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Power of the Night
Power of the Night
petehall


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Challenge: Landscape At Night (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Location: Cottam power station, Lincolnshire
Date: Jan 16, 2012
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30/1
Galleries: Landscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2012

Cottam power station in Lincolnshire at -2 deg C. Original photo cropped and sharpened.

Response to feedback:

Although the landscape is actually higher on the right hand side of the image, I take on board all the comments about straightening the horizon.

I don't like to alter my photos too much after they've come off the camera, I actually felt bad cropping the photo as I've never done that before so didn't even consider a rotation.

However I can now see the error of my ways and have taken something positive from this submission.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback - it's been really helpful and I won't make this mistake again.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 77
Avg (all users): 6.6897
Avg (commenters): 7.1364
Avg (participants): 6.4286
Avg (non-participants): 6.7578
Views since voting: 1606
Views during voting: 461
Votes: 203
Comments: 30
Favorites: 1 (view)


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02/06/2012 07:18:48 AM
Love this picture and you really should be proud of yourself
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01/31/2012 05:04:12 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First impression: Very good long exposure taken at night of what most of us see and think of as a threat more than clean energy - a nuclear power plant.

Artistic: Colours are great and the tiny silhouettes of the trees add to the ominous feel here. What was your WB, it might help explain if it's a shooting star or a satellite/plane passing by.

Technical: Good use of thirds, I am assuming you used a tripod or are absolutely rock-steady at a handheld 1/30. I have that lens too and love it. Lighting is ambient and adds to the feel as it's bouncing off the clouds of steam.

Hmmm did you notice that your horizon's slightly askew? *ducking* PhotoShop and its ilk are not to be feared. There is no disgrace to pp'ing an image. Straighten the horizon, then crop. (I can tell you where to find the tools if you like). I don't find the green streak to be distracting but you could have cloned it out. Just remember, too much pp can easily ruin a perfectly good image, and no amount of pp will rescue a bad photo.

Overall: You finished in the top ten with your first ever submission, with an image that has a tilted horizon *gasp!*you should be very proud of yourself! Keep up the good work, learn basic pp skills (PS Elements is very affordable and may be all you need, no need to remortgage the house buying PS CS5).

Feel free to PM me,

Susan
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01/31/2012 05:03:11 PM
sorry double post

Message edited by author 2012-01-31 17:05:57.
01/26/2012 06:15:19 AM
I did think a 1 was a bit harsh... I do wonder if they did that on everyone to lower the overall %. But I suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
01/25/2012 10:45:45 PM
A 1? Seriously? People who cast a vote like that should be tracked down and banned from voting, in my opinion. Great Photo.
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01/25/2012 05:30:09 AM
Thanks to all for for voting for my first submission :-)
01/25/2012 04:49:07 AM
Originally posted by oldbimmercoupe:

a 10 if you had spent a second in post straightening the damn thing


+1 ^_^
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01/25/2012 12:58:29 AM
A very memorable image. Keep up the good work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2012 10:07:06 PM
Dramatic subject
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01/24/2012 09:02:00 PM
This will be hard to beat, sky is a little noisy. 9
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01/24/2012 06:36:25 PM
Great image for this challenge; especially like the trail in the sky on the upper left. The tree line looks a little unlevel. (voted earlier)
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01/24/2012 05:27:35 PM
Not voting yet, just commenting. I think this is a terrific scene for a nightscape and your aperture setting was apparently right on to judge by those stars. Nice color and clarity, too. I sure wish the horizon felt straight to me -- even if it isn't.
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01/23/2012 08:23:50 PM
powerful image
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01/21/2012 10:32:43 PM
looks tilted, other than that- i like it!
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01/21/2012 04:30:07 PM
very nice photo, for some reason the noise is more "enjoyable" than it usually is in other photos. If you shot RAW and imported to Photoshop, there should be a straightening tool that'll allow you to rotate very slightly to level the horizon. I think using the crop tool and rotating it would also work, but it's a little trickier to do precisely.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/20/2012 11:56:11 PM
a 10 if you had spent a second in post straightening the damn thing. 6. gl
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01/20/2012 08:55:42 PM
Oh, I would have liked it more without the shinning light.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/20/2012 12:32:24 PM
Love the smoke movement and the textures of the towers. Great capture!!! I only don't care much for the tilt, in this case...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2012 03:14:43 PM
It's tilted a bit, but I like the movement and the layers of texture. The piercing light in the lower right adds a cool dimension to the overall color pallet. Good clarity...and the shooting star on the left (or whatever) is just a bonus of the long shutter! Nicely seen!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2012 01:05:11 PM
Nice effect with the long exposure. You could have straightened it a bit to make it better.
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01/19/2012 07:58:14 AM
Nice photo. I'm being really picky, but I think it would be significantly improved if you rotated it a few degrees clockwise and re-cropped. Strong lines and structures really get thrown off when the angles don't feel right.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2012 09:45:27 PM
Not sure, but it almost looks like it needs to be straightened.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2012 07:11:53 PM
Great photo! I love it. Top 3 finish for sure. 9.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2012 04:22:48 PM
Beautiful shot, just wish it weren't tilted.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2012 04:05:42 PM
nice capture w long exposure
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01/18/2012 11:44:50 AM
Has to be in my top ten.
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01/18/2012 09:44:10 AM
I like the long exposure. I wish the horizon line were parallel. ;)
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01/18/2012 08:43:10 AM
Really great shot. If only you'd leveled the horizon!!
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01/18/2012 02:29:37 AM
A shame the horizon is off, and you should have removed what I can only assume is lens flare on the left. Did you crop most on the left side?

Anyway, lovely subject!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2012 12:15:46 AM
Really a fantastic scene. I think it would get a better score from me if it had rec'd a clockwise rotation to square things up. Otherwise, it's an interesting long exposure.
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