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Challenge: Pattern III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: Peterborough
Date: Mar 21, 2008
Aperture: F9.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250 secs
Galleries: Architecture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 25, 2008

I had an idea within literally seconds of seeing the challenge posted - and this isn't it lol.

Sara was working Good Friday and I had the day off - so she dropped me off near where she works and I walked a mile or so into the centre of Peterborough. On the way I walked under this road bridge over the railway - knew it had to be my challenge shot immediately.

Shot in RAW - converted to JPEG using ACR, cranked up the vibrance and contrast settings in ACR. Rotated slightly.

Then into CS3 - Channel mixer adjustment layer split 50/50 between red and green channels, then a HSL adjustment layer to get a slight tint. Then shadow/highlight tool, crop, resize, smart sharpen and save for web.

Didn't stop there - opened up in PSP XI and did One Step Noise Removal. Much prefer PSP's noise removal to CS3 or ACR. Wouldn't normally perform noise removal on a resized image as it obliterates all the fine detail but that's not such an issue on a shot like this.

A half decent score would be nice, but I'm quite pleased with the shot whatever the voters think. One thing I do like about the shot, which I wonder if voters will pick up on, is this: you know how when you look up at the sky, it's always darker above your head then off in the distance? (Something to do with the way the Sun's rays hit particles in the atmosphere - not sure exactly but someone will know) Well the channel mixer exacerbated that so the sky is much darker at the top of the pic than the bottom. As it happens the lighter parts of the ironwork are at the top and the darker, shaded parts are at the bottom, so they contrast each other :-)

Place: 93 out of 290
Avg (all users): 5.6022
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 5.5333
Avg (non-participants): 5.6486
Views since voting: 650
Views during voting: 259
Votes: 186
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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04/02/2008 10:16:31 AM
Lovely shot. I like the cloud, which seems like a whimsical intrusion into your idea.
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04/02/2008 09:39:25 AM
I did give this a 6 for the beautiful mix of pattern, light and shadow. I'm thinking that the reason why I did not give this a higher score was because of the color tone. Have you tried this in just pure black and white?
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04/02/2008 08:19:30 AM
I love that someone described this as distracting, lol. It should distract you, it should keep you busy examining it and finding all it conceals. I love this, really. There are many, many patterns here and they are all interesting.
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04/02/2008 07:30:55 AM
You got a very good score from me on this one - I quite agree with your assessment of the light and pattern play of the lights against the darks and vice versa. And in fact, the longer I look at it, the more I like it, too. As for the score? I dunno - maybe too busy? Some might not like the tilt - that's a love or hate kinda thing with some people. You do have some good comments as to why some people didn't care for it as much. I'd consider that a success in a challenge, by the way. Glad you're pleased with it and that it came out the way you wanted it to. That is also a success!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/31/2008 10:46:48 PM
A nice idea for a picture, but the emptiness in the upper left bothers me a little.
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03/31/2008 08:50:40 PM
The values in this picture are kind of odd.
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03/31/2008 12:43:43 PM
I'm not sure why this seems odd to me. I'm not a photog so I suggest sending this to the critique club for advice.
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03/31/2008 08:23:51 AM
Very nice shot
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03/29/2008 12:43:30 PM
Love the angle you chose
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03/27/2008 04:42:23 PM
I like the abstract architecture, but I think this may be a better shot on either a completely clear, or completely overcast day, as the clouds in the lower left kinda break up the pattern.
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03/27/2008 09:52:24 AM
monotone, but it works. a strong pattern at a nice twisted angle.
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03/26/2008 10:08:59 PM
nice composition and interesting choice of subject. I'd have liked it more with a bit higher contrast, I think.
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03/26/2008 04:40:41 PM
Lovely light and shadow.
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03/26/2008 03:50:14 PM
good way to show off the bones of this bridge, light good except that section near the middle.
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03/26/2008 11:01:53 AM
I like the angle but it seems like it is dull and washed out
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03/26/2008 09:39:32 AM
I like the dimond pattern that you decided to go with, but you could of focused on one rather then have a ton that can be distracting
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