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Misty Rays
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Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Near BC / Alaska border
Date: Sep 30, 2006
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2007

Well, I agonised over this for a long long time, and finally went with this photo. I think its stunning, and magical, the kind of moment few see and even less capture on film. My alternative was a shot I know will score reasonably well (low 6s) as it is very very similar to my Dec. Free Study entry that scored a 6.66. But, you dont gain anything without taking risks, so I went with the unknown... hope it lives up to expectations (or, at the very least, doesnt hurt my average!)

Post processing was fairly simple: levels, saturation, noise reduction, cropping, border. I know it looks like a painting, and I think thats part of the magic. Hopefully, the voters agree!

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I thought this would do well, but 6.59 and 89% for a "Best Of" challenge is pretty epic. I was hoping for a 90+ but 89 is close enough, especially with the talent around here. Thanks to all of the amazing comments, and heres hoping over the coming year I get better and better!

Statistics
Place: 75 out of 712
Avg (all users): 6.5983
Avg (commenters): 7.5588
Avg (participants): 6.4850
Avg (non-participants): 6.9158
Views since voting: 1797
Views during voting: 541
Votes: 361
Comments: 39
Favorites: 11 (view)


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11/21/2007 10:06:55 PM
I did'nt spot this one. Fantastic :)
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04/11/2007 12:47:40 PM
This is so beautiful! I absolutely love this!
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03/20/2007 01:57:27 AM
Superb. How have I missed this in the past. Thanks for sharing again.
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01/26/2007 10:20:44 AM
Andrew!! This is so GORGEOUS! I have to tell you: one afternoon, my sister and I were looking at some of the "Best Of" photos over the phone, talking about which ones we liked and which ones we were blown away by. This one got her attention and she told me, "Go find Misty Rays. . .It's the BEST!!!" :) She was SO RIGHT!!!

Glad it finished strong -- but in my opinion, it should have finished even stronger!

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01/26/2007 07:15:00 AM
I gave this an 8. Excellent ray capture. Really like the crop. Not sure on the frame.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2007 11:41:30 PM
very, very nice. an excellent example of an image without a subject. the balance of light and dark is perfect.
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01/24/2007 08:56:05 PM
10 10 10 10 10. Dont't know what else to say!
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01/24/2007 06:49:03 PM
Excellent mood captured with the lighting here - wow!
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01/24/2007 12:22:38 PM
Wow, this is simply beautiful. I love the rays of light highlighting the trees. Simply a 10.
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01/21/2007 10:33:59 PM
Nice rays
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01/20/2007 08:56:44 AM
Lovely shot.
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01/19/2007 08:36:07 PM
The rays give this image great atmosphere. You've done well with the exposure though there are a few small hotspots right down the center.
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01/19/2007 06:59:23 PM
I really love this! It feels so peaceful and calm. Wonderful work!
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01/19/2007 04:08:47 PM
WOW
This is one of my favorites in this challenge
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01/18/2007 07:33:19 PM
I love shots with rays like this. I like that you have kept some of the detail of the trees.
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01/17/2007 08:48:25 AM
beautiful i love the rays
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01/17/2007 07:37:24 AM
oh wow, this is breathtakingly beautiful!
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01/16/2007 10:39:28 PM
Love the misty feeling that you have captured here.....
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01/16/2007 07:26:50 PM
Beautiful, I love the rays in the mist. Well done.
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01/16/2007 05:21:46 PM
A very mystical feel, lovely definition between the rays. Well done :o)
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01/16/2007 02:53:02 PM
added to faves ... love this shot ... good luck!
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01/16/2007 10:21:23 AM
Pretty!
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01/15/2007 06:39:46 PM
Simple and well executed. Great job. Good Luck.
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01/15/2007 03:15:55 PM
Very nice indeed.
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01/15/2007 09:43:38 AM
wow, great. excellent catch ... you are lucky
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01/14/2007 02:48:38 PM
Great quality of light captured in this shot. 7
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01/13/2007 04:52:18 PM
Love the rays! Sweet photo!
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01/13/2007 03:29:08 PM
This is an exquisite image. The light and tress are superb. The soft focus creates a pristine and fresh feel to this shot. From someone who is in the forest more often than not, all I can say is that you really nailed it. Good luck!
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01/13/2007 11:58:23 AM
Gorgeous sunrays and mist!
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01/13/2007 08:13:18 AM
Amazing light - beautiful picture.
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01/13/2007 01:19:30 AM
Love the texture the light and branches create.
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01/13/2007 12:24:29 AM
lovely light...
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01/12/2007 09:36:05 PM
Wonderful lighting.
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01/12/2007 06:08:21 PM
Looks like one of the inspiration posters. Good work.
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01/12/2007 04:04:40 PM
Fairytale! 8
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01/12/2007 02:21:18 PM
mmm, wish I lived near woods like that...
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01/12/2007 11:13:20 AM
wow this is spectacular 8
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01/12/2007 02:26:14 AM
would this make a great B/W?
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01/12/2007 01:08:37 AM
Beautiful! Such lovely softness. 9
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