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Bridge over troubled water
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Challenge: Free Study 2008-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Brisbane city
Date: Aug 25, 2008
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 15s
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2008

This is a last minute entry. It was getting near the end of the month, and I realised that I hadn't taken any photos! So, I took a night out on the town to shoot. As soon as I found this shot, I knew I had my entry. It was pretty scary though, under the freeway late at night. I was going to title it "Under the bridge downtown" after the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song, and thinking of that song just made the whole thing scarier! Anyway, I wasn't sure if many people would get the reference, so I tested it out on my wife, and she had no idea what I was talking about. So, we now have a new title. :) Simon and Garfunkel are a bit better known.

As usual for me, this image involved several hours of editing. Mostly dodging and levels work, some minor cloning, some desat and resat, and some selecting sharpening and blurring.

I am very happy with the final result, and also very surprised that it came out so well. :)

Post Challenge - Waaaahooooo!! My first blue! Thanks so much for the votes.

Thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Jaker, you are right, "Under the bridge downtown" is a Chili Peppers' song, not Nirvana as I first said. :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 487
Avg (all users): 7.0943
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 7.0902
Avg (non-participants): 7.1081
Views since voting: 9706
Views during voting: 284
Votes: 159
Comments: 54
Favorites: 36 (view)


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09/12/2008 12:42:00 PM
i think thats photoshoped just a tad bit.
but otherwise good picture.
09/11/2008 12:42:13 PM
Wow what an excellent picture,I love these night shots,had i been a member instead of just registered you would have gotten a 10 from me, nice work
09/10/2008 07:20:29 PM
Nice shot. That is about as well dressed and good looking as the underside of the Riverside expressway can get.
09/10/2008 07:45:36 AM
Expertly done. Great job!
09/10/2008 04:46:54 AM
Go Aussie. Congrats mate.
09/10/2008 02:36:41 AM
"Under the bridge downtown" Rocks, just like this picture!
Well done
09/09/2008 02:06:39 PM
I was just admiring your stunning shot for the umpteenth time when I realized (with shock ;-) that I hadn't yet commented. Big congrats on your well deserved blue with this fabulous image, David.
09/09/2008 12:33:53 AM
Awesome night shot. Congrats on FS Blue!!!
09/08/2008 11:09:31 PM
Gongrats; getting the Blue in the open challenge is an awesome feat. What is the "kit lens" people have referred to in the post comments? Is that how the stars show up so brilliantly?
09/08/2008 09:48:49 PM
Hello David, congrats for your first blue and a wonderful picture. :)
09/08/2008 06:34:52 PM
Excellent shot, gongrats!
09/08/2008 02:16:29 PM
And they say 18-55 is 'just a kit lens' :-)

Great picture.
09/08/2008 01:44:41 PM
Amazing! I just love it. Congrats.
09/08/2008 11:41:20 AM
Well some fool, as usual, gives the vote of 1 without having to explain themselves. Hope they sleep well at night. Anyway, this is fantastic and well deserving of its win. Your hard work and risking of life and limb paid off. BTW, I would have gotten your original title. Congrats!!
09/08/2008 09:46:03 AM
Very, very nice! Congrats!
09/08/2008 09:06:48 AM
Congratulations on your first Blue and in a Free Study wtg. Love it. :)
09/08/2008 08:54:32 AM
Congrats on a well-deserved ribbon!
09/08/2008 08:47:27 AM
Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon.
I think that song was a remake of an old song by Simon And Garfunkel Maybe you were thinking of a different one.
09/08/2008 07:55:16 AM
Good on ya mate. Lovely shot, to a deserving guy.
09/08/2008 06:18:00 AM
I was one of your 10's, and now feel so very pleased this won the 'BLUE' for you. A wonderful strong image, even more pleased that your are an 'Aussie', and living near where I live, here in Brisbane. Well done.....
09/08/2008 05:58:14 AM
I thought this looked familiar,who knew the freeway could look that good?! Congrats on the well deserved blue.
09/08/2008 05:22:40 AM
Congrats on the blue! Excellent work!
09/08/2008 03:29:53 AM
Congrats on an IMPRESSIVE blue in a free study, David! A brilliant night shot.
09/08/2008 01:48:21 AM
Love the lines in this. Well deserved blue, congrats! :)
09/08/2008 12:33:44 AM
Congrats, David! Definitely an interesting shot and I love the stars.
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09/08/2008 12:32:57 AM
Wow fantastic night shot. Grats on the blue.
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09/08/2008 12:32:38 AM
Ammazing that you did this with the kit lens! Great Job!
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09/08/2008 12:27:30 AM
Wow.

What a shot!

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09/08/2008 12:26:37 AM
Fabulous night shot, just fabulous... congratulations on the BLUE!
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09/08/2008 12:24:08 AM
Oh how stunning this is! Mega Congratulations on such an honor. For a last-minute entry! Wow!

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09/08/2008 12:23:41 AM
Excellent, Excellent photo, and going into my favs!! I had to comment though, because "under the bridge downtown" is from the Red hot Chili Peppers song Under The Bridge. Nirvana DID have a song about Kurts alleged time spent living under a bridge, and that is called Something In the Way. I know, I know, but I'm that music guy, and those are two of my favorite bands! :-)
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09/08/2008 12:22:56 AM
Congratulations. You are a free study machine.
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09/08/2008 12:21:08 AM
Wonderful shot - well done. Congratulations!
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09/08/2008 12:19:26 AM
I'm really glad that you made blue on this one, it was my top pick. Thought it might have been Brisbane! Excellent shot, congratulations!
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09/08/2008 12:09:05 AM
going to my favs.top marks!!
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09/08/2008 12:06:58 AM
Beautiful image, congrats on the ribbon!
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09/08/2008 12:04:58 AM
excellent shot. Congrates
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09/08/2008 12:04:14 AM
Beautiful photo. Congrats on the ribbon and a great score!
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09/08/2008 12:02:49 AM
congrats!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2008 11:41:40 AM
Lovely photos of the mundane. Well done.
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09/07/2008 08:52:06 AM
wow...great exposure, love the lights 9
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09/06/2008 12:36:50 PM
Very nice lines and colours. Well taken shot.
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09/06/2008 10:50:33 AM
Like the photo, title is a bit cliche
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09/04/2008 03:40:55 PM
This has got to be top 10...
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09/04/2008 09:07:30 AM
awesome white balance correction, must have been slided down to like 2000K or something
great image
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09/04/2008 08:55:25 AM
spot on exposure, the lines and details are great
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09/04/2008 08:54:47 AM
Not sure about the name, and I'm curious as to how you managed the flares.... but otherwise I like this kind of bridge shot.
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09/04/2008 08:49:26 AM
Popular POV for this location. :-)
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09/04/2008 07:31:18 AM
The title is distracting. The scene looks more serene than "troubled". Good photo though and I gave it a good score.
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09/03/2008 09:12:16 PM
Ooohhh, nice. Love the tones.
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09/02/2008 10:38:18 PM
Should have called it Water under troubled bridge :-). The chaos of that bridge is very well captured and composed.
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09/02/2008 09:18:18 PM
Great lines, color contrast, and flares. Overall this is a very engaging image.
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09/01/2008 01:37:14 PM
awesome night shot, one of my favorites in the whole challenge. i love the star effect on the lihgts as well, they glow right off my screen.
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09/01/2008 06:55:41 AM
great job
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