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The Old Smithfields Meat Market
The Old Smithfields Meat Market

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Challenge: Abandoned Buildings II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Location: Smithfields, London
Date: Jan 15, 2008
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.3
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2008

My intended location was a squat in Camden but the entire building has been pulled down...so I rode around looking for derelict buildings. I ended up in the City (probably the dumbest place to look given the price of land) but came across the old section of Smithfield's meat market near Liverpool Street. The four shots I took there (with HDR bracketing, but can't use for basic editing) weren't all that special but then it started tipping down with rain which put pay to any alternates.

The two things that bother me with this photo are the boring sky and the clipped kerb at the bottom. With a more interesting/clouded sky and that kerb in place it would have been a much nicer shot, but as it stands it's the best I could do with crap source photos and limited editing possibilities.

PP: convert from RAW, greyscale, duotone, sepia tone, contrast, usm, nn, resize, jpg.

I tried a number of different contrast options but in the end this, with a 5% touch of sepia, is the best I think I could do. I don't often do any toning but I think a little sepia adds to the olde world appeal, and I'm hoping that charm will carry the viewer past what I think was an average shot. Anything better than a 5.5 will be fine... although less than a 5 wouldn't be such a shocker.

Post Challenge: Better than expected and can't complain. The HDR outtake is nicer I think, but invalid for basic:

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Place: 58 out of 257
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Votes: 252
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2008 11:46:44 PM
Paralax Effect adds to this photo,...IMHO! Nice wide angle! :)
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01/22/2008 03:00:30 PM
good job, using a fish eye is a nice touch
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01/20/2008 01:32:19 PM
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01/19/2008 10:48:08 AM
I'm usually not crazy on fisheye but it's not overdone here. 8
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01/18/2008 08:31:34 PM
A lesson in lens distortion. I love it. Great shot!
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01/18/2008 12:23:20 PM
Is that the building that is distrorted or the lens? anyways I like it..
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01/18/2008 09:12:02 AM
Beautifully executed with the wide angle. Love it in B&W and I hope it wins a ribbon. One of the best of the lot.
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01/18/2008 12:29:34 AM
Nice perspective.
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01/17/2008 03:40:27 PM
The fisheye-ness (if that makes sense) ruins this shot for me. The contrast is good and the compsotion is otherwiase very good.
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01/16/2008 04:14:13 PM
lovely shot. one of my favourite places in london.
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