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San Francisco Claustrophobia
San Francisco Claustrophobia

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Challenge: Urban Landscapes (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: San Francisco (nr. Market and Montgomery)
Date: Oct 4, 2003
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 4, 2003

This one is a bit of a departure for me, but something I've been planning to do for a while. This is the first of a small series of shots taken in downtown San Francisco. My two goals were to produce a set of black and white images using a wide angle to get this 'closed in' feel. Street photography, for me, produces work which has too many elements. As a fan of simplicity my only option is to avoid as much 'clutter' as possible, and that means pointing the camera up.

Technically this isn't as perfect as I'd like. A slightly smaller aperture would have worked better, but handheld under fading afternoon light made this difficult.

In PS, I did a channels conversion (140/-20/-20) to B&W. After resizing for posting, I applied unsharp mask at 50/1/4.0. Finally a black border seemed to suit the image better than my standard white one.

Place: 34 out of 279
Avg (all users): 6.2695
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
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Views since voting: 1257
Votes: 256
Comments: 29
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/14/2003 11:30:52 PM
border is too heavy, but I like the shot..the perspective is dizzying.
10/14/2003 06:07:42 PM
The title fits the shot well. Pic is very nicely composed.
10/13/2003 10:55:05 PM
Nice tight shot. Good composition. A nice image to look at. 9 -danny
10/13/2003 07:59:45 PM
I love this shot The perspective is great Its mabey a little to dark Well mabey its better like this Good job - 9
10/13/2003 06:37:21 PM
Good in B/W I like the detail.
10/12/2003 11:38:02 PM
great angle
10/12/2003 11:20:15 AM
Very nice
10/11/2003 09:43:29 PM
Thatt's what I call urban :-)
10/11/2003 12:52:58 AM
This is a really nice shot. Im not sure if you were going for the whole grain thing or not but especially in the upper right corner its really noisy. Neatimage will do wonders removing unwanted grain. 7.
10/10/2003 06:26:20 PM
Nice angle and effective title
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/10/2003 12:56:55 PM
It does create the feeling of being closed in. I don't know if the border enhances the mood or distracts. I don't like it. You might have gotten more of a feeling of unease if you had used a mismatched border. One that is somewhat wider on the sides, the thickest part being 1/5 to 1/3 the thickness of the current border. But that's a personal observation.
10/10/2003 12:06:12 PM
Not keen on border but do like image.
10/10/2003 01:31:14 AM
great shot, and nice use of perspective in your advantage.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/10/2003 01:19:20 AM
very intriguing shot. I really like the angle of this photo. NIce tones.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/09/2003 11:24:42 PM
I really like this shot but don't care for the thick bulky border, I think a smaller one would have worked better. 7
10/09/2003 02:08:26 PM
Good angle. B&W a nice choice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/09/2003 01:57:03 AM
fab perspective shot. the thick border adds to the claustrophobic feel. could use a dab of contrast. seems to contain only medium tones.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/09/2003 12:56:27 AM
I get claustrophobic everytime I go to SF. All those big building crammed in like that are kind of intimidating. Great photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/08/2003 06:26:20 PM
Amazing perspective, my hat off to you.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/08/2003 05:41:35 PM
10/08/2003 05:25:35 PM
I really get the sense of looking up in this! Nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/08/2003 04:23:50 PM
I enjoyed your photo, and title, too. The border detracts from it though. The photo itself conveys your idea without the heavy border. Great composition!
10/08/2003 03:59:47 PM
Very good entry! Fits the challenge perfectly, AND gives the feeling of claustrophobia. B/w is excellent.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/08/2003 01:26:56 PM
nice one
10/08/2003 01:07:42 PM
i don't like the border
photo is cool

10/08/2003 12:43:24 PM
This is a great view of a city, different than many... which is a good thing. :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/08/2003 08:19:34 AM
Nice claustrophobic feeling to this shot. I like the thicker border,too. 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/08/2003 06:36:29 AM
The angle of the shot and the title fits perfectly. The border is a bit too thick for my liking though.
10/08/2003 01:52:00 AM

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