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Unfinished Gate
Unfinished Gate

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Challenge: Urban Landscapes IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, PRC
Date: Mar 10, 2012
Aperture: 13.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/80 - 1/320
Date Uploaded: Mar 13, 2012

Saturday was the first sunny day in what seems like weeks of cold and rainy weather. My son and I took a nap in the afternoon and then ran out to catch the sunset. We took the scooter to a place by the lake that I had scoped out a couple of months ago, but the view was obstructed by construction and the guard wouldn't let us through to a clear spot. So we moved on up the shoreline and worked the shot until I found the perfect spot ... which was already occupied by a local photographer who has lived here for 60 years and had been camping out for the shot both in the morning and the afternoon. I complimented him on his keen eye for landscape and so his wife let me squeeze in for this shot (more likely because she thought my son was so cute and well behaved ... at that particular moment).

The view is of the SIP district on the west-side of Jinji Lake, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. The unfinished "Gate of China" skyscraper is to the right in background. The next-tallest buildings, to the left, are the twin Fraser Suites, although you can only really see one of them as they are aligned from this viewpoint. As usual, credit to my wife for the fitting title.

Processing: HDR image comprising 5 exposures. Exposure and gamma adjustment. Cloned out sensor dust (my camera needs a cleaning). A touch of Noise Ninja and unsharp mask. Added watermark. No crop.

Place: 11 out of 127
Avg (all users): 6.5212
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 6.6129
Avg (non-participants): 6.4660
Views since voting: 841
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 165
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/25/2012 10:51:53 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This is such a lovely shot. So quiet and serene, the fisherman with his cormorants, the sun and its reflection offering the only colour in a naturally desaturated capture. They balance beautifully against the willow(?) branches on the right framing the awkward skyscrapers leaning towards each other. The contrast of old and new is very powerful here so I am not surprised you finished just out of the top 10 in this challenge. Very well-seen shot and so glad that other photographer made room for you! Your son must have been very well behaved! :-) The pp you did is virtually invisible, good work.

Gorgeous work, please keep shooting and entering what you like. Just be careful, no watermarks or copyrights are allowed on any entries and may lead to a disqualification on that basis alone.

Feel free to PM me,

03/21/2012 11:43:04 AM
I'd rather look at this one than any other picture in the challenge - including my own. Beautiful.
03/21/2012 12:22:58 AM
Sooo close to Top Ten. Yet still... nothing to be ashamed of with this wonderful image!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/20/2012 11:47:27 PM
Beautiful image.
03/20/2012 11:43:35 PM
Somewhat reminiscent of Claude Monet's "Impression Sunset". Interesting shot.
03/20/2012 11:36:22 PM
Beautiful capture. The old and new juxtaposition.
03/20/2012 10:57:00 PM
poetry survives.
03/20/2012 10:38:50 PM
Nice work, well composed and suggestive.
03/20/2012 08:58:32 AM
Those details are stunning, and you have nicely grayed out the whole image. Stunning work.
03/19/2012 11:38:48 AM
7 from me. Lovely.
03/16/2012 11:32:17 PM
One of my favourite top three shots. I like the juxtaposition of old vs new, I like the foreground framing by the branches. I gave it a 8 but maybe I should have given it the 9 or 10 and not let the horizon bother me in a narrow minded fashion.
03/16/2012 11:22:47 PM
I really like how the sun adds that nice touch of color.
03/16/2012 11:13:36 PM
Really a nice sense of calm. Love the birds on his boat.
03/16/2012 11:08:44 AM
beautiful serene shot. love the color in the water
03/14/2012 05:33:04 PM
It would look better without the branch, nice take on the challenge
03/14/2012 10:40:22 AM
Great contrast of simple life vs big city. Tree branches take away from this image slightly in my opinion. still well done. Love the colours of the sun reflection in the water as the contrast to the 'dismal city' look.
03/14/2012 05:16:18 AM
Really like this, feels like the horizon is tilted to the right tho :-)
03/14/2012 04:24:27 AM

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