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Challenge: Free Study 2011-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: Feb 19, 2011
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 15 Seconds
Date Uploaded: Feb 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Square, located in the middle of downtown Dallas. The spiral building in the foreground is actually a chapel. I shot this during our monthly Flickr meetup, which for this month was an evening walkabout in Downtown Dallas. When I planned this meetup, I think I was overly optimistic about how much ground we could cover. We kept stopping to take photos every 15 yards (Duh!), so only made it slightly past the spot in this photo.

This was a 15 second exposure in near dark conditions. I'm surprised that this unique building is not lit up at night. The color version was all pale and yellow looking, but it really came to life as a black & white. This building already has a very retro-future look to it, and the office tower behind it picks that up with it's own unique look. I ran with that theme and tried to give the image a moody retro appearance, that I hope is reminiscent of the classic science fiction movie Metropolis.

Anticpated comments & critiques:
- Brian 21.gif bvy is sure to guess this as my entry, due to the building in my shot which is a sibling to to one they have in Pittsburgh.
That, and he's likely seen it in my Flickr stream.

-Can't think of any real critiques, other than someone just may not care for it.

Post-challenge notes:
Did about what I had anticipated for such a heavily stylized cityscape. Early voting was high, however, so there was a bit of disappointment when the second and lower wave of voting hit.

On a more positive note, this shot was just nominated for "picture of the week" in the DFW Metro group on Flickr.
Update: This picture has now won picture of the week in the DFW Metro group on Flickr. I'm quite pleased with it. Might get a proper photographic print made of it.

Place: 128 out of 325
Avg (all users): 5.7586
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.6944
Avg (non-participants): 5.9459
Views since voting: 650
Views during voting: 207
Votes: 145
Comments: 5
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03/16/2011 09:26:49 PM
Ha! 21.gif bvy should have looked more closely. I didn't get to spend as much time with this Free Study as I would have liked, and so subtler things were lost on me. I recognized this as a well composed black and white study in urban forms and scored it accordingly. But, dammit, I missed the building.

In any case, that's not the first time I shot the Pittsburgh sibling.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2011 11:08:49 PM
good long exposure
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03/07/2011 02:13:11 PM
Heh. This one I remember.
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03/03/2011 02:26:33 PM
Great tones. Super sharp. Very interesting scene with lines and shapes everywhere. Busy yet it all works together smoothly. Quite nice.
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03/01/2011 01:41:32 AM
I'm a sucker for good B&W.
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