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Times Square
Times Square

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Challenge: Contre-Jour II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Times Square, New York
Date: Dec 6, 2009
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Black and White, Travel
Date Uploaded: Dec 6, 2009

Doubt this will do well. I found handling the lens flare very difficult but I liked the appeal of the backlight coming from multiple sources as it bounced of the tall buildings at the south end of Times Square, especially as it created multiple shadows on the ground. It seemed more fitting to have the image in black & white but I think that unless viewers have good monitors, this image may be criticised for being too dark.


The main reason I am hoping it will do well is that as I was packing up, I thought my 5D MKII was securely on the tripod, but it wasn't and it fell 4ft to the ground cracking the back badly but it still works. Luckily the lens seems undamaged apart from being a little stiff to zoom. So, as I am submitting this image, I'm still feeling physically sick at what just happened, but it would be nice to think it wasn't for nothing.


Almost straight from camera as I am too devastated to spend much time editing it. Import to LR, convert to grayscale, basic adjustments and clarity.

Place: 49 out of 164
Avg (all users): 5.8128
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.8769
Avg (non-participants): 5.7826
Views since voting: 542
Views during voting: 308
Votes: 203
Comments: 7
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12/16/2009 12:14:37 AM
so sorry to hear about your camera, I like your image alot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2009 12:47:02 PM
Wow, you have a good eye for a composition. Especially the sun and it's 2 reflections casting those multiple shadows. Nice work.
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12/13/2009 10:02:33 PM
Looks like you borrowed a lot of contrast from the middle tones and gave them to the lights and darks. I like the effect. 5
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12/13/2009 11:27:11 AM
contre-contre-contre jour! a tour de force!
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12/11/2009 08:26:15 PM
Love it! The shadows are great. Perfect for the challenge!
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12/09/2009 10:30:51 PM
I love this, I hunt for light like this. excellent work the shadows are great.
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12/09/2009 04:46:10 PM
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