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MY MELBOURNE
2nd PlaceMY MELBOURNE
hotpasta


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Postcard III (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: Apr 5, 2009
Aperture: F13
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30 Seconds
Galleries: Cityscape, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2009

The Image: This is the Yarra River that runs through our city. It was a great night for the shoot. Shot at night on a tripod with a my new remote shutter release. Best thing! The colours in the original are not far off this. I do like the skewed perspective and am pretty pleased with the image.

On the right is the Crown Casino Complex. I was on a bridge overlooking this.

There was enough wind to give me nice water over the 30 second exposure.

The Edit: Levels, USM, Colour balance adjustment layers and masks, vibrance, some dodging and burning, resize, smart sharpen, a final levels adjustment.

I added the text which is Scala Sans Caps for the capital letters, and Johan Sparkling for the Australia text.

I like it overall...I would buy this card.

[Apr. 8th, 2009 01:40:34 AM]

DURING THE CHALLENGE: This has been around 8'3's for the first 30 votes...now around 7.9 with just over 100 votes...this should be my new PB and hopefully a BLUE!

I must say I love this image. I keep looking at it and see new details in it all the time. I love how the text worked out in this, and the fact that so many people like it.

If this wins, I will have three images on my front page that actually have text on them - legally. Maybe I should have been a desktop publisher! I must admit, I am a fontaholic! Thanks everyoone!

POST: Thanks everyone...a new PB for me, finally after a couple of years! Appreciate all the votes and comments...

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 163
Avg (all users): 7.7706
Avg (commenters): 8.9032
Avg (participants): 7.6452
Avg (non-participants): 7.8426
Views since voting: 10158
Views during voting: 463
Votes: 170
Comments: 95
Favorites: 28 (view)


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04/19/2009 01:08:43 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Do you really need a critique ? :)

Love the overall blue tone to the image, well composed and exposed. The moving clouds add to the picture and 'MELBOURNE' blending in is a nice touch.

If I can have a wish list: Not this wide a border, a 2x3 landscape image I would have liked more. The water was a little more smooth on the left bottom corner.

Overall an amazing image, a postcard that I would definitely I would consider buying.

regards,
Gaurawa
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04/17/2009 10:40:38 PM
terrific image; congrats. not a fan of the border here. curious if you tried bleeding the font partially into the border.
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04/16/2009 12:24:05 AM
i felt in love with the photo after first viewed in FB, i registered here so that i can participate in voting! (how can I?) HOTPASTA, this is superior photog and post processing is excellent!
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04/15/2009 07:59:41 PM
Big congrats on your ribbon!
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04/14/2009 11:51:07 PM
Way to go! Congrats! The font, the picture, everything! Its amazing!
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04/14/2009 11:38:21 PM
brilliant.
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04/14/2009 03:59:44 PM
love the skewed perspective and the sky...great shot..Kevin
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04/14/2009 09:07:12 AM
Congrats with your PB and second place. Really nice night shot
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04/14/2009 08:10:10 AM
Well done on a new personal best! Interesting how the wind you mentioned helped smooth the water, but it's effect was buried in shadow in regards to the trees.
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04/14/2009 05:09:14 AM
Excellent work Enzo - congrats on the second place!
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04/14/2009 04:30:11 AM
So happy this ribboned! well done!
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04/14/2009 12:52:17 AM
Congratulations on the red. This is a gorgeous postcard - in every aspect.
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04/13/2009 07:17:19 PM
Cool Enzo-- Your ghosted font really put this one over the edge. The photo is fantastic and in the context of the challenge, the font made for the perfect image.
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04/13/2009 06:23:58 PM
Awesome shot Enzo. You've brought the most out of it with the light and the wide angle. Congrats on your well deserved RED.
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04/13/2009 04:56:13 PM
Oh wow, this is just beautiful. Love the vibrant colors and the fonts work perfectly. Congratulations on a new PB.
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04/13/2009 04:12:39 PM
Congrats on your ribbon and new pb, great colors and compositon it is just beautiful.
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04/13/2009 02:56:46 PM
This is a great postcard, I'd buy it! However I am conflicted on whether or not the composition would be as amazing without the excellent choice of fonts and borders. But whatever, great shot.
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04/13/2009 02:42:46 PM
Congrats on the ribbon and your new PB! Great! :)
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04/13/2009 02:03:25 PM
Enzo, you really outdid yourself (which is saying ALOT) on this one. You have to be so proud of how this turned out. Congratulations on 2nd place! And 7.7+! Wow! Worth every single fraction of a point of it!
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04/13/2009 01:42:50 PM
What a beaut Congrats on the high score, ribbon and beautiful image.
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04/13/2009 12:50:19 PM
I had a feeling this would be one of the winners, simply because of the layout, fonts. I haven't been to Melbourne since 1979, I'm sure it's come a long way since. As an Aussie, I can't fail to admire this one. :-)

