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City Sunset Reflections
City Sunset Reflections

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Challenge: Best of 2002 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2800Z
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Sep 18, 2002
Aperture: f/ 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/223 sec.
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2006

As it happened, my two best images from 2002 were taken on the same day, 09/18. I've always attributed that it was a great day to shoot because it was the birthday of a my best friend from high school who died in '94. Still miss him and all the good times we had in HS and College and after.

I've tried, as you may see, to shoot this again as I updated cameras, but I never got the same gold highlights on the buildings, well not without of lot of bad manipulation. The city was bright with sun all day and towards the end of the day when the sun was starting to go down (shot at 06:43 PM according to the exif) the highlights I saw had me running out of the office to shoot this. And I'm always glad I did. Here's to you, Jimmy.

If you have ever been to my Website, the first version of this is on the cover page....uh oh....be back....ah that's better.

Post: Perpsective and distortion corrections (vertical only, the horizontal corrections just get out of whack after a while, I've come to learn). Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue/saturation. Sharpen. Crop. Clone a bit of dark in the bottom left corner and some lights out of the building on the right. Resize. USM. Save for web.

Place: 40 out of 201
Avg (all users): 6.3369
Avg (commenters): 8.5556
Avg (participants): 6.1720
Avg (non-participants): 6.5000
Views since voting: 1475
Views during voting: 289
Votes: 187
Comments: 12
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04/12/2006 09:57:08 PM
great shot!
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04/12/2006 09:13:54 PM
Hello from the critique club!

First of all, this is a really good image. I like how the man-made buildings are reflecting the beauty of nature, it's almost ironic really, that nature is shining through the objects that have been built up to block it out.

The golden colours are really nice, they complement the blues of the sky fantastically. The building in between is well framed by the others reflecting the sky, without that in there this would be a boring shot.

The only thing I can think of that might improve this would be the angle of the outer bulidings, particuarly the one to my right. The angle seems just a bit wonky, I would like it straight to complement the rigid and geometrically perfect shapes of the buildings. That would probably be terribly hard to do though, but a small crop off the top could help.

All in all this is a lovely image, you should be proud of it. :)

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04/09/2006 12:16:24 AM
I knew this was you! (Well, not for sure, but I was thinking that!) Always love your architecture shots. Love the colors here.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/08/2006 03:40:59 PM
Intersting colors, good composition and excellent sharpness and post processing. This will be a top finisher.
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04/08/2006 12:44:30 PM
Very good and sharp image with lovely warm colours.
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04/08/2006 12:37:07 PM
Nice colours & reflections
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04/05/2006 04:13:04 AM
Lovely shot, well done!
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04/04/2006 06:49:43 AM
Wonderful lighting
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04/03/2006 11:14:43 PM
Beautiful reflective light, and strong urban composition. Like it.
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04/02/2006 08:41:00 PM
Aren't buildingd of reflective glass great?
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04/02/2006 07:47:47 AM
Very clever, with the reflections showing in the tall city buildings.....
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04/02/2006 05:37:12 AM
Nice structure and colours.
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