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Victoria's Inner Harbour
Victoria's Inner Harbour

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 5's
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC for Canon
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Mar 10, 2008
Aperture: 4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.3s
Galleries: Cityscape, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Mar 21, 2008


Place: 249 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.6923
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5631
Avg (non-participants): 6.0250
Views since voting: 906
Views during voting: 237
Votes: 143
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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05/17/2010 11:57:29 AM
What a beautiful spot. It has been about 25 or 30 years since I have last been here. Thanks for sparking some great memories.
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05/10/2008 04:09:11 PM
You've gotten so much great feedback on this image, I don't know that I can add much. I didn't vote in this challenge, but I probably would have given this a six. I love the contrast of the warm lights against the blues of the sky and water. The background lights do seem a bit harsh though. Someone recommended a higher f-stop to get a starburst effect from those lights. That might have helped. (That would also have increased DOF and added some clarity to the buildings in the background right.) The main subject should be the boats, but the background seems to be competing for attention instead of enhancing or complementing the main subject. That makes for a busy image.

Still, a near 5.7 isn't a bad score. I never look at place rankings in free studies -- there are so many entries!
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05/10/2008 11:41:45 AM
I think this is a nice shot, but I have a hard time focusing on one thing. First I see the lights, then I see the sky, then I see the ships and the smooth water, then my eye is drawn to the dock on the left that was cut off. With all of that I can't take the image in as a whole. I don't know if it is my eyes at almost 1 am or what but the image also appears a bit soft to me.

I think this is a wonderful location and you have captured it well, but for this site it is needing a little more to get the score that you want.
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05/10/2008 11:35:52 AM
This is a great shot - the stillness and mirror-like quality of the water in the harbor, the backlit sky, the details still contained in the everdarkening foreground - really good work. I think your shot has suffered from the 720pixel issue. There is so much going on and so much to look at that many voters are a bit overwhelmed. I think a larger format viewing - a large print - would do this one better than a small screen shot for DPC.

DPC seems to have turned into one where only clean and simple images score well. In my FS entry, I got a 'too busy' for an image that was simple...I haven't quite figured out why the change recently, but alas, you have a great image and one that many of us enjoy.
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05/10/2008 11:31:44 AM
I saw your pic in 21.gif bvy's comment thread, and you said it finished lower than expected. I voted a 6 and here's why: while the choice of subject and composition are good, and so is the exposure (good ratio of natural vs artificial light) it is the processing that made me deduct a point or two. The image looks slightly unnatural to me. I think it's a combination of over-saturated colors, too much contrast and too much Neat Image or similar.
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05/10/2008 11:26:58 AM
What I see first that looks a little out of right, is that the lights on the buildings are a overpowering the ambient light a little too much. I feel that you missed the narrow time window when that works right by a few minutes.
Shooting at f16 or 22 would have made the individual lights "star", and would have added to the shot IMHO. You may have shot at f4 on purpose to avoid that, so it was your call about that.
Otherwise, a beautiful scene, and well photographed.
Per your comment, those 3 flight changes in the air must have been quite a trick : )
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05/10/2008 11:26:51 AM
I didn't even make into the freestudy for voting :(

This is a lovely capture. It's rare to see everything so still and, with all those lights, it's not as easy to shoot as one might think.

I agree with Jon :)
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04/08/2008 05:13:21 PM
I should have known this was you from the title.

A great capture of a truely beautiful place. Amazing night shot and the illumination of the building in the background is stunning

As I remember there were no great postcards of Victoria, you should send this to the tourist information and tell them that this is the type of image they should use to promote the area

The fact that this came in the bottom half of the challenge says (imo) more about the voters than it does about this picture

Thanks for not only a great shot but also for reminding me of a beautiful place (and the fact that I was once misdirected and drve the wrong way down a one way street there....but thats another story)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/01/2008 09:42:54 PM
Nicely done.
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