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"Soft falls the night: the waves break slow..."
"Soft falls the night: the waves break slow..."
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Challenge: 2-Second Exposure (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Harwich Port, MA, USA
Date: Mar 18, 2006
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2 sec
Date Uploaded: Mar 16, 2006

Processed from RAW, slight crop, Contrast Masking, hue/sat and color balance shifts (subtle), resize, USM, border

2 seconds on the nose, after sunset.

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Fascinating to read the comments. Equal numbers would prefer perfectly symmetrical or distinctly off-center. Several think the horizon is not level.

The original was perfectly centered, but it had too much of the dark beach on the right to suit me. I decided I liked the slight asymmetry, a tiny bit of tension, so I didn't crop from left to match.

The horizon is perfectly level. The difference in separation of sky and horizon left to right makes it appear to be tilting off.

The goal here was to capture this sense of serenity and calm, of sea and sky slowly cemoning one as night falls. I felt that the symmetrical approach was the best way to handle this. I have another version that is dramatically angled: //www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=308426

Thanks all for voting and commenting.

Statistics
Place: 21 out of 192
Avg (all users): 6.3318
Avg (commenters): 6.9600
Avg (participants): 5.9278
Avg (non-participants): 6.6667
Views since voting: 1558
Views during voting: 375
Votes: 214
Comments: 35
Favorites: 1 (view)


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03/27/2006 04:29:01 PM
Originally posted by deepfrog17:

great shot, but you should check your level again. it does appear that when the horizon is measured, the left side is slightly lower then the right horizon line. i can see it without measuring. you wanted balance right?


It's illusionary: on the right side the water is separating more strongly from the sky than it is on the left. The horizon is precisely level. I've checked it.
03/27/2006 10:55:51 AM
great shot, but you should check your level again. it does appear that when the horizon is measured, the left side is slightly lower then the right horizon line. i can see it without measuring. you wanted balance right?
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03/27/2006 01:55:46 AM
Darn it. I missed this shot on my review. Saw it the first time placed it in my placeholder and never saw it again. I am slipping! very well done Robert!
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03/27/2006 01:42:45 AM
wonderful shot .. and so peaceful.
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03/27/2006 12:16:26 AM
Postcard shot. Nice.
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03/27/2006 12:11:44 AM
Those are some unreal colors. Great shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/26/2006 10:32:10 PM
I like the color saturation but I think it might have made for more of an interesting shot if you would have off-set the breakwater wall to the right or left more - use the rule of 3rds. -- I gave it a 6
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03/26/2006 10:30:37 PM
Love the colours in this and the way thebreak water draws your eye into the picture.

edit to add: After reading your comments post challenge, (and seeing whose shot it was!), I retract my horizon comment. It is funny how colours can affect what the eye perceives. Well done, Robert!

Message edited by author 2006-03-27 10:12:57.
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03/26/2006 09:55:35 PM
Beautiful light.. I would crop a little bit off the left to make it more even, although it would have been more effective if this was done in camera. But htis is brilliant! 10.
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03/26/2006 05:14:39 PM
Brilliant !!
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03/26/2006 04:17:20 PM
Beautiful.
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03/26/2006 03:29:04 PM
Lovely colours
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03/26/2006 04:20:41 AM
Bear, is this yours? :-) Awesome lighting!
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03/26/2006 03:08:33 AM
Hello Bear ;)Great landscape as always ;) I envy the beautiful colors that you are able to capture in your corner of the world ;)
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03/25/2006 11:46:20 PM
7 - Very good perspective, good coloring. Horizon looks like it needs a fraction up on the left. Perhaps on the whole, this more centered, or otherwise more off-set, have made this even better in my opinion.
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03/25/2006 04:24:31 PM
Gorgeous
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03/25/2006 01:30:19 PM
You should have walked a couple of more meters out to avoid the black on the bottom right. Nice colors in the picture.
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03/25/2006 11:53:22 AM
Beautifu colors and wonderfully lit.
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03/25/2006 12:04:50 AM
Nice color...very soothing.
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03/24/2006 04:15:22 PM
I like the colors and "soft" feel which is odd since it's a lot of hard rocks. Good job.
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03/23/2006 08:52:11 PM
gorgeous color...
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03/23/2006 06:51:24 PM
nice shot
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03/23/2006 01:45:58 AM
Great color.
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03/22/2006 03:53:53 PM
the sunset so grande,love the clouds and pespective of this view!
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03/22/2006 02:31:10 PM
great color and richness, i don't think center subject it the way to shoot this one tho, i think you should've used the pier to really draw the eye in and not just to it. my eye gets stuck to much on the ground and doesn't travel easly throught the frame as it should if propperly led by a well composed subject. i think shooting it leading in from the left or right may have been the way to get a better draw from the viewer. really the water is so calm on the left side you should've put the pier coming in from the right bottom cornor and then going to its point just past center.

IMO this is two good a scene to have fade due to lack of intrust. you should make it a point to reshoot it and really try to compose it as inchantingly as possible.

GL with it tho and would love to see a reshoot pop up in your PF afterr the challenge.
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03/22/2006 12:32:02 AM
Very nice! I like the form and colors but I wish the compostion were more dynamic.
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03/21/2006 12:03:58 PM
Like the simetry, simplicity, the light and the beauty of it.
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03/21/2006 10:16:32 AM
want to be there
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03/21/2006 09:38:19 AM
gorgeous colors.
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03/21/2006 09:20:36 AM
Very centered composition, seems to work very well here. Really love the warm purple tones. Well done!
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03/21/2006 06:00:09 AM
Very nice.
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03/20/2006 12:57:18 PM
I dunno, to be honest the first thing that popped into my head is that I think this shot needs something to draw attention to itself, there isn´t anything my eye stops on here. Like a person standing there, or a sun in the frame or something... Also, not terribly fond of the compostion, too symmetrical wich is normally good, (I´m a sucker for symmetrical shots) but here it doesn´t really work, the stone wall doesn´t really work for my eye in leading it into the shot. Not bad at all though, love the lighting and colours so I gave this a 6.
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03/20/2006 07:21:56 AM
Really like the colour, very nice
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03/20/2006 12:47:53 AM
stunning colours
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03/20/2006 12:44:59 AM
Serene, magicial, and calming image..... Just beautiful.....
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