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Challenge: Infinite (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Dieppe, NB, Canada
Date: Oct 31, 2003
Aperture: F2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20s
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2003

Took this when the third largest recorded solar flare hit the earth, creating wonderful auroras.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 104
Avg (all users): 7.5586
Avg (commenters): 8.5385
Avg (participants): 7.1184
Avg (non-participants): 8.0435
Views since voting: 9631
Votes: 145
Comments: 70
Favorites: 55 (view)


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01/16/2004 01:15:40 AM
This is just beautiful! I would love to be able to see that in person! Lovely shot!
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11/16/2003 06:32:55 PM
I was given this great photo to critique on behalf of the Critique Club. There isn't a lot I can say; it is certainly well-deserving of a blue ribbon! Part of its success was being in the right place at the right time with a capable camera. But this image represents your interpretation of a dynamic event and there are certainly a lot of good artistic and technical decisions behind the image as well. The colors are stunning, with nice detail in the aurora. The silhouetted skyline is sharp and interesting. The nearly square format works great. The noise in the aurora and bright lights on the ground don't distract from the overall image.
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11/15/2003 05:51:05 PM
WOW...Magnificent!
I'm a "Desert Dweller", living in Arizona, and while we have some incredible sunsets to photograph, I can't imagine ever catching the same brilliance in colors from one of our sunsets that is so elloquently displayed in your Aurora Borealis photo. It makes me wish that I could have been there to see it! GREAT WORK!
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11/13/2003 03:52:30 PM
W O W
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11/12/2003 05:28:33 PM
This is incredible! I hoped someone would take a great photograph of this flare activity for those under the colund in Chicago!
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11/12/2003 10:26:13 AM
This is a truly amazing photo ... I have never seen an aurora, but would love to do so while living in the northern hemisphere. Your photo is sharp and clear and yet has vibrant colour despite the night exposure. A very well-deserved win!
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11/12/2003 07:25:12 AM
Superb Photo! Congrats on the win and consider yourself graced that you were able to see them. Here in Ontario we couldn't see them due to the cloud cover.

Well done! :-)
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11/12/2003 03:29:41 AM
super capture!
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11/11/2003 03:30:07 PM
I just realized that you won a blue ribbon, Andre!! Congrats! Like my bro said: ' . substr('//www.click-smilie.de/sammlung0903/party/party-smiley-043.gif', strrpos('//www.click-smilie.de/sammlung0903/party/party-smiley-043.gif', '/') + 1) . '

Keep up the good work!

Message edited by author 2003-11-11 15:30:31.
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11/11/2003 10:57:28 AM
Beautiful image! Congrats!
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11/11/2003 08:56:33 AM
Oh! That is stunning. I looked and looked that night for the aurora and didnt see anything. Even the last time I did see the aurora it wasnt that beautiful.
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11/10/2003 08:09:29 PM
Your so lucky to have this kind of thing occur where you live. Unfortunatly, itll never happen here in south Florida.
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11/10/2003 06:07:17 PM
woohoo! congrats, Ref...awesome pic!
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11/10/2003 04:59:38 PM
Thats just plain cool, I can only hope to see them, I like how you included the trees and houses very nice.
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11/10/2003 01:53:54 PM
Congratulations well done
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11/10/2003 01:10:40 PM
Gonna use this as your christmas card? It has the right colors ;P
Very nice shot. I'm so jealous. I accumulated months of stays in the cold north of Sweden when my boyfriend lived there, but I only got to see the northern lights once. It was only the green and nowhere near as beautiful. Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/10/2003 10:36:57 AM
Congrats Andre, well deserved win. Keep the good stuff coming.
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11/10/2003 10:01:47 AM
congrats on your first ribbon brotha. and it's a blue. way to go.
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11/10/2003 09:58:51 AM
My wife said you ran outside to get this during a Fanatics chat. I'm sure glad you did! Marvelous work!
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11/10/2003 08:10:14 AM
Andre, wonderful image. And your first ribbon too! I have only one thing to say about that: ' . substr('//www.hawkins.nu/gtchat/images/rock.gif', strrpos('//www.hawkins.nu/gtchat/images/rock.gif', '/') + 1) . '
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11/10/2003 08:04:11 AM
Andre, this is an incredible shot. I didn't get a chance to vote in the challenge so I didn't see it before now. Congrats on your blue ribbon and a most excellent photo. :-)
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11/10/2003 07:46:20 AM
Congrats Ref !!!! Awesome photo !
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11/10/2003 07:43:54 AM
Congrats Ref, way to go!
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11/10/2003 07:38:56 AM
Great shot Ref, congrats!
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11/10/2003 07:11:37 AM
Congrats! Beautiful shot.
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11/10/2003 05:50:10 AM
Threw my photos of the northern lights into the recycle bin after seeing this, LOL!!! Awesome shot, congrats on your well-deserved spot on the front page.
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11/10/2003 05:50:06 AM
Great shot. And what a night that was.
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11/10/2003 04:26:34 AM
way to go, Bro. it makes me wanna burst nto a resounding rendition of O Canada. :) great shot - well deserved win.

