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I Flew in a Balloon
2nd PlaceI Flew in a Balloon
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Challenge: Weekend (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: Jul 2, 2007
Aperture: F5.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Cityscape, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 1, 2007

This was the most amazing couple of hours! I shot 500 images as the sun came up over my city, Melbourne. I had lots of choices, but I really liked this one for the challenge. It was still dark, and this was a handheld shot with my Sigma 10-20mm lens.

EDIT: Nothing special, levels, USM, some Noise Ninja, a little dodge and burn and curves. I wanted the contrast for impact. I also warmed the image up a bit and lifted the saturation mildly.

PREDICTION: High 6's I hope.

POST: Woah! This year has been amazing! At the end of last year I wondered if I would win a ribbon again after losing my photographic mojo. But what a few months this has been! Won one last week, now this week...thanks everyone for the kind comments and the votes.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 215
Avg (all users): 7.2364
Avg (commenters): 8.1579
Avg (participants): 7.2549
Avg (non-participants): 7.2203
Views since voting: 9483
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 110
Comments: 58
Favorites: 5 (view)


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07/30/2007 06:10:45 AM
Enzo (or as I still sometimes revert to, Joe): An awesome effort mate, a wonderful job. Thirty years on, you're still inspiring me with your work
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07/16/2007 04:27:20 PM
What a wonderful image Enzo!!. you are becoming a ribbon hog!!
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07/14/2007 01:51:50 AM
Love these city shots. Awesome view!
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07/13/2007 09:19:35 AM
That is so cool! Can't wait to fly! Just waiting for the rain to stop. I got the flight as a birthday gift! Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/13/2007 12:01:08 AM
Enzo, this shot makes me want to fly. Its inspiring. I can see nice commercial use for the area as well.
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07/11/2007 09:22:51 AM
Congratulations on your red ribbon, great shot!
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07/11/2007 04:53:23 AM
cooooooool !
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07/10/2007 08:42:06 PM
Even better than a top 10! You are on a roll! Keep it up.

Congratulations on your ribbon.

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07/10/2007 02:47:43 PM
Lost Moho? My Brother, I'm not sure that's possible for you! Honestly, I believe you could give me half your mojo, and you would still win or place in these challenges.

I would hope I could get "onto the yardstick" with "half of your photographic mojo!" Blessings! And Yes...ROLL ON! :)
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07/10/2007 01:38:13 AM
ur on a roll mate...keep 'em coming!
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07/09/2007 10:42:03 PM
Enzo - YOU ROCK!

Well done - what a smashing photo of our beautiful city! Some people will go to great heights to get a ribbon winner - SMILE!
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07/09/2007 07:42:05 PM
Amazing shot!! Congratulations on another well deserved Ribbon with this fantastic shot!
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07/09/2007 03:22:01 PM
You're on fire! Congrats!
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07/09/2007 11:52:03 AM
That's a nice collection of pretty ribbons you are getting. :) Congrats.
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07/09/2007 11:48:44 AM
great ... someone else passes me on the "Career Ribbon" list

damn it!
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07/09/2007 11:25:36 AM
Congrats on second. That little balloon floating out over the city puts the perfect touch to an impeccable image.
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07/09/2007 10:42:33 AM
Hoops, I missed this challenge (voting), but congrats to your ribbon. Very nice perspective, I really like it.
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07/09/2007 09:44:58 AM
Ohmygosh this is great!! Love it! Congratulaions on your ribbon!!!
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07/09/2007 09:40:38 AM
you must be on photo steroids! another awesome shot!
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07/09/2007 08:44:27 AM
Very cool photograph, must of been a great experience...congratulations on the red ribbon!
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07/09/2007 08:00:31 AM
brilliant shot.
what a great weekend you had.
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07/09/2007 07:55:03 AM
Wow! Where were you when you took this shot. It's brilliant! Congratulations on another ribbon. Of COURSE it won a ribbon! That's a no-brainer! :)

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07/09/2007 07:45:12 AM
Great shot; congratulations; reminds me of Danny Deckchair.
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07/09/2007 04:23:32 AM
congrats on this wonderful image
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07/09/2007 02:48:10 AM
Great shot, congrats on the red. You're on a roll, Enzo!
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07/09/2007 01:40:03 AM
Awesome photo!! I had this one marked down in my thoughts as number 1 and I was close. Looks like we both had some pretty cool weekends you and I!
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07/09/2007 01:33:40 AM
congrats Enzo!