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04/13/2009 11:43:22 AM
Oh Enzo...you've truly outdone yourself on this one!!! Bravo on your ribbon! ;-)
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04/13/2009 09:37:32 AM
Congratulations
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04/13/2009 09:35:17 AM
Beautiful representation of our beautiful city. Well done. Congratulations on the Red. Well deserved.
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04/13/2009 09:16:58 AM
Congrats on the new PB and the ribbon, Enzo! Truly a beautiful shot and all the more so (in my opinion) because of the wonderful skewed perspective. Wide is awesome, isn't it?
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04/13/2009 09:15:37 AM
Congrats, Enzo! Lovely for the red!
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04/13/2009 08:52:10 AM
so good!! congrats on the red!
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04/13/2009 08:32:46 AM
Oh yeah!!! Truly postcard worthy!! Congrats, Enzo.
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04/13/2009 08:27:34 AM
This is a beaut. Very professional. You could sell this.
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04/13/2009 08:15:08 AM
Wow Enzo, a new PB! Congrats!
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04/13/2009 06:54:25 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, Enzo! Great shot and excellent postcard design
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04/13/2009 06:48:32 AM
Excellent shot Enzo. One of my fav's. Congrats on the red.
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04/13/2009 06:34:30 AM
fabulous shot - congratulations!!
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04/13/2009 06:19:54 AM
Congrats mate on a new PB, seems to be the season for it.
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04/13/2009 03:26:26 AM
THIS IS MORE THAN AWESOME .. totally spectacular ..
the photograph is amazing, your processing superb and the way you've included the text is magic ..
CONGRATS on such a deserving ribbon .. 7.7706 WOW .. !!! ..:)
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04/13/2009 02:39:01 AM
Wow Enzo
congrats on the ribbon and what a spectacular capture of our fine city
wow a 7.7706 what a ripper score mate congrats on the PB

Message edited by author 2009-04-13 08:53:56.
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04/13/2009 02:26:34 AM
Enzo, I had this one and 21.gif RulerZigzags (6th place) pegged as yours. Glad I got at least one right ;-) Gorgeous postcard - I'd buy it. Definitely. Congrats on your ribbon.
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04/13/2009 02:25:44 AM
My favorite of the challenge :) Great Depth and tonal range, I congratulate you on your personal best, and another blue.
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04/13/2009 02:09:25 AM
Congratulations Enzo, gorgeous colours and clarity - and yes, your fonts are terrific!
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04/13/2009 02:07:23 AM
Congrats on the red ... i love the font
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04/13/2009 01:59:42 AM
holy snap a PB!! A most awesome image, congrats!
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04/13/2009 01:59:10 AM
AWESOME..... Now this is just amazing, and I am so pleased it ribboned for you my dear friend.....love shez
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04/13/2009 01:47:17 AM
Absolutely stunning.....

One of my 10's.....

Congrats....
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04/13/2009 01:10:58 AM
woohoo!!! Congrats on the ribbon and a fantastic score
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04/13/2009 01:02:49 AM
Way ta go, Enzo! A spectularly awesome image! Congrats!
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04/13/2009 12:55:36 AM
Congrats, great shot!
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04/13/2009 12:50:13 AM
Tops Tops! Congratulations on the ribbon for a fantastic image!!!
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04/13/2009 12:49:58 AM
Congrats on the red... beautiful image! Makes me want to visit Melborne.
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04/13/2009 12:49:38 AM
I had this pegged for Blue - just in front of the *actual* Blue. The faded "Melbourne" mask in the clouds was an especially nice touch.
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04/13/2009 12:47:16 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Enzo!!.
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04/13/2009 12:31:41 AM
Beautiful shot...one to be very proud of.
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04/13/2009 12:25:26 AM
I predicted this will ribbon. Fantastic shot, congrats.
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04/13/2009 12:24:15 AM
Fantastic image. One of my favorites from the challenge. I would buy this card also. Congratulations.
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04/13/2009 12:12:36 AM
Gorgeous. The depth to this image is incredible. congrats.
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04/13/2009 12:12:03 AM
Yayyyy.....congrats Enzo...and it shoulda stayed above the 8 mark.
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04/13/2009 12:05:54 AM
Congratz on the PB. This was my favorite in the challenge.
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04/13/2009 12:05:11 AM
Awesome job...simply amazing night shot!
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04/13/2009 12:03:22 AM
Congrats on the red. Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2009 11:00:10 PM
Everything about this image makes me want to go visit this wonderful city. This is a 10 all the way for me. Voted earlier in the week, just stopping by to comment on a few of my favorites.
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04/12/2009 06:39:55 PM
great shot, perfect for the challenge i might add a little black on the edges but that's it or an edge burn
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04/12/2009 10:29:06 AM
stunning!
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04/11/2009 08:34:04 PM
I'll see this on the front page. At least the top 10. I can't find anything to nitpick on.
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04/11/2009 08:16:51 AM
Ok, so you look like you've taken a couple photos in your time. Absolutely great job. The text, the composition, the colors, sharpness, and even the location all stand out to say I'm a solid top vote getter. Great job.

