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Warmth of communication on a cold winter's night ...
Warmth of communication on a cold winter's night ...
Rob O

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Surrey, England
Date: Dec 17, 2009
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 4.0 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Travel
Date Uploaded: Dec 19, 2009

My first entry in some time and among the first photos since moving to the UK in Oct. There was a rare early winter snow mid-December in London and surrounding areas, so I set out with the 5D and tripod to capture some wintery scenes from our village. I'd wanted to shoot these British icons since arriving, and that night provided the perfect setting.

This is a single RAW file converted twice, once for the image overall and a second time to get back some detail in the brightest parts, blended together and processed in PS CS4. I thought selective desat really worked with this scene, partly because of the great contrast between the red and light against black and white, but also because the surrounding ambient light was a mix of types ... so the snow and background light was yellow, the foreground light was bright white, reflections had bluish tinge and so on. This processing also helped highlight the dramatic crisscrossing shadows in the foreground.

Place: 27 out of 334
Avg (all users): 6.5318
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.5130
Avg (non-participants): 6.5690
Views since voting: 1203
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 173
Comments: 10
Favorites: 5 (view)

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01/09/2010 06:56:41 PM
wow, you were robbed...this is AMAZING!!
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01/08/2010 06:38:37 PM
I really love this shot, very appealing light and colours.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2010 11:42:39 PM
The lighting just makes this shot.
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01/07/2010 10:19:31 PM
I'm rarely a fan of selective desaturation, but you've used it well and creatively. Striking photo.
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01/06/2010 05:19:31 PM
Perfectly lit - I like this a lot.
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01/05/2010 07:18:16 PM
wow, how did you light this? That's great. Love that no one messed up the snow before you took the picture.
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01/03/2010 10:08:55 AM
Like the black/white/red combo. I wonder if a different crop would make it a stronger image.
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01/02/2010 11:51:21 PM
Great image and use of wireless flash. The shadow across the bottom is distracting, though.
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01/02/2010 04:31:08 PM
There is something really fun about this image. I enjoy the contrast of the red against the black/white. The lights found a nice place as well as camera position to utilize but not blow out the street light. Overall this works well.
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01/01/2010 11:21:10 AM
Love it
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