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Eye "Q"
1st PlaceEye "Q"
Matthew


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Challenge: Accidental Letters (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Westminster Bridge
Date: Apr 1, 2005
Aperture: 22.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 83
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2005

Long exposure of the London Eye.

Light streak in foreground is passing boat.

Light flashes around rim of Eye are tourists taking photos with their flash on (their pics will not come out unless they have a *really* powerful flash!).

Wish I could have spot edited - couple of dust spots on CCD are visible (have now bought cleaning kit).

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 270
Avg (all users): 7.5127
Avg (commenters): 8.1277
Avg (participants): 7.3360
Avg (non-participants): 7.6296
Views since voting: 12284
Views during voting: 602
Votes: 314
Comments: 91
Favorites: 26 (view)


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12/16/2007 12:17:00 AM
is your sensor really dusty?....
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09/19/2006 12:42:37 PM
OMG 1000!! Nice image too :)
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04/24/2005 02:48:19 AM
last time I was in London it was new, will have to come visit again to see it and maybe ride. Supper shot
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04/18/2005 10:13:50 PM
Originally posted by itzabitritzy:

You see that big circle thing...with the sort of 'slash' in the bottom right quarter? Well, in the American Alphabet that makes a 'Q'.


Without wishing tpo be fussy, I am not sure it is just the American alphabet (if there is such a thing)... But agreed: hopefully a big "Q" for all to see. Thanks all for the further nice comments!

Matthew
04/17/2005 09:08:44 PM
Originally posted by nfessel:

i have a difficult time seeing a Q here. takes some interpretation to figure it out.


You see that big circle thing...with the sort of 'slash' in the bottom right quarter? Well, in the American Alphabet that makes a 'Q'.
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04/15/2005 05:57:25 PM
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Message edited by author 2005-04-19 17:59:34.
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04/15/2005 08:58:54 AM
absolutely stunning shot - amazing how you managed to retain the clarity & sharpness you did with such a slow speed. very nice job & congratulations!
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04/14/2005 01:45:04 PM
Awesome! Great title as well!
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04/14/2005 12:53:53 PM
Great shot. I'm imressed with the patience and the sense of play that led to getting the right shot. Thanks for explaining.

When I saw this shot I experienced a strong sense of deja vu . Anyone else who experienced the same might be trying to figure out why may wish to visit http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=48814. Both images share many common strenghths. I find it instructive to compare the compositions and the techniques.
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04/14/2005 10:47:17 AM
congratulations on a well dersreved blue! great vision in seeing this and presenting this wonderful Q
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04/13/2005 11:34:27 PM
Congratulations!! Really nice.
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04/13/2005 09:25:11 PM
Hands down..you deserved it..hands down! the best accidental letter by far! congrats
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04/13/2005 07:49:12 PM
Wow, thanks a lot, but just so you know, your shot is very nice and deserved to be where it is. =)
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04/13/2005 04:23:47 PM
Congratulations on a blue, leaglebeagle! This was an absolutely astounding picture! I applaud your imagination...to find a Q in the structure of a ferris wheel is just incredibly creative.
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04/13/2005 03:45:17 PM
this is the second time you've grabbed my attention with one of your shots. I recently rode the Eye on a trip to London in December... your photo brought back wonderful memories of an amazing vacation. thank you.
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04/13/2005 01:34:54 PM
Legalbeagle, YOU are awesome! This is such an amazing photograph!!! I picked it for blue from the very beginning, and feel honored to trail just behind this photograph :) :)

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!
SandyP
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04/13/2005 12:28:34 PM
Well done, for the blue ribbon!
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04/13/2005 10:43:00 AM
The big impressive Q. Congratulations on your Blue!
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04/13/2005 10:07:00 AM
Congratulations on the blue. I was definitely wrong with my comment earlier, and yeah did miss to add 'full' in the sentence :) Cheers.
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04/13/2005 10:01:57 AM
Congrats on your "Ferris Wheel Ride" from the bottom to the top. ;)
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04/13/2005 09:06:25 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon Matthew! Well done!
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04/13/2005 09:05:24 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! And thanks for letting me see it without the blur! I really appreciate it.
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04/13/2005 07:30:57 AM
Originally posted by rex:

