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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Seattle, Washington USA
Date: Jul 12, 2009
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 800
Shutter: 8/1000
Galleries: Architecture, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Jul 24, 2009

Photographer’s Notes
I went down to the Seattle Center to photograph skate boarders at the new skate park. Bad weather; no boarders. So I wandered around looking for something interesting to shoot. I took lots of photos including this one of the exterior of the Experience Music Project (opened in 2000) and Science Fiction Museum (2004). The Frank Gehry designed building is pretty neat. You can see more of it here: //unusual-architecture.com/experience-music-project-seattle-wa-usa/

Anyway, just over a kiosk and keeping with the science fiction theme, there’s this neat bot which I’ve photographed before, but never satisfactorily. This time I tried 5 bracketed hand held shots 2/3 of an f/stop apart and relied on Photomatix to align, process to HDR and tone map. I’m happy with this one.

Titles, ah titles. I agonized over the title for this. Here are some candidate titles:
• 3 Laws? We Don't Need No Stinking 3 Laws!
• Sentinal
• Deus Ex Machina
• Rise of the Machines
• Bad Bot Bad Bot ... Whatch Gonna Do?
• Robotus Rotundus
• Extium Ex Machina
• Bibendum Reimagined
• Barbarian at the Gate
• Fat Bot


Post Processing
• Process to HDR (Photomatix)
• Tone Map (Photomatis)
• Crop (PSCS4)
• Remove Sensor Dust (PSCS4 Clone Layer)
• Dodge & Burn (PSCS4 Overlay Layer)
• Reduce Noise (Neat Image Layer)
• Reduce Noise (Masked Neat Image Layer)
• Boost Saturation (PSCS4 Hue/Sat Layer)
• Boost Contrast (PSCS4 Curves Layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (PSCS4 Unsharp Mask)
• Border (PSCS4 Stroke Layer)
• Save for Web (PSCS4)

Camera Data
• Date: 2009-07-12
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR @ 60mm
• ISO: 800
• Aperture: f/11
• Shutter: 8/1000 seconds

Place: 36 out of 419
Avg (all users): 6.4832
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.5085
Avg (non-participants): 6.3871
Views since voting: 1370
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 149
Comments: 11
Favorites: 5 (view)

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01/31/2011 12:06:58 AM
The colors are so magical.
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01/27/2011 11:33:32 AM
Wow...awesome shot!
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11/12/2009 10:47:25 PM
Wow, you did an excellent job capturing this building. I don't recall the robot being there when I visited, but it just adds another interesting element to things. You've really got some interesting colors in the building itself though.
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08/11/2009 03:46:48 AM
Critique Club

Greetings Doctor (trying to keep in with the theme here ;) )

Initial thoughts

On reflection
An amazing piece of architecture you've captured there and the post processing works very well to bring out all of it's otherworldliness. The more I look, the more aware I become that I'm only seeing a part of the whole. Not necessarily a problem, I like detail, but with undeniable anthropomorphism, I feel you've cut it's 'nose' (proboscis?) in half and chopped it's legs at an awkward point. (Looking at the link you supplied I can see what appears to be a plexiglass structure in front of the creature, maybe that limited you with the legs.) The point of engagement, the 'eye', is maybe placed less than ideally, verging on being bottom centre.

In conclusion
A striking image and well handled with the technicals, a subject worthy of further compositional exploration.

Farewell Earthling...........
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08/09/2009 07:15:24 PM
Frickin awesome. Well done!
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08/08/2009 10:49:59 AM
Glad this did well cause I love it. Congrats on moving up once again in FSM!
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08/08/2009 05:42:45 AM
You did a fabulous job with the tone mapping. I expected this to score a bit higher. :)
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08/08/2009 04:55:10 AM
I really love what you achieved here...well done
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/02/2009 03:47:10 AM
wow...amazing...looks surreal...8
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08/01/2009 06:04:23 PM
Man, I don't even know what this is, but its a cool shot...LOL... Anyway, nice colors, exposure, and sharpness... Well done
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08/01/2009 05:02:51 AM
Very abstract like. Almost cartoonish (in a nice way). Very crisp. I'm thinking very modern European architecture. You'll have to put details in the photographer's comments.
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