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Saint Pauls

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Challenge: Landmarks (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: London, UK
Date: Dec 4, 2004
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8/10 sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Dec 4, 2004

A view of St Pauls cathedral, as seen from the Millennium Bridge over the Thames (behind the camera is the Tate Modern art gallery). Taken with my Canon EF-S 18-55 kit lens on a cold but reasonably clear evening (I'm surprised that that lens did so well on this shot TBH!). I was out on the middle of the bridge taking shots up the river to the Tower Bridge when I realised that St Pauls was nicely visible from my position, so I swung the tripod round and took a few shots while the tourists flowed past.

The original was rotated by 0.5 degrees (or there abouts) anticlockwise, cropped, a small bit of crane on the left was cloned out, the highlight boosted a tiny bit in levels/curves, resized, focus tweaked, and double bordered.

Place: 5 out of 143
Avg (all users): 6.9429
Avg (commenters): 7.8696
Avg (participants): 6.7100
Avg (non-participants): 7.1545
Views since voting: 3889
Views during voting: 376
Votes: 210
Comments: 36
Favorites: 5 (view)

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12/16/2004 08:22:05 AM
Great image. It is no surprise there were two of basically the same idea in this challenge... an old and well known lanmark combined with a new one from the 21st century. It is perfect for this challenge.
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12/16/2004 02:16:26 AM
well compose perfect should give a score of 8
12/13/2004 10:32:27 PM
Congratulations Manic. You almost had you a ribbon with this one. It was one of my favorites in this challenge.
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12/13/2004 04:45:20 PM
Thanks for all the great comments folks, can't believe that this shot did so well! I'm totally in love with this 20D - it's an amazing camera, and does well even with just the kit lens...

To be honest, this shot was a bit hurried, and I didn't really stop to think about framing properly (it was cold & windy up there on the bridge), otherwise I might have switched to a longer lens and got a cleaner original. Not to mention the amazing shot that Imagineer took of the same place (thanks for the comment BTW ;o), which kinda stole my thunder, but I'm definitely satisfied with the result. I'll have to remember to go back and reshoot there another time, see if I can't improve some more.

It's not every day that you get a personal best score, so thanks again!
12/13/2004 11:47:56 AM
Amazing to get a 6.9 and no ribbon. Congrats on your great finish though! I like the way you captured this with the people, even at night.
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12/13/2004 05:18:25 AM
Originally posted by Imagineer:

... OK - if I'm really pushed to comment on it ...

Too funny : )

Excellent shot Manic. A shame some smartarse went and chose the same subject ; )
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12/13/2004 12:19:15 AM
Congratulations on your 6th finish. Another winner with that night magic.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/12/2004 11:55:19 PM
Well done. Almost looks like an artists rendition. One of my favorites.
12/12/2004 11:53:41 PM
Good choice of angles, I really like this shot.
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12/12/2004 10:31:14 PM
crisp and clean
12/12/2004 09:30:51 AM
Different, I havn't seen St.Pauls in that light before
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12/12/2004 03:17:40 AM
Nice image well done 8
12/12/2004 02:16:10 AM
Very nice indeed. I may not know photography, but I do know what I like, and I do very much like this.
12/11/2004 11:53:58 PM
great night time shot...one of my highest rated photo's in this competiiton.
12/11/2004 04:56:52 AM
Beautiful night colors makes this compositon very interesting. The rails on the walkway leads ones eyes toward the main subject. Very nice.
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12/10/2004 07:53:07 PM
Nice perspective and use of motion blur. I hope to see you in the top 10.
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12/10/2004 06:27:57 PM
Composition: 10, Technical: 10, Appeal: 10, Challenge: 10, Overall Calculated Average Score: 10
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12/10/2004 05:29:26 PM
Nice. Good composition. I always think that night shots tend to work better with a bit of color left in the sky... but this is very good and should do well. good luck
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12/10/2004 11:22:37 AM
Great lighting the building has a nice glow to it. The idea of using the walk way to lead into the shotit a nice one but It seems totake up too much of the shot. IMO the foreground seems to present it self as the main part of the picutre rater than st. pauls itself.
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12/09/2004 11:24:24 PM
Composition, lighting, slight motion blur, and border are all VERY well done. Bumping up. 9.
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12/09/2004 10:28:06 PM
I like the blurry woman...
12/09/2004 06:41:55 PM
Challenge link: weak, appalling, totally missed the point. Rubbishy rubbish. Poor.

Image critique: poor, poor, poor. So very, very poor.

Out-of-challenge appeal: none whatsoever. Nil. Zeeeero.

... OK - if I'm really pushed to comment on it -
you've got a lovely scene here of the object (whatever it is) and a dynamic POV. The additional interest of the people is a nice touch, making for some lead-in lines as well as the bridgy thingy they're wobbling on.

The castle (is this where the Queen of America lives?) looks mighty pretty all lit up and stuff, and I think you've done it justice. Highlights are just a little blown, but I don't think I've seen the White House look so good.
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12/09/2004 06:10:37 AM
Really nice landmark shot and the people in the foreground give it a good perspective. Great job.
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12/09/2004 03:50:50 AM
12/09/2004 03:45:15 AM
So sharp, and so well exposed.
12/09/2004 12:18:39 AM
Really nice. The colors are muted but tack sharp. If you could just get the darn people to move out of the way! :) Nice job.
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12/08/2004 05:56:58 PM
The lighting, leading lines and movement all just make this an image I have a hard time tearing myself away from. It could have been a boring, ordinary image, but you instead created something with life and a light that just draws and keeps you in.
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12/08/2004 10:33:54 AM
Nicely handled with good exposure on the subject.
I like the motion blur as it adds an artistic touch and contrasts with the sharpness of the rest of the image..giving it a "painterly" feel
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12/08/2004 07:28:27 AM
good exposure, really sharp image, very well done - 8
12/08/2004 06:41:52 AM
Nice take on a definite landmark, to Americcans at least. To bad the folks in the foreground wouldn't hold still.
12/07/2004 11:20:16 AM
Awesome lighting, it may have been more effective to crop out the busy foreground with the pedestrians.
12/07/2004 05:57:35 AM
Nice commentary on the permanence of institutions versus the insubstantial nature of individuals.
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12/06/2004 07:34:12 PM
I find that the building on the left detracts from the overall picture. The idea of using the bridge to pull thew eye in is a good one but the narrow gap between the building does help.

Good Luck
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12/06/2004 03:21:06 PM
Beautiful and i like capture with bridge... but i would letted girl pass bit further...at back people are much less distracting.
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12/06/2004 12:34:22 PM
Nice clear, crips shot.7
12/06/2004 02:16:11 AM
Stunning, stunning, stunning... lowe the walkers in the foreground contrasting with the static building... beats the pants of the standard night shot with the moving car lights in the foreground.

Great...9. you're in with a great shot at the top three here.
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