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Old Sep 27, 2006, 8:39 AM   #1
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Shot over the west lake in Hangzhou. Might just fail the 6 degree potractor test though...
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Old Sep 27, 2006, 8:41 AM   #2
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And this one isn't of the sun at all, but hey, variety is the spice of life, right?
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Old Sep 27, 2006, 5:33 PM   #3
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I really like the first shot, jacks. The silhouette of the trees in the foreground against the background mountain look real nice. Lovely colors too.
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Old Sep 27, 2006, 5:45 PM   #4
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I like the first shot the best although I don't think it meets Selvin's criteria for the challenge. As for the second shot, it definitely does not meet the challege since it is not a photo of the sun. For a moon shot, in my opinion it is not very good. The focus is not good and it appears as if you got some camera movement. It you didn't use one, a good solid tripod is a must for night shots.

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Old Sep 28, 2006, 1:19 PM   #5
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Jacks,

You're right as flexible as the rules are the first shot is far more than they allow. Still, yet the shot is a pretty nice one. As Cal pointed out in the second it's not the sun.

Without out some exposure data it's hard to give tips on what might help the second shot.

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Old Sep 28, 2006, 7:23 PM   #6
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Well, the second shot is in focus and off of a sturdy tripod. The moon was setting through several layers of cloud giving a really wierd effect. There was also some kind of mirage thing going on and just after this shot the moon set, apparently while still several degrees above the horizon.
The exposure was 10 seconds which is why the moon is completely blown out. Also long enough for the moon to move significantly if you want it sharp. Proper exposure of the moon lost the sunset effect on the clouds.

I agree it's a poor shot - the colour that was actually there looks like a jpeg artifact in the shot posted - but it really did look like a much darker, browner type of sunset.

By the way, the one night shot you DON'T need a tripod for is the moon! A properly exposed moon will give a hand-holdable shutter speed unless you have a really long lens.
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