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Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Quantaray AF 28-90mm f/3.5-5.6 for Nikon
Date: Jun 16, 2006
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160 sec
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2007

for those of you who were wondering this was taken in central park new york. NO this is not an HDR image, played with layers, curves, levels and some sharpening.

thank you for the great comments, and for making this photo truely my best of 2006, hopefully i will be improving more in 2007.

cheers,

Statistics
Place: 85 out of 712
Avg (all users): 6.5266
Avg (commenters): 7.1714
Avg (participants): 6.4415
Avg (non-participants): 6.7717
Views since voting: 2170
Views during voting: 576
Votes: 357
Comments: 51
Favorites: 9 (view)


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12/23/2007 05:04:10 PM
Awesome vivid clarity and detail!
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08/03/2007 08:38:59 PM
stunningly gorgeous!
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08/03/2007 06:55:46 PM
stunning picture! wonder what it would look like as a B&W.
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08/03/2007 01:05:29 PM
i love reflection shots like this, got one myself that is a personal favorite, nice job with the PP
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08/03/2007 12:41:51 PM
This is a great shot which I think should have scored better. It might be worthwhile re-shooting this using a longer shutter speed to blur the water. The detail in the water is a little distracting. Since you're only shooting at f/6.3, you will be able to slow the shutter speed by stopping down some more. You will however still have to get hold of some fairly thick ND filters since this is in daylight.
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08/03/2007 11:32:19 AM
Very nicely done without HDR. I cannot believe the trolls.
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07/31/2007 11:12:01 PM
the Park..love it! what a fantastic image you have captured & created here!
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06/14/2007 02:31:25 AM
This is fantastic. At first I thought maybe a little oversharpened, but it's fine digital art.
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03/06/2007 11:47:23 AM
This reminds me of those old style postcards. Nicely done.
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01/26/2007 09:37:01 AM
Excellent shot. I love the sky but even more impressive is the subtle reflection on the water. Great tones too! Cngrats on your finish!
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01/26/2007 08:20:13 AM
Excellent shot Hassan. Congratulations on the high score.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 12:09:55 PM
I like how it seems the clouds are moving by at a steady pace and the reflection of the buildings in the water. With the sun and the buildings being on the left side of the photograph it kind of balances out with the clouds on the right side.
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01/25/2007 10:21:02 AM
I really like your post processing on this one. I hope you enlighten us after the challenge is over. While some might think it over the top, it has an edgy surreal feeling I really like. A boat in the lower right corner to balance the shoreline/cityscape and clouds would have been cool too. ;) An 8 for me.
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01/25/2007 03:44:26 AM
Another great cityscape here.....
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01/24/2007 11:48:49 PM
absolutely splendid, except for smoothing out the treeline in the water. you really need to do that before you print it.
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01/24/2007 10:12:31 PM
Beautiful! 9
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01/24/2007 01:15:21 PM
Looks like an old postcard. Good job on the processing.
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01/24/2007 01:49:06 AM
lovely!
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01/23/2007 03:35:24 AM
beautiful
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01/22/2007 03:01:00 PM
this could have been a great image but I think you have overdone it in your postprocessing
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01/21/2007 08:41:06 PM
My favorite building in all the city!!! What a gorgeous photo!!!
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01/19/2007 06:32:21 PM
Great colors and reflections. nice PP.
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01/19/2007 03:57:57 PM
There are so many good entries here and it's hard to decide which one is really the best. The great thing about this photograph are the elements present: sparkling water with the reflections, dramatic cloudy skies, good buildings to enhance the sky line, green trees that add more colors.

HDR? I am not big fan but this isn't cartoonish so it works for me.

One request: I wish to see the water cropped just a little bit tight so that the lines for the trees and bldgs are on the 1/3 line of the photo.

Overall, this is one great entry.

I hope this will do well.
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01/19/2007 03:29:09 PM
Perhaps a tad overprocessed but it works here. A picture-postcard shot. Love the rays coming in from the left.
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01/19/2007 10:15:54 AM
very good colors. subject itself lacks a bit of interest for me, a boat or some birds would have been fine. reflection looks oversharpened
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01/18/2007 02:56:29 AM
Wow, it doesn't even seem like New York!
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01/17/2007 11:12:54 PM
It's a great image but with that PP IMHO it stopped to be a photo and looks more like digital art
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01/17/2007 04:52:05 PM
Looks like you used HDR. Just learning how to use that myself. There is a distracting unnatural line element in the water reflections that maybe you could smooth out in PS.
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01/17/2007 11:07:59 AM
Nice sky and colors.
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01/17/2007 08:12:35 AM
Interesting photo. I like the color and crispness.
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01/16/2007 06:28:52 PM
Spectacular!
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01/15/2007 01:23:36 PM
Great scenary! Like the contrast and colors!!
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01/15/2007 01:11:11 PM
Cool subject, I wish the processing was a bit softer. Too much for me.
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01/15/2007 09:12:36 AM
great processing, i like the fact that upper left corner where the light is coming in not ruined the whole photo ... excellent job, really.
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01/14/2007 10:28:03 PM
maybe a little too much PP in my opinion. But still a nice shot. I've been trying to guess what city this is.... guess i'll have to wait :)
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01/14/2007 01:19:23 PM
there is visible evidence of heavy processing but a good shot nonetheless
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01/14/2007 09:35:12 AM
Nice light and colours - the sky is amazing. I think I would have preffered less lake and more sky though.
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01/13/2007 07:09:03 PM
Wow, very cinematic feel to this shot.
The only main thing i don't like about it though, is the heavier dodging used on the right hand side is visably much darker than the left.
Great shot though.
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01/13/2007 03:55:26 PM
Great location huh! Well done
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01/13/2007 11:59:07 AM
Wow. This is one of the few HDR-ish images that I like. Good Luck!
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01/13/2007 10:25:20 AM
Amazing shot, love the color and clarity. Very well done pp.
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01/13/2007 09:10:46 AM
pretty scenic composed well.colors seem a bit dodgy. I'm guessing HDR?
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01/12/2007 11:10:18 PM
Beautiful reflections! 9
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01/12/2007 09:39:13 PM
This looks like one of those hand-colored postcards. Seems like it's a bit overprocessed but I still like the effect.
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01/12/2007 05:47:57 PM
I love the edit and what it does to the mood of the image...very HDR...8
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01/12/2007 05:28:56 PM
Love the processing in this shot.
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01/12/2007 03:52:50 PM
A visual treat. My only nitpick is the sky in the upper right corner seems too dark for the scene. It appears to go from bright (on the left) to dark too quickly.
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01/12/2007 11:45:32 AM
Great shot with nice clarity , contrast and composition. Only thing I find distracting is the unevenly burnt sky.
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01/12/2007 10:56:39 AM
Someone's been practicing the PS skillz. The only thing I saw that I don't like is the slightly exessive burn in the top right area of clouds and what appears to be bad edges in the middle right of the clouds with bright spots... There's a bit of smudgy grey directly to the right of the two towers as well. If its natural, no big deal, but it looks like you might have slightly overdone something in that area... On the other hand, there are some dingy tones in the clouds on the horizon on the left that I really like. Be careful with overdoing the processing on the sky, particularly when it is reflected in water...

Still quite impressive.

I also see some weird edging in the water... I wonder if this is not so much processing, but JPG artifacts. I had a quick look and your file size is 89K... that's pretty heavy compression for such a rich and large pic... I wonder if at 200k if these effects were to disappear completely...
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01/12/2007 09:11:12 AM
9.
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01/12/2007 03:15:43 AM
Wonderful image. Beautiful in every way! 10
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