Hot Summer Nights

© Heather K. McFarland

Hot Summer Nights

Dawn Balaban 7/15/2003 7:05:53 AM

Great Shot Heather! I love the compostion,color. It really comes together. #46098

Gabriela Cunha 7/15/2003 7:09:35 AM

just great!
gy #142924

Jeff Robinson 7/15/2003 8:10:37 AM

Heather, great image. The boat really enhances the beautful sunset. Jeff #143009

Susana Matos 7/15/2003 9:46:34 AM

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 #143040

Heather K. McFarland 7/15/2003 10:07:24 AM

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. #143048

Susana Matos 7/15/2003 11:01:11 AM

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 #143063

Heather K. McFarland 7/15/2003 11:33:49 AM

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. #143066

Roseann E. Dreasher 7/15/2003 11:45:05 AM

I like this version much better than the's fab! #143073

Heather K. McFarland 7/15/2003 12:03:46 PM

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!! #143079

Roseann E. Dreasher 7/15/2003 12:07:23 PM

I agree! The first adjustment I make in Photoshop is the levels and contrast then usually play with the much to do and so little time to play! #143081

Susana Matos 7/15/2003 2:28:53 PM

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 #143151

June Marie Sobrito 7/15/2003 5:58:39 PM

Outstanding! The tones are gorgeous!! And the composition perfect!! #143246

Evy Johansen 7/15/2003 8:48:22 PM

Fabulous image, Heather! #143341

Gary W. Lake 7/16/2003 5:03:27 PM

This is definitely a "WOW" shot! Beautiful colors, great sharpness, and wonderful composition! #144059

Patrick Campbell 7/18/2003 8:02:52 AM

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....) :-) #145234

Murry Grigsby 8/14/2003 6:37:41 PM

Congrats again, Heather!! #166074

Gary W. Lake 8/14/2003 8:02:57 PM

Congrats Heather - this one should go far! #166347

Patrick Campbell 8/14/2003 9:40:25 PM

Way to go Heather in the finals round this month! Wonderful capture, good luck with this! #166578

Evy Johansen 8/14/2003 9:51:05 PM

Congrats! Well deserved! #166606

Carolyn M. Fletcher 8/15/2003 4:10:08 AM

Congrats, Heather! #167094

Bernard B. Travers 8/15/2003 8:33:05 AM

THIS KICKS, O great one. Truly. Congratulations, Heather. #167649

Gary H. Minish 8/16/2003 2:15:35 AM

Great photo and a well deserved win, Heather! Congratulations :-) #168855

Dolores Neilson 8/16/2003 6:12:03 AM

congrats Heather!! woo hoo! #169031

Bernard B. Travers 8/16/2003 7:42:16 AM

Great win, Ms. McFarland. Muy congrats. to you. Muy. #169181

Tony Gough 8/16/2003 8:21:10 AM

Congrats Heather on your win, it make me want to be out there just cruising. Great pic. #169234

Patrick Campbell 8/16/2003 8:24:52 AM

Congrats Heather! Great photo! #169241

Susana Matos 8/16/2003 8:40:01 AM

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 #169262

Damian P. Gadal 8/16/2003 9:51:11 AM

Beautiful shot - Congrats Heather! #169338

Murry Grigsby 8/16/2003 12:56:28 PM

Congratulations on your win, Heather! #169507

Evy Johansen 8/16/2003 7:15:47 PM

Many congratulations on your win, Heather! #169745

Karen Seargeant 8/16/2003 7:32:59 PM

Wonderful shot, Heather! Congrats! #169781

Barbara K. Breitsameter 8/16/2003 8:16:18 PM

One of my favorite places in the midwest. So, so lovely! Congrats Heather! #169829

Monika Sapek 8/18/2003 12:15:36 PM

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

Christina Bowker 8/18/2003 4:42:40 PM

Stunning! #171658

Connie L. Carpenter 8/21/2003 4:24:10 AM

Congratulations, Heather... fantastic shot. #173720

Christina Bowker 8/21/2003 6:04:53 AM

I just cant get over this! #173863

Jean Papo 8/23/2003 8:34:02 AM

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! #175970

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Lake Charleviox, MI. 80-200mm with 2X converter. 1/80sec at F4.5, EV-0.3.

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Camera: Nikon D1X Digital SLR Camera All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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