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Hot Summer Nights
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Hot Summer Nights
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Lake Charleviox, MI. 80-200mm with 2X converter. 1/80sec at F4.5, EV-0.3.
© Heather K. McFarland
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Dawn Balaban
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    Great Shot Heather! I love the compostion,color. It really comes together.

7/15/2003 7:05:53 AM

 
Gabriela Cunha

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just great!
gy

7/15/2003 7:09:35 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Heather, great image. The boat really enhances the beautful sunset. Jeff

7/15/2003 8:10:37 AM

 
Susana Matos
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This is something... how did you get that orange color? with filters?
You have wonderful work in your gallery, will take some more time one of this days to comment.
Cheers from Portugal, Su

7/15/2003 9:46:34 AM

 
Heather K. McFarland
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Thank you Dawn, Gaby, JR and Susana.

No filters Susana. Nikons render sunsets very warm and orange. The only PS work was tone curve adjustment to bump up the saturation/contrast due to deliberately underexposing the scene a bit. Here is a link to the original untouched image so you can see the difference. Tone curve just brought out all the orange already in the image.

http://www.digitalphotocontest.com/photodisplay.asp?photoid=508703

7/15/2003 10:07:24 AM

 
Susana Matos
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thank you Heather, nice to have a so complete answer. I saw the original and then saw other photos, some I recognised from you, wonderful photos...
i have tried to get this beautiful and bright effect (bright for a sunset shot...) and never got something that pleases me. Will do something like youve done here, maybe will get something good.
Cheers from Portugal

7/15/2003 11:01:11 AM

 
Heather K. McFarland
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Your welcome Susana. The long focal length and 2x converter help to also capture stronger colors of sunsets it seems. The type of sunset also makes a big difference. This sunset occured after a hot (87 degrees) and very humid day. These types of conditions tend to produce very orange sunsets here in Michigan.

7/15/2003 11:33:49 AM

 
Roseann E. Dreasher
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I like this version much better than the original...it's fab!

7/15/2003 11:45:05 AM

 
Heather K. McFarland
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Thank you Roseann. I strongly believe that over 90 percent of all digital images must have tone curve or levels adjustments applied in order to bring out the tones and dynamic range that our digital cameras capture in the originals. These are our most important digital darkroom tools!!

7/15/2003 12:03:46 PM

 
Roseann E. Dreasher
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I agree! The first adjustment I make in Photoshop is the levels and contrast then usually play with the hues...so much to do and so little time to play!

7/15/2003 12:07:23 PM

 
Susana Matos
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just great this exchange of opinions! I agree with you, at least I often do a PS adjustement. But I know I have to learn a lot more about photography.
Nice to have all this information, I have a photo with a sunset, will post it maybe tomorrow, if it looks good after some PS treatment.
Cheers from Portugal and I have to say this is what makes this site enjoyable -lots of chat with nice people.
Su

7/15/2003 2:28:53 PM

 
June Marie Sobrito
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Outstanding! The tones are gorgeous!! And the composition perfect!!

7/15/2003 5:58:39 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Fabulous image, Heather!

7/15/2003 8:48:22 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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This is definitely a "WOW" shot! Beautiful colors, great sharpness, and wonderful composition!

7/16/2003 5:03:27 PM

 
Patrick Campbell
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Very nice (as usual) Heather, looks like a winner to me! I agree with you on the use of levels and/or curves. Standard operating procedure for me. 87 degrees is a cool night this time of year in Redding, but, hey, it's a dry heat! (Yeah right....) :-)

7/18/2003 8:02:52 AM

 
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Congrats again, Heather!!

8/14/2003 6:37:41 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Congrats Heather - this one should go far!

8/14/2003 8:02:57 PM

 
Patrick Campbell
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Way to go Heather in the finals round this month! Wonderful capture, good luck with this!

8/14/2003 9:40:25 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congrats! Well deserved!

8/14/2003 9:51:05 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Congrats, Heather!

8/15/2003 4:10:08 AM

 
Bernard B. Travers
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THIS KICKS, O great one. Truly. Congratulations, Heather.

8/15/2003 8:33:05 AM

 
Gary Minish
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Great photo and a well deserved win, Heather! Congratulations :-)

8/16/2003 2:15:35 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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congrats Heather!! woo hoo!

8/16/2003 6:12:03 AM

 
Bernard B. Travers
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Great win, Ms. McFarland. Muy congrats. to you. Muy.

8/16/2003 7:42:16 AM

 
Tony Gough
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Congrats Heather on your win, it make me want to be out there just cruising. Great pic.

8/16/2003 8:21:10 AM

 
Patrick Campbell
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Congrats Heather! Great photo!

8/16/2003 8:24:52 AM

 
Susana Matos
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ive appreciated so much this photo the first time I saw it!! Im really happy to see it here... CONGRATULATIONS, well deserved,
cheers from Portugal, Su

8/16/2003 8:40:01 AM

 
Damian P. Gadal
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Beautiful shot - Congrats Heather!

8/16/2003 9:51:11 AM

 
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Congratulations on your win, Heather!

8/16/2003 12:56:28 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Many congratulations on your win, Heather!

8/16/2003 7:15:47 PM

 
Karen Seargeant
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Wonderful shot, Heather! Congrats!

8/16/2003 7:32:59 PM

 
Barbara K. 
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One of my favorite places in the midwest. So, so lovely! Congrats Heather!

8/16/2003 8:16:18 PM

 
Monika Sapek
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Many congratulations on your another Second Place Win, Heather! Love the colors here!
Monika

8/18/2003 12:15:36 PM

 
Christina Bowker
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Stunning!

8/18/2003 4:42:40 PM

 
Connie L. Carpenter
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Congratulations, Heather... fantastic shot.

8/21/2003 4:24:10 AM

 
Christina Bowker
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I just cant get over this!

8/21/2003 6:04:53 AM

 
Jean Papo
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Outstanding, brilliant work is the norm for you, and this is no exception! Also what is so great is your helpfulness in teaching the rest of us the techniques to try to accomplish similar results. Congratulations, Heather!

8/23/2003 8:34:02 AM

 
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