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Challenge: Circle (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Alumni hall, Brown U.
Date: Jul 5, 2005
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Abstract, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2005

I just have to say that I love shooting in raw!

I didnt enter the macro challenge this week, and was feeling kinda empty without an update button so I decided i would shoot something for this. My only idea was to take a photo of a spiral staircase. So i had to hunt one down at my university and I actually think this might be the only one! I set my camera on the ground at the rough center of the staircase and shot away. Who needs tripods anyways?

post processing - raw conversion, crop, duotoned, curves, usm

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 545
Avg (all users): 7.2295
Avg (commenters): 8.2162
Avg (participants): 7.0116
Avg (non-participants): 7.5152
Views since voting: 11039
Views during voting: 486
Votes: 305
Comments: 80
Favorites: 41 (view)


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07/20/2005 04:36:32 AM
I thought this was coxi's, but then it would have been more wide angle... very nice shot, but i think the idea is overdone.
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07/18/2005 02:31:55 PM
You should SO make a print of this. This is one of the best shots I've seen on this site lately. How cool that they hung that interesting chandelier there. :) Even though I'm not entering competitions anymore, it's photos like this one that keep me coming back to check out dpchallenge.
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07/17/2005 10:21:37 PM
This is fabulous! Congrats!
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07/15/2005 12:17:10 AM
This is great. I love it when I look at an image and think 'what is that??' and suddenly realize what it is a few seconds later.

I like the bit of stair in the upper righthand corner. I think it balances the image, plus it adds a diagonal slash through the composition which fits with the others lines.
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07/14/2005 09:44:32 PM
Congrats once again. Beautiful shot. You have a great eye!
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07/14/2005 10:54:02 AM
I reckon that without that small distracting element in the top right hand corner this photo would be just about perfect. This is another great entry from you, Nico, I'm really enjoying your work at the moment and looking forward to seein' more.

Nice one and congrats on the ribbon,
Alex
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07/14/2005 01:13:51 AM
i feel like I'm falling
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07/14/2005 12:54:16 AM
This is a stunning photo - congratulations!
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07/13/2005 09:12:16 PM
Congrats on the win and great picture. Lee
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07/13/2005 06:50:13 PM
At least you have some small circles in there ... but I not that the basic impact of the photo comes from a spiral, note a circle--usually the voters are so pedantic about things like that, I'm pretty (pleasantly) surprised at this seeming change in voting perspective. well-done photo regardless degree of "meeting the challenge" ascribed to it--congrats on the ribbon!
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07/13/2005 06:11:30 PM
wow... impressive image. Good to see you pointing the camera at something other than yourself :P!
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07/13/2005 12:53:00 PM
good compositiong.playing with tones is a sound photographic exercise
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07/13/2005 11:11:41 AM
really great capture, im impressed !
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07/13/2005 09:15:47 AM
Congrats! Well deserverd once again! :)
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07/13/2005 09:15:23 AM
Wow, when I voted on this image I said this is the winner!! Congrats!!!
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07/13/2005 09:13:24 AM
HEY HEY! I knew this would make the ribbons! just a great shot Nick!
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07/13/2005 09:03:09 AM
Congratulations Nick! Well done!
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07/13/2005 08:58:19 AM
congratulations, great job
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07/13/2005 08:23:44 AM
Congratulations on another well deserved ribbon! You are one very talented guy... :-)
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07/13/2005 08:04:17 AM
Wow!! Congratulations on another blue!! Can't say enough about your talent, knowledge of light and eye for composition. Outstanding work! You have truly become nico_BLUE!
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07/13/2005 04:37:45 AM
For this contest everyone who has the word “circle” in their title is getting a max 10 score. This is a copy and paste version that I am including in every photo that I upgrade to 10 due to the title. We as members of DPchallenge need to be reminded of the topic of the challenge – we really need to reread the topic every time we reach a photo. If circle is in the title and it is appropriate I will give a 10. I am sorry if you do not agree with my method of voting – but scores are all I have. (oops, you dont have the word "circle" here, but who could argue with a blue ribbon? Congrats!)
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07/13/2005 03:42:32 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon ! Well deserved !
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07/13/2005 03:17:57 AM
there ya go! nice
brian
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07/13/2005 01:11:01 AM
Congrats! Lighting and Shadows were great.
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07/13/2005 12:41:09 AM
Wow! Congrats, Nico! I missed this one in the voting, but apparently the trolls didn't. Well done!
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07/13/2005 12:37:51 AM
congrats on the blue!
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07/13/2005 12:19:59 AM
Congrats on your ribbon - job well done
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07/13/2005 12:15:21 AM
I'm getting used to your 'gentle' style
It's real purdy :-)
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07/13/2005 12:14:18 AM
i knew it was you nico_blue, now ur on my fav list :)
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07/13/2005 12:08:52 AM
Boy you're still on a roll nico. Congrats on another blue! What building is this? It looks familiar...
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07/13/2005 12:06:59 AM
Congrats. I loved this photo.

How in the world could anyone have voted a 1 on this photo? Blows my mind.
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07/13/2005 12:06:24 AM
Hey Nick, I am very proud of you and your artistic work. This image is simply mind boggling to look at. Congratulations on your BLUE. This is an undisputed honor paid to your talent. Enloy!!!
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07/13/2005 12:03:02 AM
Congrats Nico. You're taking all the ribbons. leave some for us. :)
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07/13/2005 12:03:01 AM
Congrats Prof. Nico on the win! Very well deserved.

