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Beautiful Night
Beautiful Night
martinkulik


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Challenge: Tilted (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Suisun City, Ca
Date: Feb 27, 2008
Aperture: 9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.3
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2008

Thank you everybody for voting and great comments! I know I owe everyone explanation how did I do it. It was very tricky to do it under basic editing. I looked at DXO Optics Pro and find out that DXO has a few different ways to deal with it and make the HDR look. It was not easy for me since I do not know anything about DXO and how to use it, so I just played and worked on it over and over until I got this image. I have to say that the original looks excellent as well, but I just wanted to bring the detail and colors to stand out more. Also, I tilted the image on purpose/ Isn't the right category? If I did not tilted it would be just straight image and wouldn't fall into this category.

Imported to photoshop raw make adjustments: exposure, recovery, fill light, black, clarity and vibrance, tone curves, noise reduction save as jpg. Open in photoshop add red filter. Open again in photoshop raw make the same adjustments 2 save as jpg again. Then open in Dxo Optics Pro to make the clarity, luminance and vibrance to stand out better.
Also, I had to submit the original and adjusted image to Site Council to validate it and I had it approved.
I think this image got a lot of bad ratings for the same reasons, but I am very satisfied and I'll have millions other chances to prove I am getting better and better.

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Statistics
Place: 6 out of 192
Avg (all users): 6.7424
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 6.4231
Avg (non-participants): 6.8362
Views since voting: 3422
Views during voting: 429
Votes: 229
Comments: 36
Favorites: 9 (view)


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03/15/2008 05:39:10 PM
Thanks for the explanation...didn't vote but suspect you picked up a few low votes b/c of suspected rule violation. You had a very nice capture to start with and your processed entry is very vivid.
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03/12/2008 01:50:23 PM
I think the image would have been better if it wasn't tilted.
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03/12/2008 07:17:38 AM
Would someone, ANYONE! please explain how this was done in Basic Editing Rules. I really like the effect and would like to use the same PP steps in some of my future work.
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03/12/2008 01:40:06 AM
HDR?
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03/12/2008 12:16:48 AM
I can't believe this is not tonemapped etc. I loved this shot. My top pick for this challenge. I would love to here a bit more on how took this shot as well as the pp.
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03/12/2008 12:09:40 AM
Really looks like HDR to me too. Basic editing can't pull that off. Be careful what you submit as it may bite you later...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/11/2008 11:37:09 PM
Nice composition, and the walkway leading your eyes to the lighthouse, colors are interesting, nice work. 9.
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03/10/2008 01:41:23 PM
Nice. Swoopy clouds and steep perspectives always do well.
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03/10/2008 10:05:52 AM
This looks like it's been photoshoped, but it is a nice picture. You captured great values in the sky.
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03/10/2008 09:20:50 AM
love the colors and shapes...i like that you took the tilting to the extreme.
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03/10/2008 06:55:30 AM
How did you get this HDR like effect in Basic editing ??? Stunning capture though. I hope this image meets the rules of basic editing, I give you 10 and hope this will win.
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03/08/2008 06:00:35 PM
Wow! the clouds pattern works very well with tilt.
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03/08/2008 05:32:11 PM
An awesome image. Would love to see the tutorial on how this was done under Basic Editing rules.
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03/08/2008 02:50:23 PM
It's technically good I'm just not keen on a look that appears so artificial- to the point of looking like a computer generated scene. That said I'm impressed with the photographic skills demonstrated here.
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03/08/2008 02:27:30 PM
Great tonal range.
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03/08/2008 12:37:10 PM
This is indeed a beautiful night.
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03/08/2008 07:11:20 AM
Very nice. How did you get so much detail in the clouds?
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03/08/2008 03:53:19 AM
Would have been very dramatic even without the tilt ,)
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03/07/2008 05:59:39 PM
wow - 8
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03/07/2008 05:10:26 PM
This is a neat shot tilted. That said, it would be a truly spectacular shot not tilted.
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03/07/2008 03:30:08 PM
Outstanding.Surrealism.
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03/07/2008 09:33:29 AM
this photo looks very surreal. you captured a beautiful overcast and gave this picture a very nice watercolor painting look. 10
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03/06/2008 01:40:50 PM
Great sky - but strongly smells of HDR and didn't think this was allowed in basic editing.
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03/06/2008 01:14:18 PM
very nice composition and excellent exposure covering such a wide range of lighting. did you use any HDR technique by any chance?
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03/06/2008 10:43:29 AM
Fantastic.
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03/06/2008 10:12:24 AM
This is very dramatic and when tilted like this everything seems dreamlike and unreal. Really nice lighting and strong colors.
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03/06/2008 09:38:22 AM
wow. very nice picture. i like the sky.
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03/05/2008 07:15:20 PM
Very pretty!
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03/05/2008 06:39:33 PM
This looks pretty HDR'ed to me.
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03/05/2008 03:00:03 PM
basic? wow!
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03/05/2008 02:52:04 PM
Wow! Would love to see what all you did with this (is it HDR?). Looking forward to reading after voting is finished.
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03/05/2008 01:19:58 PM
Something about the angle just jumps out at you. Good job!
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03/05/2008 12:56:45 PM
It's a lovely picture, the sky is fantastic ... though I don't really see how tilting it has improved the photo ... maybe if the diagonal had gone from corner to corner ... or maybe I am missing something
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03/05/2008 08:39:45 AM
Spectacular!!!!
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03/05/2008 12:36:38 AM
I'd like to see this a little sharper, but it doesn't detract much from what is a beautiful composition. Great eye, and great capture of light and color. The hues on that lighthouse/statue are really unique - like a very light cobalt.
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03/05/2008 12:21:03 AM
wow, this looks HDR...great sky
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