Nice photo. I love the long exposure time. To me probably one of the best in this challenge. You have a nice neutral background and everything is in good focus here. Night shots in my opinion are always difficult to accomplish dead on and you have done this. As far as edits I don't know what all you have done as the voting is still going while I am commenting on this. I also relly like the reflection on the wet road. Only two things I see that bother me is how you cropped on the right so close to the building. Also the specs I see in the photo. This could be dust specs on your lense and it really hurts it. If it had not been for the dust specs I would have given you a 10. Giving you a 9 anyway.


I said road that is water. Excellent job editing. Congrats on the ribbon. When I saw this I was for sure it would ribbon. My highest scorer in this challenge. Once again congrats.
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04/13/2005 07:25:51 AM
This is a nice shot. I love it. I didn't get done with all my voting so I didn't see this one but if I did you would have gotten a ten from me. Nice colors and nice contrast. Nice choice for the shoot. Congrats on first!
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04/13/2005 05:28:14 AM
Many thanks to all those who have commented!

In particular, Beetle, e301, rex and photoshootme spotted my sensor dust. That dust really shows up on a long exposure using a low ISO setting. I have bought a cleaning kit...!

Tallbloke wanted to steal my technique - not sure that there is much to steal. I positioned myself on Westminster Bridge with tripod and remote wire and experimented with several long exposures, and a couple of short ones. Here is the cropped but otherwise unaltered image

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As can be seen, I really only had to alter the contrast and a little saturation (as standard with a DSLR), with a tiny bit of levels and USM. I did do a Neatimage pass in an attempt to minimise the dust (which did very little).

As for sharpening - I received several comments - rayg544 thought it was sharp, gibun that it was too sharp, imagineer that it was a little soft. Myself, I think it maybe a little oversharpened, but I have noticed that any softness is always commented upon!

On composition, I agree with e301 and rex that the composition is not the best - I was a little constrained by distracting bright lights coming from City Hall on the RHS, and sensor dust on the left. I attempted several recompositions and did this one at the last minute after a big night out (maybe I should try that more often if it works)...!

For those that asked, the line on the river (not road!) was caused by a passing boat, which I quite liked (and this image was better than others for other reasons), and the two "objects" on the bottom left are the white lights with a shadow pattern created by the trees in front of them (completely invisible to the human eye - only apparent in long exposure).

Tristalisk thought that it was a bit tilted - perhaps: I straightened the image using the Shell building on the RHS as a vertical guide. I think that any tilt appears as a result of the angle, the imbalance in the lighting creating an optical illusion, or a tilt that is present in the Eye itself.

For saracat, here is an outtake showing the London Eye without the motion blur (it is very slow in reality):

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I am very pleased that the various technical glitches (glaring to me!) did not hold everyone back on the voting front. Thanks again!
04/13/2005 04:26:46 AM
Worst to First !

Well done...

The colours in this are fantastic
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04/13/2005 03:42:36 AM
Excellent shot of a well known ladnmark. Congratulations on your ribbon. Well deserved, I hope more are coming.
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04/13/2005 03:05:24 AM
A brilliant capture - 83 seconds - lots of patience. The fact that there is no light on the spokes is surprising but produced a fabulous effect. Congratulations on the blue, well deserved. Ignore the Pet Portrait result, our humour doesn't travel well!
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04/13/2005 02:27:30 AM
Very nice image and congrats on the win! I'd like to see a study (over a weekend or so, a few hours every evening) of what time and what location the flashes went off at. I would think that they most often go off round sunset, and as your shot shows, at the top of the wheel. Well done!
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04/13/2005 01:58:52 AM
From worst to first in the space of two challenges !