One critique, a standard postcard normally isn't so square. It probably would normally need a more 4x6 orientation.
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04/10/2009 07:49:46 PM
Great view of Melbourne and some nice vivid colours. I would like to see more of the left bank as this shot leaves me feeling like I'm missing out on something of interest there and feels a little off centre as well.
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04/10/2009 03:50:14 PM
Cool shot ... would definately purchase this one!
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04/10/2009 11:09:36 AM
Really excellent image, the use of the fonts and type treatment are spot on
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04/09/2009 06:44:54 PM
Beautiful vivid colors
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04/09/2009 12:36:20 PM
Not voting, only commenting:

I expect to see this on the front page, and probably a ribbon. Very well done!
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04/08/2009 07:36:25 PM
Every aspect of this is incredible. Makes me want to go home and start trying to emulate your photo...
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04/08/2009 10:12:23 AM
Nicely done!
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04/07/2009 11:47:35 PM
I'm not sure about the thickness ofteh borders, cards do have think top & bottom but that maybe a bit much... On saying that, awesome shot man. Go Aussie.......! 9
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04/07/2009 04:31:25 PM
wow - now this is my favorite of the challenge
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04/07/2009 11:49:54 AM
I love how the lights hit the water and the color of the sky... its a great shot
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04/07/2009 06:37:38 AM
Outstanding....this should be the winner!
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04/07/2009 12:34:25 AM
Stunning, beautiful, fantastic. My pick for Ribbon. Good Luck
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04/06/2009 11:49:20 PM
This is a postal card I'd buy if I was on Melbourne!!! It really makes me want to visit it...
Maybe if I ever make to that side of the world, you can sell me one... ;-)
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04/06/2009 10:19:46 PM
Perfect - simply perfect from the colors, the theme, the subject and the font and font color. The Melbourne fade effect is incredible - a pro quality shot. Extremely effective, dramatic and purposeful. Well done.
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04/06/2009 09:29:18 PM
This could be my favorite! Well done! GREAT colors!
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04/06/2009 08:40:13 PM
Love the blue and the fonts really work. Just wish the buildings were parallel to the edges.
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04/06/2009 08:22:44 PM
Hot Pasta I assume? What a great image, and your processing makes it an excellent postcard as well. Both your tones and colors are contrasted perfectly, exposed well throughout. Oh and the different types of fonts might bother some picky voters, but im not nitpicking..8
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04/06/2009 06:05:55 PM
Like it. 10
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04/06/2009 05:47:18 PM
What a great job. Love the lighting. Just about hypnotizing. 10
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04/06/2009 04:46:16 PM
So beautifully done - 10
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04/06/2009 01:12:58 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. This is the second one that reminds me of Enzos work. Good luck, whoever you are.
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04/06/2009 12:35:00 PM
Great shot , love the colors and the font , good luck
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04/06/2009 11:57:28 AM
like the washy font at top, very effective. 8
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04/06/2009 11:24:03 AM
I would buy this postcard
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04/06/2009 09:33:32 AM
Wow, stunning! Great sky, great colours. My only nit-pick is the border and the words "capital cities series" at the bottom. A bit overkill. I'm giving this a 9, would give it a 10 if not for those 2 things.
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04/06/2009 09:05:12 AM
Beautiful. 10
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04/06/2009 08:11:16 AM
The picture and the lettering at the top are both very stylish.
The lettering at the bottom and the thick black borders, I'm not so keen on. Good luck.
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04/06/2009 01:17:57 AM
Love the composition,colors! Like the text fonts & fading effect. Probably a slight more distortion due to wide angle lens..7
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04/06/2009 12:56:09 AM
i love the vividness of the blues in this! and i like how you faded the bottom of the letters in "Melbourne". first 10 of the challenge for me :)
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04/06/2009 12:49:12 AM
Awesome pic, my top pic for the challenge! Good Luck!
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04/06/2009 12:29:12 AM
wowie Perfecto!!! 10
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04/06/2009 12:12:05 AM
Love the font disappearing into the sky. man, this really is like a tourist shop postcard. Way to go.
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