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"1575" or "What Remains"
"1575" or "What Remains"

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Cartago, Costa Rica
Date: Mar 27, 2008
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Rural, History
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2008

Las Ruinas de Cartago, Costa Rica. Built in 1575 and destroyed by an earthquake in 1910. Adjusted Color, contrast and sharpness. Added blur.

Place: 311 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.4966
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4057
Avg (non-participants): 5.7436
Views since voting: 618
Views during voting: 216
Votes: 145
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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04/09/2008 09:09:39 AM
I probably won't be giving you too much more insight beyond what was already said here. I gave this a 6 during the challenge. I loved how the bushes and the building had close to a very faint painterly effect. And the sky is beautiful! I think I would have scored it higher if the building had more pop or contrast to make it jump out of the picture.
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04/08/2008 07:24:40 PM
I basically like the composition, but think that two things could make this image better. First, more aggressive cropping, especially the right side/bottom right corner of the photo. the modern building and telephone wires on the right are distracting (IMO) from the rest of the image. The second things is that building does not stand out....maybe it needs stronger lighting or Photoshop work?
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04/08/2008 12:49:20 PM
I like the composition of the shot. To me, the verticle lines are nicely based on the foundation of the horizontal line of the bushes. But, for me, the subject isn't interesting. It's just sort of a big block of stone. I like beautiful scenery or interesting cultural shots or nature shots the most. For me, the only thing interesting about this particular piece of architecture is the fact that it was built almost 500 years ago. But, the structure itself is not. You probably took the best picture that could be taken of it.
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04/08/2008 04:53:10 AM
For being destroyed it's in pretty good shape! A very clean rendering of the structure and a nice effect (be it light or processing or both) on the bushes in the foreground. Very crisp and clear detail. Things to look at - the blur/gradient (?) in the upper left creates a sort of claustrophobic feel to me. I do like your use of blur in the lower left. The composition creates a leading line type of scenario but that line leads to the outbuilding and power lines in the lower right. It is an intriguing structure - would like to see more of it! (And you have some very interesting work in your portfolio - I love the kitty in the shower!)
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04/08/2008 02:17:13 AM
Hi Lisa, here's a critique for you...
For me, composition is the main negative for this shot. There are a lot of competing lines - horizontals on the hedge, floor lines, and in the architecture, moving toward perspective diagonals, as well as many vertical details on the building. However, none of these lines are significant enough to form the important composition. Lots of detail lines, but no real composition. The centre of focus is probably the sticking out arch, which is on the right of the image, and looking right off the edge, so the viewers eye starts on the right of the image, and then gets pushed past the little background building and powerlines and off the right of the image.
The high contrast makes the image a little dark overall. Perhaps a little shadow boost in photoshop could help this, but I would try to find another viewpoint with better lighting, or maybe bracket the exposures and mix them in photoshop to get some shadow detail. The dramatic sky is nicely exposed.
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04/08/2008 02:06:04 AM
With a building scene like this, I think you have to have more spectacular lighting than you have here - such as early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
The balustrade or whatever it is (can't think of the correct name) dominates the centre of the picture; a brutal cropping at the left perhaps would have been better. As it is, there's a feeling that the building is leaning somewhat.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/02/2008 10:31:19 PM
nice treatment on this image great detail
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04/01/2008 11:26:33 PM

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