Congratulations !
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04/13/2005 01:21:12 AM
Congrad's, You were one of three top picks for me I think. Great Shot!
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04/13/2005 01:20:50 AM
First time I have seen it, a very striking 'Q" Well Done !
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04/13/2005 01:20:01 AM
Congrats...superb job!!!
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04/13/2005 01:05:01 AM
Congrats on your superb submission.
So what if there ar eimperpections. Life is full of them. :)
Oh and a w00t! on your first and Blue Ribbon to boot!
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04/13/2005 12:27:36 AM
That is awesome. I did not vote in the challenge so this is the first time I've seen it.
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04/13/2005 12:20:12 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and personal best. Nice job!
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04/13/2005 12:08:30 AM
from brown ribbon to blue ribbon! congrats on the major improvement! great photo
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04/13/2005 12:08:02 AM
Congrats. This was one of my 5 highest scoring images. I shoulda called it.
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04/13/2005 12:04:20 AM
Conratulations on your 1st place. Just an awesome shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2005 10:53:24 PM
wow this is really cool..I have to mark you down for the spots in the sky...5
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04/12/2005 10:12:22 PM
A very attractive "Q"
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04/12/2005 10:09:49 PM
pretty
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04/12/2005 08:43:21 PM
This is great! My favorite in this challenge! Good luck!
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04/12/2005 06:58:38 PM
Nice idea - excellent title. Image is a little soft and it seems you have a dirty sensor. How odd that people actually think their flashes will be useful from the Eye! (Yes, they could be taking snaps of each other inside but I'm not giving them benefit of doubt.)
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04/12/2005 03:37:08 AM
Excellent...one of my top 3 vote getters.
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04/12/2005 03:00:38 AM
Nice photo.
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04/12/2005 02:07:09 AM
A well thought out image. great tonal quality.
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04/12/2005 02:04:57 AM
ok so thats an original and simple idea!!! love it good luck!!! 9
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04/11/2005 09:17:54 AM
Very nice picture. I really like it a lot ! I give you 9.
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04/10/2005 05:14:48 PM
thats a majestic Q
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04/10/2005 03:54:15 PM
Nice photo. I love the long exposure time. To me probably one of the best in this challenge. You have a nice neutral background and everything is in good focus here. Night shots in my opinion are always difficult to accomplish dead on and you have done this. As far as edits I don't know what all you have done as the voting is still going while I am commenting on this. I also relly like the reflection on the wet road. Only two things I see that bother me is how you cropped on the right so close to the building. Also the specs I see in the photo. This could be dust specs on your lense and it really hurts it. If it had not been for the dust specs I would have given you a 10. Giving you a 9 anyway.
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04/10/2005 12:47:15 AM
Apaqrt from the challenge this is a beauty, 10 Night shots are my nemisis!!!. I appluad those that can do them well.
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04/09/2005 09:31:23 PM
Awesome! Great find! This is one of my favorites.
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04/09/2005 07:25:11 PM
This is my favorite. Good job
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04/09/2005 05:06:33 PM
Nice study of the wheel and lovely colouring. One can imagine the wheel turning easily. Maybe this shot spent more time in the photoshop than it deed in the composition phase. Lovely all the same.
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04/09/2005 04:40:41 PM
Very sharp one of my favorites. gave it a 9 Perhaps a bit too much saturation and the line across the water is distracting none the less its a great shot. I think it should ribbon
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04/09/2005 12:52:23 PM
great shot!
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04/09/2005 08:25:15 AM
I love it! So cool...love the motion and light.
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04/08/2005 07:42:55 PM
Great find. :)
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04/08/2005 10:31:23 AM
Wonderful, colorful and eye pleasing. I'm sure you'll get a ribbon. Gave it a 10
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04/08/2005 09:46:56 AM
Good detail; not really an accidental letter in nature though
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04/08/2005 06:04:41 AM
smooth, maybe even too smooth. little oversharpened? still nice.
