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Challenge: Old and New (Basic Editing III)
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Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: City of London, London, UK
Date: Jan 22, 2005
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200th
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2005

Taken with the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8, of St. Mary Ax in the City. The building in the background is the award-winning "gerkin" (owned by Swiss Re), with an old Wren-era church in the foreground (which I can't remember the name of). Interestingly, I took this while standing on the steps of the equally-famous Lloyds building on Lime Street. I just liked the contrast of old restoration buildings with huge modern blocks towering over them - both being landmarks in their time.

The original was rotated, cropped, focus tweaked, levels adjusted, H&S adjusted, and double-bordered. Nice and simple...

Place: 5 out of 245
Avg (all users): 6.6159
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.7347
Avg (non-participants): 6.5550
Views since voting: 2532
Views during voting: 435
Votes: 289
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/08/2005 10:58:46 PM
I like it very much. ribbon material..

Message edited by author 2005-02-08 23:00:47.
02/04/2005 06:18:41 PM
I've been looking to achieve this shot for some time now (only ever saw these two face-on) and never really explored it - so I never knew you could get this view! It's superb.
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02/02/2005 08:59:24 PM
That is really awesome.
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02/02/2005 05:03:01 PM
and me too, i also took a number of shots from exactly the same position one lunch on the way back to the office. in fact, it was almost the same time of day (at about 1.05pm), but three days earlier on the 19th. when i was taking them, i did see another guy in a suit doing the same sort of thing - i assume you didn't try a rehearsal then, did you??

i also tried the stone facade of an old building in front of Lloyds on the other side of the street, but that was naff. my view from here wasn't nearly as sharp as yours (still learning the beast that is the 20D). i guess it was a slightly obvious shot (i have no imagination, and settled for a swiss re shot anyway), but it conveys the theme and technically a total whiz.
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02/02/2005 12:08:09 PM
I also took tis shot, for both this and for the architecture challenges - although, to be precise, I probably shot from around two yards in front and a touch to the left of where you stood. I also took a version which included the building to the right of the church - a mid-thirties small office block, though in an ordinary City style, as i thought it added a progression of age that I liked the idea of. I didn't submit those; I think i thought that it'd be done by others, and also I wanted something less obvious (not directly a criticism), and I rather liked the other shot I had by the end of the day. congratulations on your placing and score. Oh, and of course the Wb doesn't need to be sorted.
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02/02/2005 10:55:47 AM
that's awesome, manic
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2005 08:04:41 PM
01/31/2005 11:28:34 AM
Nice clean shot.9
01/31/2005 09:45:21 AM
What a strange building which is new one..! When you attempted to architecture challenge with its shot, i believe that you may get very high score i think.
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01/30/2005 05:14:33 PM
One of several 'Ghurkin' shots I've come across in this challenge but this one is by far my favourite.

You can almost feel the tension between the new and the old as if the new tower is intimidating the old with it's size and technical superiority.
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01/29/2005 02:32:18 PM
White balance needs to be corrected. Other than that, I like it.
01/29/2005 02:43:15 AM
Like how you integrated the buildings into one...this must be a known landmark, looking forward to seeing where...
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01/29/2005 01:25:50 AM
Great shot - my favorite.
01/28/2005 12:21:27 AM
Honestly, the first thing I noticed when the picture opened was the bright border. I guess that means it's a distraction from an otherwise nice image.
01/27/2005 01:45:46 AM
Beautiful capture and definitely fitting of this challenge. My only quirk that I have with "sky" shots is the darn condensation trail from an airplane. Good luck
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01/26/2005 02:33:13 PM
Great shot, one of my favorites in this challenge. (10)
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01/26/2005 11:53:19 AM
01/26/2005 09:11:18 AM
I really like how the buildings at the bottom are completely contained within the larger building in the back.
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01/26/2005 08:29:42 AM
where is this place ? Awesome !

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