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Old Lines

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Jul 22, 2009
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2009

This was just an older building across the street from my sisters place in Vancouver. I don't know that this is really a strong image for free study, but I am still fairly new to photography and like to get feedback when I can.

Adjustments on contrast and black levels and added some extra noise.

Constructive critisism is welcome.

Place: 390 out of 419
Avg (all users): 4.7075
Avg (commenters): 5.4000
Avg (participants): 4.6814
Avg (non-participants): 4.7941
Views since voting: 612
Views during voting: 227
Votes: 147
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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08/11/2009 02:55:50 PM
Critique Club

Hi Dan, a very interesting image here.....

First impressions
A black and white picture always gives me a thrill, as though someone has taken extra care to prepare an image for viewing.

After some time with the picture
Leaning out of the window with you, I see what you see. Those lines, do they still work, were they meant to be put in like that....I wonder. I can hear the sounds of the city now and my eyes stray to the hills and yes, mountains, that's where I'd like to be. But for now I'm happy at the window, wondering about those wires.

No worries about composition, this is life as you see it, can't go messing with that. The image looks slightly flat and the histogram stops well before it gets near the white/highlight end. Sliding that white point to the left a bit in levels just gives the picture a bit of a lift, a bit more dimension to add to the experience of really being there. (Try it and see how the shadows of the wires and the pole suddenly pop into life)

A good, thoughtful image that will not appeal to everybody as you can see from your score. Don't ever let that put you off, there will be people out there that like what you see. If you can take pleasure in seeing, capturing and sharing what you come across then you have done well.

08/08/2009 11:39:23 AM
Wonderful abstract. I gave it an 8. Don't let DPC change your vision.
08/08/2009 10:40:18 AM
I'll elaborate. This was one of my top picks (which could only be bad for you). Compositionally, there's some interesting stuff here -- lines, shadows, textures. I might have composed it more along rule-of-thirds lines. There's good geometry and it has (for me) an appealing abstract feel. Good job! (Scores are fast becoming meaningless around here, so don't be too put off by it.)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 11:09:36 PM
Great! Thoughtfully composed.
08/04/2009 08:56:02 AM
good as a b and w
08/03/2009 09:35:40 PM
It's difficult to tell what the subject is. My eyes are drawn to the skyline and ridge beyond and not the wires.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/03/2009 08:34:32 AM
With it's strong reliance on geometric shapes, this image is harmed by the slight tilt to the right. The texture of the building in the foreground adds interest.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2009 12:22:59 AM
Great b/w tones and textures. Not sure about the composition though. My eye does not seem to be led to anything as the subject, thought the title does suggest what it is. A good OOTB entry that will likely have strong appeal for some others.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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