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Lonely Lighthouse
Lonely Lighthouse

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-02 (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Lakeside Park, Oakville, ON
Date: Feb 25, 2007
Aperture: f/25
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Feb 25, 2007

My very first submission to DPC. I hope it gets more than 5.

I took this picture on a very windy day. The waves were getting so high that they were washing over the walkway to the lighthouse. You can see water from a previous wave falling off the walkway in the picture. There are two seagulls in the picture who seemed to be suspended in air because they were flying against the wind.

Channel Mixer
Dodging and Burning

Place: 205 out of 624
Avg (all users): 5.8611
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.8462
Avg (non-participants): 5.9189
Views since voting: 852
Views during voting: 234
Votes: 180
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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03/15/2007 12:09:23 AM
Wow! Thank you very much. I feel more confident now and looking forward to joining the next challenge.

I bought my Nikon D50 only 3 months ago, and during this time I learned a mountain of new things about photography, and this picture was my first effort in producing a "good" picture.

I dream of winning a ribbon one day. I have learned SO MUCH from DPC in the past 3 months, and I thank everyone in this great community for sharing their knowledge and their creativity.

By the way, here is a picture that was taken on the same windy day at the spot. The photographer was closer to the walkway to the lighthouse and took a picture of the waves crashing over the walkway.
03/14/2007 10:16:10 PM
Excellent 1st DPC submission. Composition is good. Framing to emphasize those interesting clouds is the right choice. Sepia gives the image a feeling of impending storminess. It is visually appealing.

This is nicely done all the way around. Classic horizon on the lower rule of thirds line, lighting and exposure are right. Great tonality and it lacks serious digital defects. The near foreground looks a touch soft but the clouds are great.

The Challenge:
Free study challenges are tough because voters set very high expectations for technical excellence. This image is done well and that explains its above average score and 67% ranking. 5.8 is considered a good score by most DPC voters.

Though you probably have little control over this the lighthouse is very small in the frame. You might consider a tighter crop to allow it to take up more image real estate. It would be tough to decide the crop, though. You may not have control over this either, but if there were some near foregrond object that to could be include in the frame (like a rock, bush or tree) it would add more viewer interest to an image that already has quite a bit.

You should be pleased with this first effort. Look forward to seeing more.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2007 07:45:55 PM
Great tones and contrast that works incredibly well in sepia!
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03/06/2007 07:41:26 PM
Wow the sky is just incredible, love the waves and the ocean is just beautiful. Reminds me of home. Nice work.
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03/06/2007 12:29:47 AM
Good job capturing the turbulent sea.
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03/05/2007 11:24:06 PM
Nice coloring, the time of day is very nice.
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03/05/2007 09:17:32 AM
GReat sense of drama, nice work!
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03/03/2007 05:16:15 AM
very dramatic - i like it
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03/02/2007 05:36:30 PM
The lighthouse is kind of lost in the picture with the waves and the dramatic clouds. The curve of the rocks leads my eye there and then I am underwhelmed by the destination. Wonder if dodging would bring it out just a bit more?
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03/01/2007 12:57:15 PM
GORGEOUS!!! I love the perspective of how small the lighthouse is. It gives such scale to that dramatic scene!
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03/01/2007 09:59:43 AM
It's a beautiful photograph, but the sepia is a bit intense. I think a slight desat would really make it incredible.
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03/01/2007 09:44:53 AM
Would have scored a little higher from me if the lighthouse were more prominent. You did a great job with the sky and freezing the motion. Also a great choice of PP.
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03/01/2007 09:16:09 AM
Very emotive. I like that the waves crashing mimic the shape of the clouds. The power of nature is very evident here. 7
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03/01/2007 02:46:27 AM
Lovely tones - I can feel the wind... Nice
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