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Shadow: The darkness following sunset.
Shadow: The darkness following sunset.
Nald


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shadows III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4.0G IF-ED
Location: Draper, UT
Date: Jun 9, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40 sec.
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2006

Taken just above my home tonight. Amazing storm rolled through Utah today and this is the tail end of it. The shadows in the clouds seemed to be over powering the fading light.

Post Processing:
opened in camera raw:
Temp: 6900
Tint: -14
Exposure: -2.00
Shadows: 17
Bright: 139
Contrast: 30
Sat: 8

Photoshop:
Save copy as .psd
Levels: 0/1/255
Curves: 76/71 & 161/181
H/S: 0/12/0
Selective color as follows:
Reds: -25/22/36/0
Yellows: 0/0/16/0
Blues: 19/-9/16/-34
Dodge and Burn
Curves again: Blue Channel: 23/2 & 74/64 & 190/181
Burn some more
Resize
Smart sharpen: 120 / .8 / lens blur
Save for web

I know that F/4 is really not a good idea to shoot landscapes at but I didn't have my tripod with me and I had to shoot quick as the light was fading fast. Guess I was just lucky enough to have my camera with me to capture this amazing weather patter and sunset. I'm not sure if people are going to accept this shot for this challenge, I hope so I really fell it deserves to be seen.

Statistics
Place: 67 out of 154
Avg (all users): 5.6316
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 5.3182
Avg (non-participants): 5.8286
Views since voting: 792
Views during voting: 262
Votes: 171
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)


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AuthorThread
06/25/2006 05:49:17 PM
Hello, I'm jp and I'll be doing your critique today.

*This is a Critique Club Comment*

This critique is DPC challenge-specific, hence it may not apply in the real world.

Inital Impression
Cool!! Clouds and light and shadow and bright!! Sorry, that was not meant to rhyme.

Technical
I like saturations and I like it here, I feel the sunset hues are nicely saturated. The brightness seems dominating, I don't mind it but voters probably did as it takes the eye away from the excessively interesting clouds! Clouds could have used more rangeto bring out detail - this would help offset the overpowering sunset.

Eyeflow (To give you an idea of how someone else views your photo)
My eye starts at the bright sunset and lingers there for a second or two, then a quick once over on the top and a linger on the clouds left of the sunset. Then I notice the lights at the bottom of the image. From there I go back to alternatingbetween the clouds on the horizon and the sunset, with quick once-overs across the image.

Relevance to Challenge
I see shadows therefore quite relevant to the challenge.

Overall
It takes a minute to realize what's happening in the photo which doesn't bother mebut it probably bothered voters who want the ess-than-thirty-second photo -- ie, hit me in the face because I'm flying through voting. I feel more detail in the clouds would have helped as they would bring the drama of what's happening more into play.

I feel the photo is underrated but not by much - the lack of cloudy details takes away from the overall majesty of the sunset. IMO this photo begs, screams, pleads with whomever will listen: this medium is far too small for me - make me bigger, much bigger ... at least 20" - then those pesky cloud details will really come out. This really deserves to be printed, I hope you have one on your wall.

Bottom line
Challenge wise pretty good, real-world on a wall it's a winner.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions please don't hesitate in PMing me.

-jp
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/18/2006 09:48:19 PM
beautiful but where's the shadow?
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06/15/2006 09:29:18 AM
Just a very dynamic sight. Beautiful.
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06/15/2006 06:45:43 AM
Very beautiful capture.
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06/14/2006 04:23:33 PM
that cloud in the lower left corner is really awesome looking
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06/14/2006 08:02:55 AM
Shadow? Or just darkness?
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06/13/2006 10:50:21 PM
beautiful sky
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06/13/2006 03:12:48 PM
Nice sky!
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06/12/2006 06:59:54 PM
Real MEAN looking clouds!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/12/2006 03:22:54 PM
Cool shot.
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06/12/2006 09:57:04 AM
AWSOME WORK!
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06/12/2006 12:35:50 AM
WOW!! Close encounters here!!!
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