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City Lights Are Oh So Bright...(THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME : 1973)
3rd PlaceCity Lights Are Oh So Bright...(THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME : 1973)
hotpasta


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Led Zeppelin (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: Feb 29, 2008
Aperture: F16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.3 Seconds
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 2, 2008

The Image: Another of the images I took on an early morning shoot in the city. As I searched the Lyrics of songs, I found the line in THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME.
I like the LED number eights which were on a passing tram.

The Edit: A selective desat with a bit of black and white work. I cloned out a power line and was thinking about taking them all out, but I think they add. Some, Dodge and Burn, some levels, Noise Ninja, Black and white with a tint...I like the end result.

The Prediction: Ummm...not doing too well at the moment so I won't guess, but I'd be disappointed if it is not over 6.

POST: This was a total surprise to me but I am glad it did well. The number 8's and the cloudy Sin City look did me well. Pawdrix's picture was superb and I love his story behind the shot. Thanks for all the votes and comments everyone. hotpasta is back!

Here is an outtake...a bit ghastly by comparison:
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Statistics
Place: 3 out of 139
Avg (all users): 7.1965
Avg (commenters): 8.0769
Avg (participants): 7.0606
Avg (non-participants): 7.2804
Views since voting: 26083
Views during voting: 365
Votes: 173
Comments: 57
Favorites: 26 (view)


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05/21/2008 09:09:06 PM
I dont know why this one wasn't on my faves list previously, those LED lights really make the shot they're so cool, and I aspire to learn how to edit like this
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03/16/2008 02:29:15 AM
Congrats on the Yellow, Enzo! Love the tones. Amazing clarity on the "traveling" 8's... what a cool bonus! Looks like the new D300 is starting to settle in nicely ;O)
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03/13/2008 05:49:43 PM
good choice going with the selective desat. congrats on the ribbon.
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03/13/2008 02:39:44 AM
Well done! Great interpretation of a classic song! Particulary love the foreboding clouds.
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03/13/2008 12:42:17 AM
OMG this camera is so sick and the photographer using it know what they are doing. I like the black and white conversion with the select colors.
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03/11/2008 08:15:41 AM
Great shot, Enzo! Congrats!
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03/11/2008 06:34:43 AM
super picture,well done,congratulations
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03/11/2008 01:02:54 AM
Congrats Enzo! Wonderful image.
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03/10/2008 08:44:40 PM
Fantastic interpretation and awsome b/w! Congrats on the Ribbon!!
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03/10/2008 08:25:49 PM
Enzo, you've a recognizable style and it's an amazing one. That's good, I mean... That's great! Congrats on the Ribbon.
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03/10/2008 08:09:30 PM
I should have known this was you by the masterful b&w work! Good to see you back on the front page. You're baaaaaack! Congratulations!
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03/10/2008 07:43:28 PM
Beautiful shot, love the composition and idea. Congrats on the Ribb.
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03/10/2008 01:58:20 PM
What a great picture-- you must have a really nice camera. :P Welcome back Enzo.
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03/10/2008 01:09:12 PM
hehe, inspiration after the fast. Welcome back. :)
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03/10/2008 11:44:23 AM
Congrats,Enzo, on the Yellow and the new cam!
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03/10/2008 10:16:58 AM
yeah. this is GREAT. congratz !
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03/10/2008 09:46:03 AM
Man this shot is awesome. You're back with a bang, Enzo!
Grats on your ribbon
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03/10/2008 09:41:02 AM
Woo Hooo, Enzo!!! This certainly was one of my favorites, and being one of your twelve 10's I'm proud to be one of the ones who totally got it right :) CONGRATULATIONS ! ! !
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03/10/2008 09:27:54 AM
Fantastic!
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03/10/2008 08:28:36 AM
Way to go, Enzo. Fabulous image!!!!
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03/10/2008 08:24:28 AM
Great photo Enzo, this was one of my favourites from the challenge. (And I thought the beach boxes might have been you :)

