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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
Location: Paris, France
Date: Jan 31, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125s
Galleries: Black and White, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2009

This is a picture of Notre Dame cathedral taken during a recent business trip to Paris. The day was cool and overcast with intermittent light drizzle. A monochrome treatment seemed almost "natural" given the generally grey feeling of the day. In the case of this image, the sun briefly broke through the clouds and illuminated the facade of the cathedral just as I was leaving the site; I was fortunate to look over my shoulder and turn to capture this image.

Of course, the cliched, oversaturated image I took of the Eiffel tower later that trip would have scored better in this competition, but I would like comments and feedback to help me improve the quality of my more serious photographic efforts. Since the Notre Dame image is more representative of my "style" of photography (such as it is), I offer my image up to the inevitable barrage of 3s, 4s and 5s in the hope of one or two useful comments.

Processing details:

Camera Raw:
Exposure and brightness corrections
Highlight recovery
Slight contrast and clarity adjustments
Light sharpening

Monochrome conversion
Curves layer 1: Overall image tone and contrast
Curves layer 2: Brighten foreground foliage
Curves layer 3: Slight adjustment to tone and contrast of church facade
Resize image to 720 px
Colour gamut conversion
Unsharp mask
Save for web

Place: 274 out of 454
Avg (all users): 5.4136
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3186
Avg (non-participants): 5.6327
Views since voting: 570
Views during voting: 229
Votes: 162
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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02/11/2009 03:59:00 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Nice finish on a new second personal best! Wow you are very good with architectural photography. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill out the details about this photo. It is wonderful timing that you were able to capture the sun peaking through. The light defiantly effect specific tones of the photos, that I think are drawn out through the monochrome treatment. The composition is good, I like that you angled the photo as you saw it instead of trying to crop out to much or straighten it.

I really like this photo, I hope you printed a nice big copy for yourself. I am sorry you didn't receive some quality comments. I hope you stay inspired and continue to share your artist style, through these wonderful pieces of architecture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2009 08:25:16 PM
good composition, but it does not strike me as dramatic
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02/01/2009 04:20:17 PM
a typical postcard parisienne
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02/01/2009 01:49:37 PM
Nice use of B&W
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