Exposed To The Elements

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  1. alfienoakes

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    This is from a midweek night shoot down in Dungeness. I've been here several times before in daylight, but finally had the bottle to go night shooting. It's a very eerie place in normal light, but in darkness it's something else. The weather has been pretty rubbish all week, so I was keen to make the most of a clearish night.

    I'd taken a very similar shot in the daytime in December so already had a good idea about composition. I can't imagine how hard it would be going on a night time shoot to somewhere unfamiliar;) A few elements in this one, so hopefully on topic.

    Post processing was trying to work out the correct white balance from the raw file. Noise reduction, then some dodging of the foreground and burning to the sky.

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    EXIF should all be embedded but here's the main details:
    ISO 200
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    55.5 seconds exposure
    Nikon D300 with Sigma 18-50
     
  2. Paranormalist

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    Wow - that is probably one of the best looking skies that I've seen.
    The loss of shadow detail and the bulky foreground object are IMO detracting from the photo.
     
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    I both agree with Paranormalist and disagree with him. The sky is amazing and the dark shadows improve the photo not detract from it. Some people would have been tempted to HDR this scene and that would have ruined it. This is fantastic. Unless something else comes along that is better, you've got my vote...:thumbsup:
     
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    This is a great shot:thumbsup:as soon as i saw it i thought WOW:eek:
     
  5. alfienoakes

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    Thanks all. I was a bit unsure about the foreground and would have liked to lightened it. But there's not enough there to bring back. I figured that the small hut next to the boat gives a good indication of what it is.
     
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    A fantastic shot! As soon as I saw it I thought it looked professional. My only gripe is whilst it is a fantastic photograph, it is not the most "on theme" shot I have seen so far.
     
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    Whoa! Superb shot. Very dramatic indeed.

    Does it say "elements" to me? Well, the title certainly explains it well. The sky looks very elemental as well and the whole scene looks very exposed. I say "yes" - top job!
     
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    Excellent job :smashin:

    Like the sharpness of the foreground and the smooth sky - particularly like the way the stars have been captured and the colours in the overall image.

    Well done :thumbsup:
     
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    Very nice - Great idea, and I like the composition.

    However, for me the whole shot is ruined by completely over cooked noise reduction. Everything has an over smoothed feel which makes it look very artifical. The sky seems to have suffered pretty badly as well, with nasty artifacts.

    As others have said, the lack of shadow detail is a shame and all that darkness is a little distracting, but without some dramatic HDR (which would also ruin it IMO) there's not a lot you can do about it.

    That said, I'm sure this one will do well.
     
  10. photosnapps

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    Im with the majority. I saw this picture loading up and WOW. The sharpness and detail is spectacular. I like what long exposure has done to the stars in the sky too. Also I really like the boat silouhette on the right against the background...If u crop this alone, it would be a great picture. Well Done.
     
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    Tremendous result Alfie :smashin:

    If it wasn't for the huts it could be biblical like a shrunken Noahs ark :D

    I've not been very active lately so probs won't get one in this month, but if nothing grabs me like your's has done now, then vote from me here :thumbsup:

    edit: Elements are there even tho it doesn't shout it out at you
     
  12. SweetGirl

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    Very nice indeed:smashin:

    I have to agree with other.....fantastic sky.

    The more i look at this the more i like it:clap:
     
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    need to add my Wow too,

    This picture needs to be huge and on a wall, its the sort of picture I think you could look at for ages, picking up detail you missed on the first glance.

    Nice one,,

    Doug
     
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    Very cool image, well done.:thumbsup:
     
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    Very nice mate, fascinating image, I agree that it has an almost 'illustrated' look to it, but I don't mind that at all :smashin:
     
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    Fantastic image, I just wonder how long in took in pp to get it looking like that and how different it is from the original.

    I'm sure you will get masses of votes with this one :clap:
     
  17. goso

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    Like this,& what a ghostly looking sky that would give you the willies out there on your own :eek: :smashin:
     
  18. alfienoakes

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    Thanks for all the positive comments everyone. This didn't have an awful lot of PP done to it, I could understand why you might think that. The effects are mostly produced by trying out different white balance settings. When I hit the firey and icy sky with a daylight WB I figured it would help with keeping on theme.

    Apologies for not commenting on any other entries so far. I'll start to work my way through them.
     
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    I have to agree with goso, there is definitely a screaming ghost in those clouds. I'm tending to agree with Liquid too and it's a shame the cloud wasn't more central, tying all the individual elements in the composition together. One of the best here this month though, well done.
    :smashin:
     
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    I really think this shot is worth a revisit it has bags of potential.

    Im not sure about the roof thingy dominating the foreground and reckon a simple composition of the boat and sky would have been really good.

    Saying that it has plenty of atmosphere and itll do well:smashin:
     

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