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The City that Never Sleeps
The City that Never Sleeps
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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-5050Z
Location: Harlem Roof Top, New York City
Date: Jan 10, 2004
Aperture: F2.6
ISO: 64
Shutter: 2.0 sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2004

On one of the coldest days so far this winter, I was on the roof of a 33 story building in Harlem trying to get a good shot of the city. Fifteen below with the wind chill factored in, 30 shots later, I was finally resolved to the fact that I had the shot somewhere in the bunch & it was time to save my hands from frostbite & pack it in.
Unfortunately with a long shutter speed and the wind, not even the tripod could give me the shot I really wanted. This one is pretty close.
Anyway, quick check of the auto levels, a crop, & then a simple border & voila, DPC ready.

Statistics
Place: 64 out of 96
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Votes: 183
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01/25/2004 08:51:51 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

The message
This is a nice view of a large city after dark. The shapes of the buildings show well here, and the thousands of lights create interesting textures throughout the image.

Creative choices
The panaroma format is a good choice for photos of this genre, and mostly works well here. The wide angle is perhaps too extreme for the small pixel dimensions allowed for DPChallenge entries (and especially the even smaller ones used here); it makes the image a bit muddy. The composition is a bit unbalanced, a lot brighter on the left, which makes the perfectly straight photo seem to slant slightly. The blacks are probably recorded accurately, but they aren't very black. Using levels to make them a bit darker would improve the image.

Technical aspects
The major technical problem is that a high jpeg compression created lots of artifacts that reduce the detail. The wind didn't help the sharpness either, although there wasn't much you could do about that.
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01/19/2004 12:44:56 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments. All of the comments were helpful & I appreciate you all taking time to drop some advice. Peace.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2004 09:31:03 AM
Would have been better at larger size, and glare of car lights are a litle distracting.
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01/17/2004 05:28:15 PM

Very, very nice city scape. Wonderfully exposed.
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01/17/2004 09:52:01 AM
Very small image, but you've captured lots of detail and even the traffic at left. The lights effectively take the stage here.
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01/17/2004 08:29:07 AM
This is a bit small. I would have like to seen this take full advantage of the 640px limit. Also, the blacks seem washed out and grey. Try adjusting the brightness/contrast.
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01/16/2004 11:19:53 PM
Beautiful panoram of the city, where did you take this? Is it my imagination or is the horizon slightly tipped to the left.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/16/2004 10:20:59 PM
Good, but it's tilting to the left (it appears). The balance of the left and right don't quite match because of the bright on the left vs. the right.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/16/2004 02:40:36 PM
Wish this were a bit bigger. The colors and texture capture the feel of the city at night nicely. The resolution isn;t so great, is this a crop out of a larger picture?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/16/2004 09:10:34 AM
It looks a bit like its running downhill from R to L. Its busy, which does convey something about the photo, but leaves me looking for some focal point. The size of the image is definitely not helping things. This has a lot of potential, but as is, its not terribly strong
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/15/2004 08:40:54 PM
very small image
But nice after dark shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/15/2004 08:39:06 PM
I bet this looks great larger, it's just too small to tell
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01/15/2004 04:57:14 PM
Great cityscape, I just wish it were bigger.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/15/2004 01:40:58 AM
I'm sorry but this is just way too small. I would much rather see a small portion of this view where I can appreciate the detail. I'm sure that this would be the bomb as a poster size print but...
TC
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/14/2004 11:56:10 PM
Possibley a great pano. Pitty about the width limitations.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/14/2004 10:00:06 PM
I wish I could see it larger. But I do like it. Nice job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/14/2004 08:20:00 PM
YOu've taken so much in in this wide angled shot that it looks like a jumbled mess with little detail. Not crazy about the colors either.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/14/2004 12:07:36 PM
This looks like a great panorama, but unfortunately the reproduction is so small it makes it hard to tell just how good it is.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2004 08:49:07 PM
nice panoramic shot..but a little too small, id like to see some details
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2004 06:34:38 PM
Great pic but me want bigger.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2004 07:14:54 AM
A bit more contrast would have helped IMO.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2004 01:07:29 PM
It's hard to get away with a panorama shot when you are limited to 640 pixels. You almost make it, but the shot is a bit overexposed. It also looks (may not really be) tilted a bit.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2004 10:21:47 AM
Why so small? Maybe a little dark would be better.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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