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The Day Slips Away
1st PlaceThe Day Slips Away
Caravela


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Point of Ayr Lighthouse, Wales.
Date: Sep 4, 2008
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2008

Thank you very much for your kind comments and fav's.

I was really expecting to be dissapointed by the voting on this image! I'm my own worst critic and I'm still not satified with it 100%, but I was more than overwhelmed by my score during voting which topped 7.84 three day's in! Wow, still can't believe I've got a blue and a massive improvement on my PB!!!

Editing steps:

5 exposures, 2-stops apart, combined using photomatix. Imported into Lightroom 2 with changes made to exposure, white balance, contrast and recovery.

Imported into CS2:(not in order)

-level + curves adjustments inc. layer masks
-contrast/brightness adjustments
-warming filter adjustment layers
-spot healing
-selective colour adjustments (global)
-selective dodging + burning inc. colour burn adjustments
-LAB conversion with changes to luminosity, alpha and beta channels to improve contrast, remove colour cast, and tone image
-conversion back to RGB mode
-shadow/highlight adjustments (layer mask)
-vignette layer using curves (layer mask)
-noise reduction on water (layer mask)
-sharpening
-resize and safe for web.

I spent a solid 2 weeks on this, basically because I kept tweaking it here and there, only to change my mind the day after because I didn't like it! I might tweak it again still!!!

Once again, many thanks for enjoying my image and for your favourable comments.



Statistics
Place: 1 out of 430
Avg (all users): 7.6025
Avg (commenters): 8.7143
Avg (participants): 7.6055
Avg (non-participants): 7.5962
Views since voting: 10553
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 161
Comments: 66
Favorites: 101 (view)


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10/14/2008 10:38:08 PM
dito on the last two messages!
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10/13/2008 02:45:19 AM
awesome
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10/12/2008 09:07:35 PM
magnificent
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10/12/2008 08:42:47 PM
Imagem brutal e perfeitamente executada numa técnica que usualmente produz resultados artificiais, o que não é o caso, pois aqui a harmonia das cores e a subtileza dos detalhes é superlativa. Parabéns!
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10/11/2008 11:59:18 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! It is a beautiful final product.

In reading your editing steps and how much time it took you to get to this fabulous point, would you be willing to post the original for us to see? (Still learning so, I'd love to see what a ribboner had to do in order to get to this point.:))
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10/11/2008 06:47:54 AM
Congrats on the Blue! A beautiful image!
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10/10/2008 01:59:52 PM
Magnificent shot, congrats!
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10/10/2008 11:25:15 AM
well done and congratulations
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10/10/2008 10:11:04 AM
that was a good shot. It looks really cool!
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10/09/2008 02:17:22 PM
Excellent shot, worthy of the blue in one of the strongest challenges ever. I particularly like the patterns on the sand in the bottom left corner. Congrats!
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10/09/2008 12:09:41 PM
This is too beautiful and too perfect for words! Congratulations all the way around!

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10/09/2008 08:04:29 AM
Congrats on the blue! Well deserved beautifully shot!
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10/09/2008 05:20:31 AM
Very interesting shot. I always love HDR photography - it adds such depth. Perhaps my only slight comment would be the darkness of the clouds in the foreground versus the background near the sun. A slight colour enhancement there might add a different depth to the image, but then again maybe I am just being a pain :o)

9/10 from me
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10/09/2008 03:47:23 AM
simply stunning
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10/09/2008 03:02:59 AM
unbelievably good, congrats on a wonderful score (great for a FS) and the blue
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10/09/2008 01:05:55 AM
very lovely & stress free... Congratulations!
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10/08/2008 10:43:32 PM
Mannnn.....this is a nice shot! I saw a picture of this lighthouse in a photography magazine and I think you just blew that one away. Congrats!
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10/08/2008 09:44:36 PM
absolutely beautiful . definately into my favs and congrats on the blue well desrerved
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10/08/2008 09:14:27 PM
i had a feeling this would win the blue ribbon, highest score i gave.
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10/08/2008 05:43:18 PM
this is by far my favorite in this challenge
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10/08/2008 04:25:24 PM
WOW!

What HDR tool/process did you use?

This is one of the best HDR shots I've seen - Great job!
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10/08/2008 04:07:33 PM
Parabéns!!! Fantástica imagem. Grande viagem até Wales, mas valeu a pena. Acho que pelo menos aqui no DPC não vi ainda uma imagem HDR que parecesse tão natural e "limpa".
Já agora, gosto muito do teu novo nome!

E agora, para os nossos amigos que só falam /lêem Inglês...

