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Bougainvillea Blooms in the Urban Jungle
Bougainvillea Blooms in the Urban Jungle

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Challenge: Urban Nature (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A550
Lens: Sony SAL-16105 DT 16-105mm
Date: Mar 11, 2011
Aperture: F22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 8 seconds
Galleries: Cityscape, Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2011

Singapore Central Business District, view from Fullerton Bridge, Marina Bay.

Single image shot in raw. Long exposure, smallest apperture, lowest ISO. The lights from the street lamp above the flowers nearest the camera were a bit off, so i used my cellphone video lighting to add more lights.

I took several shots before i was able to get one with very long streaks of light from the passing cars.

Layered two images from a single raw file, one with original image as captured, and the other with boosted exposure for the flowers. Added curves layer to boost the reds in the layer-masked sky, originally a boring post-sunset blue.

Layers were merged, perspective was corrected (16mm lens), Topas DeNoise, resized, re-sharpened.

The black building at the middle may seem to viewers as showing some halo, or jpeg compression. It's not. It's actually a top-to-bottom line of LED lights. The blue Maybank building actually spent a few million dollars for those LED lights, as part of their contibution to the beutification process of the area.

That's the urban part. For the nature part, I'm just so glad that the Bougainvilleas are in blooom. Well, it is perenially in bloom, but this month, it seems more colorful, more pink, less green, and best of all, it seems more dense than the in other months.

I actually took several images with this frame, planning to clone out the passing tourists, but that would be for a different image outside of DPC.

Place: 9 out of 105
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/20/2011 09:08:58 PM
Best in the challenge.
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03/19/2011 10:17:13 PM
What can I say...beautiful, nice clarity, great compositon, and nice tones!
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03/19/2011 03:23:08 PM
Great night capture. Nice post processing and use of colors
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03/19/2011 12:34:21 PM
wow, seems like a winner here- amazing colors, great composition and crisp image. Good luck for the challenge
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03/18/2011 09:29:46 PM
Luv this picture! Great colors and landscape.. Good job.
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03/17/2011 09:25:15 PM
And a lovely thing is this!
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03/17/2011 04:26:15 PM
I like the lines
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03/17/2011 02:42:39 PM
Luv the colors and lighting. This is a sparkling & capturing picture.

Thanks for taking it!
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03/15/2011 12:48:43 AM
Outstanding, vey cool
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03/14/2011 07:53:48 PM
I wish there was more of the nature filling the frame, but otherwise a very nice image on all counts.
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03/14/2011 06:55:53 PM
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