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Challenge: Parallel Lines (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Looking at Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London
Date: Mar 13, 2004
Aperture: f 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250 second
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2004

Taken during the recent DPC GTG in London.

The light was exceptionally and unexpectedly bright. Those of us without sunglasses spent an inordinate amount of time squinting. My eyes even watered.

And the weather went between cold, dry and sunny to hard, vicious hailstones within minutes. We even enjoyed one of the most vivid and clear rainbows we had ever seen even the secondary rainbow was beautiful and bright.

We had been talking as a group about the vertical lines of the railings surrounding the Old Royal Naval College (the grounds of which we were in). Heading towards the Royal Observatory we noticed that this viewpoint offered parallel railings, parallel colonnades and parallel road and paving lines and a couple of us took variations of this image.

I only took one because Pete and I were sharing the camera and had only one CF card each to fill - 45 images maximum. I wanted to save shots for the Royal Observatory, on the hill, which I knew would offer some great views.

The sky is blown out, which is a shame, as there were some beautiful cloud formations in the blue sky. I'm sure I'll get some low votes because of that. And I know that not everyone is a fan of shallow DOF and I might get some comments telling me the foremost railings are out of focus. And I'm absolutely positive that I'll spend much time gnashing my teeth wondering if I should have entered the image taken in the Former Royal Naval College consisting of imposing stone columns and their wonderful diagonal shadows.

But this one is the one I'm drawn towards most (now that I've become a member so I could enter my other favourite into the March Free Study) so this one it is!

Place: 53 out of 325
Avg (all users): 5.8007
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.6690
Avg (non-participants): 5.9403
Views since voting: 1498
Votes: 276
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/23/2004 10:19:32 PM
Great toning. Wonderful natural framing of the structure in the background, but also great use of layers with the columns/poles, fence, and then structure. Lots of parallel lines going on here! Nicely seen and captured.
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03/23/2004 03:39:24 PM
You have met the challenge. I do think you could of cropped this tighter to give it some drama.
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03/23/2004 04:03:32 AM
The blurry pillars in the foreground distract from the picture for me, especially
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03/22/2004 07:04:10 PM
I like the two parallels on this side of the road, which counterpoint the railings across the road. The building in the distanace looks a bit like the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, am I right. This is nice.
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03/20/2004 10:36:00 PM
Cool photo......I really think the fence and the awesome background would have been sufficiant though. The poles are a bit too much...nice photo none the less..good luck.
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03/19/2004 05:28:25 PM
Nice title. Love the picture too. Actually one of the better pics in this challnge if you ask me.
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03/18/2004 06:58:31 PM
I'm a little disconcerted by the out of focus foreground in the this one, I do like the composition though... just wish more were in focus! :)
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03/18/2004 05:45:32 PM
The tone REALLY give this a dramatic feel. I love how the pillars frame the photo. The lines are what this is all about. MAJOR impact you've created ! This is truly a GREAT photo !
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03/18/2004 03:50:17 PM
This is a very good photograph for this challenge because there are so many interesting parallel lines. I love the way the two closeup bars frame the building in the far distance, and also how they are mirrored by the trees (a shame that the tree on the right is cut off a bit, would have been better if the entiree tree as visible). Sepia is well suited for this photograph as it lends an old time feeling to the scene, and also saved what looks like a washed out sky.

Other than the tree being cut in half, the only other impovement that I would suggest is maybe more DOF so that the close bars are more in focus, although being a little soft does not bother me too much.
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03/18/2004 09:45:37 AM
Great capture, where ever I look there are parallel lines. Superb symmetry and letting the sky burn out accents the railings.
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03/18/2004 05:23:38 AM
This one looks familiar.. The foreground bars definitely give this shot impact, and the DoF is nice. Pity the clouds above the observatory come out as flat, but we couldn't control the weather ;o) Why call it '.' though?
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03/17/2004 07:30:46 PM
caged animal
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03/17/2004 06:31:50 PM
You are usually otld not to use vertical lines in composing, but the symmetry makes it work.
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03/17/2004 05:49:39 PM
I really like this shot. The 2 main paralell lines separate the image into 3 nice parts with the 2 edge ones being very similar. The repetition of them further away across the other side of the road works really well as it puts them into context. I think it looks slightly off balance tho, the right section being a bit smaller than the left. It might be the same size but it looks different, probably because of the tree. I think the sepia tone works well, along with the border.
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03/17/2004 05:21:39 PM
I like looking through the out of focus, close up frame, and it certainly meets the challenge. Often I see shots like this and feel it is a stage, just waiting on the subject to arrive - this feels somewhat like that too - a person, some detail that would lift this scene to a more visually interesting level. The scene is well set...
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03/17/2004 03:02:06 PM
This is very interesting. I like the sepia-kind of quality to it. 10
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03/17/2004 12:07:21 PM
I absolutely love the tones, the layers and the lighting. Great composition. I'm giving it a 10.
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03/17/2004 12:06:19 AM
Great point of view. Beautiful tone and focus. It shows a lot of lines. Nice border, a black one would look good too...I give it a 10

Good luck...
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