I may stand alone here but I find the downed log on the right to be a minor distraction.
Only very minor improvement I can find would be background noise reduction. Other than that this kicks ass.
CptAmerica: .5 stars 1 vote? WTH? Who would vote this a .5?
That's easy, some cheater who votes every image low because they want their entry to score higher. They are lower than dog dodo.
Excellent find and excellent capture. Wish I had noticed the challenge and I would have voted it 5 stars.
Why not, it's all for fun.
I've attempted this more than once and never got it to come out anywhere near right. Would love to hear your how you achieved it if your willing to share.
You nailed this one, excellent work!
Fantastic capture. the only minor problem I see with it is there was too much time between your exposures causing the startrail breaks. That's a minor nit tho!
Did I misunderstand the rules of this challenge, I see plenty of red but very little that is so hot it's red. In other words red hot from temperature, not color. ,
sparkey2: Holy smuck, this is really good... Congrats for your win on a super image. Now I will have to experiment to see if I can emulate it.
Thanks for offering assistance, I will attempt this in the near future. I'm guessing the smoke is incense fairly close to the bottom of the table spoon with a keylight camera right and a reflector camera left. The left could be a fill light but I'm thinking reflector.
Holy smuck, this is really good... Congrats for your win on a super image. Now I will have to experiment to see if I can emulate it.
In the event you didn't know that's ginko.
For your own good you might want to delete your image quickly since it violates the DPR image posting rules with a nude minor child in the background. There are many people here who will complain without even giving a person the benefit of doubt that they may have made an innocent mistake or didn't know about the rule.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/forum-rules Take note of #13.
I can smell those nasty suckers from here.
Ha ha, got my vote!
This one looks to be on the DQ list!
That is a major bolt, if it actually hit the statue I'd be surprised that no damage was done. Lightning is such a powerful force.
Just realized it does say 15 seconds exposure..... Not to mention it's not clear if he is referring to a previous winning image or a previous photographer that has won. Given that I'm going to pull my entry at 3.2 seconds especially since I have won 3 or 4 previous challenges. I do have some photos using a 10 stop ND but since as I mentioned before I have won a few previous challenges so I'll pull mine and not re enter.
Looks like pond scum!