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Fragile Weather
Fragile Weather

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Challenge: Delicate (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: London
Date: Oct 19, 2005
Aperture: f/8@18mm
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Cityscape, Sky
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2005

There's a blue sky, there's white fluffy clouds, dark grey clouds are there too, there's rain, there's sunshine...this makes the weather very very fragile

(and yes...eventually a storm blew all the trees away a couple of horus later)

Taken in RAW with minor adjustments in CS2, usm, frames and cropped.

Probably you guys will have diferent views on this challenge like balet dancers and crystals stealing all the votes :)

Place: 187 out of 279
Avg (all users): 4.7607
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4471
Avg (non-participants): 4.9396
Views since voting: 763
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 234
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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11/06/2005 12:58:54 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

A landscape shot with a dramatic sky. The strongest subject here is the sky--it contains the majority of the light, texture and interest.

The composition roughly follows the rule of thirds by placing the horizon line on one of the thirds lines. However the horizon is tilted--this may be due to the presence of a hill but that would not be evident in this image. Once the sky is seen, the eye travels to find another point of interest. The light on the white buildings begs to be noticed, the eye then travels along the lines of perspective created by the building and the diagonal shadow and ends up at a rather non-descript square building off to the left. Had there been something of interest there (perhaps the tower) the image would deliver more satisfaction. Alternatively, if the lit area in the foreground which falls on a thirds point had been more interesting there might be some satisfaction. Unfortunately the eye wanders, bouncing between the detail of the foreground and the light on the clouds. I think this image could be rescued somewhat by cropping out almost all of the foreground leaving just a sliver of the horizon and cropping out the leading lines of the building on the left and the squarish building they lead to. The spectacular part of the image is truly the sky and the most interesting part of the landscape is the tower anad the sheeting rain falling behind it.

As far as meeting the challenge topic goes, I think you almost had it. It is, in my opinion, the lack of control in the composition that hurt its challenge rating.

Overall, a nicely spotted scene!
Keep shooting!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/31/2005 12:14:15 PM
your horizon is off quite a bit.
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10/28/2005 05:45:17 PM
I like this a lot. I love how part of the scene is dark under the shadows of the cloud and part has sunlight shining on it.
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10/28/2005 07:04:19 AM
Interesting weather shot. Composition wise there isnt much to draw the eye except the horizon and the tower in the center.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/28/2005 02:07:52 AM
Horizon seems tilted. Nice contrast in the clouds but seems a tad too dark in the lower left corner.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/27/2005 09:18:14 PM
Wow, nice capture of the transition from blue sky to white clouds to storm clouds. I also like the way the street is in shadows and the building is in the sun.
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10/26/2005 10:43:16 PM
Looks like a storm is approaching....is that delicate, or something powerful?
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