Congratulations!! Fantastic image. A long trip to Wales, but boy was it worth it. I think that at least here on DPC I haven't seen an HDR image that looks so natural and "clean".
By the way, love your "new" name!
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10/08/2008 03:52:11 PM
The water looks unreal. Fantastic job! You'll go places with images like these.
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10/08/2008 03:07:00 PM
now on my faves.. i love it :)
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10/08/2008 01:35:21 PM
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Definitely an up and comer. You seem to be fitting perfectly into the role of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' alexsaberi.


Steady on...a VERY very long way to go yet before any kind of comparisons with the likes of alex! Thanks for the comment though!
10/08/2008 12:38:08 PM
Definitely an up and comer. You seem to be fitting perfectly into the role of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' alexsaberi.
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10/08/2008 12:11:38 PM
Congratulations! That blue ribbon looks great with this image! :)
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10/08/2008 11:50:13 AM
The beauty of this image takes my breath away. Many congrats on your well deserved win, Paulo.
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10/08/2008 11:28:44 AM
Congratulations!

Deserved blue!
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10/08/2008 11:28:13 AM
Awesome shot, congrats.
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10/08/2008 10:55:13 AM
What a beuty. Congrats!
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10/08/2008 10:49:13 AM
Awsome!
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10/08/2008 10:45:06 AM
Congrats! Beautiful colours and great processing.
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10/08/2008 08:40:09 AM
Aaaah! Takes me back to childhood holidays in a caravan.
We used to go crab fishing here and play bingo all day!
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10/08/2008 08:13:16 AM
absolutely incredible shot, don't think i've ever seen a ribbon with no 1's, 2's, 3's, or 4's. Very very nice shot, congrats on the new pb, and a fav from me.
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10/08/2008 07:49:17 AM
stunning shot. Spotted this immediately. Great process.
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10/08/2008 03:49:32 AM
Many thanks for the kind comments, I really wasn't expecting it to do this well!

I'll include post-processing steps here, when I get back home tonight.

Just for Techo, this is an HDR image made using 5 exposures 2-stops apart!
10/08/2008 01:58:26 AM
Congratulations, your ribbon is well deserved, beautiful image!!
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10/08/2008 01:42:12 AM
It's beautiful. congrats on the Blue!
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10/08/2008 01:35:43 AM
Fantastic picture! Excellent composition and colors, beautiful processing. Congratulations!
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10/08/2008 12:52:13 AM
Yep I loved th is one CONGRATS on your blue!!
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10/08/2008 12:41:44 AM
Oh wow...I've got to find out what you did for processing on this. Spectacular!
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10/08/2008 12:41:06 AM
Knew this would do we11 - no real surprise here. congrats on the blue !
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10/08/2008 12:22:14 AM
Congrats on this beautiful image! Great score!
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10/08/2008 12:20:37 AM
Beautiful image! Congrats!
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10/08/2008 12:13:47 AM
Spectacular!
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10/08/2008 12:09:22 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! This was one of my favorites of the challenges
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10/08/2008 12:09:04 AM
Congrats! Beautiful image. Well deserved score.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2008 11:32:27 PM
Kyle had been here for centuries. His beacon had lit the night. His presence the savior of so many. Now, the world had moved on. The sea had changed, the ships had gone.

As the sun set on the day, Kyle knew it also set on his lifetime, on his legacy.

With a final flash, his light burnt out, and in that twilight his legend slipped into the past.
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10/07/2008 08:41:58 PM
All but praise. A really big 10 from me. Really balanced landscape work. If HDR was done, it's perfect and what it should be used for (for my HDR taste). I expect this to place in the top10 at least. Good luck :)
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10/07/2008 08:40:15 AM
I like this very much. Everything about it is spot on.
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10/06/2008 08:22:38 PM
Gorgeous, love the tones. 9
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10/06/2008 02:34:30 AM
this is simple beautiful 10
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10/05/2008 03:24:35 PM
So beautiful and peaceful
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10/05/2008 05:43:08 AM
Love the sand ripples in the foreground. Great catch of the light and lovely use of a wide angle.
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10/04/2008 11:29:16 PM
Awesome location, great sunset, good composition.
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10/04/2008 12:38:51 PM
Beautiful!
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10/02/2008 05:39:39 PM
Goodness...how in god's name can I give you any helpful advise? Stunning and every other word that describes stunning: 10
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10/02/2008 07:50:41 AM
stunning shot
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10/02/2008 01:41:34 AM
Wow. great light, great composition, amazing reflection.... my first 10. congrats. i will likely see this on the front page.
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10/01/2008 07:05:30 PM
almost perfect, well done. Bumping up your score.
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10/01/2008 08:20:32 AM
ribbon.
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10/01/2008 05:11:08 AM
Stunning!
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10/01/2008 01:47:50 AM
Beautiful lighting and shot.
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10/01/2008 01:04:42 AM
Great tones. That is what sells me on this one.
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10/01/2008 12:40:58 AM
Yowza. all i have to say. 9
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