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Van Pelt Street: January
Van Pelt Street: January

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Challenge: Fill the Frame II (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Challenges 2007
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Jan 21, 2007
Aperture: f/ 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/45 sec.
Galleries: Cityscape, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2007

I first photographed the 200 block of Van Pelt Street some time around the Spring of 2003. I went back in January of 2004 and took some more and one shot done as DA did OK. Well I went back this past Sunday and shot again, this time in landscpape orientation in order to fill the frame as much as I could with the 5 houses in the image. I actually like how this turned out a bit better than the first. I basically did the same processing as the first with some additions and changes to some of it. It's my favorite block in Philly and I've yet to find something that rivals this wonderful RGB color scheme.

Post: Convert from raw in PSElements 3.0 with a +0.33 exposure compensation. Select entire canvas and corrected for camera distortion to straighten the buildings. Two small crops right in and top down to maintain the aspect ratio. Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue/saturation. Merge. Layer of curves adjustment. Merge. Layer of Flaming Pear Kyoto Color for addition saturation.Merge (all merges in normal mode).Layer of Hi Pass at 55.5 pixels and then USM at 70%, 55 pixels, 0 thresh hold. Merge Soft Light mode at 66% opacity. Saved image. Applied Buzz Simplifier No. 1 set at 100 (tried 40 did not like the effect as much). Sharpen. There was a very small area of bright white sky at the very tip of the upper right corner that just bugged me. I selected the area and did replace color just darkening the white to a light gray. Save. Resize. Sharpen. I took another look at it and I wanted something just a wee more painterly. I had saved the image pre buzz so I re buzzed at 200 and sharpened. Then I cloned a block of color near the upper right corner. The Buzzed again at 200. Did not sharpen again. Resized and then sharpened.

Place: 23 out of 211
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02/02/2007 12:33:23 AM
This was one of my top picks - what a lovely street and you more than did it justice with your image. The painterly look serves this very well, too.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2007 08:14:37 PM
the colors are beautiful and focus is sharp
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01/30/2007 04:22:56 PM
nice colors
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01/29/2007 07:05:32 PM
I really love the colors. Good job.
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01/28/2007 03:46:35 PM
boy that light blue looks so bizarro. love the scene though.
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01/28/2007 02:16:09 AM
Excellent subject captured beautifully! I'm stunned how nice the light was for you here - almost surreal...
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01/27/2007 11:04:39 PM
I love all the colors in this.
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01/26/2007 09:09:46 PM
Lovely blend of colors! Bumping this up.
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01/26/2007 07:38:51 PM
Nice shot, I am debating between cropping a bit on the left to give an impression of 'infinity', or leave it as it is for the oposite reason. Dunno the answer. Nice shot regardless. 7 . Lionel
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01/26/2007 06:21:39 PM
Wow..this is a really great shot! I love all of the colors!
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01/26/2007 04:11:45 PM
stunning result .... excellent colours .. love this photograph . =8
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01/26/2007 03:44:30 PM
Lovely colors!
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01/26/2007 03:35:11 PM
I don't feel that this meets the challenge of getting in close with the subject. Too much distance, though it's an interesting picture for another challenge.
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01/26/2007 10:13:32 AM
absolutely LOVE this. Make a print for sure!
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01/26/2007 07:39:02 AM
Wonderful crisp image.
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01/26/2007 02:06:50 AM
Love the colors. Interesting neighborhood.
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01/26/2007 01:20:00 AM
Great colours! 9!
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01/26/2007 12:49:12 AM
I really like this! 10
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01/26/2007 12:45:37 AM
This is very sweet in so many ways. The light is excellent, the colors are striking, the composition in general is crisp and clean. I wish you had more foreground lower left, to see more of the stoop (those stairs would be symbolically important to me), and I wish you'd used some shadow recovery on the dark entry on the left. But all-in-all, a strong image :-)
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