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Relaxing on the lake, enjoying fireworks
Relaxing on the lake, enjoying fireworks

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Six Word Memoirs (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Moshawquit Lake, WI
Date: Jul 3, 2011
Aperture: 4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2011

I really really wanted to enter this into the fireworks challenge. Unfortunately, this was taken about 50 minutes before the fireworks challenge entered, and no update was ever made to that challenge to include Saturday night (a severe oversight, IMHO).

This photo was taken after my family was done shooting off our own fireworks. I proceeded to the end of the dock where I setup my camera for across the lake photos. While sitting there, I noticed that a few doors down the neighbors were still shooting some off the lake, so I turned the camera 90 degrees and got this magnificent photograph. Just after they shot this one, their night ended, which gave me only a single photo from that vantage point. I'm sure glad it was a good one :)

Post Processing:
* Crop
* Increase exposure a lot (introduced a ton of noise)
* Increased recovery
* Decreased black point
* Increase brightness
* Shadows (more noise)
* Topaz DeNoise (this program did wonders!)
* White Balance
* Increase exposure slightly more
* Increase black point back to near normal level
* Increase contrast and definition
* Increase saturation and vibrancy
* Levels
* Export as TIFF
* Resize
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG

Place: 6 out of 150
Avg (all users): 6.7588
Avg (commenters): 8.1111
Avg (participants): 6.6452
Avg (non-participants): 6.8241
Views since voting: 1219
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 170
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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07/13/2011 12:20:25 AM
One of my two 10s, because you actually told a story and then illustrated it beautifully. Congrats, and even better, you now have a spectacular memory of a special moment in a special place.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2011 08:39:58 PM
Really great shot. So many nice details, the stars, the boats, the lights ashore, the reflections and everything that needs to be is nicely in focus.
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07/12/2011 02:34:02 PM
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07/12/2011 01:08:07 AM
Great picture, could have been a winner in the fireworks challenge.
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07/10/2011 05:15:51 PM
I love this. Simple; yet extravagant.
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07/10/2011 10:04:54 AM
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07/09/2011 03:42:51 PM
I like it. Love the reflections on the water.
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07/07/2011 06:16:14 PM
Beautiful Photograph!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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07/06/2011 10:34:00 PM
Superb. How unbelievably sharp.
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07/06/2011 03:01:07 PM
Lovely starry sky and fireworks combination
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07/06/2011 02:35:40 PM
Fantastic capture- clear, colorful and great composition. 9
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07/06/2011 07:10:15 AM
fantastic firework shot
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07/06/2011 12:37:09 AM
Stunning, hope your fireworks photo is just as good.
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