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The Harbor Moon Concerto
The Harbor Moon Concerto

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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Date: Sep 7, 2006
Aperture: f11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 20sec
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Sep 27, 2006

Changing my mind, last second. I had a lightning shot ready to go and I was going to save this one for Best of 2006. Changing my mind last minute. Wishing I could take out that really distracting tree in the middle.

Acadia National Park, overlooking Bar Harbor. First night of the trip.

Raw convert, fix white balance, rotate for the slightly tilted horizon, crop, hue/sat, levels, sharpen, curves, minor dodging to make sure the mist is seen in the distance on a non-calibrated monitor

Place: 114 out of 615
Avg (all users): 6.1099
Avg (commenters): 6.7273
Avg (participants): 6.0272
Avg (non-participants): 6.3864
Views since voting: 808
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 191
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/12/2006 11:53:32 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

As I mentioned during the challenge, this made me smile. Now I have to try to figure out why. Moonlight is a difficult thing to capture - here you used the water and the mist magnificently to do so. Had it just been the moonlight, the mist and the water, it would have been a nice shot, but not a "make me smile" shot. It would have been a bit cooler, more distant. The lights of the harbor on the right bring the warmth of humanity to the shot and the resulting counterbalance is what I think makes this appealing to me.

Had I not read your comments, I'd have not particularly noticed the tree in the center as "distracting". In fact even after reading your notes I don't find it distracting. It's there, but only quietly so, and in a way provides the fulcrum to balance the composition.

And as an added bonus, the one ray of the moon is reaching down toward the lights of the harbor.

It still makes me smile.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2006 03:19:32 PM
Elicited a smile and a "wow" both. Very nice!
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10/06/2006 10:15:51 AM
very nice moonlit shot
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10/05/2006 02:48:43 AM
very creative and unique
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10/05/2006 01:07:55 AM
What a spectacular photograph!

I have a couple of really good moonlit scenery phoyos over the years and I know how rare a picture like this truly is!

The really unusual cloud formations make it even better.

A "10" from me....I'd give it an "11" if I could simply for the virtual impossibility that you could have planned this.

Wonderful job!
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10/04/2006 03:54:40 PM
Now, how did you get the moon to look that large. Never works for me. This photo has such a soft feel to it. I really like that.
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10/02/2006 08:46:54 PM
I don't know what to think of this.. parts of it I like (the left side by itself and the right side by itself).. the reflection of the moon.. but it seems awkward somehow.. I don't know what to focus on 5
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10/02/2006 04:54:41 PM
Great shot
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10/02/2006 03:59:36 PM
This is a great shot. The moon is fantastic over there and in the reflection, and the lights of the buldings work well.
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10/01/2006 10:11:19 PM
What a beautiful late night shot. Nice work.
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10/01/2006 12:55:53 PM
Very wow!
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10/01/2006 12:41:53 PM
very nicely exposed.
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10/01/2006 06:20:51 AM
We really do have some very good images in this challenge.....
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