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Challenge: Non-Ribboner's Landscape/Seascape/Cityscape (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm X-T20
Lens: Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4
Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
Date: Mar 14, 2020
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2900
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2020

This shot was taken in my hometown Leiden during a Saturday afternoon walk. This was before all the special corona measures were enforced although the advise was already to keep distance. In the background the weekly market is visible, it was a busy place so I avoided it.
So, less than 10 hours till rollover and still only 3 submittals in this challenge, I expect it will stay that way. I have to admit I considered a short moment to unsubmit because what's the fun of ribboning without competition. But then I realised that ribboning, although it must be nice, is not the purpose why I'm here. I never cared about being a non-ribboner so why care getting one "for free".

Besides, I like the shot and now that I'm more home-bound I finally find time to get a little deeper into PP-ing. I even started shooting raw recently; it opens a new world I must say... should 've done that years ago.
In addition there will not be much opportunity to go out shooting in the upcoming months, so here it is. I'm in!! (looking forward to see the competition...and read the many comments that were promised)

[Mar. 29th, 2020 05:01:33 PM]

The morning after rollover. To my surprise there are 6 submittals now! OK still a dramatically low amount, but at least there are more submittals than ribbons now. 6 votes already and a score of 7.6667, and some comments!

A big THANK YOU to all voters and commenters, it's much appreciated! Also, thank you Georges for the Award.

For those who like to see the coloured version:

Place: 1 out of 6
Avg (all users): 7.2597
Avg (participants): 7.7500
Avg (non-participants): 7.2329
Views since voting: 955
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 77
Comments: 34
Favorites: 0

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04/03/2020 10:59:36 AM
Congrats on your Blue! Lovely image. Well done!
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04/03/2020 09:08:51 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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04/01/2020 09:45:12 PM
I am so proud for your first blue ribbon! And what a score! Iím glad you are now shooting in RAW. I think it should make anything you shoot a contender! You certainly live in a beautiful, artistic place! Mega congratulations on your win. Like so many have said... it would have likely won in any challenge. I hope it will be the first of many ribbons for you!
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04/01/2020 06:44:49 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon and new PB. The coloured version is lovely too but I like the vintage look of your entry. The two have very different moods.
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04/01/2020 04:43:47 AM
I think this excellent image would have done well in any appropriate challenge. Maybe enter more challenges, you're good! Many congrats on your blue ribbon and on your new PB.
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04/01/2020 04:26:52 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. Apologies for thinking it was Amsterdam. I really like the colour version. Thank you for sharing.
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04/01/2020 02:03:40 AM
Congratulations, it was the best of the lot, and probably would of fared well in any landscape challenge. Great score too!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2020 11:04:48 AM
Beautiful capture of the city's personality.
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03/30/2020 09:43:18 AM
Oh how nice...I have always loved Venice...I stood at exactly that same spot where you took this photo from.
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03/29/2020 08:11:15 PM
Nicely composed with leading lines of the water. The sepia tone is a bit heavy for my liking, but all Inall a good image and my highest score.
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03/29/2020 04:01:00 PM
I like the cityscape and the mass of bicycles!
Since you titled it "before" the lockdown I would have expected some more joie de vivre- means colour. Your PP makes it look a little bit sad
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03/29/2020 02:32:59 PM
wow .. i'm wondering what this scene would look like now ..
maybe there would be heaps less bikes .. it could look quite desolate ..
its a great shot .. very well balanced as well .. :)
ps .. i think that the sepia hints at what is to come ..
like old sepia photos .. looking back on the past ..
well this one is looking forward into the future .. :)
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03/29/2020 12:32:53 PM
Personally, very good, I like that you used an old time colour with this, it does look like an old time photo. You have a leading lines, you have a bridge, lots of points of interest, you are sharp and it is clear. It just needs something. I think contrast, some dodge on the river to draw your eye a little more, some dodge and burn to make the buildings a little less flat, play around with layers, that way you can always ditch a layer without losing what work you have done. In a Free Study, this would have got a 4/5 from me as of right now, a 6
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03/29/2020 08:14:28 AM
This is 1-a for me and like everything else would have gotten no better than a 5 in a free study. From a composition perspective it's best in the field, I'm just not a huge fan of the processing. I suspect the sky was dull so it didn't pop as a color shot, but I think I might have rather seen it that way. I see the rows of bikes and wonder about the interplay of the colors. I want to know how the buildings differed, what color the boat cover is. I want to explore it more but this treatment doesn't allow it. I read "Before the lockdown" and I want to think of things being bright and cheery. This is more "After the lockdown" in processing.

