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  #190 Low Light Photography
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Industry never sleeps       ©2017 A.N.Other
Fujifilm FinePix S100FS       1st place, 201 points
15s, f5.6, ISO 100, 97mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Used Photomatix to blend 3 exposures together using the Photographic setting, then used Nik Collection's Color Efex Pro 4's Detail Extractor which gave it a slight HDR feel. I then used Photoshop Elements 9 to apply some local dodging, burning, sharpening, blur, spot removal then overall slight reduction in saturation. Cropped, resized then a touch more selective sharpening       Extra Info: I had to trek up the side of a verrry steep hill in almost total darkness to get to a spot where I could see the steelworks clearly. My legs are still hurting 4 days later :-) .
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Sep 7, 2017
    Yay! I'm sure disclosing the use of multiple exposures in the Extra Info would have probably lead to the same result!

Sep 6, 2017
    Thank you all ever so much for your kind congrats and votes. Winning the Open of this challenge has meant more to me than most others due to the effort I put in to plan and take the photo. As such I'm even more delighted than usual that you really like my photo. Thank you all :-) .

Sep 6, 2017
    Fabulous result. Thank you for your efforts in capturing it.

Sep 5, 2017
    Well done Neil - what a super shot and a super effort to capture it.

Sep 5, 2017
    Congrats, I really like all the stars!

Sep 5, 2017
    Congratulations on first place

Sep 5, 2017
    As I said in my comments, I knew this type of image would be effective, but not worth being incarcerated for, if I got caught. Congrats on a super shot.

Sep 5, 2017
    Congratulations! Well worth the effort.

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Sep 5, 2017
    Port Talbot (Tata) steelworks a huge site by UK standards. It's around 4 miles long by 1 mile wide and is the second largest steelworks in Europe. There is quite a lot of it either side of the photo. I just wish I could have shown you this photo at the resolution it deserves. It was a climb and a half! it made me realise I need to get fitter. I had to stop several times on the way up to catch my breath. My heart was pounding!
Edited on Sep 5, 2017

Sep 5, 2017
    Very impressive - what a massive facility. Great work capturing just the right exposure to bring out all that detail. That must have been some climb!

Sep 5, 2017
    Thank you all for the amazing comments :-) .

OK, two people say this photo is soft and two say it is really sharp, so I get the deciding vote. Lets have a close look......yes, it's official, it's sharp! ;-)
Edited on Sep 5, 2017

Sep 5, 2017
    Fabulous view. I love the smoke trails. My top pick.

Sep 5, 2017
    This is a wonderful urban nightscape. I love the smoke and the pin sharp detail. Well done. In my top picks.

Jade O.
Sep 4, 2017
    Beautiful. I normally go with people when it is this close but the colours and sharpness here just win me over. My top pick.

Sep 4, 2017
    I'm glad you really like my photo :-) . I don't believe there would be any consequences. This steelworks opens their doors to visits and filming. Have a look at this close up of parts of the plant when a Top Gear episode was filmed there. Start at 1.12 :-

and there are plenty of company produced videos showing exactly the kind of things they do there. :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgTtHPzOokQ
Edited on Sep 5, 2017

Sep 4, 2017
    I was going to take a similar image of a large refinery on the Chicago, Indiana border; however, I was discouraged to do so by the refinery people as well as several local law enforcement agents, who said that taking pictures of these types of installations was illegal. You did a great job and I am envious. Did you worry about potential consequences for taking this image.. High in my TT's.

Sep 4, 2017
    Thank you all for the wonderful comments :-) .

Time In A Frame/Paul M. - I did slip several times but never fell :-).

aoc46 - There is enough detain in the original to crop it in several ways. I'll have a go the way you suggest :-)
Edited on Sep 5, 2017

Time In A Frame/Paul M.
Sep 3, 2017
    Thank God you never fell, but it was well worth the shot. Excellent job!

Sep 2, 2017
    Like how the curve of the smoke plume seems to match (in reverse) that of the road; would like to see this emphasized by cropping some from the bottom and showing more above.
Edited on Sep 2, 2017

Sep 2, 2017
    Fantastic colours and detail bring this urban scene to life.

Sep 1, 2017
    Thank you very much all for the great comments :-)
Edited on Sep 5, 2017

Sep 1, 2017
    Wonderful night shot !

Sep 1, 2017
    well worth the trek

Sep 1, 2017
    Slightly soft, but I love the array of "stars" and the smoke flowinig across. In my favorites.

Sep 1, 2017
    Thanks for the critique NEAT. As for 'not very tack sharp' I think it comes down to monitors and eyesight. Some have mentioned how sharp a photo it is. I did try and hold back with the sharpening this time so as not to overdo it. As far as lacking structure, I'm afraid the way the scene was planed and laid many years ago was well out of my control. I think you could be seeing the smoke and steam from the stacks and confusing them with Fuzziness. The aperture is as small as I could make it whilst sticking to 100 ISO and my maximum exposure time (30 seconds). You might be surprised to find out but a 'lot' of dodge and burning went into finishing off this photo :-) .
Edited on Sep 5, 2017

Sep 1, 2017
    This is not a bad photo, it's just not very tack sharp, lacks structure and seems a little fuzzy. Maybe changing the aperture to get a deeper depth of field and a bit of dodge and burn would of make the buildings pop more.
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