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Color A On Topic

Late Night Movie - Adam L Berry
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 30
Technique: 10 Impact: 10 Composition: 10
Old Art Deco theaters are colorful fun, and bring back an era of stylish 1930s movies. I like the wide-angle vertical format, and the dramatic "distortion" that comes from keeping the vertical edges vertical AND parallel. Very few W.A. lenses can render this well when shooting this close to the building. Perhaps the verticals were straightened in Photoshop (or similar program). But that doesn't matter. The color is well-done, and the highlight details nicely maintained. The long exposure was important for the image, but it was not dominant. Only the streaking headlights reveal evidence of a time exposure.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Color A On Topic

Early Morning Launch - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 29
Technique: 10 Impact: 10 Composition: 9
Wow, this one is fun, and dramatic. Weird, but it looks like the St. Louis Arch. Did you do this using 2 different exposures (land and later rocket) shot at different times of day and nigh? Or did a single long launch exposure make the night-time land areas look like daylight? The color is great, the overall technique is excellent, and so is the framing. Highlight details are well-maintained, and I can almost hear the rocket.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Color A On Topic

One Cold Hour in Yellowstone - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 28
Technique: 10 Impact: 9 Composition: 9
N.G.S. would be pleased to have something like this! It takes a lot of experience and practice to make such images dramatic, well-composed, and satisfying. I really like the framing and the "look", and the tonal values, perhaps the result of skillful post work. Preserving good shadow detail in night shots is usually challenging. Good Going. And it expresses the theme well.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Color B On Topic

Moon Light # 2 - Tom Murray
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 29
Technique: 10 Impact: 10 Composition: 9
Dramatic image, and technically well-done. The motion capture is excellent. DOF very good. I'm curious: is this really taken by moonlight, or is the lens gelled or filtered blue? OK either way. Just curious. The framing is very good, and even the lens focal-length setting was just right. There is one slight compositional issue: that black rock almost dead-centered in the frame. Consider off-centering such objects because they can be distracting.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Color B On Topic

Fireworks - Sara B Boyd
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 25
Technique: 8 Impact: 9 Composition: 8
Ve-e-e-er-r-ry Interesting - these look like abstract electric light palm trees..... Seriously, this is a nice shot and well-done. I like the ground treatment, with the figures and glowing light. I blew it up, and it's a bit too grainy. You don't really need very high ISO settings and small f/stops to shoot fireworks. Try 800 or even 400 ISO for such pictures, and compose it so you don't have to crop much in Post. That preserves maximum resolution.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Color B On Topic

Fireworks # 3 - Tom Murray
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 24
Technique: 8 Impact: 9 Composition: 7
These are hard shots to compose well because the main objects are moving. There is a large dark area right in the middle, which renders the image less interesting. Try multiple exposures with a black card held in from of the lens with the shutter on Bulb. Every time a rocket goes up, pull the card for a few seconds until after the explosion, and cover the lens again. This way you can fill frame with 4 or 5 different explosions and completely fill the frame. You can also pivot the camera around a bit before the next rocket. Meets the theme, and exposure ok.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Mono A On Topic

At The Crossroads - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 30
Technique: 10 Impact: 10 Composition: 10
Very dramatic impact, framing, and post work. I like the flying roads and supports, and snappy contrast. Did you filter the sky to black via a red filter when shooting, or when adjusting later? It's good to know both techniques. The moving clouds reveal your use of a slow shutter speed effectively.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Mono A On Topic

The Pier - Bill Down
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 29
Technique: 10 Impact: 9 Composition: 10
Your slow shutter speed really smooths out the sea nicely. The shot is dramatic, has a good, romantic quality of light, and the value scale is dramatic. Looks like corners were darkened a bit - good. It is a calm image, so the the dramatic punch is subtle.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Mono A On Topic

Water feature - Bill Down
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 28
Technique: 9 Impact: 10 Composition: 9
Very good land scape/slow shutter photograph. Good exposure, timing, light quality, and composition. Slightly contrasty tonal values, and the corners could use a little darkening or vignetting. I like the capture of the light streak patterns in the water. The place looks eirie, like it was on Dracula's property....

