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Here Comes the Sun
Here Comes the Sun

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Challenge: Beatles Song/Lyrics (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Crown Hill Park - Wheat Ridge, CO
Date: May 26, 2006
Aperture: 4.4
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/47
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2006

I wanted just to shoot the sunset, but a thunderstorm blew in just as I was gathering my stuff for the drive over. I worried that it wouldn't pass quickly enough to let the color shine before the sun was gone, but it worked out just fine, with the storm passing at just the right time to generate all this gorgeous drama. It was very windy, and I shot everything while keeping a firm hand on the tripod.

Neat Image


Post-challenge comments:
I did not shoehorn this in. I went out to shoot a Beatles lyric and shoot a Beatles lyric I did. I'm wondering if that's why the best photo I've ever submitted to any challenge collected such a ridiculous number of low votes. How anyone could score this less than a five is beyond my comprehension - and that would even be low. A plague on both your houses and all that. Meh.

Place: 109 out of 273
Avg (all users): 5.6296
Avg (commenters): 5.8571
Avg (participants): 5.2340
Avg (non-participants): 5.8409
Views since voting: 962
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 270
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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06/15/2006 09:25:26 AM
CTCP2 Gunnsi
First impression:

Good looking stormy clouds. Not a sun coming up but a disappearing sun. The picture is in focus and there is this beautiful red colour but not enough.
What can you do better?
I think what is wrong is how you build this image. To heavy on one side while there is nothing on the other. To bright on one side and to dark on the other. You could IMO have just zoomed in on the red sky at the horizon.
I hope there will be no plaque on my house for I gave this picture only 4.
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06/14/2006 11:04:51 PM
hi from ctp2:

This is a lovely image. I really like the clouds in this, and the water is a gorgeous color through most of the picture. Two things that worked against you here (imho) - the bottom right corner is sort of dark, and the idea that the sun is coming out is sort of subtle. This would have done better as "here comes the storm". Still a really pretty shot, though.
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06/13/2006 02:50:09 PM
Greetings from your own critique club.

First Impression
Very Nice cloud shot.
Someone gave me a tip that the horizon should be on third for this kind of images. I found the tip very useful, try it and let me know if you found it useful too.
Very nice. I always like the sunrise/sunset pictures with coulds.
Technical (Colour and light):
The exposure is bit tricky here. The right most is bit dark, but if you try to increase the exposure some area will be blown out. Try using exposure lock for this kind of pictures.
Horizon at third, and exposure to give details on the right side.
Really like the image as is, but may score even higher with bit improvement IMO.

Cheers!! Keep shooting.
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06/13/2006 11:21:58 AM

I love the clouds! Drama is the perfect way to descrive it. Its as if the sun is coming to rescue us:)

The water on the right is a bit dark, otherwise great shot:)
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06/10/2006 11:20:46 AM
Hello from Álex, CTP MkII

First Impression: WOW. Very nice skyscape. And the title selected is absolutely smart.
Composition: well composed and good proportions of sky and sea. Maybe the bottom right is a bit too dark and it seems lightly unbalanced.
Subject: I think the subject is alright for the challenge.
Technical: very good in technical aspects. The colors are great except in the "dark side". Focus is OK. It makes some little jpeg artifacts, at least on my monitor.
Improvement: maybe process the dark zone to make it a little bit more detailed
Summary: really great shot. Don't worry about scoring, because it depends on what voters expected to see in the challenge.

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06/07/2006 07:32:04 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club! :)

This is a great natural scene that you captured well. I agree with your first commenter about the balance isssue...the shot does appear to be more heavy on the right and light on the left, if that makes sense. I think that in a weather or landscape challenge, your score might have been higher. For this particular challenge, however, I think voters were a bit more finicky about presentation and definite link to the challenge (i.e. being able to tell the song without reading the title). When I look at it, I think more "There Goes the Sun" than "Here Comes the Sun" since the storm is the subject, not the sun itself. Plus, as pretty as the scene is, there is really not much of the elusive "wow" factor. The bottom half of the image is rather dark...maybe a boost in contrast and saturation a bit more could make it pop a little more. Still, scoring a 5.6 is good and I think you'll only continue to do better the more challenges you enter.

Keep clicking and let me know if you have any questions! :)

Take care,
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 01:23:08 AM
This picture looks more like "here comes the supercell", to be honest
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06/04/2006 04:22:36 AM
nice , tied for 2nd in my voting

I'm a sucker for those clouds
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06/02/2006 03:18:47 PM
What a dramatic sunrise! Gorgeous photo.
06/01/2006 10:43:08 PM
Beautiful sky! Good morning.
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06/01/2006 01:32:42 PM
wow .. what a cool photo ...
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05/31/2006 05:36:21 AM
NOTE.... I'm looking at the image first and tyrying to guess the title. If I can't guess, I can't give high marks :-(

didin't get it but nice weather shot
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05/31/2006 02:27:17 AM
Great range across from sky to storm and water. A little too thick or heavy in the storm part - unsets the balance of the photo a little.
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