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Challenge: Architecture III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical AF for Canon
Location: Washingtion, DC
Date: May 26, 2006
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Architecture, History
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2006

The Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle, has many details right in the brick work. What you see here is an elaborate cone-shaped design built into the corners of the building.

Place: 171 out of 281
Avg (all users): 5.3901
Avg (commenters): 5.8571
Avg (participants): 5.2347
Avg (non-participants): 5.5714
Views since voting: 792
Views during voting: 263
Votes: 182
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/06/2006 04:47:58 PM
by karmat

That, indeed, is some impressive brick masonry. Very nice capture.

Compositionally, I like how the "cone" anchors the shot on the left, and then the eye is drawn to the right through the picture. If possible, I think it might have been more effective to go wider and not cut the top part of the cone off, but still maintaining the progression on the right side of the frame. Not sure if that was possible, but that is what my eye "feels" like it should be seeing.

Technically, I love the read color of this, and the more shallow depth of field works well to isolate the cone from the rest of the building.

Overall, I think it is a good shot that meets the challenge. It does lack a certain amount of "punch" that reaches out and grabs the viewer and makes them sit and stare in awe at it. In other words, it is a strong brick structure, but it doesn't really have an appeal to the general masses of people. Does that make sense? Perhaps more context in the shot (again, if possible) would have given the shot that little extra edge to be more appealing.

Good work.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/02/2006 06:26:07 PM
Very unusual, red hot bricks.
05/31/2006 10:32:24 PM
Looks a little blurry in front. Could have used more DOF, but nice pic.
05/31/2006 10:12:50 PM
Great Shot!
05/30/2006 11:58:02 PM
05/29/2006 03:05:16 PM
Very interesting but it doesn't look to be in focus.
05/29/2006 12:09:31 PM
like the shapes and colour
05/29/2006 10:00:43 AM
I keep comming back to this photo to try and vote on it. I think what distracts me is that I cant seem to view the entire image as a single image. I want to view the right and left hand sides seperately. I would love to see the cone of brick photgraphed on its own. It is amazing craftmanship.

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