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Challenge: Tilt Shift III (Standard Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: National Gallery, London
Date: Sep 3, 2016
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 10000
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Sep 15, 2016

I have little doubt that almost everything in this contest will follow the usual pattern of "perfectly ordinary boring photograph, with gaussian blur added selectively to pull off a cheap fake tilt effect". Which is dreary - this is supposed to be a digital photography challenge site, not a photoshop challenge site.

So as a stand of principle, rather than a crappy fake tilt job, here's a "real" shift photo, using the tilt and shift concept as one of its serious uses was intended, to give "correct" perspective for architectural work.

This is still, however, somewhat of a cheat - I don't own a real tilt-shift lens, so this is instead a crop from an ultra-wide; the optical result is effectively the same, only with less of my sensor available to play with.

This wasn't a planned shot, however, and improvising on the spot meant this had to be shot hand-held at night - hence the high ISO (10,000) and the resultant noise, made worse by the drastic crop that was required to achieve the desired effect.

Editing steps: slight perspective correction, curves to bring up the golden lights in the museum and give the outside a bluer night cast, cloning out distracting litter on the ground and stains on the walls and a distracting tarpaulin on one of the rooves, dodging and burning, crop, resize and selective sharpen.

Place: 32 out of 36
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09/23/2016 07:01:34 AM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that meets the challenge properly.

Your prediction for the entries was unfortunately cannily accurate! Your entry is a pleasing exception made all the more exceptional because of it and Iím glad to see some of your commenters appreciated it too. At 1/13s youíve done well to hand-hold this with such a good result, yes there is evidence of noise but the really important point is that this is a true perspective. The inclusion of the two people interacting with the building really completes the image giving it all a sense of scale and accuracy. The blown highlights are an inevitable by-product of this difficult exposure.

So, with all that lovely glass you donít have a tilt/shift lens, could this be next on the shopping list? The score reflects how little this technique is respected here, thanks for a refreshingly true representation of what the challenge should have been about.
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09/23/2016 02:18:09 AM
one of my higher scoring images, as it didn't have the fake "miniature" effect applied.
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09/23/2016 01:26:55 AM
Originally posted by smardaz:

Love the lecture followed by the confession that you also Photoshopped your entry.

It's not a "confession", the entire point is that EVEN WITH JUST PHOTOSHOP you can create a lot of other "tilt shift" effects than the brain-dead "fake miniature city" thing. Grow some imagination.
09/23/2016 01:22:48 AM
Love the lecture followed by the confession that you also Photoshopped your entry.
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09/22/2016 10:07:15 PM
Looks like shift used in the old fashioned way, e.g. properly. 6
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