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Moonlit Pier
Moonlit Pier

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Challenge: Motion Blur II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Destin, FL
Date: Jun 23, 2006
Aperture: f11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 36 Seconds
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2006

Taken as the last bit of the "blue hour" escaped the air here in Destin Fla...the scene was nearly pitch black, lit only by the moon. Exposure and focus were both done manually.


Exposure adjustments (levels, curves, lucis exposure)
Minor crop
Dodge and burn the rocks and water
minor desat
save for web

Place: 30 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.0622
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.4474
Avg (non-participants): 6.4615
Views since voting: 1354
Views during voting: 336
Votes: 193
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/16/2008 11:20:13 AM
This is great. I like pictures with a 'blue' feel to them....and you pulled it off!
07/05/2006 04:28:01 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

First of all, congrats on your best finish to date, as well as a 6+ score. It takes many of us much longer than three challenges to make that mark.

Camera Work/Technical: First off, I am happy to see the straight horizon line. It is perfect! Accidental horizon tilts are a pet peeve of mine, so I always appreciate a straight one. I also like your depth of field choice for this one. All the rocks are crisply focused, as is the (wonderfully horizontal) horizon and the buoy. I also like your WB choice, giving this a great, moody feel.

Lighting: The light that the moon provided is also very nice. This was a great time of day to provide the great mood that you produced here. I might have used a graduated natural density filter to enhance that sky a little, but I couldn't be sure without being there. Very nice lighting.

Composition/Content: This is one of the main strengths of the image. The rock wall serves very well to pull the viewer deep into the image and feel the mood. Even though it was probably 230 degrees that day, this one produces a cold and lonely feeling.

My Opinion: I think that this one met the challenge in a very creative way. I also believe that it should have scored a bit better, as it is much better, in my opinion, than some of those that finished ahead of it. Voters here like vivid colors, so maybe a red or orange sky would have vaulted it up a bit. Personally, I prefer it just the way you captured it.

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07/04/2006 12:48:32 PM
Congratulations with your 6+ in your first challenge. Not everyone can do that!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2006 08:26:46 PM
Nice misty look in the rocks!
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07/02/2006 05:26:30 PM
very Mystical great shot
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07/02/2006 04:27:11 PM
This photo takes my breath away.
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07/02/2006 01:15:33 PM
Cool fantasy like shot. The color tones are nice. I realize that this is a long exposure and you caught alot of movement of the water but it may have blurred to a point where it is almsot too smooth for this challenge. I like this shot and gave it a 7 anyways.
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07/01/2006 11:33:51 PM
A lovely shot. But the blur doesn't evoke a sense of motion so much as of mistiness.
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07/01/2006 08:08:15 PM
Nicely done. I like the little snippets of green scattered through the rocks.
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07/01/2006 06:28:14 PM
Looks like a jetty or breakwater, not a pier, but I'll believe you about the moonlight : )
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06/30/2006 07:39:17 AM
where is the motion blur?
06/29/2006 03:05:12 PM
wow, well done, but you have a little dust.
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06/27/2006 02:36:48 PM
It's beautiful but somehow it looks a little artificial. Good job anyways.
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06/27/2006 12:30:07 PM
I love water blurr, it's really beautiful. The placement of the water and rocks is great. The navigation marker is in an interesting spot, it looks fine, though
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06/27/2006 08:50:37 AM
Very peaceful, serene image. Not getting much connection to "Motion Blur" however. I mean, yes, technically motion blur exists here, but it's not quite evident with the length of exposure you used. Too smooth and foggy in the final result. JMO. Good luck in the challenge.
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06/26/2006 07:40:33 PM
Lovely shot wish tower was gone. seems like I have seen the same jetty photographed from a different angle. Nice
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06/26/2006 01:25:09 PM
there's blur here but not muchmotion. I like the blue tones.
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06/26/2006 12:03:36 PM
Up to a certain point, a photo of moving water is enhanced by long shutter speed. After that point, it gets - IMO - more and more ethereal and becomes something else. This photo is in the zone of something else. Sorry for my poor description, but hope you get what I mean. I think there could be something added to this image to make it quite special.
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06/26/2006 06:43:01 AM
It's one of the few water pics here where blur of waves actually creates notions of stillness, not movement. Nice picture, but doesn't hit the tune of the challenge, imho
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06/26/2006 02:26:23 AM
a jetty or a mole, not a pier... not that it matters to me, just FYI. Nice shot :-)
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06/26/2006 01:42:55 AM
Nice one.....
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