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Elegant Urban

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Challenge: Urban Landscapes III (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Wiesbaden
Date: Jun 28, 2008
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2008

An evening view of the Wiesbaden Kurhaus. It's a nice shot in color, but I much prefer it in B&W. Lovely place, the Kurhaus. Very elegant, very high class. I don't go there often. :-)

This is much nicer when viewed larger, by the way. There were old cars and jeeps parked in front as part of the 60th anniversary of the Berlin airlift. I'll post more pictures to my portfolio.

Processing: shadows/highlights, levels, brightness/contrast, convert to B&W, levels again, sharpening, crop and resize, sharpen again. Did I sharpen too much?

So... competent but boring? Or not even quite competent?

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Place: 44 out of 165
Avg (all users): 5.8701
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3478
Avg (non-participants): 6.0926
Views since voting: 892
Views during voting: 219
Votes: 154
Comments: 8
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07/11/2008 04:47:12 PM
More than competent, especially since it was basic editing. I really like the off angle, it adds a lot of interest. I agree with whoever commented that the sky needs to be darker. A way to get this in basic is to darken the blues before doing the b&w conversion.

If it were me (take this with a grain of salt, my landscape abilities are caca), I would try two different things. First, I'd get down lower, closer to the water, then shoot up more to get more sky. I think that might be a more interesting angle. Second, I might try a long exposure, to make the water more silky smooth. That would require a ND filter or less light, maybe twilight. Or shoot very early in the morning when there's less wind to disturb the water.
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07/11/2008 11:10:21 AM
Very competent. Good, even. :) The composition is terrific (take THAT, Robert!).

Having fun with the wide angle lens?
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07/11/2008 07:01:58 AM
Like I would, sky darker must be.

Yes that was a failed attempt at Star Wars humor.

I think a dark sky would bring out that building and complement the dark water.
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07/10/2008 12:14:25 PM
Elegantly competent rendition of sophisticated boredom :-) I'd be happier with more sky and less foreground, the split is too much in the middle and the foreground isn't adding anything much. Now, if there was a model sailboat on the pond left fore or something :-)

It's a nice shot though, really :-)
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07/09/2008 12:10:35 PM
Elegant inDEED!!!!! :)

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07/09/2008 10:47:59 AM
Hey, I knew you would do better then mine, I must sit in your classroom more :)
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07/09/2008 12:20:35 AM
Hey another not too bad of a score result :) I like all of the shots. The perspective and leading line on this is cool. Love the reflections, the dripping water in the fountain and the clouds. Very cool photo.
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07/08/2008 08:46:38 AM
great perspective and good use of b&w.
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