But wait.. where are the complementary colors? ;P
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07/13/2005 12:02:59 AM
very cool shot, congrats...
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07/13/2005 12:02:06 AM
well deserved and tonally appealing.
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07/13/2005 12:01:25 AM
congrats on another blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2005 09:27:25 PM
Beautiful! I love the tonalities of this as the overall smoothness of it. The composition speaks for itself.
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07/12/2005 08:18:02 PM
A class act with a thoroughly involving comp and beautiful toning. Could be a gif on the end of this one.
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07/12/2005 07:20:24 PM
nice gradient effect.. first I saw here.
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07/12/2005 06:31:57 PM
Stunning one of my favs. Well done!
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07/12/2005 04:35:19 AM
this is gorgeous. i think i may have cropped the top right out, to give the photo more balance, and help the line on the left accentuate the curvature more, but i still love it. :)
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07/11/2005 10:20:20 PM
Returning for comments. I know some will say spirals are not circles... this is my favorite of the challenge. 10
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07/11/2005 06:31:29 PM
Nice! So sharp and clear! Perfect contrast! :)
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07/11/2005 03:23:32 PM
Great shot and great for the challenge. 7
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07/11/2005 02:35:32 PM
This shot has everything going for it, except for the top right corner... - lots of tone, contrasts, silhouettes. It does seem a very tight crop to the left - having the stairwell in it's entirety would have really boosted the dynamics of this image. Still, I'm voting in the upper quartile.
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07/11/2005 12:41:08 PM
Great picture, would have been good in leading lines as well!
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07/11/2005 05:26:44 AM
Great contrasts and crop here.
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07/11/2005 12:10:59 AM
very cool - love the composition. Nice sharp contrast througout.
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07/10/2005 08:23:57 PM
Very nicely done
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07/10/2005 01:16:27 PM
Cool POV. It seems a little blown out in a few spots though.
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07/10/2005 08:54:00 AM
Love the way the spiral draws your eye into the chandellier! Great pic 9
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07/10/2005 08:10:36 AM
Impressed with this one. Excellent
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07/10/2005 02:00:35 AM
Beautiful shot, has a very haunted feeling to it. Great lighting, I hope your doing well in the scoring. 10!
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07/09/2005 06:04:37 PM
I like the simplicity of it. I like the tone of it too. hope you did not break your neck by taking this entry. :D



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07/09/2005 05:54:29 PM
very nice, good lighting, contrast
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07/09/2005 09:45:28 AM
Wow! Not only did you find a good angle, you found a good time of day for the lighting.
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07/09/2005 05:46:11 AM
nice leading lines and cirlces. - nice comp
imho i whould have either cropped the top closer to remove the bit of the stairs to the top right or included the whole of the line in the image from bottom right to top right.
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07/08/2005 09:11:49 PM
Very nice. I'm not sure if a spiral counts as a circle, but I'm going to pretend it does (afterall, it's only perspective that makes this not look totally circular, right?) 9
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07/08/2005 06:41:38 AM
Very beautiful and artistic picture...good contrast .
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07/07/2005 07:27:47 PM
One of my favorite shots in this challenge so far...7
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07/07/2005 05:41:52 PM
I couldn't comment on this last night becuae I was a bit speechless at the moment...I think my brain had somewhat shut down after so many un circle images..and then I happened upon this image and saw that there was hope, and I was happy. The light is gorgeous and the clarity quite nice...the tonality is delicious...superb...very nicely done...I hope this will do well.
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07/07/2005 01:28:46 PM
very nice. this could stand more work on the shadows. 8
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07/07/2005 11:17:26 AM
Very cool shot!
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07/07/2005 09:28:47 AM
i like the shadows, its really nice
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07/07/2005 01:10:19 AM
good one. nice crisp lines. 8.
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07/06/2005 08:36:50 PM
Wow. That's a super image. Love the light and contrast and movement created by the repetition of railing. I know it's hard to put an organic shape in a rectangular box. I do wonder if the crop on the right isn't a little close.
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07/06/2005 07:21:22 PM
Graceful and elegant. Nicely exposed.
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07/06/2005 06:11:16 PM
Well done classic.
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07/06/2005 05:07:59 PM
Wow. I am memorized. This is gorgeous! You turn a staircase and a light into a flower using this great angle. Awesome composition, lighting, everything, this is my favourite shot so far!
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07/06/2005 03:35:10 PM
Fit to challenge criteria: 2/2
Contrast/Colors: 1/2
Photo Quality: 2/2
Composition: 1/2
My subjective affinity: 1/2
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07/06/2005 02:59:50 PM
that's a nice one.
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07/06/2005 11:57:00 AM
This site and the voters can get me down at times and then there are times like this. When I see a photo as original and as well composed as this and realize that my photo gets to compete against it. Its like playing in the major leagues and this can only improve my own abilities.
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07/06/2005 09:52:45 AM
Great shot! I like the leading of your eye.
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07/06/2005 06:34:43 AM
great
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07/06/2005 06:11:06 AM
Perhaps a bit more could have been cropped off the top. I do like the way the spiral draws you to the lights.
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07/06/2005 04:18:54 AM
WOW, you were able to get really nice depth to this picture. Nicely done.
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07/06/2005 02:27:18 AM
This is great. Love the architectural feel to it. Great contrast and lighting on this.
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07/06/2005 01:25:44 AM
blue! 10! and a fav! i wish i knew who you were so i could also add you to my favorite photographer list too! ur awesome!
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07/06/2005 12:46:27 AM
wheeee vertical shot! woot. very nicely done, awesome exposure :D

my only qualm is that the circle is cut off at the bottom, and yet you have some more room at the top...so 9
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