Pedro
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11/10/2003 03:25:45 AM
Beautiful shot, fantastic colours, and well deserved win! Congrats! :-)
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11/10/2003 12:58:55 AM
thanks everyone :) it was an amazing night of auroras, and for those who might be wondering, i did no hue adjustments. Only some slight leveling (to actually tone down the colors) and crop/resize.
11/10/2003 12:31:53 AM
Awesome shot Refracted, Iíve never seen the Aurora Borealis as vivid as you have managed to capture with this shot. Congratulations on the win.
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11/10/2003 12:22:41 AM
Beautiful shot, congratulations!
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11/10/2003 12:18:11 AM
congrats andre! gorgeous pic--my fav of the challenge! :)
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11/10/2003 12:02:59 AM
What the hell is wrong with people... A 1 someone voted!!! Yikes... Great Pic.
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11/10/2003 12:02:56 AM
congrats Andre! beautiful job!
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11/10/2003 12:02:12 AM
Grest shoot. Beatiful image.
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11/10/2003 12:01:10 AM
A-ha! I KNEW this would win -- way to go!! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/09/2003 11:23:32 PM
Hands down, my favorite of the challenge. I am looking forward to my next trip to Canada, where the Northern Lights are "infinitely" more common. This must have been awe inspiring when you saw it!
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11/08/2003 09:23:59 PM
Oh nice color... Was that orginal color? Anyway, nice composition... Well done
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11/08/2003 01:20:26 PM
Nice Capture here - Color and Details are awesome - Kok
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11/08/2003 10:59:40 AM
Beautiful coloring and nice, clear picture.
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11/07/2003 12:40:49 AM
the most amazing picture i have ever seen, the pitch black trees outline the beautiful lights, i see an exploded rainbow.
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11/05/2003 10:58:50 PM
Spectacular capture of the northern lights, (i am assuming). I like the way the light falls on the yellow house as well. I hope you will tell us where you were when took this. : )
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11/05/2003 08:35:55 PM
In my opinion this is the best image in the challenge.
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11/05/2003 05:25:02 AM
W O W Great Picture
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11/05/2003 12:28:56 AM
Beautiful lights - the image is breathtaking. The perspective created by the houses really adds a lot to this.
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11/04/2003 10:22:56 PM
If this is real, and I have no reason to believe otherwise, its fantastic. Perhaps the number of stars are infinite...
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11/04/2003 09:47:23 PM
Who CARES about the stars? GREAT aurora shot!
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11/04/2003 06:26:21 PM
Nice capture. Love the color. I gave it a 7.
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11/04/2003 06:11:13 PM
just awesome... I like how you can see the Pleiades (upper right side)
I'm so curious how long the exposure was and where it was taken.
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11/04/2003 05:41:51 PM
Beautiful shot. I like the colors and lighting. Great composition. 10.
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11/04/2003 02:08:19 PM
Beautiful, and technically great, too!
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11/04/2003 02:00:27 PM
didn't I see this shot in one of the forums????

Still think it's beautiful
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11/04/2003 08:48:35 AM
This is so cool! Grate colors! 10
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11/03/2003 10:47:13 PM
amazing natural phenomenon!
9/10
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11/03/2003 10:00:25 PM
Awesome shot! This is a wonderful interpretaion of infinite to me. The beauty of nature never ceases to amaze me. I love the way you captured the gorgeous colors without the noise great job!
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11/03/2003 09:15:11 PM
Im guessing, Refracted. Love this one and it deserves a 10
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11/03/2003 08:41:58 PM
i love it... great shot :)
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11/03/2003 08:11:11 PM
Wow! Did you actually witness this? Lucky you1 Congrats!
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11/03/2003 07:27:25 PM
WOW!! where is this at?
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11/03/2003 03:54:45 PM
Great Shot....this is a 10
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11/03/2003 02:42:15 PM
Wow effect in force here... Wish I were there. Nice shot.
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11/03/2003 12:54:05 PM
9. This is my favorite.
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11/03/2003 11:30:17 AM
Beautiful Aurora shot! With the recent events, I figured someone would enter a shot like this. Unfortunately I didn't get to see it because of the cloud cover, but I can tell from your image that it was a beautiful event. I really like how you included the trees and the house at the bottom of time image, it gives the image a strong anchor from which the Aurora can shine. Beautiful shot.
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11/03/2003 06:19:44 AM
Ah, I recognise this one from the forums. A stunning, opportunistic shot, my only negative is that I don't like the houses and lights at the bottom. I love the tree silhouettes though. I think it would have looked better with the lights at the bottom cropped out, but I think others may disagree. It feels a little shoehorned into the challenge though, because my attention is drawn to the light in the sky, which is definitely not infinite. Score: 7
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11/03/2003 03:13:42 AM
Awesome. To be honest, if I hadn't seen photos similar to this in the last few days, with the Northern Lights being so amazing, I'd have had to say I thought it was a fake .... but these lights really are that amazing! I am jealous you got to enjoy such a magnificent display .... and took such a great photo. I love the way the buildings are lit against the black trees as well.
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11/03/2003 02:28:10 AM
Yes, this should do quite quite well. I recently went to alaska for two weeks and NEVER saw the northern lights. The phosphorescence in the water was pretty cool though. :) Did you neat image this or was it a slow shutter with wind?
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11/03/2003 01:50:28 AM
... wow.

wow.
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11/03/2003 01:41:31 AM
Totally Amazing. This shot is just beautiful.
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11/03/2003 12:39:46 AM
Love the colors in this shot....will be looking forward to seeing how this was done when the challenge is over. Beautiful shot!! 10
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