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Challenge: Night Shot III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Seattle, Washington USA
Date: May 6, 2006
Aperture: F/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 28 Seconds
Galleries: Cityscape, Travel
Date Uploaded: May 7, 2006

Photographer’s Notes
“It was a dark and stormy night,” as they say. But last night around midnight my daughter and I set out to shoot Seattle anyway. Shooting Seattle in the rain presents many interesting photo opportunities, but it isn’t fun. You’ll need to love your art. Shooting Seattle in the cold (below 50F) is less fun still. Add darkness and the precipitous fall from fun continues. But we gave it a go. In the end, I triggered my shutter exactly 3 times over the space of 2 hours.

Looking at the take this morning, I had 2 photos I felt were good enough to work with. The first was a non-traditional shot of the city looking back from the Bell Harbor Conference Center. I liked it but it was just enough over-exposed that I rejected it. I may try again at some point. And the second was a “traditional Space Needle Shot” taken from Kerry Park. It’s a very long exposure and while the shutter was open, an airliner inbound to SeaTac airport had the bad grace to fly through the frame.

I ended up cropping it tighter than I wanted because the light trail was distracting. Too bad I couldn’t use Advanced editing … that pesky light trail would have been history, felled by the clone tool.

I doubt this will win awards, but it’s a decent postcard shot from Seattle. Enjoy.

Post Processing
• Color Correct (Curves)
• Straighten (Rotate Arbitrary)
• Crop
• Desaturate Reds & Yellows (Hue/Saturation Layer)
• Convert to B&W (Channel Mixer Layer)
• Fade B&W (Reduce Master Opacity Channel Mixer Layer)
• Crop Further
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Nikon D200
• 2006/05/06 22:51:44.1
• RAW (12-bit)
• Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
• Color
• Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
• Focal Length: 120mm
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
• 28 sec - F/11
• Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
• Sensitivity: ISO 100
• Optimize Image: Vivid
• White Balance: Auto
• AF Mode: AF-S
• Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
• Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
• Tone Comp.: Normal
• Hue Adjustment: 0°
• Saturation: Enhanced
• Sharpening: Medium high
• Image Comment:
• Long Exposure NR: On
• High ISO NR: Off

Place: 71 out of 287
Avg (all users): 5.9103
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4494
Avg (non-participants): 6.1144
Views since voting: 926
Views during voting: 435
Votes: 290
Comments: 12
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2006 09:02:01 PM
Hey I was just there not too long ago. This was most likely taken late in the evening as the blue skies are gone. If you move just a tad to the right, the BofA building would have been in full view as well as opposed to being hidden from view. Good capture.
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05/14/2006 07:01:47 PM
I saw a similar photo in this challenge. The buildings are leaning slightly to the right. Could use more color.
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05/14/2006 08:39:18 AM
I kind of feel I would like to see more of the building on the right, or it not at all...
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05/13/2006 08:57:55 PM
I like the starkness of the white tones in this one.
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05/13/2006 10:55:12 AM
nice space needle. good luck.
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05/12/2006 12:31:30 PM
nicely composed. I like the almost b/w feel
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05/12/2006 03:38:43 AM
Nice photography.
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05/11/2006 05:40:11 PM
Nice job of getting your subject to stand out.
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05/11/2006 11:55:08 AM
wat a beautiful photo.
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05/11/2006 10:17:02 AM
Very nice composition. Remarkable icon.
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05/11/2006 05:33:55 AM
good shot and nice angle, but the top of the needle seems alittle blown out
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05/10/2006 06:39:17 AM
great as a postcard...nice
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