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Bankers Hall - East
Bankers Hall - East

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Challenge: Duotones IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Calgary, Alberta - Downtown
Date: Jun 13, 2009
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2009

I loved shooting for the Architectural IV challenge so I thought I would use this challenge to inspire me to shoot more buildings as well. I had a shot I took for the architecture challenge of this building and I like the look of it but unfortunately it was taken one day too soon so I went back downtown at 6 am to get some terrific light in the early morning. (God only knows what kind of light I would have had a 5 am when the sun came up!)

From Wikipedia:
Bankers Hall is a building complex located in downtown Calgary, Alberta, which includes twin 52-storey office towers (197 metres high), designed by the architectural firm Cohos Evamy in postmodern architectural style.

In Lightroom 2 I used the sepia preset then used adjustments in the grayscale part of the develop module to darken the sky a bit. I also adjusted did adjustments to levels, contrast and clarify plus I added a vignette in the end before exporting the image as a TIFF. In PSP XI I resized and did a USM before the final export to JPG.

Place: 96 out of 253
Avg (all users): 5.6748
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6049
Avg (non-participants): 5.8095
Views since voting: 735
Views during voting: 196
Votes: 123
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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06/22/2009 06:53:18 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Initial impression: the style of the building, sepia and pov combine to make it look like an opening shot for a Dick Tracy movie. Very atmospheric. Had I voted, an 8.

Technical: You used ambient light and the few shadows you did get just enchance the shot and scale of the building. Composition might be called stark by some, but I find it achingly simple.

Artistic: Good for you, having the discipline to get downtown and get this shot at 6 a.m. with the golden light! Seeing how high you scored it seems to have paid off. I am very fond of this extreme pov, so bonus points for that :-)

Overall: Not familiar with Lightroom, but whatever you did clearly works, and all the pp in the world will not save a poor shot. Again, a lovely image, I am a bit disappointed by the lack of comments, but perhaps voters were Architecture'd out.

Feel free to pm me with any questions,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2009 09:18:25 PM
I really like the visual that the windows create from this angle...well done
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