And there's just too much sky here that just isn't interesting but it's bright enough to keep pulling my eye to it which makes everything else appear darker. I find that if I scroll up to the point where I eliminate almost all roofs I get a far more interesting panorama feel that doesn't suffer as much from the sepia treatment and likely would have really worked as a color shot.

Definitely the best capture of the bunch by a long shot. You just didn't find the photograph in it for me.
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03/28/2020 04:39:23 PM
This must be Holland, and a very pretty day. There is lots to enjoy in this image!
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03/28/2020 01:15:55 PM
Yay! I like this one. Hope you get the Blue! Nice choice of sepia tone.
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03/28/2020 11:05:05 AM
Handsome scene that brings to life the essence of place. It's busy yet orderly in the vertical whites of the window frames. The many people and bikes occupying this scene are balanced by the peaceful canal that opens in substantial width and narrows as it recedes under the bridge and beyond. Also by the sky above, interestingly modulated by the clouds, their flowing tones. The composition is well-measured. The dividing skyline affords a becoming negative space above. Though the overall toning works well, I'm a bit surprised that the image isn't in color, given the intent of the title. Overall, attractive and appealing.
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03/27/2020 06:54:48 PM
Great processing. It's strange how this already looks so odd... the locked up part of me wants to scream at these people to spread out and get home safely because we all underestimated this bloody virus
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03/27/2020 03:58:53 PM
Nice city scape. The treatment does nothing for me though. The comp is pretty good with the canal leading into the background and houses acting as fencing on both sides. There is enough in the image to keep interest for a little while.
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03/27/2020 12:58:19 PM
What a place! You did justice to it. Amsterdam right?
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03/27/2020 09:40:36 AM
That's a lot of bicycles! Good capture of the "feel" of the location, I like the "vintage" toning.
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03/26/2020 11:09:54 PM
Probably the best of the images entered. Itís interesting, good depth of focus and nicely composed. Iím not crazy about the dark sepia tone. Less is better.
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03/26/2020 08:14:51 AM
you are my #1
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03/26/2020 04:39:14 AM
Best of the 6 in my opinion
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03/25/2020 10:19:08 PM
Pleasing scene, but comes off to me a bit flat. Perhaps some stronger contrast or selective editing to bring out some of those wonderful details?
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03/25/2020 10:17:08 PM
A lovely scene with plenty to keep me interested and nice leading lines to encourage my eye to move through. Top two.
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03/25/2020 03:32:02 PM
Monotone makes this stand out, and creates the mood. Good job
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03/25/2020 03:23:21 PM
Wow! I love this! It looks like a vintage painting! It's only the first photo I've voting on, but it looks like a ribbon to me! Good luck!

PS... I'm back... just voted on all of them, and it's for sure now that I think this one should be your first blue ribbon! Nice job.
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03/25/2020 01:06:39 PM
Clear winner, I actually love it. Composition looks great as is the point of view. You are definitely not a beginner. The people walking adds much to this picture. Processing is well thought and fits the scene. A 9 from me and my Blue Dragon Award
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03/25/2020 11:13:39 AM
Fabulous! My pick for the BLUE! Processing is fun, too.
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03/25/2020 07:28:53 AM
Looks like Amsterdam to me and I feel like i have been in this exact location on one of many visits to this fantastic city. You have captured the architecture, the water element, hussle and bustle nicely. I am not sure about the processing- to me Amsterdam is a very vibrant city so this goes against that feeling but to be fair it still looks good as a photograph.
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03/25/2020 07:04:29 AM
My favorite in this challenge.
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03/25/2020 01:42:14 AM
Easily the most interesting image in the challenge. Love the detail, the many things to look at, the sepia toning fits well.
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03/25/2020 01:12:40 AM
A beautiful rendition of a European city Iím guessing, I like your processing. Itís well composed and interesting to look at.

This is the winner for me.
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