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Urban Innocence
Urban Innocence

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: Sydney Australia
Date: Oct 4, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Street
Date Uploaded: Oct 29, 2009

I set out on one of my street walks looking for something on the theme of "Urban Innocence" but after a few hours of walking round had nothing good to show for it.

Just as I was heading home I came across this scene and thought it fitted perfectly. Took a fair bit of editing to get it to this stage though.

RAW adjusted, cropped, straightened in Aperture. Converted to B&W in Silver Efex.

Burned the light above the couple to reshape it slightly to point more at them. Burned the pillars, the ground and the guy in the middle to give the rest of the scene a slightly darker mood.
Fairly strong USM to bring out some details, followed by Nik Define with a slightly over strong noise reduction which gives it a nice softness as well as removed the vast amounts of noise.

Post Challenge:

Thank you all for the comments on this one. Very pleased with the two awards, especially on a Free Study where there was so much good stuff around!

I knew when I entered it that it wouldn't score particularly well, though just before rollover it was sitting just above 6 but I got a few points chopped off at rollover to bring me back down below.

Place: 127 out of 403
Avg (all users): 5.9878
Avg (commenters): 8.4545
Avg (participants): 5.9748
Avg (non-participants): 6.0222
Views since voting: 910
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 164
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/27/2012 03:55:43 AM
Wow! It looks like a collage of multiple shots blended seamlessly into one. Lots of stories captured in one scene, and yet i dont get the feeling that they are competing for my attention. It's like capturing a trilogy in a single frame. Great job.
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11/11/2011 06:28:09 PM
I really like this shot, my eye is naturally drawn to the two kids in the light but with the everything else that is going on in the right of the frame it makes a an interesting shot that captivates.
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03/04/2010 05:27:57 AM
this is wonderful. And aussie lost to kiwis :-)))))

jus jokin
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11/08/2009 08:05:29 PM
Yeah I liked this one a lot too. My 8 didn't push you over that 6 average though, pity, it certainly deserved to go there and beyond.
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11/08/2009 01:56:51 AM
One of my favourites in this challenge. Well done
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2009 11:44:11 PM
Got my !Attention

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11/07/2009 06:04:21 PM
Very cool. Dramatic lighting and the two pairs of subjects complement each other to good effect.
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11/07/2009 03:30:17 AM
Fine find.
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11/06/2009 07:51:03 PM


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11/06/2009 05:20:54 PM
OK, I'm going through the Free Study submissions, purposefully finding those images I think are shot with a less conventional eye - this is one of those images! Thanks for offering something that isn't just DPC friendly eye-candy (though of course there's nothing wrong with eye-candy). I'll be picking one of these images for my Mu (most underrated) award:

Positives: What a rich picture - it has a really art-like composition, I feel my eye being led around the image. Each character brings their own special interest to the picture. Given the focus on the young couple, you'd think that the other two characters would be eclipsed but they're not. I really like the environmental framing too.

Critical stuff: Noting at all

Overall: A great image - so much story, it's almost theatre.
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11/04/2009 11:26:37 PM
is that girl a mannequin?! i suspect not. nice street shot though. I'd rate it higher if I knew she was a mannequin. 7
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11/01/2009 10:49:57 PM
The lighting and the composition make this a very fascinating image.
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11/01/2009 07:43:38 PM
nice work!
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11/01/2009 04:47:20 PM
the lighting on the couple is great, draws the eye to them really well.
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11/01/2009 10:48:55 AM
This is great. Love the contrast and the view of everyday life.
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11/01/2009 01:06:28 AM
Street photography at it's finest.
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