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Over-illumination (Light Pollution, Manhattan, New York City)
Over-illumination (Light Pollution, Manhattan, New York City)
samchad


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Pollution (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Weehawken
Date: Mar 10, 2008
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20s
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2008

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Tribute to Pawdrix's Skyline shot.

I work at Times Square and am always amazed at the amount of light pollution. You can't see the stars and after a while you do miss them. For those of you that have never visited New York City, you can see Times Square on the left side of the skyline, or rather, you can see the light from it in amongst the buildings. So much, in fact, that the clouds are lit up from below.

Edits: RAW conversion, Curves, Resize, Sharpen, Save for Web.

I like this picture and am hoping that people don't mark me down for including too much sky. I did it on purpose to show more of the light pollution. I also blew out the whites to evoke more of a feeling of unnecessary light, but I am guessing in advance that I'll get several comments on that too. I would have edited out the uneven lines of water across the front of the image if not for the Basic rules.

Statistics
Place: 18 out of 127
Avg (all users): 6.4008
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 6.0426
Avg (non-participants): 6.4872
Views since voting: 8753
Views during voting: 437
Votes: 242
Comments: 16
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2008 12:55:17 AM
Almost too beautiful to be considered pollution. If none of it were there, it would be a pretty boring (not to mention dark) photo :)
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03/16/2008 12:51:33 AM
thats a great shot of NYC and i like that you thought outside of the box with this challenge. nice
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03/15/2008 02:29:05 PM
Wooooow... Awesome.
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03/15/2008 10:14:34 AM
I don't like the light pollution idea. It doesn't seem that it is in keeping with the spirit of the challenge. Beautiful shot though. Upon further review I am bumping this one up a point as it at least shows the light pollutes the sky.
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03/14/2008 12:18:34 PM
Wow, I love this. xxx.
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03/14/2008 09:55:50 AM
Really nice shot, I would suggest cropping out a little bit of the blue part of the sky, (just where the clouds end) Otherwise great colors composition, and horizontal lines. That yellow hue really says "pollution" to me so great photograph!
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03/14/2008 01:50:19 AM
Good night shot. I think seeing more of the water and less of the sky would have been better. The light reflecting in the water seems more interesting than the sky.
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03/13/2008 10:49:28 PM
This is a fantastic photo, and my #1 pollution complaint that we could fix easy, but never will.
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03/13/2008 01:53:39 PM
excellent urban landscape. the cloud formation (radial shape emerging from behind the city) with long exposure movement adds an amazing touch to this shot. the only and very minor issue with this scape is the downtown gets cut-off haphazardly mid-way in the left side of the frame. 9
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03/12/2008 09:39:05 PM
Great shot of Manhattan, but not really a pollution shot.
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03/12/2008 08:28:16 PM
Nice pic but I'm not so sure about "light pollution" I think if I was in that nasty city I would want all the lights on. Good exposure and nice colors
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03/12/2008 06:30:59 PM
Nice long exposure and idea for the challenge. I would have perhaps given a bit of color balance shift to the blue to help soften or cool the image,nice work.
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03/12/2008 04:03:10 PM
stunning. my favourite
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03/12/2008 10:05:20 AM
Great use of long exposure.. Perhaps the only thing missing is a distinct focal point that makes this picture stand out from other similar pictures..
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03/12/2008 09:31:34 AM
Nice cityscape. I also did a light pollution shot. I don't live in Jersey City though so I don't have such nice scenery.
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03/12/2008 02:34:04 AM
One of my favorite city shots. Very nice
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