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Mist by moonlight by Alex37 Mist by moonlight by Alex37
I dont usually (ever) submit textural shots without focal points. I generally dont like them, and I find them a little plain. This shot however remind me strongly of the experience and holds a little magic for me. Whether that comes across at all, I dont know, but its good to have personal images as well.

This is full colour with very minor contrast and brightness tweaks and a crop. Taken before the sun had begun to rise.

For any locals, Tavistock golf club is the middle ridge. In the full res you can see the greens.

For the geeks amongst you (take a bow) I averaged 2 exposures to reduce the gausian noise by a stop.
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kunalkishor21 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
This is what they called Xcellent...
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Lovell-SimonsJanet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
As I haven't seen all of your work yet, any similar pieces are not within my mind for comparison, so I do like this image and don't mind the omission of a focal point. I think this allows a feeling of timelessness. Also, the somewhat zigzag pattern of the trees I find draws the eye in to wander throughout the image from front to back, and to begin again, to stay awhile and breathe in the misty atmosphere.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, this shot has grown on me. Thanks :)

Alex
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Lazharus Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I Like this pig because, when I watch it, I imagine how would be being in the fog, with the cold envioroment and the fresh air. it makes me feel a lot of things :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009   Photographer
na I really like this, somehow seems fitting with the sea of mist that the eye can just kind of float around the composition and its various layers. very good
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, dont get me wrong, I do like it!
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LRMHamilton Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful:)
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SoraMidori Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
2 things that make this capture special for me:
-it's nearly monotone
-there are great parallels running through

Great work.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much
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JCapela Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
superb shot :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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lakemans Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Could be the Somerset levels.....

from the rock in the ocean.
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ladyrapid Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
Looking good man, I do agree a little bit with you saying it's somewhat a bit dead but besides that it's a very good capture in my eyes. Looking good man!

regards,
rob
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks rob
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Mate, it's really, really good. Outstanding, if I may say so.

Questions:
1. what WB do you use for this? I find all of the Canon settings too blue for moonlight and have to correct post prod.
2. to "reduce the gausian noise by a stop" I do what exactly? shoot 2 frame with the same? settings, overlay and then what?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
1 WB I just adjust in Lightroom, in this case I actually had a problem with the short being too warm because of the setting moon, I used the dropper tool to set a neutral point.

2 Take 2 IDENTICAL shots. load them into 1 photoshop file, change the opacity of of the top layer to 50% (or 1/n where n is the number of the layer)

Thanks Jake

Alex
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool, got it. I do the same with WB.
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stemness Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
that is amazing. What filters did you use here?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
none althouhg I did use Lightroom 2.0 to darken the top half of the image half a stop
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Sandy33311 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Exquisite!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
I personally really like this...it might not have an anchor, but that doesn't always matter if the pictures has enough mood and the composition is strong enough..which it certainly is here.
Like it alot
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much Andy :)
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justeline Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Photographer
Love the tone and the mystical atmosphere!
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Funtoon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Artist
Dreamy Shot .. :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Iavas Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Averaging two exposures to reduce noise? That's genius!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah. I have an engineering degree, and we did a lot on our course on signals and digital signals. And it was meantioned that you could average signals to remove gaussian noise, and then I realised I could do it for images. 2 images at ISO 800>noise of ISO400; 4 images at ISO800>200; 8 images at ISO800>100

Of course you can use the same logic and average ISO 100 exposures. You might be suprised just how smooth thing look. It also allows you to apply extremely heavy fine sharpening, and you see more subtle details.

Alex
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Iavas Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, and a great shot, by the way. I love the feeling of it. :P
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CorradoCandido Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
One single moment
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
20seconds isnt quite a moment :D
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Svision Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
Great shot. I am glad you uploaded it. I really like the tone!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly
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kulten Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009   Photographer
Very nice. Great tones and capture of perfect moment. Just one thing, I wouldn't sharp further plan, might be smoother :) .
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, I perhaps could improve the sharpening a little, but I like it crispy :)
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pestilence Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
I believe this stands out even more from the version with the focal point! :)
Fantastic Alex, brings all the greatness of a morning glory :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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elgarbo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009   Photographer
It's a shot all about the atmosphere, and it captures that beautifully, irrespective of the lack of a focal point.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I think this is a great shot. It's concrete, but certainly has an abstractness to it that is really appealing to the eye. Sometimes simplicity is a good thing... and really makes you think.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, I think you can still enjoy an image without a focal point if it just generally looks nice of has an atmosphere :) Thanks
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
I like it!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Drew
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Zefisheye Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
You guys are too critical and like to see punch in a picture :) - I just love this soft texture shot with no dominance. It is a careful composition with wonderful balance and rhythm. I keep drifting through it.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot. I am quite a fan of subtle imagery, but they can be hard to pull off.
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Rebacan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
I think this would be outstanding as a huge canvas in a modern minimalist monochromatic decor.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I do agree that these shots benefit from being larger. Thanks :)
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andbeautyTruth Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Writer
While it might not be one of your favorites, I say the mood! The tone is there--that magic, yes. Yes, I like it. There will be a story written where these tidepools of mist will take a center stage setting and test somebody's sense of location to the breaking point. Yes, this is the sort of picture that craves words to paint the story behind it! So very much, I like it. You have supplied inspiration once again. Thank you! :D
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much
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