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sunset at bird's rock
sunset at bird's rock
Rikki


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: On the Beach (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Date: Jul 18, 2006
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 15 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jul 18, 2006

Entry No. 218

Macpapas and I went to Santa Cruz Friday night to capture some night shots. This was our first stop. I had some other great shots at the boardwalk but had a lot of dust on my filter since we were on the beach. Grrrrrr. Well I guess never mind the spots. Look the the hot pixels! Grrrrrr!

I used a graduated sunset filter for this shot. Shot in RAW and processed with RSE. Adjusted levels and curves. Used Highlight and Shadow and used Selective Color to bring out subtle hues from each one. Cropped to 470x630 and added a 1 pixel stroke. Enlarged canvas to 480x640. Ran through NI. Sharpened and added a little touch of USM. Saved for web.

IMG_6922.CR2

Post Challenge
Some people have commented on the fringing around the rocks. Actually it's not because it's oversharpened. It was already there when I shot the photo. The light source was behind the rock hence the natural halo. Thanks for the votes and comments. I am definitely a member of the 7+ with no ribbon club ;)

The purple speck is a hot pixel.

Here's the original image.
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Disqualification Details
Any attempts to alter the point totals in any way for any photograph will result in immediate loss of account and a ban from the site. Photographs by any participating parties may also be removed from past or current challenges.

Statistics
Views since voting: 1458
Views during voting: 489
Comments: 54
Favorites: 4 (view)


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07/30/2006 06:38:48 PM
Rikki: you are certainly an inspiration to us all. Your images are simply superb. This one exploits the monochromatic beauty and what a vista! Congratulations on your 6th place finish.
07/26/2006 05:09:19 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Great shot!
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07/26/2006 04:41:42 PM
Thanks for welcoming me to the 7+ no ribbon club, it sooo great, I can't imagine what would make me happier :P. Cool shot and nice addition to your top 6.
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07/26/2006 12:39:49 PM
Gave this a 4. The composition is ho-hum, the picture is oversharpened, and the colour... well, that's the only thing that goes for this image.
07/26/2006 10:17:02 AM
Congrats Rikki. One of my favs of the challenge. A true work of art. I may have to put this in my favorites folder. ;~D
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07/26/2006 10:07:14 AM
Rikki what a eye for a shot you have. This is a beauty. Congrats on 7th place.
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07/26/2006 09:35:01 AM
Nice score... glad it was appreciated.
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07/26/2006 05:42:41 AM
Yo Rikki! Saw the original and you made a great improvement...I only gave it a 7, and I don't know why the heck I did...maybe it was voting fatigue or something. This is a great shot and a great score...
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07/26/2006 01:35:14 AM
hehehe I was already a member of the 7+ no ribbon club, but its good to be in a select group ;-)

this is great work, love the colour.
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07/26/2006 01:28:57 AM
This is just awesome, nice work.
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07/26/2006 12:52:57 AM
Very nice, Rikki! Don't you just hate that when you score a 7 and don't ribbon? ;-)
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07/26/2006 12:52:52 AM
7th place? Meh. Next time try and get a martian in the shot. :P
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07/26/2006 12:42:51 AM
Another top 10 entry eh Rikki. Love the orange.
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07/26/2006 12:21:09 AM
Congrats on another top ten finish, Rikki. I marked this one down a bit because it seems oversharpened around the periphery of the rock (and birds on top of it).
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07/26/2006 12:12:47 AM
Congrats Rikki on 7th place....certainly a beautiful shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/25/2006 05:17:25 PM
Love the colors here and composition. Top ten for sure. Good luck!
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07/25/2006 04:44:45 PM
amazing!
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07/25/2006 01:51:44 PM
Great job! What gorgeous color in the sky, and the overall photo. Very different from the other hundred that I've looked at today. The rock is very prominent. I love the appearance of the fog (or is it waves??) in front of the rock, and the subtle water that remains on the sand. I'm raising my original score from a 5 to a 9, only knocking it because I couldn't tell about that fog/wave thing. And great job in meeting the challenge without leaving me to wonder how.
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07/25/2006 10:54:51 AM
colorful and interesting.
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07/25/2006 10:02:56 AM
Lovely tones here and nice shutter speed. 9.
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07/24/2006 12:20:52 PM
Nice picture but pehaps a bit too orange.
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07/23/2006 10:16:55 PM
Amazing colors, well shot. Love the position of the rock/mt.....9
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07/23/2006 06:59:55 AM
good colour
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07/23/2006 05:04:48 AM
Did you edit the colors to be this vibrant or capture it this way? Even so, beautiful capture. Looks a tad oversharpened.
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07/22/2006 01:57:27 PM
Very National Geographic-ish, brilliant orange coloring. Top scoring.
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07/22/2006 12:41:07 PM
Very nice!
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07/21/2006 11:00:51 PM
you could use this again next week for the gold challenge Ü. Very nice colors. The birds on the rock keep the image from being too static. Nice job.
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07/21/2006 08:01:52 PM
One of many truely amazing sunset images entered in this challenge. The birds do add an interesting focal point to the image.
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07/21/2006 02:10:59 AM
Simplify beautiful.
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07/20/2006 11:36:53 PM
0-2 meets challenge = 2
0-3 technical merit = 3
0-3 creativity = 2
0-2 biased wow factor = 2
Total = 9
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07/20/2006 10:05:48 PM
i love the color! =)
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07/20/2006 09:41:56 PM
I love this and would love to learn how you create that effect
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07/20/2006 07:45:42 PM
Great capture
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07/20/2006 02:47:43 PM
Wonderful warm golden tones. Very beautiful!
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07/20/2006 12:21:39 PM
Well done! Nice sky glow! Great composition!
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07/20/2006 12:00:58 PM
That's a pretty cool rock. Love the color!
07/20/2006 01:49:51 AM
This image looks like a victim of Capture NX. I see a purple spec in the lower right corner. Would be a great photo if it wasn't over-processed and over-sharpened as evidenced by the white line surround the rock.
07/19/2006 11:55:08 PM
Cool!
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07/19/2006 10:41:02 PM
a bit sharp around the rocks but i love the colors of this shot. was it really this color when you shot it? lovely.
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07/19/2006 10:35:30 PM
Beautiful colors!
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07/19/2006 10:15:00 PM
fantastic color and smooth waters. love it
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07/19/2006 09:11:43 PM
Made another trek to Mars eh?
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07/19/2006 06:47:30 PM
Gorgeous tones and gradient.
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07/19/2006 05:13:28 PM
Really lovely. I love this. Would have been killer for GOLD too. 9
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07/19/2006 05:05:05 PM
Really a classic Rikki. Well done. 10 from me. Could this be the one to catch Kiwiness for ribbons this year?
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07/19/2006 03:31:37 PM
lovely sunset image.
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07/19/2006 12:33:52 PM
Love the colors here, and the overall composition of the image. Did you use a sunset filter? 10
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07/19/2006 12:04:19 PM
Nice shot. 8. A lame gripe maybe, but the tiny white line before the black border doesn't work at all.
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07/19/2006 06:32:57 AM
wow - beautiful colors!
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07/19/2006 05:50:43 AM
This is lovely. good luck :)
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07/19/2006 05:23:01 AM
that's spectacular! great colours and mood in this shot, well done
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07/19/2006 05:06:43 AM
Filter?
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07/19/2006 02:16:36 AM
Magical, just magical..... A "10" from me.....
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07/19/2006 12:48:00 AM
This is a great image, would have also worked for this weeks gold challenge.
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