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Challenge: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Liverpool Street, London, UK
Date: Jun 11, 2004
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Cityscape, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2004

The girl was a stranger who happened to pause as the bus went by. I quite liked the fact that there were just three buses and three taxis visible - and that the Underground sign is visible through the near bus.

Shot with an ND (neutral density) filter which limits light to the camera, thus allowing slow shutter speed in high-light situations.

Converted to Lab colour
> blurred channels 'a' & 'b'
> curves on Lighten channel
> USM on Lighten channel
> Dupe layer with reduced opacity Soft Light
> applied Colour Balance and Hue/Sat
> Dodge & burn

No additional blurring or FX were added.

Statistics
Place: 30 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.0964
Avg (commenters): 7.1667
Avg (participants): 5.7865
Avg (non-participants): 6.4545
Views since voting: 3805
Votes: 166
Comments: 34
Favorites: 60 (view)


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07/26/2008 09:54:32 PM
great shot!
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10/10/2005 04:54:22 AM
Very nice image. Well captured.
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07/29/2005 11:50:25 AM
Stunning stuff.
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07/29/2005 11:23:32 AM
This is incredible amazing. I love the unusual saturation... the shades are awesome.
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03/13/2005 02:15:08 PM
i've always liked this shot; in fact, i think it was this one that really triggered a lot of my city shooting.

the post processing is very interesting, and i hope to make use of it with some of my images. one thing i'm quite sure of is that this technique will not make a bad image good--you have to have a strong foundation image (like this) to begin with. great job!
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06/23/2004 11:11:41 PM
this is fantastic, been meaning to comment on it for a while now. while i love the starkness that gradually leads into the motion of color--what stands out to me the most in this picture is the lone girl standing on the island, talking on her cellphone (?) as if oblivious to the riot of traffic going by her. and given that big-city mentality--she probably is. :)
for me--this turns an already great picture into a fantastic one. very nice work! :)
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06/22/2004 02:16:50 PM
looks like a perfect one for me.
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06/21/2004 10:44:23 AM
Fabulous stuff Jon..going straight into my favourites.

Gordon
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06/21/2004 09:21:31 AM
I like this one a lot, I have been trying out high key picture but havent succeded as well as you, great work man :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2004 11:30:25 PM
I really like the movement and contrast in this photo. Great job!
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06/20/2004 08:08:42 PM
Enjoyed, looks almost like a gradient dest...is that what you used?
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06/20/2004 07:39:59 PM
the white is a little too washed out at the top, but otherwise I love this picture!
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06/20/2004 05:30:40 PM
Sweet. Great blur on the shot and a top job in post-processing.
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06/20/2004 01:14:57 PM
I like this.
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06/18/2004 02:33:07 PM
The highlites look blown out to me. While this was probably intentional, it's distracting to my eye. I do like the motion blur however. If it was a compromise of exposure (slow shutter speed to blur motion in bright daylight) a neutral density filter might have helped.
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06/16/2004 10:17:29 PM
I like this. This probably would have done well in the Selective Desaturation Category.
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06/16/2004 05:16:49 PM
artistic composition and editing, i like it
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06/16/2004 01:22:34 PM
I like the idea here but your background is too light/desaturated, balance between realism and artistic has gone a bit too far
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06/16/2004 12:45:06 PM
I like the still person with the moving bus behind them, but I don't care for the overexposure on most of the shot.
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06/16/2004 07:48:56 AM
I really like the effect you have got here (high key?) I suspect it was taken through a car windscreen ? as the white portion in the foreground which blots out the traffic island looks like a reflection. That is the only nitpick for me as the image is full of vitality and subtleness..from the person on their mobile to the reflection of the no entry sign on the moving bus..hope you don`t get too many "blown out sky" comments as that seems to be a favourite excuse for scoring down this type of work...absolutely brilliant and top marks from me...10
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06/16/2004 04:45:10 AM
Great shot! London? Love the motion blur of the cars/buses, the blown out sky, and the girl in the forground. Colors are also great! This shot had better make it to the Top 10 or else!
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06/15/2004 05:47:41 PM
i like this. the white-out effect is very good, having the natwest tower in full frame is ALWAYS a good thing, and what i like best is the girl on the island, still amongst all the blurriness. i'm having fun trying to guess where this is - it's west of the tower perhaps... bank looking up threadneedle? only think is, it's a shame the buses in the background are clearly defined. but that's the only thing
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06/15/2004 05:13:51 PM
I like this picture. The sky and buildings are almost too white for my liking, but that is what you intended. I would love to know how you did it.
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06/15/2004 04:05:08 PM
nice shot, but maybe a little overexposed.
06/15/2004 03:08:28 PM
Overexposed, but a fine composition regardless.
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06/15/2004 01:35:41 PM
This is my personal favorite; I have a feeling you may get socred lower by some here for its "artistic" take, but hopefully I will be proved very wrong!!
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06/15/2004 07:34:04 AM
I really like your red accents against the high key effect of the city. Person adds interest to the shot, you've captured a sense of wild motion. Only wish the white thing in the lower center wasn't so distracting. As presented, one of my favorites this challenge -- good luck
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06/14/2004 09:57:47 PM
What a great photo. The use of motion blur gives it a very kinetic feel.
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06/14/2004 09:07:00 PM
Nice, but a tad over sharpened. 6
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06/14/2004 06:54:31 PM
Really really cool shot. I just love everythign about this. Great colours, nice tones, really cool surreal effect. Would make an awesome print. I love the lines adn the overall composition. Just brilliant.
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06/14/2004 04:45:56 PM
Very good. Litle bit to bright in the lower left corner. but very good. 8
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06/14/2004 04:38:37 PM
nice setup
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06/14/2004 07:15:55 AM
Very effective motion blur indeed. Love it.
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06/14/2004 02:04:30 AM
excellent use of overexposure
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