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MAK


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Challenge: Free Study 2009-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Location: UK
Date: Mar 28, 2009
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2009

Not much done to this, crop photomatix and noise ninja basically I love the fisheye lens especially in a place like the Natural History Museum in London, crazy shit.

est score - 6.5
dream score - the 7+ I don't really think images score so high nowadays at DPC so a 7 is an honour


post challenge - Well many thanks for a new PB and the favs/comments, I guess I really put my foot in my mouth this time with my 'so called' est-score.

Thanks for the fantastic blue in a free study.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 475
Avg (all users): 7.4966
Avg (commenters): 8.5417
Avg (participants): 7.4956
Avg (non-participants): 7.5000
Views since voting: 36585
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 149
Comments: 92
Favorites: 83 (view)


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10/04/2010 11:10:52 AM
Stunning! I want to go there.
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05/29/2009 03:21:23 AM
this is an amazing photo, and no scores under 5. I didnt know lens could pysically take such a wide photo:) I Love it
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05/18/2009 05:11:09 PM
Hey Marac! I'm not a big fan of HDR (maybe because I turn out rubbish) but this is just WOW! well worth the blue and, imho one of your better works. and, look at the curves both in the image and voting, I don't think I've seen another image with 5 being the lowest vote though am sure there are some out there?

There has been mention of no people in the shot but I agree with those that prefer people to give life to the image and would like you to visit sometime with tripod (if allowed) and use a longer shutter to get tome motion blur inn the peeps.

I don't click the fav button often but feel compelled to with this shot sir!
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04/25/2009 03:03:43 AM
Beautiful work with this lens, Marac. Fascinating photograph! Just saw your comment about taking it without people... my opinion only is that it works so much better WITH people in it. Without them, I suspect it would still be fascinating, but sterile, if that makes sense. I think they'd like this just as it is.

Message edited by author 2009-04-25 03:04:56.
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04/13/2009 06:13:50 PM
One of my new favs!
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04/10/2009 03:55:03 PM
Congratulations!! This was beautifully captured and is quite astounding!!
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04/10/2009 06:17:18 AM
woohooo! How to make a great photo of what is normally seen as a very staid place. this would make a great poster to put up in schools to encourage kids to visit.

LOVE IT!!!!! :-)
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04/09/2009 11:14:01 PM
Awesome photo Marac
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04/09/2009 06:34:54 PM
Feels like how I feel during a first person shooter game. Very dizzy and disoriented. Congrats MAK!
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04/09/2009 01:52:36 PM
I knew it!!! Congratulations!!! Most well deserved blue!!!
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04/09/2009 01:02:13 PM
MAK! CONGRATULATIONS, Buddy! What an AMAZING photo! Such a tribute to your mad skills and eye winning the top spot in a free study! You are AWESOME!
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04/09/2009 07:28:30 AM
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04/09/2009 01:39:39 AM
6.5 huh? Hmmmmmm....
What an awesome image. I love the fish-eye. Would be cool to see some of your out-takes; I imagine that you took a bazillion different angles in that place! Congrats on the PB, and the FS Blue!! You can take the rest of the year off now. Please. ;O)
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04/08/2009 09:23:27 PM
OMG...didn't vote on this, but this is awesome!! LOVE the look with the fisheye. Very MC Escher like. Gotta fave this one! Congrats on your ribbon!
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04/08/2009 06:30:01 PM
I am overwhelmed by your comments thank you so much, I am absolutely bowled over and as suggested by 21.gif simms I will send this over to the museum and ask if I can re-shoot it when there are no tourists about... well, I might just take 1 person along and plce them in the frame somewhere extremely interesting.

