, it almost looks out of focus... or maybe it's due to camera shake? Maybe try weighing down your tripod next time to prevent the little shakes due to wind.
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01/20/2012 09:58:39 AM
Excellent use of exposure time. The movement in the clouds is wonderful.
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01/18/2012 11:31:34 PM
Way over processed for my liking, had great potential though. I feel you smoothed things out to much, in what could've been a gorgeous scene.
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01/18/2012 04:29:06 PM
Nice one! It looks cold there... was it? Love the water and the clouds.
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01/18/2012 09:46:11 AM
This is awesome! I like what the long exposure does to the clouds.
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01/18/2012 08:35:01 AM
First image up in the voting, and it's a great one. Absolutely beautiful colors and tones. The slick, oily sea is what make it! Quite beautiful.
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01/18/2012 01:31:57 AM
If it weren't for that one beam of light across the bay.....Awesome! 8
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01/18/2012 12:57:00 AM
I would hope this wins a ribbon. That city light pollution really glows under the clouds, doesn't it! Lots of great elements of interest make this one of the top images in this challenge. Nice job.
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01/18/2012 12:29:26 AM
this looks somewhat familiar.
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