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Dark City
Dark City
Keith Maniac


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Late Night (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Chicago, USA
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10 sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2005

The title is from a movie.

I was disappointed that the water didn't produce cooler reflections from the city lights. But I think it came out OK, anyway.

I shot this in RAW mode because the last time I did night shots like this (JPEG mode) the white balance was way off. Raw mode allowed me to adjust white balance easily in post processing.

Post processing: adjust white balance, rotate, crop, auto levels, resize, unsharp mask, save for web.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 334
Avg (all users): 6.8259
Avg (commenters): 8.2800
Avg (participants): 6.7260
Avg (non-participants): 6.8884
Views since voting: 3997
Views during voting: 524
Votes: 379
Comments: 36
Favorites: 5 (view)


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07/03/2005 11:25:12 PM
Awesome. I loved it, however, I might have offset the Hancock Bldg to the left a little. The darkness of the water is great, in my opinion. A 9.5 in my book.

Message edited by author 2005-07-03 23:25:51.
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07/02/2005 09:17:51 PM
I actually like that it DIDN't reflect the city lights - the single blue shimmer is really nice - and not the typical shot. I like the colors in the lights. The whole city has a warmth about it. Nice!!!
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07/02/2005 06:21:52 PM
Impressive night shot...lovely twinkles on the lights without being too hot. :o)
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06/08/2005 11:41:08 AM
Excellent shot.
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05/11/2005 11:55:54 PM
Congratulations on your 7th finish. I love how the center reflection brings the eye in and out of the image.

Message edited by author 2005-05-16 21:57:28.
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05/11/2005 01:04:42 AM
Congratulations on your top ten (again)! Hope to see your work in the top three soon!
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05/11/2005 12:22:19 AM
Would you stop it with the top tens and win a ribbon already? Geez, some people just like to showboat...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/10/2005 08:54:20 AM
Very impressive... black bacground works really good.
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05/10/2005 05:25:15 AM
Awesome Photo. Like it alot...Where was it taken?
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05/10/2005 12:25:04 AM
Ahhh, my fave city!
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05/09/2005 07:50:46 PM
great shot . if i had to pick out something i would change i might have toned down the brightness a bit on the tallest building to give it a more even look...8
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05/09/2005 03:00:59 AM
nice cityscape
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05/08/2005 08:52:15 PM
Beautiful shot. The reflection of the light on the water is an excellent touch. Good luck!
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05/08/2005 12:55:45 AM
Wow, just perfect....nice work
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05/07/2005 10:03:41 PM
Nice silhouette of the skyscrapers against the glow of pollution. Clean processing without distracting artifacts. Well presented.
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05/07/2005 08:09:53 PM
Sure to be one of the highest rated.....9
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05/07/2005 07:46:12 AM
Very nice. I think the darkness works here.
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05/07/2005 01:02:38 AM
The detail and sharpness in this picture are just amazing. And the darkness and colors make it one of the most 'late' night pictures in this challenge... I hope you do really well with this. 10.
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05/06/2005 03:37:37 PM
Very posh. Good exposure and nice tonal work.
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05/06/2005 02:47:03 PM
Great city. Nice shot. I would like to have seen a shot where the Hancock was on the far right of the frame and the cityscape gradually dropped into the black water.
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05/05/2005 11:33:22 PM
Awesome shot, thats all I can say about this! :-)
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05/05/2005 09:21:52 PM
Gorgeous!! One of the best. What city is this? The detail and sharpness is awesome. The simple sky and empty water really let the city drive the image. Top ten!!
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05/05/2005 07:18:13 PM
Yes the tones and the water make this stand out from the other cityscapes
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05/05/2005 04:06:15 PM
Great shot! The lighting is perfect!
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05/05/2005 01:50:13 PM
Very nice and clear, neat image. Maybe you could have included a little less water a little more sky, but it's just my opinion. Anyway, great shot.9
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05/05/2005 07:56:30 AM
Well I'm glad I didn't stop and take the image I was going to when in chicago...this is very similar and you would have totally killed mine. Actually now that I look at it I'm wondering if it is in fact Chicago? Good job anyway. I have always wanted to get a nice city scape of chicago and found where I want to shoot it from but don't know how to get there. Can't wait to take note of your settings for when I can finally try this. Good shot and good luck
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05/04/2005 08:06:54 PM
Love the skyline, think I would have zoomed in a bit if you could of course. There seems to be a lot of water doing not much for the photo. 8
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05/04/2005 05:25:18 PM
Truly stunning 10
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05/04/2005 04:33:21 PM
The contrast between light and dark is done very well in this photo. I don't feel like there's too much of either one. Nice clear focus. I might have positioned the picture slightly to the left, keeping in line with the 1/3 rule....but I like the shot really well as is too.
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05/04/2005 04:04:43 PM
This is stunning! You couldn't get it any sharper or better defined. It's just perfect. 10
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05/04/2005 12:12:09 PM
very nice...perfectly timed exposure
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05/04/2005 11:33:22 AM
Very nice
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05/04/2005 10:01:02 AM
Lake shore never looked so good. 10
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05/04/2005 07:20:57 AM
Good city nightscape - perhaps a tiny bit less forground?
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05/04/2005 02:01:39 AM
i like the sky and the water
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05/04/2005 12:15:34 AM
beautiful image..7
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