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Dramatic lighting on the lake
Dramatic lighting on the lake

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Challenge: Lighting II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE A1
Location: Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy
Date: May 17, 2005
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: May 22, 2005

Shot in Stresa in a stormy morning

Place: 46 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.0093
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 5.8302
Avg (non-participants): 6.1852
Views since voting: 1230
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Votes: 214
Comments: 11
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06/05/2005 11:27:23 PM
*Critique Club*

I see you didn't find any of the comments here helpful, and it looks to me like you got good comments, so not sure if I'll be of much help or not, but I'll try.
The thing that really stands out to me first in this shot is the dead pixel in the center of the photo. Right above the tiny hump to the left of the larger mountain on the right. There's another one near the upper right corner as well. The lighting challenge was an advanced editing challenge and those could definately have been edited to improve the shot. They may be tiny, but in this shot, for some reason they stand out like a sore thumb.
I like the rays of light. Definately don't get to see this every day. not around here at least. the color of the sky is nice, but I can't help but wonder what it would look like with a saturation adjustment. The colors seem slightly foggy, which I would not expect to see them. I wish they were more vibrant.
The poles in the water really seem to have no purpose. Especially since they are merging with the mountains. The silhouetted poles meet the silhouetted mountains and they seem incomplete or out of place since we cannot see all of them, nor see a reason for them to really be there.
Overall a very lovely scene that would benefit from some stronger color in my opinion.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/29/2005 11:43:57 PM
Very dramatic it is. Nice! 8
05/29/2005 04:33:40 AM
This has potential impact, and I actually like how you didn't overdo the processing. That said, the clouds are begging for a bit more dodge and burn.
05/27/2005 05:23:50 PM
there you go
05/26/2005 05:09:34 PM
Great moment to cach and the exposure seems to be right on
05/26/2005 03:50:54 PM
good capture.
05/25/2005 09:32:50 AM
Classic capture of light fulfils the challenge well, I'm not sure about the posts though, if its part of a pier it may have been better to include it as a strong compositional element.
05/24/2005 12:43:41 AM
rays always captivate... great contrast
05/23/2005 05:57:26 PM
Yes it is! All week, I kept eyeballing thesky hoping for sunrays like this -- but they never appeared. But even if they had, it would have been in my local Texas surroundings, and never would have competed with the image you have here. This is beautiful! Great job picturing light!
05/23/2005 12:50:39 PM
The sunlight rays beaming down on the water is a good use of the lighting challenge I think. Good shot.
05/23/2005 11:49:42 AM
A really nice inspirational image indeed, beautiful sunlight...but I just don't find this very creative...creative for God?... absolutely!... but for me, this doesn't really fulfill the challenge guidelines.

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