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A Budding Judicial Branch
A Budding Judicial Branch

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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S7000
Location: Boston MA
Date: Sep 1, 2005
Galleries: Architecture
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2005

Suffolk University Law School. Boston, Massachusetts

Place: 295 out of 432
Avg (all users): 4.7336
Avg (commenters): 5.4000
Avg (participants): 4.6600
Avg (non-participants): 4.8129
Views since voting: 645
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 289
Comments: 6
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09/18/2005 12:36:19 PM
Greetings from the critique club.

This photo is a good example of thinking outside of the box a little. I know in the branch challenge a vast majority of the pics were actual tree branches. I like that this is different but not stretching the intent of the challenge.

Exposure. This seems to be spot on. I know that the reflection of the sun is blown out, and I don't mind that because it brings out the intensity of the sun.

Composition. I feel like this is where this photo could have been improved the most. When shooting architecture it is often difficult to find an angle that is unique and dynamic. My first suggestion would be to follow the rule of thirds a little more rigidly. This is almost a straight on shot. I think the building would look better if you were at a more dramatic angle from the front. I usually shoot at about 45 degrees. Also, that tree to the left is distracting. There is not enough of it there to actually be a part of the compostition, but it is still there. Perhaps if you took 10 steps to the left the building would have looked more 3 dimensional and you would have been able to include the tree in more of the composition (rule of thirds) This would also help your diagonals. Notice the top edge of the building is a slight diagonal. Further to the left and that diagonal would draw your eye around the image.

Post processing. I love the black and white treatment you have done on this image. Your blacks are black and whites are white. Not too much in the ugly middle range. You have done well. You have a very good grasp on how to make a black and white image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 06:37:52 AM
Not a great photograph but a really good attempt to do something creative with this challenge.
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09/09/2005 06:05:03 PM
AH! Suffolk Univ. Law School in Boston--Brings back old memories. Good shot of this building with good contrast (it really isn't a branch).
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09/08/2005 06:37:45 PM
Not fond of the shadow in the middle.
09/07/2005 07:57:05 PM
Good Job
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09/07/2005 09:55:51 AM
not crazy about the big shadow running down the middle. but i do like your idea.
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