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Joshua Tree Cholla Garden by Moonlight
Joshua Tree Cholla Garden by Moonlight

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Challenge: Extended Free Study 2017-01 (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm X-T2
Lens: Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 R IOS
Location: Joshua Tree National Monument
Date: Feb 14, 2017
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 5 sec.
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2017

Taken under an almost full moon at 9:38 on a partially overcast night.

No artificial lighting, just a 5-second exposure that yielded a daylight-like exposure. Purposefully underexposed to reflect something closer to the perceived light at the time.

There is no sky substitution, but I did make selective color, WB, and luminance adjustments to everything above the mountains.

Place: 20 out of 67
Avg (all users): 5.8525
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.9429
Avg (non-participants): 5.7308
Views since voting: 234
Views during voting: 97
Votes: 61
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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02/22/2017 06:31:33 AM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that contributes well to the challenge

A lovely night exposure. The lovely soft moonlight gives the scene an ethereal atmosphere that is very appealing. I do think it could have been improved with a larger DOF to get the foreground cactus nicely defined too, I have to agree with your commenter it does rather detract rather than add to the end result. Alternatively, using the cactus as a strong focal point with a softer background would have worked better.
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02/22/2017 01:16:41 AM
truly masterful. the light on the cacti and the sapphire sky are like a child's dream.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2017 10:46:13 AM
There is something in this picture that makes me look for a long time. I give you a 7.
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02/21/2017 10:40:48 AM
Easily a stop dark. Falls flat and the OOF plant in the front is more distracting than anything. Other than being dark the processing is nicely done.
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02/21/2017 10:09:18 AM
For some reason, I had previously voted this lower. Bringing up a few notches because it's really great lighting and composition.
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