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On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (23 comments in total)
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DHAPhotography: I'd be curious to hear of the processing on this image. Well done.

Mmh. Not sure I can remember exactly. Raw file opened in Adobe Camera Raw and blacks and highlights recovered, cleaned up with Topaz Denoise then treated with Macphun Intensify CK with an increase to texture in highlights and less so in mid tones and shadows and to lighten the shadows. Then I used Onone basic brushes to recover the moon a bit.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (23 comments in total)
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NearerNirvana: Saw this image previewed in the "Finished challenges window" and had to click for a better view.
Absolutely stunning scene and perfectly captured.
The sky has a quality Van Gogh would have wept for.
Would be interested to hear the backstory of your climb/wait/attempts to shoot from this vantage.

Cont... Half Dome and the end of the valley was obscured by cloud but we sat it out and just before moonrise the clouds started to clear and we saw the moonrise. Most people then left but I did not have far to go so I carried on taking pictures mixing wide views like this and cropping into the end of the valley with a 70- 200mm lens. By the time I left it was pretty much black to the eye but the camera and some post processing managed to get a series of different pictures.
Here are a couple of links to guides to photography spots in Yosemite.
If you scroll down the first one to "Tunnel View" you can see a picture of the photographer with his camera o a tripod by a grey stone wall. Tat is pretty much where I was standing.

http://www.findingtheuniverse.com/2015/05/my-favourite-photography-spots-in.html

https://www.colbybrownphotography.com/a-photographers-guide-to-visiting-yosemite/

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 20:07 UTC
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (23 comments in total)
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NearerNirvana: Saw this image previewed in the "Finished challenges window" and had to click for a better view.
Absolutely stunning scene and perfectly captured.
The sky has a quality Van Gogh would have wept for.
Would be interested to hear the backstory of your climb/wait/attempts to shoot from this vantage.

I'm glad you and the others like the picture. I'm afraid there is not much of a story of a heroic climb to the spot. It is taken from the viewing area on the edge of a car park at the main road tunnel entrance. It is wheelchair accessible and you could almost get it out of an SUV window!
I only had a day in the park and had called early in the day but it was unattractively misty and not very good in the middle of the day. I decided to call back at sunset only to find that a photographic club were present as the near full moon was due to rise directly behind half dome.
(to be continued)

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 20:06 UTC
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (23 comments in total)

Thanks for the enthusiastic comments and thanks to Bren for running his challenges. Tunnel view of Yosemite Valley is regularly photographed for obvious reasons. I was lucky to be able to be there as the sun set and moon rose. The daytime pictures were nowhere as interesting but for about 45 minutes the lighting and cloud cover above and in the valley floor varied a lot to give several different pictures without moving the camera.
I had hoped for snow or frost on the trees but that gives me an excuse to visit again some time.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 13:21 UTC as 11th comment
On photo Down In the Valley in the Down in the Valley challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a great photo but not for this challenge as the valley is too small an element of the picture. I'm sure it could win a more suitable challenge in the future but can I suggest you straighten the horizon and lighten the dark rocks and bicycle parts as on my monitor, especially when viewed small, there is a large block of darkness in the bottom right of the picture that unbalances it.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 13:15 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Dockside in the Dark in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 4, D challenge (12 comments in total)
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Boky: Every now and then I see an outstanding work in photography. This is one of those moments. Simply breathtaking.

Thanks for those very kind words. I'm glad you liked it as much as I did. I've been hanging onto this picture for several years waiting for a suitable challenge. The original picture is quite good but I then treated it with Macphun Intensify which gives brings out texture in the shadows and midtones which combine with the lights to make it stand out more.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 17:13 UTC
On photo Dockside in the Dark in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 4, D challenge (12 comments in total)

Thanks very much everyone. The steam locomotive is an Italian one supplied in colonial times. It was not in everyday service but was available to hire for railway enthusiasts. This was a trip run by a German firm. The railway line climbs from sea level at Massawa to 2325metres/7628 feet at the capital and they are only 41 miles/65km apart as the crow flies. The old locomotives struggled a bit. Cargo is now carried on the road that winds up the mountains with the railway track.
By the way the star effect around the lights is just a feature of the lens rather than added with a filter.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 22:18 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Scarlet honeyeater in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

Great photo of a colourful bird. How did this score below the winner?!

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 13:45 UTC as 1st comment
On photo NO CROP! in the Best Aviation Photo ever... Period. challenge (1 comment in total)

I think you'll find airliners like this are flying at under 160mph at this stage of the flight. Still fast though.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Peregrine Falcon in the Best Wildlife Photo of the Week - 4 challenge (5 comments in total)

Great image of a fleeting moment. I was wondering how you managed to be ready to take it, then I saw your occupation! I guess you have a head start on the rest of us.
Congratulations on winning.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:20 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Flare-well to a Classic Flying Machine in the Flying Machines challenge (4 comments in total)

Thanks both and to all the voters. For once there were no 0.5s at all.
I've tried several times to get a good picture of flares being fired at an airshow but this is the first time it produces a pleasing image.
It was quite a bright day but by the time I'd reduced the exposure of the RAW image to minimise the burn out of the flares it looks rather mean and moody. Oh and I put a bit of dark vignette on to emphasise the helicopter more.
It was taken at Yeovilton, the home of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 12:14 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Lean low and look ahead in the Motorsport challenge (3 comments in total)
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NilsBV: A great action shot and a beautiful tight crop.

Glad you liked it. I'm pleasantly surprised it won.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 06:40 UTC
On photo IMPRESSIONIST AUTUMN DP in the Water Colours (Nature) challenge (1 comment in total)

Great photo for this challenge. Well done.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 22:15 UTC as 1st comment
On photo B-17-0028 in the Aircraft challenge (2 comments in total)

For info it is a Consolidated B24 (Liberator as we named them in Britain) rather than a Boeing B17 as your title suggests. Far fewer B24s left than B17s yet at one point the factory at Willow Run, which was built from scratch in a green field site,had them rolling off the end of the production line at one per hour.
It was a magnificent achievement for mass production.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 20:52 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo RAF Aircraft 1 in the Aircraft challenge (1 comment in total)

It is a Hercules (C130)

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 20:45 UTC as 1st comment

Thanks everyone. The Gorilla is a non silverback male in one of the several groups that have been habituated to human presence and are the basis of a significant tourist industry in Uganda and Ruanda. Trackers set out each morning to find the groups by tracking them from where they were seen the previous day. When (if) found, the allocated group of tourists are taken by vehicle to the closest point on the roads then the guides take them on foot for varying lengths of hike over varying terrain. We only had an hour of walk mostly ok walking before a steep descent to where the group was. We got there at 11and were allowed an hour with them before the Gorillas are allowed to be on their own until it starts again the next day. We were lucky to get close to the handsome looking male who is known to tolerate close approach. We saw others too. This one looked at my camera for just two frames out of many.
I've got a 5D mkiii now which might have done even better but the 50D did well.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 21:04 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Ramex Delta in the Airshow Season challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot, Trevor.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 09:27 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Merry horses in the Best Pictuere Period! challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations on the photo and the win. I too would be intrigued to know how this wonderful photo was taken.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 06:02 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Oil Pastels in the Circular challenge (2 comments in total)
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Robert Evagelista: Almost :)

Maybe in another challenge it might win. I'm always looking at things like this but never seem to get a picture I'm pleased with.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On photo Orange Bubbles in the Circular challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent entry Ruth. I'm sorry I did not vet in this challenge.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:19 UTC as 1st comment
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