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Capitol Nights
Capitol Nights

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Challenge: Textures IV (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Apr 1, 2006
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Architecture, Political
Date Uploaded: Apr 2, 2006

Handheld shot taken at the DPC cherry blossom gtg. VR came in handy.
Adjustments: rotated, cropped, neat image, levels, spot edits to make sky consistent, slight saturation adjustment, sharpened, resized, sharpened

Is it just me or does this remind you of vanilla ice cream?
I think this image fits the challenge very well. Hopefully others feel the same. Predicting a 6.3

Nikon D70
2006/04/01 20:45:56.1
RAW (12-bit) Lossless
Image Size: Large (2000 x 3008)
Lens: VR 70-200mm F/2.8 G
Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/15 sec - F/2.8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 800
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: User-Defined Custom Curve
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: c.Benjamin Snyder 2006
Noise Reduction: OFF

Place: 81 out of 311
Avg (all users): 5.8592
Avg (commenters): 7.1000
Avg (participants): 5.6404
Avg (non-participants): 6.2264
Views since voting: 1031
Views during voting: 209
Votes: 142
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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06/09/2007 03:20:19 AM
This is an excellent shot and probably perfect. I am surprised of it's score despite the good placing, it should have placed higher. I guess people are biased and forget this is a photography contest.
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04/19/2006 10:06:31 AM
from the underneath of the Crtique Club

Technically, there is nothing to criticise here, of course: great detail, definition, light and so on. Especially given the sutter speed. The problem comes with entering essentially an architectural shot into a texture challenge, despite the wording of the challenge details. I've done that myself, and there's no point bemoaning it, even to yourself, just learn the lesson and get on. Folks just aren't really going to consider it suitable, I fear.

One other thought that comes quickly to mind: your chosen aspect ratio, and the inclusion of that lower wall and the flag, make this shot more about the building perhaps than the texture of the decoration of the dome itself; a bit of judicious cropping, to emphasise the textural elements of it, might have helped your score over the 6 mark.
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04/17/2006 07:34:25 PM
you were robbed on this one. The tones are excellent as is the DOF.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2006 08:02:26 PM
Magic image...
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04/12/2006 04:58:23 AM
Not what you'd expect for this challenge, but the texture is certainly there. Interesting composition, great detail.
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04/12/2006 12:50:55 AM
I'll give this an "ummm, WOW" for the amazing detail and clarity! Very lovely!
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04/10/2006 09:11:25 PM
Damn, that turned out great!
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04/08/2006 12:42:26 AM
beautiful, but textures?
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04/07/2006 11:02:18 PM
I like this photo but I'm not sure about the texture aspect. I may come back later.
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04/07/2006 02:05:27 PM
Brilliant photo! I can't see how this one won't ribbon.. The lighting, clarity... everything is just perfect. :) I don't think I've ever seen such a perfect capture of the Capitol.
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04/07/2006 09:24:14 AM
Beautiful capture but to me this doesn't scream texture. The lighting and perspective is great. I might up the sat of red in the flag. Would make a wonderful postcard for DC. 7
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04/07/2006 08:36:18 AM
I think you should have cropped out the rail or veranda bit at the bottom. Very nice though.
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04/07/2006 01:58:29 AM
very sharp and detailed
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