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Challenge: Architecture In Blue (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Sydney Harbour
Date: Aug 12, 2012
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 30
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2012

Used 2xND & 1 x ND Grad filters & set camera white balance to incandescent.
In LR4 adjust exposure & sharpen.

Place: 15 out of 77
Avg (all users): 6.2913
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8462
Avg (non-participants): 6.4886
Views since voting: 455
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 127
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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08/28/2012 01:06:49 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club,

A solid finish here for a decent image. Clarity and focus is good, but the doubling of the filters probably led to some of the random light diffraction that is so evident here. I do think this shot is an improved composition over your personal best shot, which appears to be the same bridge.

Compositionally, I would try showing more of the bridge, vertically, next time. I feel like I am robbed slightly of this wonderful view. I think this same image with a nearly square crop could have been stronger. Intersecting the bridge's top beam with the top corner of the image could have added some interesting leading lines. This could be done by having a slightly wider angle lens, and maybe cropping in slightly on the left, but not too much.

Technically, the light diffraction is very distracting to me. I am curious why you chose to use two ND filters, when you could have used a lower ISO and maybe a smaller aperture and gotten a very similar effect, likely without as much light diffraction. If you really wanted to darken the upper portion of the image, and since you have a 30 second exposure, you can experiment with covering the top half of the lens with a sheet of black paper for a portion of the exposure and get very similar effect to the ND grad.

Overall, a very nice image, but not very creative to me, and a bit technically off. It doesn't push the bounds and make me say WOW. Honestly, I'm amazed that it got the score that it did, but I guess it's a testament to DPC's love for the smooth water effect. I hope this doesn't come across too harsh. I can see you've been around here for quite a while, so I hope you've got some good thick skin. Just trying to offer some alternate views.

Food for thought.

James Downing
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08/23/2012 09:28:03 AM
Congrats on the award.
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08/22/2012 02:39:51 AM

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2012 01:21:53 AM
Spectacular clarity. I really need to learn how to take better night shots
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08/16/2012 04:57:06 AM
Wow! Gorgeous.
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08/15/2012 02:59:11 PM
Love the blueness of this image and nice job with the exposure! I think you could have cloned out the two white lights in the sky and possibly cleaned up a bit of the reflected light in the river on the left under the cityscape. As well as the reflected light on the right of the bridge about a third of the way in from the left...
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08/15/2012 01:40:16 PM
What a magnificent structure, with so much interesting detail and color.
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08/15/2012 12:18:46 PM
Gotta be a top ten in my view.
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08/15/2012 02:16:59 AM
bit of a stretch for the challenge I feel you probably just changed the colours here, still nice pic, but to me DNMC, as I've never seen a blue bridge before....lol
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08/15/2012 02:10:02 AM
Beautiful shot.
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