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Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod
Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod

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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus D-550Z
Location: Moores River Park
Date: Jan 10, 2004
Aperture: f3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 200/100
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2004

I've never stalked a building before... I went out over 5 nights looking for the best angles and hoping for the smoke (steam?) to be blowing in the most photogenic direction. Finally got this on the fifth night. If I knew about this location 2 nights earlier, the smoke would have been blowing overhead which would have been cool! But it was -15F outside and I couldn't feel my toes. Did a slight rotation to make front corner of building straight up and down, slight crop to get rid of out-of-image canvas areas caused by rotation, very subtle levels and curves adjustment, resized and sharpened. This is damn near the out of camera crop! You can get a sense of scale by looking at the pickup truck at the bottom of the image.

Place: 20 out of 96
Avg (all users): 6.1878
Avg (commenters): 7.2667
Avg (participants): 5.8507
Avg (non-participants): 6.3860
Views since voting: 2491
Votes: 181
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/24/2004 11:32:57 AM
Critique Club

Hello :)

This is a nice pic. It's really smooth compared to a lot of the other shots in this challenge, and it's sharp as well. I think it would have done better if the actual sky was in fact darker. The colour of the sky at the moment is quite light, and similar to the building. I think a shorter shutter time would make it darker, and then the building would stand out more against it and have more impact. It would also stop the lights looking so blown out. Now, I wasn't there when you shot this so you might have tried that already and decided it wasn't as good, but I think having the sky darker to make the factory 'pop' more would look better.

The composition is pretty much centered. I don't know what was on either side of the building, but I would have liked to see the building more towards the right of the frame. I think this would look better because the smoke has more space to blow into, and it could possible enhance the sense of scale by having more space around it.

Overall a very nice pic, and it sounds like you went through a lot of pain to get it :P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2004 09:35:55 PM
thats interesting!
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01/17/2004 02:33:28 AM
The colors really make this work.
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01/16/2004 08:10:01 PM
Nice twilight architectural shot just a pity that the sky appears so over cast. An 8
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01/15/2004 08:33:45 PM
Wow! this is great I expect it is from one of our great photographers here on D P C
Nicely set up tone and balance are great
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01/15/2004 06:41:53 AM
Very nicely done. I like this one very much.
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01/14/2004 09:51:51 PM
Great photo. Wonderful lights, and the smoke (or steam) out of the stacks is awesome. Great job.
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01/14/2004 12:30:40 PM
You hit the right compromise between enough exposure to bring out the lights while keeping it low enough to preserve the dark background. Very nice.
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01/13/2004 10:49:45 AM
Very interesting and effective shot. The smoke stacks are very nice. It gets a little busy below; have you experimented with cropping the bottom part out? Nice lighting and interesting colors.
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01/12/2004 08:17:28 PM
well done,nice composed and good light .. 8 from me!
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01/12/2004 02:43:42 PM
Nice effort, but the shot might have been better with more stack, less factory.
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01/12/2004 01:34:28 PM
Real nice. Love the chimney stacks. 7 from me.
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01/12/2004 01:11:33 PM
Nice. Strange how refineries and cathedrals sometimes look alike...
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01/12/2004 10:09:25 AM
THis shot could have been a bit darker and I would have liked it better. Nice & Sharp.
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01/12/2004 06:10:53 AM
Good clear image
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01/12/2004 03:01:25 AM
one night sailed off in a wooden shoe..... That brings back memories!

Good night shot, a little overexposed at the main light in the middle, draws my eyes to it. 8
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