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2nd PlaceNight Shot
MayaM


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Challenge: Night Shot III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Chicago
Date: May 8, 2006
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2006

This shot was taken from a bridge over the Chicago river. The wide angle lens I used distorted some of the close by buildings. Unfortunately, since it was a basic challenge I could not fix that. I fixed the angles in the print, let me know which works better.


Editing Steps:

raw brightness and white balance
usm
despeckle
levels
hue/sat
curves
ni
crop
resize
usm
save for web


Thanks for all of the great comments. I am really excited that this did so well!




A Red, Wow! Really, really excited!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 287
Avg (all users): 7.4026
Avg (commenters): 8.3659
Avg (participants): 7.2115
Avg (non-participants): 7.5000
Views since voting: 12730
Views during voting: 582
Votes: 308
Comments: 79
Favorites: 30 (view)


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09/27/2006 12:20:13 AM
this is outstanding, the moon, the natural borders from buildings and open sky in center! good view.
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07/10/2006 09:06:42 PM
Thanks for the advice on Chicago locations. I know where this image was taken now - and what a great shot it is too!
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05/22/2006 10:43:21 PM
wow! this is a gorgeous photo! i love the effect of the water.... it reminds me of something i have seen before

Message edited by author 2006-05-22 22:43:58.
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05/21/2006 11:39:26 PM
Per your comments, I actually prefer this version with the distortion over the one that's straightened post processing. The "distortion" kind of adds to the picture in my humble opinion.

Awesome picture - I can easily picture this as a full-page color shot in a travel brochure! Congrats on the ribbon, too!
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05/21/2006 07:29:09 AM
Amazing night shot! I love the effect of the moon in this one. The way it works with the other bright round light on top of one of the right buildings in the back is awesome. Congrats on the ribbon
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05/19/2006 04:24:06 AM
Excellent night shot. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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05/19/2006 12:44:47 AM
*sighs* I had a good friend who used to live in that building. The last time I was there, the neon building was still in construction.

It's a good photo...it made me really miss Chicago.
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05/18/2006 10:13:52 AM
Congratulations on an excellent capture and ribbon.
I love your perspective!
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05/18/2006 01:40:17 AM
Outstanding! Fantastic! This would have ribboned as-is in an Advanced Editing challenge. I would change nothing. GREAT job! Congrats on your first of many. :)
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05/17/2006 11:33:14 PM
From St.Louis to Chicago....A great big congratulations. Rachel and I were both excited, and happy to see you ribbon!

Take that Toronto. lmao
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05/17/2006 08:41:46 PM
Very nice colors indeed. Congrats for the red!
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05/17/2006 08:30:56 PM
Congrats on this wonderful skyline image ;) Like I said, I love the colors ;)
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05/17/2006 05:58:31 PM
My favorite from the challenge.....great work!
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05/17/2006 05:15:56 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon! Stunning capture, great work!
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05/17/2006 12:44:41 PM
Very nice view of chicago, well done, congrats.
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05/17/2006 12:20:26 PM
totaly cool 2nd place

you rock.

and way to go with a non-stock shot of the city really nice, you just no i'm going to find this spot and try it....

we all are.

_brando_
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05/17/2006 12:08:52 PM
Wow, great shot! Congratulations on the red ribbon! Well done!
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05/17/2006 10:08:25 AM
This is awesome Maya! I didn't vote in the challenge, but you did an incredible job. How cool that the drawbridge was up, and I honestly think the building angles add to the shot. I don't think it would improve anything to have straightened them. So congrats on a job well done!!!!
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05/17/2006 07:41:45 AM
I just knew this was going to win a ribbon, and I'm so glad that it did! It's absolutely stunning! Looks like you have a "night shot" niche!! Very impressive talent!!!!! Congratulations!!!
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05/17/2006 07:08:41 AM
Congrats Maya - this is an excellent photo (obviously!)!!
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05/17/2006 05:01:31 AM
Wow, this is awesome. Congratulations!
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05/17/2006 03:52:24 AM
Excellent! congrats on the ribbon, well deserved
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05/17/2006 03:00:23 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! Great shot.
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05/17/2006 12:56:57 AM
Very impressive! Congrats!
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05/17/2006 12:45:02 AM
Congratulations on a well-deserved ribbon. I was happy to see this one on the DPC home page tonight!
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05/17/2006 12:40:20 AM
That was wonderful.
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05/17/2006 12:33:13 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon Maya! Great shot!
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05/17/2006 12:21:20 AM
Nicely done indeed! Congrats on a dynamic and energized ribbon-shot!
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05/17/2006 12:19:02 AM
WOO-HOO, Congratulations Maya. You did it. Your first ribbon. So, how does it feel? WTG, once again congratualions. I was expecting this, I told you too.

