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Crepuscular Dawn
Crepuscular Dawn

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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Peverill Point, Swanage, Dorset, UK
Date: Sep 17, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125s
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Sep 27, 2006

Shot 30 minutes after dawn, along the Purbeck Coast. Had to develop twice, both with increased colour temperature, combined to provide some lighter colour and detail in the lower third of the image. Selectively increased contrast in top region to enhance rays. Cloned out a buoy which distracted.
Converted to sRGB, resized, smart sharpened.
Focal length 38mm, -0.67 exposure compensation

Place: 228 out of 615
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Votes: 189
Comments: 13
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10/13/2006 02:44:38 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I feel calmer already, your photo has an amazing calm serene feel to it.

Lets get right to the details!


So many sunset shots are just that, the sunset sky itself (or sunrise in this case) So bravo for including some interesting lines to look at.

First the horizon is not spot-on center vertically! Thank you for that! The vertical rule of thirds here adds so much to this composition.

I also love the diagonal line rising up from the right to meet the horizon line. What is it about triangles that add so much to a composition? I dont know, but Im really glad that one is there.

But if that was the only foreground element it would feel oddly off but youve covered it by including that terrific stone in the foreground center/left to pull the composition back to the left and leave it perfecting balanced. I love the texture on the top of this foreground element I can almost feel it as I sit on it to watch this beautiful quiet time in the morning.


Lighting compliments of God! Streaming sunlight is such a beautiful thing. Kudos here to you for an excellent exposure. Your notes on processing show amazingly little of it, so you just flat out nailed the exposure. That is darn impressive. The hint of the sphere of the sun through the clouds is icing on the cake a glimpse of the light source itself, without blowing the exposure around it leaving just the right amount of white to add to the terrific tonal range of this work.

If it were a perfect world:

At least according to me, Id lose the bird, or Id make two or three more. Just one looks like a mistake at first glance of course you soon realize that it isnt, but it serves as a distraction. If there were more I think my eye would recognize them for what they are sooner but none would make it a non-issue all together.

Still, overwhelmingly a terrific example of natures beauty expertly exposed and composed. This is terrific work worthy of display in any professional forum. I would be proud to have something this beautiful in my portfolio.

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this critique through the message system here on DPC.

10/09/2006 05:14:05 AM
Capturing this image was well worth getting up before dawn. I had it placed a lot higher. It reminds me a lot of an inspirational message type poster.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 02:46:57 PM
Without the single bird, this would be "just another sunrise" to me. Nice capture.
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10/07/2006 11:26:03 AM
Great title! I think that since the sky is the focus, I would crop out most of the foreground. I would also increase the contrast to make those crepuscular rays stand out more.
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10/06/2006 09:25:12 PM
very nice...love the colors
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10/03/2006 08:48:15 PM
where is the damn dictionary when I need one.
All I know is that it is a well crafted photo. Great job.
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10/03/2006 04:29:24 PM
The bird and the beams of light are lovely touches.
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10/03/2006 10:29:34 AM
very pretty sunset.. like the bird in the sky and the sun rays 7
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10/03/2006 06:46:08 AM
Beatuiful colration, nice capture of the rays of sun comming through the clouds. Good overall use of the frame also.
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10/02/2006 09:29:52 PM
Pretty scene to find on a morning walk.
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10/02/2006 07:03:12 AM
wonderful rays from the sun exposed beautifully here
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10/02/2006 03:50:26 AM
I think this would make a great print.
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10/01/2006 01:22:39 AM
man i dont know what to think about this shot.I dont think that the colours grab me.
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