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Challenge: Free Study 2009-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D2H
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-4.0D
Location: Valley Forge, PA
Date: Jun 14, 2009
ISO: 200
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2009

[Jul. 7th, 2009 06:20:01 PM]

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Underexposed to preserve details. Bracketed exposures but ended up only using this one.

This was one of those scenes where the camera just could not capture what was in front of me (damn the D2h!!) and post-processing was needed to bring out what I witnessed. Granted, I may have gone overboard with saturation, but I assure you this was some glorious light indeed - one of the top 5 sunsets I've ever witnessed, especially in Philadelphia.

Here is an alternate from about 5 minutes before, before the sun came bursting through the clouds:

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I don't often hope my image would do well but I really wanted this one to - I'm happy with where it is right now (6.4) but would love comments on how it could have been better, whether the subject matter itself is just not interesting enough or if it's too saturated or what.

Place: 51 out of 407
Avg (all users): 6.4296
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.3232
Avg (non-participants): 6.7222
Views since voting: 783
Views during voting: 218
Votes: 135
Comments: 9
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/15/2009 01:21:57 AM
I think the color is spot on, balanced well too. This scene feels so relaxing.
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07/08/2009 08:41:44 AM
Got an 8 from me. Loved the intense colors and wonderful composition.
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07/08/2009 08:27:29 AM
Lovely shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/05/2009 07:44:24 AM
great colours, which of course have been boosted in pp...I do like it for its vivacity
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07/05/2009 04:24:43 AM
Great scenery and a wonderful light. The composition is a tiny bit centered for my liking, a bit more open space on the right and it would be perfect. 8.
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07/02/2009 11:26:47 PM
this is well done...you have kept your colors in a vibrant yet believe able palate...excellent balance
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07/02/2009 07:53:26 PM
The colors are perfect. Nice composition.
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07/02/2009 06:23:33 PM
What a huge tree! Beautiful colours.
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07/01/2009 03:28:00 PM
Very nicely done!! Great color saturation and composition of a landscape! You've got a great eye!!
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