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 Avg (all users): 4.8605 Avg (commenters): 6.0000 Avg (participants): 4.7692 Avg (non-participants): 4.9000 Views since voting: 227 Views during voting: 116 Votes: 43 Comments: 5 Favorites: 0
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.