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Camden Lock
Camden Lock

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Challenge: Rivers & Streams (Advanced Editing VI ("Time Lapse"))
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Camden Lock, London
Date: Jan 13, 2008
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: various
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2008

This is actually a two image HDR that has a gradient blend applied from a light shot at about 4.30pm and a dark shot at about 6pm. Ordinarily I'd have done this the other way around and shown sundown to night from left to right but the lights on the buildings were too nice so I reversed it and gave up on a 3+ image composite showing sundown over the canal.

I struggled to keep the image 'real' with so much mucking about with tone mapping (both photomatix and cs3's hdr function) but in the end went with this edit which is slightly surreal but I think is really punchy. It'll be interesting to see how many 'overprocessed' comments I get - this might be a love or hate image. My last image for Time Lapse was loved by some and hated by others for the blatant transitions, so I was going to try to do it again learning from the comments...but this came out :)

PP: everything related to levels and curves! images converted from raw, levels, contrast, brightness, usm on originals, gradient mask, burnt in front part of middle section in lock and some lights, noise ninja, resize, jpg.

Post Challenge: New PB (just) and not too bad considering there was so much quality in that challenge.


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Place: 22 out of 208
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01/21/2008 07:45:41 PM
one of my favorites in the challenge, the range of colors and the night shot gave this strong appeal for me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2008 09:11:45 PM
Nice lights on the water - looks like a cute area to explore.
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01/20/2008 06:09:40 PM
excellent colors...
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01/20/2008 03:23:41 PM
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01/20/2008 10:13:20 AM
Ahh, wonderful Camden, and a wonderful shot and post processing. Brilliant idea for the light-->dark!
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01/19/2008 03:33:19 PM
Nice colors in this. Good capture.
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01/18/2008 09:37:08 PM
Seems a bit OOF to me.
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01/18/2008 05:11:10 AM
Well captured under some tricky lighting conditions.
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01/16/2008 06:35:38 PM
There's alot going on and my eye is drawn to the left. The colors and details are splendid.
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01/14/2008 09:44:43 PM
it's pictures like these that makes me wanna learn how to do HDR. the range and diversity of colors is simply amazing.
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01/14/2008 09:26:14 PM
Great shot at dusk (or dawn). Love the lighting.
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01/14/2008 06:39:05 AM
Your photo reminds me of my usual Sunday morning walk, across Waterlow Park, down that street of faux Tudor houses, across Parliament Hill, and down to the lock for a beer and something or other. That was back in the early 80s... so the view has changed somewhat. It used to be much more gritty then. Life was. Thanks for the memories. Photo is not so bad either.
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01/14/2008 01:53:53 AM
Nice color... Nice reflections
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