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Challenge: Silhouettes (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE A1
Location: Oxnard, CA
Date: Apr 18, 2004
Aperture: F9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Sky
Date Uploaded: Apr 18, 2004

There's a paper mill near my house that emits copious amounts of steam, especially in the morning when it's cold.
I ran neat image, adjusted curves, levels, color balance to pull out the various colors in the steam, resized and ran unsharp mask. I also cloned out a small scaffolding near the bottom because it was distracting and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't eliminate it from the composition while shooting without eliminating the trees as well.

Place: 69 out of 169
Avg (all users): 5.6425
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.5258
Avg (non-participants): 5.7604
Views since voting: 701
Votes: 193
Comments: 7
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05/02/2004 06:46:27 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I really like the dramatic effect of the colors in your photo. I even like the border around it.

When I think of sillhouette, I don't think of something like steam, but I think it works okay here. The inclusion of the trees frames it very nicely. Your use of neat image helps the colors and the photo. I think the highlighting of the golden sun around the steam and clouds is what makes this image so strong. Whatever editing of levels you did worked to bring that out perfectly.

I don't recall how this one ended up doing in the challenge, but I like it alot. Good job!

I hope you find this critque to be helpful.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2004 06:19:06 PM
Eerie looking skies. Good silhouette, good colors!
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04/22/2004 03:56:29 AM
Looks like your trees are on fire.
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04/21/2004 05:53:51 PM
Interesting colours in sky. Not sure about the placement of the sun in the shot, I'd prefer it on one of the thirds junctions. I'd like to see a sharper foreground. Dramatic mood though.
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04/21/2004 02:40:34 PM
nice shot very dreamy with a great depth to it
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04/20/2004 08:50:46 AM
Very cool colouring in this pic.
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04/19/2004 01:35:55 PM
Colors work very well.
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