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The Beehive Shape
The Beehive Shape

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Challenge: Shapes II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Location: Parliament Grounds, Wellington, New Zealand
Date: Dec 30, 2005
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1300
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2005

A very special Shape in architecture. This is the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Houses of Parliament. Designed by Sir Basil Spence and built in the early 60's it is still unique in the world of architecture as there is no other building shaped like it.

We were out in the city and looking to shoot some of the sculptures in parliament grounds when this vista presented itself. I shot it as an 'interesting' shot never intending it as a submission subject. When I got it onto the computer, it's symmetry and cleanliness just pinged. I worked in the building next door for two years and never saw the Beehive look as good as this.

Post Processing:- Rotate .8 deg, +5 Brightness, +5 contrast, no cropping.

Post Voting:- I'm quite surprised by the cropping comments. Because the building is completely symmetrical, I took the missing bits as visually implied and instead opted for a thirds treatment of the building in frame which allowed the sky and tree to provide some balance.

I think in the end this is a more pleasing photograph for general purposes even though it perhaps suffered in "Shapes" because of it.

Place: 157 out of 366
Avg (all users): 5.3536
Avg (commenters): 6.6364
Avg (participants): 5.3380
Avg (non-participants): 5.3696
Views since voting: 825
Views during voting: 348
Votes: 280
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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01/12/2006 02:56:27 PM
*Critique Club*

In response to your request, here is your in depth critique from the Critique Club.
The first thing I notice is the most commented on aspect here. The cropping. I would like to see all of this building, but I like the position of the building within the photo. I like having it off to the right of the photo, with space to the left, however, wish that the whole building was in the picture. Maybe if you just took the photo from the same spot, and just zoomed out a bit, or took a few steps backward if possible. That would help show all of the building, but also keep the composition as is.
Focus is spot on. I love the detail you show us in the building, and the trees really add a little burst of contrast, which is really nice.
The colors are nice, and that sky is just beautiful.
The shape is definately in interesting one for the challenge. I certainly have never seen anything like it. Thanks also for the background/history of the building, interesting facts.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2006 10:58:36 PM
Having been there, I think this is a great capture of where parliment sits in NZ ... nice shape.
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01/10/2006 02:48:04 AM
interesting building.
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01/08/2006 08:58:11 AM
Great building with lots of potential for a great photo. Personally I think you have not made the most of this subject because it suffers from having its side and top cut off. Also the palms are very distracting, but I guess this might not be something you can get around. Perhaps moving around to another position?

If you live locally to this I am jealous, it looks a great building to photograph. 6/10
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01/07/2006 03:59:22 AM
Strong shapes here.....
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01/05/2006 10:37:37 AM
You cut the top and the left part of the building.....and it does not work in this picture....a 6
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01/05/2006 09:50:33 AM
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01/05/2006 03:52:18 AM
Greetings to windy Wellington :)
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01/05/2006 02:25:44 AM
What a dilemma. Go more panoramic and you have to lose height to meet the size requirement; a centered composition of this would be boring; and yet the way you've cut off the side makes it less visually startling as a shape. Still a very good image, and I think you chose the least of the three evils. (wish you'd left the tippy top intact, though.)
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01/05/2006 12:49:41 AM
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01/04/2006 10:34:41 PM
Interesting building, but I think the shape is subordinate to the pattern, at least in this image
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01/04/2006 11:07:04 AM
Good shot, and great building, but you should shoot something even more abstract for a higher score. Good angle and clarity. Could use maybe a little more contrast work?
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01/04/2006 01:33:41 AM
I'm not sure that cropping off the top was a good idea.
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01/04/2006 12:47:28 AM
Cutoff at the top ... too much crop
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