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Fourth Avenue Abstractions
Fourth Avenue Abstractions
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Challenge: Free Study 2008-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Olympus C-70 / C-7000 Zoom
Location: PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Jun 12, 2008
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Abstract, Urban
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2008

Fourth Avenue as seen from the reflective red wall tiles of the PPG building, downtown Pittsburgh. Fourth Avenue is being doused in midday sunshine, but the wall is deep in shadow, so I got a nice effect. I hope this does well. I really like it, but it is abstract.

Post-processing (bear with me): I used two exposures from the RAW file as the bus was underexposed and the truck overexposed. Once I corrected that problem, I did levels and curves with some correction for the red cast from the wall tiles. Next was a heavy clarify (a PSP X2 function), a high pass sharpen, salt/pepper filter, some dodge and burn, and some mild cloning to touch up some distracting dirty areas on the wall. There was a saturation boost in there somewhere, further color balance adjustments, and noise reduction between several steps. Resize. Then USM and more noise reduction. I won't swear to the order of the steps. I prepared several versions, varying the steps with each one, and this one came out the best.

Statistics
Place: 90 out of 473
Avg (all users): 6.2535
Avg (commenters): 7.1818
Avg (participants): 6.1524
Avg (non-participants): 6.5405
Views since voting: 1261
Views during voting: 219
Votes: 142
Comments: 21
Favorites: 6 (view)


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11/24/2009 11:41:10 PM
this is absolutely fantastic .. such a brilliant image .. so abstract and gorgeous .. i love all those excellent shapes with the depth and colours ... so well seen, photographed and processed .. 10+ .. :)
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11/24/2009 10:47:00 PM
I love this abstracted city view. Wonderful!
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07/14/2008 09:41:42 AM
This is really good. Excellent shot and processing.
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07/09/2008 02:40:20 AM
Criminally underrated image, IMO. One of my top scorers this challenge. Absolutely beautiful, completely original, wonderful sense of light & surface.
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07/09/2008 02:07:52 AM
677020.jpgPostLuminous Award WINNER!

crazy cool image, outrageously under-rated
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07/08/2008 10:28:22 AM
21_F.gif krnodil included this photo in the "Posthumous Ribbons of the Week" thread, and rightly so. Really gorgous shot.
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07/08/2008 12:56:33 AM
saw this in voting altho i didnt vote .. it just jumped right out at me .. fantastic image and find .. love the abstract quality .. its brilliant .. :)
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07/08/2008 12:51:03 AM
Well seen, shot and processed!
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07/08/2008 12:50:00 AM
what an eye
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2008 02:26:21 AM
Very interesting photo...
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07/06/2008 12:12:01 AM
I think (if I know who you are) you have been applying this technique to some excellent rural shots--application of it here is FANTASTIC. This is a "wow" image for me. Thanks for sharing it. 10
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07/05/2008 02:58:20 PM
very cool, i love the different things ou can see, the people, buildigns, very nice, actually, very artistic
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07/03/2008 09:52:27 PM
Awesome!
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07/03/2008 09:49:28 PM
very nice I"m not sure how u did that without PS filters, I guess its glass but would like to find out -7
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07/03/2008 07:48:43 PM
Interesting abstract reflection.
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07/03/2008 02:51:30 PM
This is a really cool abstract - it's great to see something different.
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07/02/2008 10:32:24 AM
I love this - its so perfectly modern. :) 8
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07/02/2008 10:10:38 AM
interesting abstract look
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07/01/2008 11:41:11 PM
interesting texture and forms
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07/01/2008 09:28:17 AM
Terrific abstract and use of colour.
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07/01/2008 05:14:03 AM
stunning. love this. looks great large 8
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