Thanks again for all your kind words and the favs.
04/08/2009 06:25:07 PM
Totally awesome image! Congrats on a well deserved score and placement!
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04/08/2009 06:18:38 PM
This is an extraordinarily atypical FS winner. I'm in awe of it, both as an immensely engaging image and as an absolute stereotype-beater as far as ribbons go. Good on ya! And you dang near bookended it in Fauna, didn't ya?
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04/08/2009 04:49:28 PM
Creates a bit like Escher-like effect.Very interesting, well done and congratulations!
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04/08/2009 04:26:58 PM
There's always great photos on this site taken by people like you who I can only dream about emulating. But this picture is one of the best I have ever seen. The way you have composed the shot is beautiful. Hogwarts eat your heart out!
A well-deserved 1st place.
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04/08/2009 03:29:50 PM
rackin up those faves!
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04/08/2009 01:49:27 PM
Love this shot!
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04/08/2009 01:32:05 PM
Amazing!
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04/08/2009 01:27:34 PM
This is the most extraordinary use of a fisheye lens! The effect is surreal, almost like a fairy tale image, as in the "Gormenghast" trilogy. Congrats on a an excellent photo!
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04/08/2009 01:15:31 PM
I didn't vote in this challenge but this definately would have been one of my top picks to ribbon. What an amazing image - and the title is perfect....not sure if you were referencing the movie Labyrinth - but that is the first thing I thought of when viewing this shot.
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04/08/2009 12:25:45 PM
fantastic image, congratulations! both the fisheye and the HDR processing are very fitting, which is very rare!
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04/08/2009 12:10:55 PM
Wicked shot, reminds me of Escher! Congrasts on the PB and blue MAK!
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04/08/2009 12:07:55 PM
This is one of my favorites in the challenge, one of few that got 10 from me. Congrats MAK on the blue ribbon and PB, well deserved!
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04/08/2009 10:18:16 AM
Sh*t!!!! Congrats, mate.
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04/08/2009 09:49:50 AM
Well done! It reminds me of the lithographs done by one of my favorite artists, M.C. Escher, titled "relativity".

I like the minimal Red, but strong in emphasis. The eye is carried in a circular path, to the first red-nova, then, to the next two red-sweaters, seemingly, strategically placed. Kind of like "Connect the red dots" to arrive at the masses below.
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04/08/2009 09:38:56 AM
Great use of fish eye... Suberb job and congrats.
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04/08/2009 09:09:44 AM
really really well done marac i LOVE this!
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04/08/2009 08:54:35 AM
I thought this might win - Congratulations - love it!
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04/08/2009 08:37:05 AM
This was my pic for a win! Congrats!
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04/08/2009 07:35:00 AM
Congrats on the Blue and new PB! Awesome, very Escher-like.
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04/08/2009 07:32:45 AM
Contratulations Mak, well deserved
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04/08/2009 07:28:26 AM
very very cool picture there. Congrats for the ribbon! Reminds me of a Harry Potter movie.
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04/08/2009 07:06:41 AM
Great score...Marac this is awesome...I love the lines...congrats on the BLUE and the PB
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04/08/2009 07:00:38 AM
Go MAK! Congrats!!!
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04/08/2009 04:54:13 AM
Congratulations Mak, well deserved! Amazing image.
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04/08/2009 04:33:44 AM
Congrats MAK this is a seriously awesome shot, well deserved blue and the type of shot I believe you do so well.

So nice to see it not marred by any 1, 2, 3 or 4 votes as well!
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04/08/2009 04:24:47 AM
WOW!
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04/08/2009 04:16:02 AM
Stunning Marac, well deserved blue and congrats on your PB ;-)
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04/08/2009 03:31:59 AM
AMaziong work - reminds me of those Escher pictures - nice to see a Fish-eye being used to achieve an effect instead of just being used `for the sake of it`.. well done old man.
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04/08/2009 02:44:49 AM
Such clarity, incredible detail, Congrats on the blue !!
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04/08/2009 02:37:39 AM
Congrats Marac, excellent image, reminds of M.C. Escher
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04/08/2009 02:30:18 AM
no score below a 5! Amazing and well deserved, Marac! Sweeeeeet.
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04/08/2009 01:34:48 AM
So pleased for you that you got your 7+ dream score, MAK. Excellent work and very interesting to look at. Congrats on your blue.
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04/08/2009 12:43:57 AM
Wonderful shot!
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04/08/2009 12:43:44 AM
Congratulations MAK!!! excellent shot!
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04/08/2009 12:30:27 AM
This is great. I second the escher nature of this. Great application of Photomatix too, neat but not overdone.
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04/08/2009 12:26:22 AM
Congratulations Mak, well deserved Blue.
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04/08/2009 12:24:50 AM
Congratulations! Excellent executed.
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04/08/2009 12:21:10 AM
OK, this is some sweet action MAK. Congrats on a FS blue!
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04/08/2009 12:14:45 AM
I didn't see this during voting, MAN this is great! Fisheye was a good choice. Perfect focus and treatment for this scene! Another prize for your port! Congrats.
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04/08/2009 12:12:56 AM
Some images just stand out, impossible not to give a 7 or higher, and this is a fun image, congrats.
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04/08/2009 12:10:29 AM
totally awesome ..
in fact more than awesome ...
this is so like an escher who is my all time fav artist .. WOW ... !!!
congrats on the well deserved blue ..:)
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04/08/2009 12:09:34 AM
Most awesome! Congratulations on the blue, and extra sweet that it's in a FS and you have a new PB. Also, 0.4 points ahead of the 2nd place image. A very nice lead indeed.

