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Laniakea Sunset

February 20th, 2010

This image was taken in November of 2008, right after I got into photography. It was taken with my first camera and kit lens.

Just a few days ago, I decided to edit the image so that it actually looked good. This is the result (right off the camera it wasn't too impressive).

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), EF-S 18-55mm kit lens @ 18mm, 1/320sec, f/11, ISO 200. Single JPEG edited using Adobe Photoshop CS4 and some fun filters.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: pixelfly
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Wow, wonderful landscape shot!
Posted By: Stretix
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Interesting choice using such high contrast -- many people tend to avoid it, but I think it works very well in this shot!
Beautiful lighting as well, thanks for the upload :D
Posted By: Beginning
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Looks good.. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: phantasm
about 14 years, 5 months ago
I agree with Stretix. The contrast helps bring together the textures of the rocks and the choppy sea. I like it.
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Fantastic. I too love the high contrast - the sea looks like it was painted using thick, dripping brush strokes. Texture is everything.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 14 years, 5 months ago
I agree this is an effective image. However, it does show up the limited dynamic range of the JPEG format compared to what you would have gotten if you'd taken it in RAW. While the contrast does work for most of the picture, the burned out sky and clouds around the setting sun would have been more manageable in RAW. You could have captured far more highlight detail. Just a thought for future reference, since you say you are relatively new to photography.
Posted By: Iraimbilanja
about 14 years, 5 months ago
WhiteDog, true, but I'd question whether this image would have benefitted from HDR mapping ;)

Great image.
Posted By: lerch84
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Nice shot..the post-processing didn't ruined it, but some clouds look a bit fake..anyway if you are new to photography I think this is a great result!
Posted By: Ingo
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Great picutre, I like how the rocks in the background sort of distinguish in the sunbeams...
Additionally, I would love to see the unedited picture, comparison of those two would be interesting!
Posted By: Ingo
about 14 years, 5 months ago
*vanish, not distinguish
Posted By: Jordan M.
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Well I was "new to photography" as of Nov 2008 when this photo was taken. Around the beginning of 2009 I started shooting RAW almost exclusively. I really only use JPEG now for fun snapshots, not for artistic or landscape shots. Also, I use RAW if the lighting is questionable.
Yes, as I said the original image was nothing spectacular, and though many people love this image of mine, I am not as satisfied with it as they are. Especially that little bit of hazing in the upper-center of the frame. It bothers me! haha...
Thanks for voting for this though! I'm happy people like my stuff!
I think if I had shot this in RAW or ESPECIALLY a 3 exposure bracketed RAW shot, ohhhhh the things I could have done with this photo!! :)
Posted By: Xinthose
about 14 years, 5 months ago
nice 1
Posted By: Tel Me Later
about 14 years, 5 months ago
It's a lovely striking picture, and definitely fun to look at.

Perhaps a teensy bit over-exposed for the clouds but nothing that takes away from the majesty of the picture.

I've put it into my screensaver rotation rather than as a wallpaper (simply because the high contrast makes it a little bit 'busy' for icons, but that's only down to my eyesight and the way I use my desktop as a 'holding' area for all sorts of files. If I had a 'clean' icon-free desktop it'd work fine for me).

It's a splendid shot, and obviously an indicator of a natural talent if this was taken in your 'beginner phase'.
Posted By: Jordan M.
about 14 years, 5 months ago
Hey Thanks "Tel Me Later"
I'll tell you NOW that it makes me happy to know people appreciate it. Yeah I know the clouds are a bit funky - and this was a JPEG that I edited... hadn't really made the move to RAW yet... so I'm actually surprised I was able to lower the exposure in the clouds AND bring out the detail in the shadows as much as I could!
Posted By: darrenwks
about 14 years, 4 months ago
How did you made the colour looks so great?

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