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Challenge: Silhouettes II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Location: Pennard Castle, Gower peninsula, Wales UK
Date: May 14, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 15s
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: May 13, 2005

This was fun to shoot! I had wanted to do this ever since my light entry. It's normally a 15min drive + 10min walk to get to the castle but in the dark it took me more like 20min to find it. Also, I slipped in a fresh cowpat and nearly crashed into the tripod... It's me on the wall with my torch, I had to run real fast and jump on the wall before the 10s delay expired. I did that 3 or 4 times then I realised that there's a 5 meter drop on the other side ;) On the plus side I saw a shooting star (shame it's not in the frame) and 3 fox cubs during the drive back. Overall I loved it! I mean, if it wasn't for DPC, I don't think I would ever have found myself by a ruined castle in the middle of nowhere at midnight!
post processing was a nightmare, I really need to learn PS properly. I used a gradient map and the channel mixer to convert to blue (it was dirty orange originally), then shadows/highlight, dodge/burn, USM, resize, USM and neatimage.

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2 commenters have noticed the artifacts around the silhouette, that's much less than I expected! I could hardly see the artifacts on my home monitor but on the supersharp TFT at work ,they're very obvious... I managed to do another version without the artifacts there

Statistics
Place: 22 out of 248
Avg (all users): 6.6100
Avg (commenters): 8.2353
Avg (participants): 6.4661
Avg (non-participants): 6.7480
Views since voting: 1784
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 241
Comments: 20
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/03/2006 07:54:37 PM
really awesome shot! :) all your efforts resulted in a great image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2005 09:03:06 PM
I love the rich blue in the sky and pin-prick stars. Clearly poised to do well!
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05/21/2005 09:31:11 PM
I smell a blue. I love the human element.
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05/21/2005 05:03:48 PM
Neat magical, mystical capture.
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05/20/2005 11:25:44 PM
This is a very cool photo, the color of the sky is brilliant, good luck
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05/20/2005 12:01:19 PM
Brilliant idea, very attractive deep blues and a good solid silouette. Top marks!
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05/20/2005 11:15:46 AM
Lovely shpe to the ruins and the figure gives it scale but for me his torch and the totally unnatural sky spoil it. good luck
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05/18/2005 09:35:48 PM
Cool shot, but I think I would have liked to see this with the blue toned down just a little.
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05/18/2005 04:47:09 PM
a strong image, but looks like you've altered it too much - the black is just too black
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05/18/2005 12:50:33 AM
Brilliant! A winner for me
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05/17/2005 05:41:47 PM
Nice shot!! Good idea that turned out very well. I would have used less sky up top, maybe to where the dark blue stops on the left (which still would have given the lighter color on the right and filled the frame better. Good work - 8
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05/17/2005 12:55:52 PM
Nice job! The small bit of light upon the outstretched hand... and the title sets it all off nicely.
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05/17/2005 12:00:20 AM
Wow x 100:)) 10!
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05/16/2005 10:15:12 PM
This is very cool! Excellent forms, focus, contrast, and subjuect frame. Looks a touch noisy, maybe oversaturated? Love the color tho. I don't recognize the star patterns, you must be down-under.? 9
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05/16/2005 10:02:28 PM
Fabulous! Really incredible silhouette. I love the simplicity of only blue and black. Great sky, great all around.

The only think I don't like is the JPEG artifacting around the silhouette. The image is only about 50KB, you should use more of the 150KB you have and get better quality. This really distracts from the otherwise fabulous crispness and cleanness of the image. I would give a 9 or even 10 if the image was just a bit cleaner. 8
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05/16/2005 08:32:31 PM
9 Stunning. Love everything about it.
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05/16/2005 06:02:19 PM
fabulous-a winner definitely
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05/16/2005 11:55:17 AM
10 reminds me of one of those inspiring posters
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05/16/2005 06:44:24 AM
Holy crape myrtles. This picture is so amazing. LOOOOOOVE IT!
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05/16/2005 01:13:24 AM
This should be a Led Zepplin album cover.
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