I have been thinking hard about getting that 10-20mm lens and this is another argument in favour :)
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03/10/2008 07:58:54 AM
Brilliant photo... glad to see you back, and still photographing at ungodly hours :)
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03/10/2008 06:55:24 AM
Man - just as I was only 1 ribbon away from catching up to you you go and take a shot like this. Very very nice Enzo. Glad to see you up and running (and running well at that) again. Congrats!
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03/10/2008 05:50:43 AM
You do our city so PROUD! Well done friend.
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03/10/2008 04:44:04 AM
Congrats Enzo, great shot that brings back the sound of the album along with the memories. Thought it was yours from the style, but underestimated your musical preferences LOL
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03/10/2008 04:26:05 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Enzo, liked it from when I first saw it. After looking at the image a few times I started thinking the "8's" are really just words or numbers on the bus and the speed of the bus is just right that lights kept popping up in the same space. With the different numbers/letters lighting all the light slots to make it look like an 8. Maybe?
Either way its really cool. :)
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03/10/2008 02:54:45 AM
Absolutely awesome, great BW conversion. A 10 in my score. Congrats for the yellow Enzo.
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03/10/2008 02:44:26 AM
2 words
SICKASS PICTURE!
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03/10/2008 02:34:08 AM
Bravo hotpasta for a job well done.
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03/10/2008 02:20:15 AM
Way to come back in style Enzo! Congratulations on your ribbon!!! Love the image =]
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03/10/2008 02:17:43 AM
Ya love a grand entrance....congrats:)
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03/10/2008 02:13:56 AM
Congratulations Enzo. Welcome back!
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03/10/2008 01:47:09 AM
You're back? I was sure you'd never been away ;-) Love this shot, Enzo. It's moody, dramatic and excellent.
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03/10/2008 01:46:46 AM
Congrats Aussie...you rock! Welcome back.
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03/10/2008 12:49:56 AM
Well, you beat your hope! :) And the domination continues, now with the D300. Congrats!
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03/10/2008 12:48:11 AM
Originally posted by goodman:

beautiful enzo, congrats on your first ribbon ;)

Do you mean with the new camera? Because he has quite a few.

Great job here! Like you, I love the 8s that the lights on the train made. Gorgeous sky.
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03/10/2008 12:47:21 AM
Great out of the box shot Enzo. WTG on the Yellow Ribbon.
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03/10/2008 12:35:42 AM
beautiful enzo, congrats on your first ribbon ;)
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03/10/2008 12:25:48 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Enzo! I'm usually not a big fan of selective desat, but here I think it's a must! Superb! : )
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03/10/2008 12:24:42 AM
I agree, the editing here is awesome ("sick"). An inspiration, in fact. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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03/10/2008 12:08:03 AM
This was the very last image I voted on, glad to see it did well - loved your technique here!
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03/10/2008 12:06:23 AM
the editing and style here are just sick... i real inspiration. Congrats on another ribbon with this stellar shot
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/09/2008 09:52:10 PM
how did u get the 8's to appear?...pretty cool...7
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03/09/2008 07:36:00 AM
Great capture - the number are so cool. Beatuiful darkness and contrast in this shot. Back to bump you up to 9.
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03/08/2008 07:52:35 PM
Nice perspective, like the widescreen crop.
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03/08/2008 04:52:00 AM
On the spot exposure! Well done.
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03/07/2008 09:46:54 PM
the passing numbers flashing by add alot for me. It really looks like an album cover. also a really nice example of selective desaturation. All these elements equals a ten from me. :)
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03/07/2008 11:37:01 AM
The selective color is nice and I like the foreground lights but the background lights along the right edge of the photo are kind of a jumble
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03/07/2008 08:48:30 AM
Reminds me of SinCity! Nicely done!
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03/07/2008 08:30:40 AM
Fascinating light trail of red 8's. Subliminal message to voters? :-) Nice shot - I love the toning and a good fit to the lyrics.
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03/04/2008 09:54:39 PM
fantastically dramatic image
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03/04/2008 06:11:18 PM
This is AWESOME! 10
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03/03/2008 08:38:52 PM
nice photo. I like the use of B&W and color and the detail is great. 8
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03/03/2008 07:12:28 PM
Great exposure on the sky, though the selective desaturation might not have worked completely in your favor in relevance to the song lyric you have chosen. The lights that still have color aren't exactly the lights from the city, but that is honestly my only complaint.

You really balanced out the exposure well to capture great detail in the clouds, and still have those awesome streaks of light from passing cars. This is one of my favorites for this challenge!
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03/03/2008 10:54:41 AM
WOW!!!! Lovely!!!!!
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03/03/2008 08:48:50 AM
I really like the way you chose to use selective saturation. It works so well and I love the deep black/brown of the remaining duotone. Gives the city such a forboding feel. Nice work. 9
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03/03/2008 12:47:16 AM
wow nice. i love the surreal feel to this.
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