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Challenge: Darkness (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Compact Hyperzoom Aspherical for Canon
Location: Pinecrest Lake, California
Date: Jun 11, 2005
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2005

Take at Pinecrest Lake, California.

Place: 210 out of 373
Avg (all users): 4.8712
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 4.6777
Avg (non-participants): 5.0057
Views since voting: 729
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 295
Comments: 9
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06/27/2005 12:48:41 AM
Thanks for all the comments!

stdavidson,shutterphunk, Im not sure why you are seeing those "bouys"(I think thats how you spell it), I photoshoped them out. Can't see them on my computer at home and also not on the one I am currently using, which is in a hotel. ???

I have a better version of this photo posted here: //www.deviantart.com/view/19373269/

Comments on that would be appreciated. It is the way I orrigonaly intended the picture to be. Its a pano and desaturated, also a bit darker and maybe sharper, I think it looks much better this way.

Kirsty mcn, its not the sea! Its a lake.

I did wait for five more mins. Unfortunately, being a sunrise the sun peeked over the mountains and blew out the photo. There was absolutely no cloud cover and the sun was very bright. I gave up, not sure what I could have done the capture the picture with the strong sun. I tried a polerizing filter, but failed.

Thanks again for all the comments. :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/21/2005 10:08:22 PM
Bold, artistic approach to the subject of darkness. I like your combination of form and line; light and dark that transcends "rules" in order to deliver an evocative image. Your freedom of thought in composition adds to this as one of my top ten favorites from this week.
06/21/2005 11:09:12 AM
i'm not sure what i like about this...it just works. the use of thirds clearly helps.
The only thing i don't like so much is how the light on the sea on the left doesnt fade out like that on the right.
06/20/2005 02:17:33 PM
The excelence of simplicity. Nice one!
06/20/2005 10:19:43 AM
The strength of this composition is the thin white reflection below the hills. Simplicity in an image is a virtue. Decent silhouette.

Because of it's simplicity it is paramount that the image is technically perfect. It is good but could be a little better. It would be best if you could make the tiny trees on the horizon absolutely razor sharp. They are a little soft in the composition as it sits.

Try to do something with the sky to add some color. A deeper cobalt blue might be a good choice.

There are three rounded objects in the foreground. They are probably pilings in a pier but the viewer cannot really tell. Because they cannot tell what they are they are more distracting to the image then enhancing. If they could be blacked out of the picture or the picture taken from a differnt place it might be a little better.

Compositionally it might make the image a little more interesting if the dip between the hills were positioned according to the rule of thirds rather than at the center of the frame.
06/20/2005 08:33:16 AM
Beatiful photo! The abstract way you've used the lines of the hills and the light shining on the water is wonderful! There's a real sense of calmness. There are 3 rounded shapes in the dark area below the light line. I can't figure out what they are and find them a little distracting. Even so, I think this shot deserves a 9.
06/19/2005 11:20:03 AM
I would have waited another five minutes! lovely angle bit what is the line going across?
06/18/2005 01:45:16 PM
I like the minimalist simplicity of this shot..the line of light on water is very beautiful and effective...sky is lovely.
06/15/2005 01:02:46 AM
Not enough pop. I wish there were color in the sky. The perfect symmetry of the hill is cool though.

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