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Sunlight Serenade
Sunlight Serenade

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Charleston, SC
Date: Apr 29, 2007
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Candid, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2007

Convert from RAW. Neat Image. Cropped.

New layer, painted white the areas to lighten (The boards of the pier) and used Soft Light blending mode.

Converted to 32 bit and back to 16 bit. Adjusted the curves in the HDR dialog and copied entire image. Undo on the conversions and pasted the HDR converted image over the original. Changed new layer blending mode to soft light and adjusted the opacity to ~25%.

Used the same painting technique on the pier rails and the pillars to the left as earlier on the boards in the pier.

Layer mask to bring back the detail in the roof to the left.

Flattened, resized and SFW.

Place: 150 out of 573
Avg (all users): 6.0778
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.2414
Views since voting: 789
Views during voting: 230
Votes: 180
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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05/10/2007 10:31:46 PM
by karmat

Lovely, relaxing tones.

Compositionally, you have effectively used leading lines to direct the eyes upwards and through the frame. I also like the balance created between the building on the left and the flags on the right. The person helps to add a human element to the story and that adds to the interest of the story.

Technically, I like that there are still some details in the silhouette, and the orange provides a nice contrast. I honestly can't think of anything I would suggest to change in this -- it is that awesome a shot.

We had been toying with the idea of going to Charleston this summer. This shot has about made me definitely decide to do so. :)

If I need to clarify or further explain myself, please let me know.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 11:09:06 PM
Fabulous composition & tone...
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05/07/2007 06:05:25 PM
We see a lot of orange profile shots on DPC, but this one has something special. It's hard to put my finger on it, but I think it may partly be that you haven't over-saturated it. Also I really like the balance of the composition. 10
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05/06/2007 10:41:42 AM
A very relaxing image to look at. Subtle, simple and beautiful colours.
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05/01/2007 02:06:18 PM
Is the title a billy joel reference? Nice Shot.
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