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Sunset Skyline
Sunset Skyline

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Challenge: Shapes (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: South of Schardam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Date: Dec 6, 2003
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/1000s
Galleries: Still Life, Rural
Date Uploaded: Dec 6, 2003

Sunset Profile of a barn with windmill at one of the most troublesome points in the Western IJselmeerdijk. At this point several dikes can be seen in the landscape, but from a archeological point of view. They are now 1 to 2m high instead of the new 10 to 15m ones. These are the remains of old fights against the IJsselmeer, when it was still a sea.
My objective was to enter that landscape for this challenge, but this profile is much better as a shape. Because it is a profile, the shape is the most important aspect of the photo. The line from left to right tells you all.

* Aperture Priority, 1 stop compensation
* Polarizer filter
* Telephoto end of the lens, on a monopod

This was shot almost straight into the sun. It is just right of the frame. I used my hand as a lenshood to avoid lens flares. So the dark foreground is for the most part original.

Result: lifeless picture with a dark foreground and dull lightly colored sky

Photoshop work (dpc december regulations allowed these steps, what would normally be illegal is marked as such):
- cropped a selection to 3:2 aspect ratio
- Fred Miranda Chroma Noise Reducer action (dpc illegal? (don't know for sure), takes out the red/blue/green color patterns in the shadows)
- Used Tim Jensen's Improving Shadow and Highlight tutorial techniques (dpc illegal because of multiply and screen layers & selective editing) to:
* darken the foreground even more (reversed of shadow recovery)
* light up part of the sky
- Fred Miranda Digital Velvia action at setting 6. As this uses dpc legal methods it can be used in any challenge. This boosted the color.
- The squares in the windmill wings had a lot of fuji interpolation artifacts, so I handblurred all those lines. This is dpc illegal spot editing. The intention of this was to get a less pixelized pattern in this small version.
- Resampled
- Unsharp mask in lab mode lightness channel
- Save for the web at 100%

Place: 44 out of 125
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Votes: 148
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2003 09:14:41 PM
What a great silohoutte (spelling?)-- I like your shot alot--
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12/14/2003 01:03:22 PM
the silouettes acheive a nice shape effect. I like the contract between the regular roofline and the windmill. While it is good to have the sky bright and less detailed so you focus on the shapes, I'd like to see a bit more contract and color.
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12/13/2003 01:50:14 PM
Very nice use of duo-tone, or maybe that really was the color of the sky? Love the subtle texture either way. 8
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12/13/2003 03:34:40 AM
Nice silhouette and color of the sky.
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12/12/2003 12:20:20 AM
Sillhouette was a good choice for bringing focus to the shapes here. Sky is a strange, lovely color.
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12/10/2003 11:47:02 PM
nice color/composition.
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12/09/2003 06:18:03 PM
Wow! Great sunset shot. 9.
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12/09/2003 01:57:43 PM
Which is the main shape your trying to present? that is the question here. It's a very nice image, but I think you should have concentrated on one central figure. 5
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12/09/2003 01:11:31 AM
Doesn't fit the challenge well. It's a great shot, but looks more like a "Landscape" image rather then a "Shapes" image, even with the great silhouette of the barn, etc. Still a 6.
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