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Kiss the Sun
Kiss the Sun

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-09 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Colorado Springs
Date: Sep 1, 2007
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Sky, Travel
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2007

Hot air balloon festival in Colorado Springs, CO. We had great clouds to the east as the sun was rising. I set my aperature/shutter speed to capture the sun as a round orb and to silhouette the balloon. Adjusted in RAW, opened in Photoshop. Cloned out distracting roof line in lower left, levels adjust, Noise Ninja, Sharpened, color adjustment layer. Resize for web...

Place: 5 out of 503
Avg (all users): 7.2121
Avg (commenters): 8.2800
Avg (participants): 7.1485
Avg (non-participants): 7.4194
Views since voting: 2690
Views during voting: 209
Votes: 132
Comments: 36
Favorites: 14 (view)

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10/11/2007 08:27:45 PM
Very unique and dramatic silhouette...congratulations on the HM on a very nice photograph!
10/08/2007 08:41:38 PM
Great work here!
Congrats on the high finish and PB
10/08/2007 06:06:38 PM
nice shot. i was trying for something like this early saturday morning, but the balloon didn't get up hihg enough to be near the sun.

nice work and good finish !~

10/08/2007 08:34:49 AM
Great finish and well deserved! Congrats.
10/08/2007 07:55:52 AM
Awsome pic and congrats on your new PB!
10/08/2007 03:04:21 AM
Congrats on your 5th and new PB. Excellent work!
10/08/2007 12:12:20 AM
Stunning. Congrats on top 5. Adding to favs.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2007 06:21:07 PM
well done! how much camera and how much processing? It looks splendid.
10/07/2007 10:22:03 AM
Love the silhouette of the balloon. The sun behind the clouds is also a great addition to the pic.
10/06/2007 04:08:12 PM
Looks like an excellent scenography from Cirque du Soleil. Great. Very dreamy 10.
10/05/2007 10:16:51 PM
Your treatment of this image is intriguing. With the clouds over the moon, I keep thinking there should be a werewolf lurking somewhere down below. Lol. Good composition. the more I look at your image, the more I like it. Good luck in the challenge.
10/05/2007 07:18:06 PM
Nicely done. Unique and dramatic.
10/04/2007 05:30:04 PM
A nice alternative to the usual ballon shots.
10/04/2007 02:05:54 PM
This is gorgeous.
10/04/2007 01:17:24 PM
Beautiful shot. One of the best balloon images I've seen. 9
10/04/2007 08:19:56 AM
Exceptional! Wow! Brilliant! What more can I say? 10
10/03/2007 09:01:01 PM
wow ... stunning image ... just gorgeous processing ...
10/03/2007 07:49:50 PM
this is great, love to see a baloon shot that is different, well shot. Wonderful job on the sky.
10/03/2007 02:15:01 PM
very cool image.
10/03/2007 07:20:51 AM
Very cool. Love the tones and the silhuette. The clouds and the tight crop really make this one powerful photo.
10/02/2007 10:12:21 PM
Awesome! I really like the composition and the tone of this shot! One of my favs in the challenge
10/02/2007 03:59:15 PM
Very interesting take on a balloon shot, love the tones used. 10
10/02/2007 11:54:39 AM
Original, surprising. Probably wants a little something more to make it great, but it's over the half-way mark :)
10/02/2007 09:44:21 AM
Wonderful take on a balloon shot!
10/02/2007 12:14:58 AM
Oh wow!!!!! That is stunning and oh so unexpected. One of my favs.
10/01/2007 08:19:25 PM
lovely sillhouette, unique photo
10/01/2007 04:43:33 PM
A remarkable photo. I love the clouds and silhouette here. This one could hang in a gallery. 10.
10/01/2007 01:28:05 PM
I like your picture very much. a successful b/w conversion. The picture lives nicely through the contrast of the big black silhouette of the ballon against the cloud hidden sun. You did a great job keeping the shades and structure of the clouds intact. 10 + fav
10/01/2007 01:19:12 PM
whoa, very surreal
10/01/2007 01:13:01 PM
First Impression: too dark and overpowering
Presentation: good
What I Like: the concept
What I donít Like: the darkness
IMO, Does it meet the Challenge : yes

Composition: good
Background : good
Subject Placement: good
Cropping: a bit too tight
Focus: ok
Exposure: too dark I know it is meant to be a silhouette
Editing: ok

Total Averaged Rating :6
10/01/2007 10:14:08 AM
An amazing back lit shot. The drama and dark shadows work well. The kiss of the sun and hot air ballon is what makes this special. Congrats on this fine capture.
10/01/2007 10:07:18 AM
Oh - super take on a 'regular' scene - 10
10/01/2007 09:06:29 AM
This should do well. Really excellent B&W.
10/01/2007 08:48:03 AM
Very cool and different take on a hot air balloon shot. I think i would have preferred some more color in the image to really make it sing, but as is its still agreat image. 8
10/01/2007 06:26:43 AM
10/01/2007 03:13:20 AM
Damn this is awesome! 10.

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