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The Castle
The Castle

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Challenge: Duotones (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-5050Z
Location: Saginaw, MI
Date: May 21, 2003
Aperture: f/2.6
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1 sec
Date Uploaded: May 24, 2003

The Saginaw Water Works Building. I can't get the powerlines out of it, as much as I've tried without losing something from the picture, or gaining things that I don't want in there. This is the third time that I've shot pretty much the same picture, but this one isn't the best. The best one was shot about 10 days ago, before the challenge started. I'm not offering a prediction this time. You guys will probably cut me up about the powerlines and the horizon.

Place: 30 out of 147
Avg (all users): 6.3175
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 6.2609
Avg (non-participants): 6.4706
Views since voting: 3756
Votes: 126
Comments: 9
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06/04/2003 07:56:45 PM
Your CC moment is at hand - hi Bob

I've been thinking about this shot a fair bit. There's a couple of things I like enormously about it: the effect of the 1 sec exposure on a couple of the trees, and the IR filter (it IS an IR filter, yes?).

Your two bugbears - the power lines and the horizon; certainly have no problem with the horizon - that amount of sky above the subject is, rather, essential I would say, to the success of this shot: had it been cropped as elsewhere suggested it owuld jsut be a confusing riot of patterns, and you'd lose the echo of the form of the castle in the forms of the trees. The power lines don't particularly affect things for me either - they're pretty well hidden, and I guess I just don't find them the distraction that others seem to.

So - technically, a very accomplished shot, really nothing to add on that front. It perhaps lacks that special inspirational moment - whatever that thing is that takes it out of the 6's and into the 7's. But that's hardly something that can just be picked out and inserted into your shots. Good luck in the future

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06/03/2003 11:46:19 AM
I gave it a 6 Bob (I rarely give higher than a 7, and 8 or 9 only if exceptional - never 10, it's perfection after all). I loved the infrared thing you have going on there. You're right, the power lines are distracting. Maybe if you had shot it from further along the river(to the right, looking at the building). Maybe it would have obscured the lines and also shown more of the building. Just a thought.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/31/2003 10:12:03 PM
I love the duotoning and the infrared, as well as the overall feel of the shot. I would like to have seen much more of the castle; and must admit that I find the power lines to be very distracting.
Addendum: What a shame that such potentially wonderful architecture is hidden like that! They should make it more accessible for photographers! LOL!
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05/29/2003 07:13:31 PM
Good work... The gentle sweeping cirrus clouds add a nice element. What IR filter did you use?
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05/28/2003 05:51:56 PM
There seems to be barely any contrast here... it all kind of fades into one. I also think you should have thought more about the rule of thirds when cropping, there seems to me to be a lot of extraneous sky. I would have cropped down to just slightly above the highest tree on the right side. I also don't care for the power lines (?) running through the photo. Looks like an interesting subject though... I would suggest trying again with different angles and views of "the castle"
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05/27/2003 08:06:37 PM
That's a very nice shot particularly in terms of angle and distance. The bright highlights on the trees are perhaps a little too bright. Maybe a darker sepia toning would have helped?
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05/27/2003 11:56:59 AM
Very attractive, like the tone
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05/26/2003 11:24:27 AM
Too complex. Like the IR trees and castle turret, maybe a drastic crop would help?
05/26/2003 12:48:34 AM
ahh, i love IR photography, which this one looks like it could be.. (or just some post-processing trick :P) either way, i love it.

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