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Jet City Spring

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Seattle, WA (USA)
Date: Apr 10, 2009
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1250/100000
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2009

Photographer’s Notes
A look at Seattle’s skyline from Seacrest (West Seattle) near sunset on a miserable Spring day. The sun, what little there is of it, is at my back mostly obscured by clouds. But I like the dramatic clouds of a Pacific Northwest Spring. And I like various looks at the city … in this case from the Space needle (left) to down town (right). Maybe you’ll like it to.

On an historical note, the very small pointy tower on the very far right, the Smith Tower, was the tallest building in Seattle in 1950. And for some time early last century, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Time changes everything.

Here are some additional looks at the city from the same shoot.

Post Processing
• Convert from RAW and Process to HDR (Photomatix)
• Remove Sensor Dust (Clone layer)
• Brighten Buildings (Overlay layer)
• Straighten (PSCS4 – Select>Edit>Transform>Distort)
• Crop
• Desaturate Buildings (Masked Channel Mixer Layer)
• Warm Buildings (Masked Color Layer)
• Dramatize (Masked Multiply Layer)
• Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (Luminosity Layer USM)
• Border I (Resize Canvas)
• Border II (Stroke layer)
• Save for Web (PSCS4)

Camera Data
• Date: 2009-4-10
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon 28-70 @32 mm
• ISO: 400
• Aperture: f/11
• Shutter: Various (1250/100000)

Place: 25 out of 435
Avg (all users): 6.5500
Avg (commenters): 7.1667
Avg (participants): 6.5882
Avg (non-participants): 6.4474
Views since voting: 1391
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 140
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/13/2010 10:32:03 AM
Great shot. When I was in the Navy (7 years) my ship was lucky enough to go to the yards on Harbor Island so I got to see this view everyday for 15 months. I loved Seattle. Seems odd not seeing the old King Dome on right side of the frame now. Those were the good ole days!

Just read your description as well. I used to go to a couple of the bars on Admiral Way and do my laundry in West Seattle. Also met a girl and was with her for 6 years who was from there (W. Seattle).

I know exactly where this photo was taken from, and remember going there during Fleet Week years ago to watch some of the other Naval ships come in to visit. Again, great shot and I've added it to my fav's for nostalgic reasons in addition to the quality of the photo. Thanks for sharing it!

Message edited by author 2010-03-13 10:35:56.
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05/10/2009 09:52:05 AM
You really nailed it! Great job and congrats on the high score!!
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05/08/2009 01:46:38 AM
Great job this month! Great perspective on Seattle and the processing is top notch. Your kicking my butt this year.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2009 09:31:58 PM
Love the silver toning.
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05/06/2009 07:45:28 PM
I like the touch of color in the clouds.
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05/06/2009 03:12:58 PM
border doesnt help this one. love the tonality/desat.
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05/05/2009 04:21:58 AM
Ordinarily I am not a big fan of this type of border but it really works here with the tones of the photograph.
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05/05/2009 12:26:31 AM
great skyline.
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05/04/2009 05:44:54 AM
interesting and captivating sky with the Seattle skyline
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05/02/2009 01:10:05 PM
Amazing detail in the skyline. Beautifully done!
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05/02/2009 07:10:13 AM
Very nice capture and use of hte dark clouds on a B/w shot of the city.
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05/02/2009 06:54:13 AM
I love the monotone color treatment and the overall composition.
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05/02/2009 03:21:43 AM
Very nice - love the various shades and tones.
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05/01/2009 05:30:36 PM
A competant image that is crisp, sharp and properly framed and composed - a technical success in every way. From an artistic standpoint, it is very dramatic with interesting details and a rather good mix of sky and cloud with the very slight color. An interesting image in that is has a grayscale feel to it - very unusual in a color photograph. Each image has to be evaluated on it's own merits and while this is a pretty standard cityscape, it sets it'self apart due to it's unigue presentation. A very worthy entry into the challenge and a potential top ten image.
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05/01/2009 04:48:14 AM
Nice sharp shot, but I'm not crazy about that heavy black border.
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05/01/2009 02:35:53 AM
And the framing is just perfect!
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