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Hesingborg (South of Sweden)
2nd PlaceHesingborg (South of Sweden)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Urban Landscapes II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro for Minolta/Sony
Location: Helsingborg, Sweden
Date: Aug 10, 2007
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2007

This is Helsingborg, Sweden aprox 125000 hab.

Open a RAW into Photomatix, generated a 32 radiance file.
Open that file into CS2, converted to 16 bit by local adaptation.
Levels, Selective colors, color balance, saturation, curves (a lot of).
Some USM, resize and little USM again.

Place: 2 out of 176
Avg (all users): 7.3767
Avg (commenters): 7.7931
Avg (participants): 7.3333
Avg (non-participants): 7.3935
Views since voting: 13591
Views during voting: 395
Votes: 215
Comments: 61
Favorites: 43 (view)

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10/29/2007 01:55:29 PM
Oh very cool, almost looks HDR'ish or something... and it almost looks like little toys! :)
09/14/2007 09:15:35 PM
Your work is so stunning!!! Your style is striking and beautiful. I'm in awe!

08/26/2007 04:28:53 AM
Beautiful picture, the colors are stunning!
08/25/2007 09:14:11 PM
stunning colours.

08/25/2007 09:12:15 PM
Love the photo!!!! Truely amazing! Congrats!
08/25/2007 07:51:14 PM
I have no words to describe this amazing display of the other side of the world - It is just so good to call it perfect !
08/24/2007 08:56:07 PM
This is done so well,
honestly, the post processing on this is incredible.
08/24/2007 04:24:31 AM
this is VERY nice! the buildings look so pretty!
08/23/2007 11:31:41 AM
I think this image is so spectacular not entirely because of the capture but because of the editing. While I think it's amazing you were able to get this effect out of basic editing, I think it goes against the spirit of the contest rules. Great image nonetheless.
08/23/2007 02:03:25 AM
08/22/2007 09:19:18 PM
A grand image! Love the light and color. Congrats on the red ribbon.
08/22/2007 05:13:44 PM
Very neat color and light in this photo...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
08/22/2007 11:13:27 AM
This is what HDR should aspire to.
Subtle (sort of) but unmistakable.
08/22/2007 10:11:17 AM
Whoa!!!! Excellent choice for a ribbon in this amazing challenge! Congratulations!!!!! This is stunning.

08/22/2007 10:04:08 AM
beautiful tones! congrats!
08/22/2007 08:14:18 AM
Congratulations Gustavo on the red...well done
08/22/2007 05:40:12 AM
Yes it is Helsingborg. I know, I used to live there! Great shot! Denmark is on the other side of the water.
08/22/2007 05:14:36 AM
This is a beautiful take of a very pretty city. So cool to see a Swedish town win a ribbon. The yellows are stunning ... you're making me want to get over my dislike of HDR :-) Adding to my favorites. Congratulations on the ribbon!!
08/22/2007 04:58:11 AM
beautiful! Congrats!
08/22/2007 03:31:56 AM
This is so beautiful, it looks like a painting. Excellent, really excellent. Congratulations on 2nd place.
08/22/2007 01:45:34 AM
Thanks to all that liked this image. I have the luck to live in this wonderful city.

08/22/2007 12:40:06 AM
this is great....congrats
08/22/2007 12:35:38 AM
Hi there, many congratulations! I'm very glad this ribboned!
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08/22/2007 12:28:02 AM
I'm glad this ribboned - this was one of my favorites in the challenge. Beautiful work.
08/22/2007 12:07:40 AM
This is so beautiful! congrats!
08/22/2007 12:07:15 AM
Wow! I don't know how I missed this beautiful photo. Congratulations on your ribbon.
08/22/2007 12:06:49 AM
Grats on your first ribbon! great shot
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2007 09:52:53 PM
remarkable painterly (renaissance) look to this.
08/21/2007 04:53:21 PM
Wonderful tones.
08/21/2007 03:47:36 PM
Excellent. Great light.
08/21/2007 12:54:37 PM
Awesome colors!
08/20/2007 04:26:08 PM
Lovely saturation of color
08/20/2007 04:20:25 PM
wow, i love the whole effect of this photo, and the colors are amazing
08/19/2007 06:08:36 PM
looks like hdr!
08/19/2007 05:18:00 PM
Great color to this one!
08/19/2007 04:50:38 PM
very pretty sky, nice pp
08/19/2007 01:45:02 PM
Never been to Sweden but this image makes me want to book a flight!
08/19/2007 12:31:03 PM
Fint. Eventuellt lite för mycket mättnad i färgerna.
08/19/2007 10:14:49 AM
It appears that you used a filter on the lens?
great shot, the sky is well done, and the foreground buildings are high in contrast and colour
however, the background buildings are way too dark, aren't they?
08/18/2007 05:31:38 PM
The colors and contrast are spectacular for a basic editing challenge. It almost looks like HDR. Very well done.
08/18/2007 05:47:06 AM
Love it, HDR.....?
08/17/2007 10:37:00 PM
Very moody shot. I like the subtle lighting and muted colors. One of my highest in the challenge
08/17/2007 03:28:41 PM
love the processing
08/17/2007 01:50:47 PM
wow ... gorgeous!
08/16/2007 10:23:57 PM
I love the colors on this photo. The sky compliments the rooftops of the closer buildings and the yellow building on the right pleased my eye even more. Nice shot!
08/16/2007 03:31:40 PM
Great color and I love the clouds.
08/16/2007 11:04:11 AM
I really like the gritty-ness of the buildings in the foreground, but the dark clouds at the top (especially on the upper left) ruin it for me.
08/16/2007 06:38:01 AM
Beautiful shot
08/16/2007 05:32:42 AM
beautiful colors, nice exposure
08/16/2007 03:09:55 AM
I don't like very much HDR, but this pic is nice. 6
08/16/2007 01:20:20 AM
I like the processing. It looks like an old fashion postcard.
08/15/2007 10:30:45 PM
Isn't it Helsingborg? love the city, love your shot. Great colors.
08/15/2007 06:22:18 PM
I love the look and colors.
08/15/2007 05:46:20 PM
One of my top 2 choices for blue in this challenge. Brilliant location (great positioning of the ship down center), excellent job editing especially for a basic challenge, just a very cool image overall. Good luck on this one!
08/15/2007 12:59:00 PM
very nice. The sky makes this shot. 8 from me.
08/15/2007 11:27:55 AM
great color!
08/15/2007 10:13:17 AM
City name misspelled
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08/15/2007 08:18:51 AM
I am hoping this is legal under the Basic Challenge rules as this is a great shot...will give you the benefit of the doubt
08/15/2007 06:59:39 AM
The upper right yellow sky seems a bit too yellow to believe, but I like it!
08/15/2007 01:42:54 AM
Wow! Wow! Wow!

I don't know where to begin. I love the sharpening you applied here. The colors are rich and nicely saturated. The composition is marvelous. The street leads your eye throught the frame. The copper roofs are quite pleasing to look at. The sky is great. Can I give this an 11?
08/15/2007 12:40:36 AM
great saturation.

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