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  Mini#16 Rule of Thirds
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On the night's watch - Icebound!       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       1st place, 269 points
6s, f4, ISO 100, 35mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Cloned out distracting elements, cropped, resized, sharpened.       Extra Info: Fed by the cold, with each passing hour it grows with a force which can crush the strongest hull; it brings a fear borne of maritime lore and experience which transcends through generations of seafarers who have seen their tall ship trapped in it - ice!
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Jade O.
Feb 27, 2009
    Thanks, ThingFish, I hope to see your entering some challenges soon; thanks, ka_lai; as you know I thought very highly of your entry so your comments are especially appreciated.

Feb 26, 2009
    Excellent for rule of thirds. Congratulations!

Feb 25, 2009
    Stunning image. Well deserved winner.

Jade O.
Feb 24, 2009
    akebono, LaRee, Gail, thank you. Each person who participates in images, comments, or voting really makes a positive contribution to this forum.

All joking aside, everyone, it really is humbling to receive all of your comments all the more so since they come from so many of you whose work I admire and who have brought such inspirational images and encouragement to myself and others in this forum.

Feb 24, 2009
    Wow, gorgeous lighting and comp - congratulations on your win!

Feb 24, 2009
    Congratulations. This is really an outstanding image and well deserving of first place.

Feb 23, 2009
    Congratulations! :-)

Jade O.
Feb 23, 2009
    rafinmelb, out of focus, wangi, aprilesole, LuckyDel, henricksson, thanks to each of you and all who took the time to vote.

Oh my, I don't have my speech ready...let's see, I, ah, I would like to thank the Academy, and my pediatrician, and Eastman Kodak for starting this whole photography thing, and... ;-)

Really, every challenge is fun, but winning is more fun!

(special thanks to wangi, Lee, and LaRee and all on the admin side for all your work)

Jade O.
Feb 23, 2009
    dodrizzt, broph, wangi, akebono - Yes, it was cold! But you warm me each with your gracious comments.

Feb 23, 2009
    A lovely shot and a well worthy winner, congratulations!
Regards / Thomas H.

Feb 23, 2009
    Congratulations Jade O on your winning entry, fits the theme perfectly, well done.

Feb 23, 2009
    O Jade what a great job you did! 1st and well deserved place!!

Feb 23, 2009

Feb 23, 2009
    Jade O,
very good. Well deserved place.

Feb 23, 2009
    Congratulations Jade. A fine shot and worthy winner. I like it when the winner is my #1.

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Feb 23, 2009
    This picture is my number 3. Nice shot!

Feb 23, 2009
    Oh yes -- this is what we're after!

Feb 23, 2009
    What a beautiful subject matter in an ideal spot and captured magnificently.
Top 3.

Feb 23, 2009
    Great composition that shows the benefits of RoT clearly, along with a very nice and interesting nocturnal pic... cool! (and coooldddd :-)
In my T3, good luck!!

Jade O.
Feb 23, 2009
    doto: Thanks for commenting. I was trying to evoke, in the stillness, the beauty and security that the lone ship represents together with the contrasting mood of cold isolation and danger that is present at the same time.
rafinmelb: I wondered as you did and actually tried one pp'ing out the distant lights. I thought it might give a more dramatic stage-like effect but instead just made for a duller image.
mepo: Thanks. I was really struck by the lighting too but it is amazing the difference different exposures and aperatures can make on the same scene. It was too cold for me to try more than three or four shots mostly just slowing the shutter more each time.
elliott: Believe it or not I was inspired by Surfing with the Alien, a technically far superior image to this in my view. There is a lot of pp here -- though less striking than in your alien image -- and you are right about the light reflection.
Mark: I see you are an old salt at heart! - Good the know the caption helped; I was uncertain about putting in it.
aprilsole: You are always so generous and upbeat! I wish I knew how to replicate that starlight as it just sort of happened here (no special filter just UV).
Old Finn: Thanks. I think the mast justified the height and I needed to ensure I had enough area to the left of the ship to bring home the expansiveness of the scene.
out of focus: My first wow ever. Thanks!
kjwags: Thanks. Great is another first.
doctordave: I like the idea but but not sure what kind of moon would work (full, crescent, rising, overcast or just almost out of the frame at the top edge). I do fear the moon might overly romanticize the image and draw attention away from the subject. For the same reason I considered putting a couple of parka clad seamen small near the ship with backs to viewer to give a human scale and emphasize the isolation but decided the empty 'devoid of human' shot was better for what I wanted to achieve.
Edited on Feb 23, 2009

Feb 23, 2009
    beautiful and atmospheric, I like it very much

Feb 22, 2009
    Lovely image in which negative space is used well. A question in MY mind, is if the lights on the horizon are positives or negatives. Would be interesting to see a side by side.

Feb 22, 2009
    I like this shot. The lighting on the hull is perfect.

Feb 22, 2009
    i like this. its my number two pick. not a big deal, but the light reflection on the ice coming from the dock to the right of the ship doesn't seem to have a source.

Feb 22, 2009
    The extra info did it. There must be a crusty old mariner in me somewhere.

Feb 21, 2009
    Excellent for rule of thirds. I always love the starlights this kind of photo reveals. TT~! GL~!

Old Finn
Feb 21, 2009
    Rule of thirds suits well to this beautiful picture. High in my TT.

Feb 21, 2009
    beautiful... wow.. very very suitable for the theme.. in my Top three
Edited on Feb 21, 2009

Feb 20, 2009
    great shot

Feb 20, 2009
    Rule very well applied. A moon where the top parallel line and far right vertical intersect would have been great. You should photoshop one in. TT
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