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Mono B On Topic

Arches Milky Way - Sara B Boyd
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 30
Technique: 10 Impact: 10 Composition: 10
This image is gorgeous! Nearly everything works: the composition, the extended exposure, the mysterious composition, the way you used the dark shapes as a framing device, and the way your exposure also bought out the sky details. It looks like multiple exposures were used to get more stars into the frame. Astronomers might kick..... My only techy note is that judging by the slight white edge lines on some of the dark shapes, you may have over-sharpened or set too much Clarity, which added to the contrast. But again, I really like this powerful image.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Novice On Topic

Village Walk - Lisa R Holt
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 30
Technique: 10 Impact: 10 Composition: 10
This image works well. The blur amount of the people is just right. It suggests a slow, strolling walk gait. We see just enough other stroller details. Timing is good. The wide-angle view is good. D.O.F. is good here. The lady with the sun glasses is an important graphic element in this picture. Without her in that position, this would be a weaker image. Learn from it.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

NightCrush - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 30
Technique: 10 Impact: 10 Composition: 10
Very exciting image. Lots going on, and lots of good color and motion capture. Wish I were there. Slow shutter setting just right for this subject. Tech matters all fine. DOF good. Nice going! Do more! And try to sell a copy to the amusement park.....

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Green And Yellow Spider - Tom Murray
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 29
Technique: 9 Impact: 10 Composition: 10
Very good, and nicely-illuminated, spider and web image. Back-lighting dramatic. Shallow DOF works well. Focus on the spider is fine. I'm amazed you got this close without scaring the spider away. Good shot for the National Geographic.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Training for the Big Race - Joan C Dias
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 29
Technique: 10 Impact: 10 Composition: 9
I love this image, and your nearly mono-chromatic treatment of the color. It looks very 19th century.. I see the vignette, too. The only thing I can suggest for next time (and maybe the file has it), is to allow a little more space around the front horse and rear driver. A common practice for this type of composition is to provide more space in front of the horse so he has "room" in front of him in which to run. That way, he doesn't look constrained by the tight visual space he is in.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Water skiing penguin - Bill Down
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 28
Technique: 9 Impact: 10 Composition: 9
He looks like he is conducting a band. You caught him just right. The side lighting works well. The framing is good: He is moving into the larger water space on our left. The shot also has a sense of humor - it's a fun image.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Sunning Swallowtail - Sarah Lankester
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 28
Technique: 9 Impact: 10 Composition: 9
Good close-up framing, and good use of color contrast and shallow D.O.F. Having the butterfly face INTO the composition and larger left space worked well.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Red White and Blue - Lisa R Holt
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 28
Technique: 9 Impact: 10 Composition: 9
Very good wide-angle framing, Good color contrast, with that bright red house and strong blue sky. This would look good in an architectural portfolio.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Symmetry - Bill Down
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 26
Technique: 9 Impact: 8 Composition: 9
Good shot. Non-centuring of subject works well. Good use of your telephoto lens aids the composition. Nice timing. Caught water pattern very strong.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Rock Center Zoom - David A Cabana
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 26
Technique: 9 Impact: 9 Composition: 8
Very dramatic. Red is intense. Motion effect good. Framing OK. Light areas abstract and interesting.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Live Oak International - Tom Murray
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 26
Technique: 8 Impact: 9 Composition: 9
Very good framing and timing. Good post editing. Color control; very god.This kind of image often gets stronger if the D.O.F. is shallower (say, f/5.6), so only the main subject is really sharp, and the rest is out of focus.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

TeePee - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 27
Technique: 9 Impact: 9 Composition: 9
Good panoramic image. The natural Vs. the artificial lighting is interesting. Did you set that up, or was it there already? The teepee is a nice addition, but I think its highlight values are too light and bleached out. Need more tone in the highlight, if it's possible. I like the twilight look and the smoothed- out reflections in the water. Composition and DOF are fine

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Roseatta Spoonbill-looking good. - Dorothy Finley
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 26
Technique: 9 Impact: 8 Composition: 9
Good use of the telephoto lens and medium-wide aperture to isolate the bird in space. Shot looks a little too light. Composition/framing of the "mirror image" looks good. Next time you are working on this kind of image, consider waiting for the bird to spread or fluff it's wings, so the moment in time is more interesting.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Jazz - Adam L Berry
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 27
Technique: 10 Impact: 8 Composition: 9
Very effective candid (or nearly candid) photograph. Exposure and post work look good. Shallow DOF works just right. Composition - in my view, the camera needed to be angled slightly more to the left, partly to reduce the background area behind the dog, That would also show a bit more background behind the man. The dog is great. Almost smiling.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018

Open Topic

Crashing - Adam L Berry
Judge: Jonathan Goell Total Score: 26
Technique: 9 Impact: 9 Composition: 8
The peach-hued sky and the green sea are a nice color contrast. I like the slight motion blur in the wave. I also like the "pano" look of the horizontal crop. The only tech point I can make is that, next time, get the camera lower, if it's possible, so more of the wave breakes iABOVE the horizon (and above your head level). That would make the wave look bigger & taller and maybe even more powerful.

April 2018 - Long Exposure - 4/3/2018