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Soft Waters

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-20P
Location: London Nr Waterloo
Date: Nov 27, 2003
Aperture: 10
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Cityscape, Diptych / Triptych
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2003

Oh, if my image for the 48Hr challenge does well, i will be beaten with the DPC stick.

But, again, tonight I shot 60 images around london and I love them all! So why not submit them!

This one at least is in keeping with the challenge, I used a tad of NeatImage to further blur the water, although it was very smooth to begin with.

FWIW, I submitted these at the same time, just incase I do well in the 48Hr, it's not a case of 'if it works keep doing the same'

Heck, I am waiting for the 'too similar to another challenge' comments already ;)

Place: 13 out of 99
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Votes: 142
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09/07/2004 08:16:18 PM
This is a very nice shot but there is much that I must tell you about night photography and how to improve this erea. Fisrt, the problem of the capture. As you know the brightest areas will create burn out. Open apertures will have light reflecting inside the camera and the end result is that the smallest wattage will not register in true proportion. Back in the film days this required the making of an unsharp mask to decrease the intensity of the brights. Here is a system I use to improve these images. I select all ultra bright areas with 3 pixel feathereing and place them on their own layer and then change the mode to multiply. Select the opacity that best serves the purpose. Merge the layers and then activate your burn tool to about 6 or 10 percent and select shadows. Bring up your image to actual pixel size and lightly work the tool around the bright lights to return definition. You can do the same for reflections, but the secret here is not to overdo it. Look at your image and also touch upon those areas that should be solid black lines or shapes. Done with love and ligthness of touch will bring your image closer to how the eye sees it.
12/13/2003 10:39:07 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

The first thing that I notice when viewing this image are the beautiful warm colors. They draw me right in and work, along with the soft focus and predominantly horizontal lines, to give the photo a very peaceful feeling. The exposure and focus are great, and the sharpness (actually the lack thereof) is well controlled. The composition is lacking; putting the horizon right in the middle of the frame makes the photo seem split in half. The subtle clouds are very nice, but I think the overall photo would be more effective if most of the sky was cropped out. This would raise the horizon and make the buildings a more integral part of the photo. I also think it would have been better in a horizontal format (not cropped--the reflections are an essential part of the composition--but more expansive, including more buildings to the right and/or left).
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 03:49:33 PM
i enjoy this photo, but i think that i would like it more if it were rotated to landscape. as it is, there is too much "dead" space in the foreground.
12/06/2003 11:59:45 PM
Gorgous shot! 10
12/02/2003 10:21:30 PM
I would have liked it cropped a bit differently so there was more sky and less water. Nice photo though. Starting at 7
12/02/2003 05:24:50 AM
Beautiful shot, it makes me think of the travel posters at the travel agent's office. Wonderful color and composition, and I love the soft focus look.8
12/01/2003 06:35:51 PM
Photo is busy with no particular target to draw my attention,nice softness on the calm water, 6 here!
12/01/2003 01:47:47 AM
Nicely done. Looks like a winner to me! My only complaint is the domed building is bit on the hot side.

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