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Future is bright on Hope Alley
Future is bright on Hope Alley

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Challenge: Street Photography (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Dubai
Date: Feb 14, 2007
Aperture: 1:4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400 s
Galleries: Candid, Textures
Date Uploaded: Feb 18, 2007

I took this photo on a beautifully golden lit alley way in dubai. I love the light hitting the stocco creating golden glowing effect. I layered a desaturated image on top of the original and blended them as to give the feeling the walk is from a dull past into a bright future.

Place: 66 out of 288
Avg (all users): 6.0130
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 5.8087
Avg (non-participants): 6.2155
Views since voting: 1144
Views during voting: 481
Votes: 231
Comments: 16
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03/03/2007 07:10:53 PM
cool pic!
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03/03/2007 07:05:04 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

This was a difficult challenge due to it's subjective nature.
So many had a pre-conceived idea that the challenge images needed to be in black & white, yet you proved that wasn't the case, scoring not too far behind the sneaky Admins using one of Henri Cartier-Bresson's own shots (was in 52nd place) in the challenge.

Through a good use of color and leading lines, your composition pulls the eye right to the main focal point - The glow, with the girl walking towards it.

The lighting in this absolutely makes the shot in my opinion - well done, and good eye seeing this and making good use of natural light.

You have a good handle on your post-processing in this picture. The colors feel natural, yet ethereal, especially with the saturation levels falling off towards the edges of the image. The sharpness is good and overall the image is not over processed nor over saturated. The simple border applied was complimentary to the shot and the color chosen feels right with the overall look.

I think after studying this for a while, I have found little to suggest in ways to improve this image. One possibility would have been to burn in some of the blown-out areas just to the left of the lattice, but then again, there may have been no info in it to burn and would have looked worse.

I hope this was useful to you, and please feel free to contact me via PM if you have any questions regarding this critique or anything else relating to the site in general.


Message edited by author 2007-03-03 19:05:32.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/25/2007 05:53:10 AM
Fantastic use of available light, its perfect.
Great textures on the wall, nice pose of the girl and even the wind blowing through her hair works so well. I also like the selective desaturation to focus you down the alley. The Cut off window helps balance the whole picture aswell.
Well done, 9.
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02/24/2007 09:41:48 AM
nice shot
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02/24/2007 07:12:21 AM
Another great example of how color can work well. I like the desat on the sides, too - adds to the warmth of the color she's moving into, and the light is wonderful! Very nicely done.
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02/23/2007 02:55:49 PM
very interesting and intriguing photo. perhaps a tighter crop would have been better, but I go back and forth on that. - 9
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02/22/2007 01:04:35 PM
Nice photo. I really want to know what she's walking towards... ;)
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02/20/2007 02:52:46 PM
great imagination to capture sun set
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02/20/2007 12:21:17 PM
Love the glow in the alley. Has a magical feel. Also the glow is especially effective with the rest of the frame being black and white. Nice execution. 10
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02/20/2007 11:35:57 AM
I really like this picture. The color is amazing!
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02/20/2007 11:06:37 AM
Nice shot and very nice processing. I like the way the colors are feathered in.
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02/19/2007 07:37:49 PM
cool texture and lighting
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02/19/2007 01:59:19 PM
Beautiful. The color with the black and white works wonderfully, and the title is a nice fit.
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02/19/2007 12:15:55 PM
I like the processing, really makes it stand out.
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02/19/2007 10:59:07 AM
you captured a real beautiful light, i like the composition as well.
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02/19/2007 05:24:06 AM
cool photo! I like the moodand the feelig, the colors are great too and the hight contrast works perfectly.
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