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Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto City, Nagano Japan
Date: Aug 13, 2010
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 640
Shutter: 30.0 sec
Galleries: Architecture, Travel
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2011

I took this photo this past summer on a train trip around Honshu, the main island of Japan. I had been to this castle once before, but this time I was pressed for time and was not sure if I would be able to see it.

The night before I took this, I was completely unable to find a hotel with any open rooms, so I did my best to sleep on the concrete floor at the train station. Unluckily (or luckily) I was unable to sleep, and at about 3:30 am I gave up and decided to walk to the castle, about a half hour away. I had no idea if the castle grounds would be open, but they were, and I set up my tripod and took several exposures from several angles. This is my favorite of the bunch and probably my favorite photo to date. I hope you like it! Comments are most welcome.

Place: 188 out of 429
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Votes: 189
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02/21/2011 03:57:41 AM
Thanks everyone! This is one of my first challenges on DPReview.

Just a couple comments about the photo:

This was taken in JPEG and was very minimally edited. I bumped the contrast, slightly shifted the blue, vignetted a bit, and sharpened, and that's about it. It was not cropped, not HDRd, no other tricks.

I took a couple shots in landscape (horizontal), but there is a park on one side and a city on the other, that I felt distracted too much from the main point of the image. I took several shots and this was the best one.

Thanks again for all the comments!


Message edited by author 2011-02-21 03:58:10.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 05:39:35 PM
Love the reflections and blue sky.
02/20/2011 01:58:45 PM
Love the color of the sky. Nice use of reflection.
02/18/2011 01:23:01 AM
Very nice reflection, everything about this photo is fantastic!
02/17/2011 11:09:09 PM
this has been bumped up a couple of times...I love the reflection and the clarity of the shot...very well done
02/17/2011 09:42:30 PM
Incredible reflection, but just a bit tight on the crop. Where is this?
02/16/2011 12:36:41 AM
Matsumoto Castle - one of my favourites in Japan.
02/15/2011 07:13:20 AM
good, but why so small? you have 800 pixels at your disposal...
02/15/2011 04:23:12 AM
This is so NICE.
02/14/2011 12:16:12 PM
spectacular. I feel like it could have done a bit better if it was in landscape form, but I'm still very impressed. 8

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