Message edited by author 2006-05-17 01:18:26.
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05/17/2006 12:17:20 AM
You go girl!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/15/2006 04:56:29 PM
The best I have voted on so far. Clean, clear and sharp, very nice work!
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05/15/2006 04:42:52 PM
MAN this is stunning!!!!!!! Probably a ribbon winner. It should be anyway!! 10
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05/15/2006 07:40:45 AM
Very nice photo, great perspective and I love the clouds and moon in this shot.
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05/14/2006 10:09:26 PM
Enjoyable image, fun to look at all that's going on, the uplifted bridge silhouette really sets this apart from all the cityscapes.
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05/14/2006 09:01:48 PM
I find the bridge's blackness a little distracting but, even so, it is an appealing photo. A very interesting location and composition.
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05/14/2006 06:11:44 PM
Great shot, Well composed....
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05/14/2006 05:51:49 PM
definitely my favorite city shot. I really like the bridge and how the sun-times and the building on the right set the stage for the big players in the center/background.
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05/14/2006 09:21:00 AM
Great lighting
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05/14/2006 05:31:42 AM
Great details
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05/13/2006 11:48:24 PM
Wow - the detail and contrast here is amazing ... I think this is gonna score very high and rightfully so. fave. 9
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05/13/2006 05:33:49 PM
Beautiful colours, nice composition, seems tilted a bit to the left.
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05/13/2006 07:17:14 AM
Gorgeous colours!!
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05/13/2006 06:35:54 AM
Wow, I really love this one :)
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05/12/2006 10:53:23 PM
This is a terrific photo! I like the sharp focus and the colors. Execellent job! I hope this photo does well.
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05/12/2006 08:42:56 PM
Great Job. The focus is tac tac tac sharp. The colors are amazing. The bridge and the buidlings on the left really work to focus the viewers eyes to the stunning city lights. BRAVO 9
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05/12/2006 08:41:53 PM
Nice photography.
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05/12/2006 12:47:02 PM
Very nice. The focus is nice and crisp. I like the way the bridge frames the buildings, and points to the moon.
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05/12/2006 11:45:38 AM
This might be better with the bring in the lowered position but it does add something where it is. Very crisp and clear shot.
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05/12/2006 11:04:55 AM
One word comes to mind when I look at this.....C R I S P .......the exposure is dead nuts. Great Job! I love how the bridge and the leading lines from the buildings on the right frames the skyscrapers in the background. My only gripe is the "Chicago SunTimes" seems a bit out-of-focus/blurry. Overall excelent image

Good Luck
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05/12/2006 02:41:41 AM
I think this is the best shot I've seen so far, and it's the first "10" I'll have given. Excellent work. :-D
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05/12/2006 02:37:08 AM
Wow - this is gorgeous!
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05/11/2006 08:02:03 PM
The sharp detail is outstanding as is the control of the exposure to avoid blowing out the highlights. The raised bridge does a good job of adding an internal frame in the shot.
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05/11/2006 06:37:48 PM
Very nice shot.
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05/11/2006 01:23:41 PM
Nice colors, nice exposure and I love the perspective of this. Well done. 7 from me.
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05/11/2006 12:06:26 PM
I'm not sure the bridge helps this shot, it's a fantastic location and a tighter frame may have improved it? Anyway could be the tired ramblings of a student with loads of work, good luck for the challenge. 7
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05/11/2006 03:56:21 AM
amazing shot! 10
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05/11/2006 03:01:23 AM
Great colors. Very sharp. Good timing. - 10
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05/10/2006 11:50:09 PM
The draw bridge, the colors, the lights, the moon. Wow, great shot.

This is awesome.
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05/10/2006 09:59:53 PM
Beatiful...a true 10. Good luck.
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05/10/2006 09:38:43 PM
Great night shot of the a beautiful City. Love the fact that I can identify the skyscrapers in the background ;) Lovely colors.
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05/10/2006 08:02:03 PM
Possibly the best image I've seen so far. I would give it an extra point if you had rotated the horizon level and the buildings verticle.
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05/10/2006 05:35:09 PM
amazing shot...i think it has it all!
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05/10/2006 03:59:36 PM
Perfect exposure.
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05/10/2006 02:39:56 PM
very nice shot maybe it my eyes but i see the picture going to the left i score it big 8 good luck
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05/10/2006 12:50:47 PM
Nice contrast!
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05/10/2006 12:40:52 PM
Wonderbar
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05/10/2006 12:06:41 PM
This an absolutely amazing shot. :) I love how the bridge leads your eye up to the lights on the top of that building and finally to the moon peeking out through the clouds.
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05/10/2006 11:41:13 AM
this is my favorite Chicago shot ever posted in a challenge. great work!
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05/10/2006 08:08:59 AM
"WOW"..."WOW"..."WOW"... I love this night shot.....One of my favorites for sure, and a "10" from me.....
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05/10/2006 07:37:24 AM
beautiful, well done!
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05/10/2006 07:32:06 AM
wow...stunning...hope this dows well for you, good luck 9
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05/10/2006 07:27:34 AM
Yikes, aren't you glad you went back out?? Wonderful shot. Having the bridge in the foreground, and the distant city framed by closer buildings really makes this shot pop. The moon adds an exclamation point. Wonderful job!
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05/10/2006 06:06:04 AM
Very nice photo wiht nice colour. I also feel that this is slightly on the wonk and should be rotated a degree or so clockwise.
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05/10/2006 03:27:26 AM
Highlights are very bright for a good image....7
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05/10/2006 03:13:07 AM
Wow!
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05/10/2006 01:30:47 AM
Amazing.
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05/10/2006 01:18:45 AM
Great shot. Stright 10 for this one. Just wondering if it's from Maya?
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05/10/2006 12:44:36 AM
Flat out awesome shot.
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05/10/2006 12:44:11 AM
wow, this is quite a capture!
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