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Architectural detail: the City of London
Architectural detail: the City of London

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Challenge: Travel Guides (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: City of London
Date: Sep 4, 2004
Aperture: f/4.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/58
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Sep 5, 2004

of the incidental statuary in the City of London, this is one of the best executed faces. I feel that he's looking at me, that he's saying: 'this is my burden, so what is so tough about yours?'.

The City of London - that's the 'square mile', rather than the entire urban agglomeration, is a wonderful place on a Saturday afternoon: quiet, near-deserted, as all the banks, financial institutions and ancilliary businesses are closed. But the city is full of extraordinary details - and here's one for you, I believe over a doorway on an old branch of Lloyd's Bank. I can recommend this trip to anyone visiting London - so much more interesting that some of the tourist traps: just wander, let your eyes guide you, and remember to look up; it's such a compact area that even if you do get lost, it'll be no time before you find a tube station or something.

Compositional note: the primary strength of this image comes from the use of repeating elements. The two sets of scroll work, the growing lines of the pedastal on which Atlas sits, the repeating and growing curves of the arch and the shadow. Of course, light is important, despite the vast quantitly of dodging and burning that's one on here: perhaps should be mentioned that this is not by use of the brushes, but by selecting areas of the image with a feathering of anything from 8 to 200 pixels. Using the brightness/contrast controls on those areas allow one to brighten without disturbing the sense of continuity through the image - basically, the more one brightens the more one has to increase contrast. And then there's those areas outside the grainy stone-work, where things are I think darkened too far: but I'm kind of working on the basis that as I don't like the extreme dodging and burning of some shots, maybe others will like what I don't here.

Place: 31 out of 189
Avg (all users): 6.2830
Avg (commenters): 7.8235
Avg (participants): 6.1858
Avg (non-participants): 6.3939
Views since voting: 975
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 212
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/13/2004 02:16:19 PM
One of my top rated shots of the challenge, great photo Ed.

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09/13/2004 12:10:24 AM
This was a top pick of mine. Superb!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/12/2004 11:10:44 PM
Love the detail and the perspective. Great shot.
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09/12/2004 10:15:24 AM
Excellent shot! I love the feel of the stone in the image. The thing that makes this one so nice is the point of view. How often do any of us look up? Well cropped and though out! 10
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09/11/2004 10:15:24 PM
Perfect. Unique approach to the challenge.
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09/11/2004 09:03:39 PM
Oversharpened in my opinion, lighting is cool, composition is good. I think this would look good in BW as well.
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09/11/2004 10:22:32 AM
9 and a really nice pic of london - not the typical Big Ben :)
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09/10/2004 05:26:54 PM
Nice exposure and sharpness.
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09/09/2004 05:28:27 PM
Looks like some dodging going on, what with the hallows around the subject. Otherwise, excellent lighting. Good luck on the challenge!
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09/09/2004 05:03:58 PM
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09/08/2004 06:39:56 PM
really love this! very moody and atmospheric. well composed and executed. also, an unorthodox approach to the "travel guide" of the challenge.
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09/07/2004 02:40:58 PM
I like it. I would have vote even higher with some croppin at the bottom about a third of the height.
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09/07/2004 02:03:58 PM
I love the composition and texture in this shot.
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09/07/2004 07:17:49 AM
nice composition. i like how you've filled the frame with the building, and left out all the unwanted parts.
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09/06/2004 09:26:03 PM
One of my favorites in this competition. I love the grittiness and texture in this.
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09/06/2004 03:13:00 PM
Great 10
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09/06/2004 12:22:45 PM
Stunning shot. Great detail and lighting.
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09/06/2004 03:49:36 AM
A very nice photo but I would like to give more points if this had specific meaning to this building. In other words, is this figure symbolic of something? If there are any impotant details I would have liked to see them in the title somehow. Otherwise, I see this simply as a male figure with a globe(?) on his back. Might be Atlas but I cannot tell.
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09/06/2004 01:53:22 AM
Beautiful moody shot. 9
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