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Reflection on San Francisco
Reflection on San Francisco
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Challenge: Water II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: Mar 25, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 26, 2006

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Statistics
Place: 17 out of 287
Avg (all users): 6.6345
Avg (commenters): 7.6875
Avg (participants): 6.3793
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 1514
Views during voting: 312
Votes: 197
Comments: 22
Favorites: 6 (view)


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04/07/2006 07:30:23 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I'm sure you know, but this is a stunning image. It's not merely the uniqueness of the shot, which is at once recognizable yet somehow strongly emotive, it's also the expert choices made in composition.

The polygon of colour represented by the reflected buildings break the image up into interesting shapes, from the gentle "S" upper left, to the hard, almost formal rhombus-like shape at right. The curb lines draw the viewer up through the image quickly, not distracting from the extremely satisfying colours in the water. The reflection itself, the subject and the highlight of the image, has transformed the city skyline into a quivering, inverted patch of colour. The cables that intersect these at different angles are a spectacular counter-effect to the colour, to the rigid lines found elsewhere, and to the structured feel supplied by the buildings.

If anything is to be said, it might be that the colours could have been modified using Curves or similar to an even more dramatic effect (without benefit of seeing the original, this may have already been done). Plenty of noise and artefacting appears in the lowest portion of the reflected sky, which detracts only slightly, and then only on close inspection. Close inspection is, however, invited by this highly emotive composition.

This is a gorgeous picture.

Louis
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04/03/2006 02:03:02 AM
A very nice composition. I wish you closed down the aperture a bit more for a deeper DOF: the fore-ground is out of focus.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/02/2006 11:41:12 PM
Lovely cityscape capture. Bump.
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04/02/2006 07:32:00 AM
Great reflection and colours. Such a shame the obstruction is there, bottom left because without that this would have been just brilliant. High score from me, nonetheless.
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04/01/2006 06:43:47 PM
creative take on the theme and the city -- one of my favorites this challengs
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03/31/2006 10:31:23 AM
gr8 reflection!
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03/31/2006 07:17:03 AM
A very interesting shot. The colour clashing with the dull pavement. Great! One of my top three in this challenge.
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03/30/2006 09:55:21 PM
This is a great picture.. Good vision.
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03/30/2006 09:33:23 PM
Great shot! A unique, colorful perspective on dirty, old pavement.
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03/30/2006 01:55:42 PM
Excellent reflection
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03/30/2006 08:15:14 AM
love this one! good luck! (8)
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03/29/2006 10:32:21 AM
The selective desaturation works really well here. Even the telephone lines add to the urban feeling of the image instead of being the usual distraction. I like it!
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03/28/2006 12:25:08 PM
Very well composed water puddle reflection and the colors are so vivid. Great job!
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03/28/2006 11:46:02 AM
Cool SHOT!!!!

:)
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03/28/2006 06:33:37 AM
Very nice.
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03/28/2006 03:08:12 AM
Great ! (9)
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03/27/2006 04:39:25 PM
desat works really well. i think this would be really interesting if the image was flipped. 8.
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03/27/2006 03:47:13 PM
This is reeeeeeeally cool! What a great composition for this challenge! Way to go!
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03/27/2006 06:07:04 AM
Gob plugged. Favourited. 10.
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03/27/2006 05:25:26 AM
Magical.....
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03/27/2006 02:38:29 AM
awsesome... good eye
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03/27/2006 02:03:19 AM
beautiful...
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