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Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon PowerShot A530
Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: Sep 2, 2009
Aperture: F2.6
Shutter: 1/159
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2010

Some lamps in the lobby of the Dallas Sheraton hotel. To me, this seems reminiscent of a fleet of rockets launching, hence the title.

This is one of my favorite shots of the year, I love the interplay of the circles, lines and orange lights. There was not a challenge at the time that was appropriate for it, and I entered another shot from the same session in that month's freestudy. I am especially pleased that I managed this with a Powershot A530 that I bought for $30 in a pawn shop. This little 5Mp P&S can so some really nice shots once you know what it's limits and strengths are.

As good a photo as I think this is, in the annual super freestudy, you have to totally blow people away, so anything over a 5 1/2 will be doing well. Always hoping for a 6+, of course.

Anticipated critiques:
-Busy background
-Don't understand the relationship of the title to the image.

Post-challenge notes:
Held with the pack on this one, placing just a few spots shy of dead center. Not shabby at all for a pic taken with a $30 used point & shoot.

Statistics
Place: 229 out of 445
Avg (all users): 5.8080
Avg (commenters): 6.9524
Avg (participants): 5.7565
Avg (non-participants): 5.9825
Views since voting: 1187
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 250
Comments: 28
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/30/2010 09:33:16 AM
Great "best of" shot!! I really like this one! I thought the lines and particularly the colors were just great! What an interesting spot!
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01/29/2010 11:36:10 AM
over 5.5: check. Congrats. Shoulda made a hanging mobile from shoehorns though. :P
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01/29/2010 03:06:57 AM
I love the way this is so unexciting,and yet truly exciting.You have a good eye :)
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01/29/2010 01:49:01 AM
I really like this, Steve. Came back to it several times in voting/viewing. Like you, I quite enjoy the interplay of the shapes and colors. There's just something quite pleasing about it.
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01/29/2010 12:29:28 AM
Fantastic shot Steve. I loved the colors and patterns, not to mention the excellent perspective. I gave it a 7 and feel that is a bit underrated. Considering it's a Best of Challenge it's definitely one to be proud of.

You've done well with that A530!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 04:16:58 PM
Well seen.Lovely capture.
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01/28/2010 04:03:30 PM
Sharp, well exposed and colours are good. Love the lines and abstract feel to this. Its a good clean pic.
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01/28/2010 12:46:30 PM
Wow, I love the colors and shapes of these light fixtures. This is an interesting study in colors, shapes and lines. I like how you present this in an interesting angle, but I don't think you got the angle presentation nearly enough to make these fixtures visually pop off of their space. Yes, I know angle can be tough and what I am about to suggest *may* have been impossible. However, the lines of the tall building in the backdrop -compete- and distract from the lines and shapes of those cool light fixtures. If possible - get a straight up shot at that larger fixture on the top portion of this photo so that there is nothing but sky behind it. To me, that larger fixture on the upper portion first struck me as something seen on planetary star charts or planetary orbit trajectories. I know your title is making the allusion that all these fixtures are blasting off into space, but my eyes cannot help but be drawn to that one on the top portion. The full circular shapes and spectacular yellow/orange hues really capture my eye; would make a great abstract in a squared presentation btw. Nonetheless a slightly above average shot that shows a lot of imagination and an eye for looking at new angles to show off the beauty in what many would pass by everyday without blinking an eye.
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01/27/2010 02:41:34 PM
love the lights and the textures here. nice balance between the sky and the lights.
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01/27/2010 06:18:22 AM
excellent perspective, excellent technique, 8 , no negatives from me.
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01/26/2010 02:53:42 PM
I like all the different shapes and lines here.
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01/26/2010 03:57:10 AM
nice entry the sky might have looked a lot better darker
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01/25/2010 09:19:48 PM
Nicely seen and nicely executed. My temptation would have been to do this in black and white, but the color really holds up here and even adds to the image.
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01/25/2010 09:09:27 PM
these are some very interesting lights...you will have to remember them when we do either circles, polka dots or curves...they are perfect
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01/25/2010 08:34:42 PM
Geometrically interesting. Great lines and shapes and the orange looks nice against the sky.
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01/25/2010 02:30:33 AM
nice punchy colour
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01/24/2010 11:12:12 PM
Well seen pattern in those chandeliers...great job of composing to take full advantage. Great color and tones!
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01/24/2010 02:08:43 PM
Very professionally done, great image :)
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01/24/2010 12:38:03 PM
Perfect!
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01/24/2010 12:34:14 PM
I like everything about this image that could have been so average had it stayed within "normal" boundaries. Adeptly composed, terrific exposure, wonderful lighting and detail.....8
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01/23/2010 05:56:57 PM
Great architectural shot. Love the perspective.
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01/23/2010 02:58:14 PM
Love the perspective, very interesting subject matter, great colours and exposure.
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01/23/2010 11:54:11 AM
what a cool perspective
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01/22/2010 11:54:06 PM
Cool lights. Title may be a bit much for this one.
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01/22/2010 11:50:58 PM
lot going on in this one, thats cool
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01/22/2010 07:01:38 PM
Is this you Steve? Nice shot. I love the colors and the angles.
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01/22/2010 02:22:25 PM
Circles and squares with color. Nice shot.
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01/22/2010 08:18:24 AM
Nice circles, lines, patterns. Like the abstract quality to it.
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