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Challenge: Free Study 2010-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Bellevue, WA USA
Date: Dec 27, 2010
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 400
Shutter: Various
Galleries: Abstract, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2010

Photographer’s Notes
I like cityscapes. I like shooting buildings: Houses; Office Buildings; Stadiums; Anything really. And there’s a pair of office/condo towers in Bellevue (Seattle Suburb) that has intrigued me since they were finished a year or so ago. They have an interesting design with interesting lines. They are of the glass & steel school and nicely reflect whatever is going on in the sky and the buildings around them.

So yesterday I drove to Bellevue with the objective of shooting the buildings. This involved walking around about a square mile of city surrounding the towers, in the cold and the rain, looking at different angles, backgrounds, weather and such. I got a number of photos I liked.

But I recognize not everyone here shares my interest in buildings. So I needed to make something interesting out of them. In this case I rotated the building (actually the photo of the building – no occupants were harmed in the maneuver) 90 degrees clockwise and cropped it close. All the rest is pretty standard layers work.

My wife and I saw Tron Legacy on Christmas day, which is a visually stunning movie btw although a bit thin in the plot department, and this reminded me a little of the Grid. I'm probably reaching a bit here. The title is a reference to the 1974 movie of the same name starring Warren Beaty and Paula Prentiss.

This was fun. Maybe it's just unusual enough to stop the speed voters for a second or two while they try to figure it out. Hope you like the results.

Post Processing
• Create HDR from 7 Originals (Photomatix)
• Tone map (Photomatix)
• Correct Lens Distortion (PSCS5 Lens Correction Filter)
• Darken (PSCS5 Curves Layer)
• Color Correct (PSCS5 Curves layer – Auto)
• Contrast (PSCS5 Curves Layer)
Did I mention I like Curves
• Boost Colors (PSCS5 Vibrance Layer)
• More Contrast (PSCS5 Curves layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Crop (PSCS5 Crop Tool)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM)
• Remove “Jaggies” (PSCS5 Masked Blur Layer)
• Border (PSCS5 Select & Stroke)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)

Camera Data
• Date: 2010-12-27
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
• ISO: 400
• Aperture: f/10
• Shutter: Various

Place: 132 out of 275
Avg (all users): 5.6646
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.6545
Avg (non-participants): 5.6863
Views since voting: 676
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 161
Comments: 6
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01/08/2011 12:14:33 PM
At least we made the same page! LOL
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2011 10:53:20 PM
Perhaps it was your interntin to leave the colors subtle, but I think more could have been brought out...
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01/07/2011 04:58:28 PM
Great composition, colors and patterns here.
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01/06/2011 02:19:08 AM
insteresting as an abstract
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01/05/2011 10:18:35 AM
great architecture...I like the colors in the windows and the detail in the lines
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01/02/2011 09:45:51 PM
Nice use of patterns, and by breaking them up, that makes a static view look a bit more dynamic.
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