Message edited by author 2009-04-08 00:10:46.
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04/08/2009 12:08:41 AM
Looks like Hogwarts was magical for you after all. Congrats on the blue, and the PB. Great shot.
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04/08/2009 12:05:05 AM
I loved the perspective and thought the textures were amazing. Congrats on the blue!
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04/08/2009 12:04:47 AM
Blue for the MAKster! Awesome mate.
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04/08/2009 12:04:28 AM
8 Faves during voting, blue ribbon, and a PB after almost 300 entries... awesome job Mak, this image is sick
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04/08/2009 12:03:55 AM
This is so cool! Congrats on your Blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2009 06:53:00 PM
I wish I could afford a fish eye. really cool shot. It becomes esher-esque. It would be fun to Photoshop some upside down people under the stairs.
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04/07/2009 04:43:35 PM
Awesome use of wide angle. I like how you can see around and down to all the different areas. The light and processing brings the best out of this grand old place too. Well done.
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04/07/2009 04:21:34 PM
Thoroughly impressive - has all the hallmarks of a MAK photo.
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04/07/2009 01:51:04 PM
wow, crazy looking place!! - 7
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04/07/2009 12:29:29 PM
Is that off a mirror? Or extreme fisheye? I like it. Nice work.
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04/07/2009 12:12:52 PM
Very fun visual!
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04/06/2009 10:22:02 PM
Beautiful, I like the lines and curves
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04/06/2009 07:04:49 PM
Awesome fidh eye
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04/05/2009 08:05:08 PM
Fisheye is perfect for this shot. Wonderful busy frame here, the type of photo you stare at for a while. 7
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04/05/2009 01:59:01 PM
Most amazing shot! It reminds me of those Escher's drawings.
I love it and I think this is a ribbon winner!
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04/04/2009 06:47:20 PM
Very cool, using the fisheye created an escher-esque view. Really nicely done.
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04/04/2009 11:35:26 AM
Wonderful use of wide angle. No vote.
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04/04/2009 06:08:00 AM
I think you nailed it by composing an HDR fish-eye image to create this Escher like photo. Excellent work. (not voting)
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04/04/2009 04:09:56 AM
Wow. This is a cool image.
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04/03/2009 08:23:54 PM
Excellent! Lots of detail,a real feast for the eyes
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04/03/2009 07:24:14 PM
There is an awful lot to like about this image, but at the same time the processing strikes me as overkill.
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04/03/2009 11:31:38 AM
My fav. Love the fisheye effect and teh editing is great. Lots of great detail and interest. I had it at a 9. Making it a 10 now.
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04/03/2009 08:15:05 AM
wow, great lines in this and a wonderful use of fisheye and what looks top be HDR. If I had to be really picky, I find the people at the top a little distracting. Question: Is this the London Museum? It's superb...8
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04/02/2009 10:43:02 PM
This is one photo that seems to go on forever. Excellent job on the exposure and composition.
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04/02/2009 08:56:36 PM
Love the juxtaposition of the lines and the curves. Interesting and unique perspective.
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04/02/2009 07:06:34 PM
very appealing picture, immediately put me in mind of the film of the same title
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04/02/2009 12:54:19 PM
yeah this is all sorts of MC escher awesome, hope it wins Mak
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04/02/2009 07:40:37 AM
Looks like a M.C. Escher painting. I like the way the lens was used to create the maximum impact. Well done.
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04/01/2009 05:46:51 PM
great framing, if that is fisheye then well done
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04/01/2009 12:00:54 PM
This shot makes me think of Harry Potter, and Hogwarts School of Magic. Great shot, and amazing use of a fisheye.
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04/01/2009 09:35:26 AM
Lovely photo. I really really like it.
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04/01/2009 09:09:16 AM
This is such a cool perspective! What an awesome building. The fisheye really accentuates the maze idea.
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04/01/2009 08:10:56 AM
Cool!
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04/01/2009 03:28:46 AM
amazing perspective love the fisheye
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04/01/2009 12:30:58 AM
Bad ass shot! Really cool. 10 from me.
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