Originally posted by boysetsfire:

damn i want to do this, does it look wierd going past Eureka?


so?
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07/09/2007 01:27:10 AM
so were you in a baloon or shooting from the hotel balcony?
cool shot, man you get around, think i'll audition for a pastor.

hehe
congrats enzorini
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07/09/2007 01:15:10 AM
Congratulations too, Enzo. I'm so honored to be next to you, being an admirer of your work. This shot is such a killer... so magnificent!
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07/09/2007 12:56:41 AM
Wow! Fantastic shot!! WTG!!! Congrats!!
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07/09/2007 12:52:13 AM
This is an amzing shot!! Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/09/2007 12:45:04 AM
Great shot Enzo. Keep it up :)
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07/09/2007 12:42:21 AM
Yayyyyyyyyyyy congrats. You are on a roll.
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07/09/2007 12:42:04 AM
WTG, Enzo. Great shot. Congrats on your red ribbon.
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07/09/2007 12:13:17 AM
Well done Enzo, way to go, you really like the 10/20 lens..Congratulations
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07/09/2007 12:11:58 AM
You are on a serious role lately. Love the shot, congrats on the red!
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07/09/2007 12:02:34 AM
Congrats! You stomped your hoped-for score. Hope you're not disappointed. ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2007 09:35:36 PM
Great city shot. The balloon is really cool.
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07/06/2007 12:26:11 PM
Love it. 8
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07/05/2007 04:38:57 PM
Wow! Great shot!

You know, last time I tried to take a wild stab at the location of a pic I was half a globe away and managed not to identify a building I'd been in! So I'm not going to try and guess where you took this but I'll look after voting ends :-)
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07/05/2007 04:37:03 PM
So you did. ;-)
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07/05/2007 04:17:01 PM
great cityscape
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07/05/2007 10:09:14 AM
Great perspective (that almost goes without saying I suppose). I hope the trip was fun - this shot works really well.
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07/05/2007 08:45:54 AM
Very cool perspective, must of been a blast being able to photograph from a balloon. Really nice light and a dynamic composition. Very nice!
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07/04/2007 01:16:26 PM
Sah-weeeet! Nothing but 10 written all over this one. Ribbon Contender!
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07/03/2007 04:37:32 PM
woowww great city scape! there seems to be a little distortion in this and i love it. cool perspective and nice lighting.
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07/03/2007 01:30:48 PM
Nice spectacle and exciting weekend it must have been. 8.
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07/03/2007 01:06:24 PM
good shot, a tad oversaturated
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07/02/2007 11:44:38 PM
Well! This truly took my breath away. How beautiful, and wonderful angle!
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07/02/2007 10:22:40 PM
so so cool!!! Congrats on the top 10!

10
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07/02/2007 03:46:37 PM
way cool! hope you had a blast!
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07/02/2007 02:00:07 PM
Lucky!! Fantastic shot!
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07/02/2007 09:26:10 AM
Whoa this ia awesome! I love the colors! One of my favorites in the challenge!
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07/02/2007 05:07:32 AM
Brilliant city scape, the pockets of colrs are very interesting and angular highways provide neat lines to this otherwise 'filled in' image. 9
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07/02/2007 01:04:16 AM
nice!!
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07/02/2007 01:00:04 AM
...and you got an impressive shot.
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07/02/2007 12:17:56 AM
damn i want to do this, does it look wierd going past Eureka?
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07/02/2007 12:03:58 AM
Melbourne!!! Fantastic perspective!!!
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