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  #174 Night Photography
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Shark Fin Cove       ©2016 Edward
NIKON D810       1st place, 254 points
30s, f3.2, ISO 2500, 24mm, Manual, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Single shot; increase highlights and whites, decrease black point, noise reduction, lighten shadows, dodging, burning in select areas, some vibrancy increase for areas of Milky Way.       Extra Info: None
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Aug 2, 2016
    Great 1st place finish. Congrats - my #1

Aug 2, 2016
    Congratulations on a really outstanding shot.

Aug 2, 2016
    Not surprised one bit!

Aug 1, 2016
    First by a long shot and so it should be. If you are having trouble with high iso noise I suggest you look at the new Topaz Denoise 6. It's free to try. There may even be a particular preset for your camera.

Aug 1, 2016
    I had high hopes for this one. Thanks everyone for your votes. I will be posting details in the "out takes" for those who have asked how this shot was done (and an alternate version I entered first, then removed and replaced it with this one). To also clarify here: light painting the rocks with my own flashlight proved to be unnecessary as there were a number of people lighting campfires on the unseen beach below left, which provided plenty of light for my shots.

Aug 1, 2016
    Congrats on being the overwhelming favorite in the open!!! Was my #1 choice.

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Jade O.
Aug 1, 2016
    The night sky is beautiful and the foreground lovely. But overall there is a dullness to this one, I think because everything is not quite razor sharp....maybe some wind moving the camera ever so slightly, or the ISO 2500 just can't get sharper?

I would like to know everything about how you set this one up.

Aug 1, 2016
    I guess you've been light painting again :-) Beautiful job; amazing sky.

Aug 1, 2016
    Beautifully captured. The exposure is just perfect, and the light painting the rock face really adds a wonderful touch.

Old Finn
Aug 1, 2016
    Beautiful view. nr 1 in my favorites.

Aug 1, 2016
    Not just a fabulous sky but a view that would be wonderful in any conditions. Well done. Top pick.
Edited on Aug 1, 2016

Aug 1, 2016
    Spectacular shot in the last light. I'm surprised you got that and the sky with one take. One of my top Favs.

Jul 31, 2016
    oh i do like this
was the lighting hand painted with lamps.

Jul 31, 2016
    dk: you do see the blue stars, right? The noise suppression on my camera was set to "Normal". I reduced some of the noise in Adobe Lightroom, but I know of no way to eliminate high ISO noise entirely without making the image look like blurry water.
Edited on Jul 31, 2016

Jul 30, 2016
    if only there were blue stars ;] Lovely shot, but perhaps using noise suppression software on-camera (?) would have elimininated the long exposure hi iso noise.

Jul 30, 2016
    Outstanding image for the theme. I thought there would have been more images of stars. You captured it perfectly. High in my top 5's.

Jul 30, 2016
    Beautiful and well done. I wanted to do a Milky Way shot for the challenge but the skies didn't cooperate. I wouldn't have able to compete with this scenery. Looks like you had some help lighting up the rock.

Jul 30, 2016
    Great exposure, color - beautifully done, though I wonder if this POV shows the foreground rocks to best advantage.
Edited on Jul 30, 2016

Jul 29, 2016
    Amazing sky. I hope you share later how you achieved this. In my TT.

Jul 29, 2016
    What a great photo! ...my #1 pick! The lighting on the rock and blurred water only add to the milky way....Well done!

Jul 29, 2016
    Clearly the winner!!

Jul 28, 2016
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By Edward

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