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04/08/2005 05:18:44 AM
We need a lens or sensor clean here? Shame the basic rules prevent cloning out of those spots. Great title - made me smile straight off. This must be a hellish long exposure - just looking at that light trail across the water. The spots at the top of the travel of the eye are presumably the flashes of automatic cameras? I'm no fan of this very straightforward composition, though - I think I would personally have balanced it in frame more with the shell building to its right - that conjunction here leaves the entire image feeling kind of weighted to the right.
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04/08/2005 12:29:52 AM
Great shot. The line and two items(not sure what they are) in the lower front of the photo are distracting to me.
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04/07/2005 10:19:37 PM
This looks like a winner to me! Bumping up.
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04/07/2005 08:48:14 PM
nice shot, nicely composed.
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04/07/2005 08:20:28 PM
this is an amazing shot. I absolutely love it! 10
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04/07/2005 02:33:52 PM
This is far an away the best shot of this challenge. (10)
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04/07/2005 10:44:33 AM
wonderful
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04/07/2005 09:44:16 AM
This is a nice shot. I love all the beautifully colored lights that can be seen. I also like how you shot it at night to give it a better effect. Nice work.
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04/07/2005 02:00:19 AM
Very nice, crisp night shot. Good work, 9
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04/06/2005 11:20:19 PM
that's pretty awsome.
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04/06/2005 09:29:09 PM
neat image
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04/06/2005 08:00:21 PM
My favorite thus far. Excellent!
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04/06/2005 07:58:51 PM
I love the color and uniqueness of this shot...the night, the reflection of the light in foreground is all good..great Q...8
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04/06/2005 06:25:41 PM
My favorite by far of all the photos.
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04/06/2005 06:05:11 PM
Nice
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04/06/2005 05:17:42 PM
It's neat, but what on earth is it? Good color & I love the lights.
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04/06/2005 04:55:06 PM
This is stunning!!! Absolutely beautiful! A perfect 10.
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04/06/2005 04:01:49 PM
This is my blue ribbon pick for the challenege. Supeb execution of nighttime photography with a difficult subject. I look forward to you photographers comments after the challenge to steal your technique ;-) Well done.
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04/06/2005 03:17:31 PM
Original and creative shot and well executed too. Besides, its completely different from any other "Q"'s in the challenge. Congratulations.
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04/06/2005 10:49:53 AM
Cool picture... the third Q I've seen - and I thought there wouldn't be any!
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04/06/2005 10:47:40 AM
Very cool "Q". Nicely done.
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04/06/2005 09:58:53 AM
oohh colors, lights, contrast and a giant Q!!! I love this shot. It apears to be just a wee bit titled clockwise BTW.
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04/06/2005 08:01:01 AM
Brilliant title, excellent shot.
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04/06/2005 06:33:37 AM
Great concept, nicely done.
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04/06/2005 05:46:08 AM
Composition: 8, Technical: 9, Appeal: 10, Challenge: 10, Overall Calculated Average Score: 9

Certainly ought to be a ribbon IMO. It's arguably more of an "O" than a "Q" but that's neither here nor there. Composition a bit static, sharpness a bit less than spot-on. Fine shot.

Incidentally, since I was ranking this one very highly anyway, i used it to test the "voting tool" that someone has posted to the forum., to see how it worked. I don't actually vote this mechanically, I do it a little more wholiistically. Your image struck a chord with me and i scored it very high :-)
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04/06/2005 05:04:02 AM
The idea is really good and would have worked beautifully. But I think in an attempt to get rid of the noise (in camera or after) from the long exposure, the image has actually lost it's impact.
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04/06/2005 01:15:04 AM
I"m trying hard to ignore the incredible mess on your sensor *g* - clean up time!!!

A well spotted Q together with pretty colors and glittering lights make this a very pleasant photo.
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04/06/2005 01:09:39 AM
A ribbon winner no doubt. Excellent!
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04/06/2005 12:51:42 AM
Outstanding!
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