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Challenge: City Nightscape (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony Alpha A55
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF for Sony
Location: Kingston Upon Hull. Parliament street UK
Date: Aug 24, 2011
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4 sec
Galleries: Urban, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 24, 2011

Late night walk around Hull town centre, I spoted this discarded shoping Trolley left outside a Solicitors office. Taken from tripod. Could not do much with the overblown light.

Place: 37 out of 55
Avg (all users): 5.7091
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.5625
Avg (non-participants): 5.7444
Views since voting: 347
Views during voting: 350
Votes: 165
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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09/06/2011 01:43:17 PM
I didn't vote on this challenge so this is the first time I've seen this. I love the shopping cart -- it's a perfect touch.

As to the blown-out street lamp, you do have some detail there, so it's not that bad.

I've tried photos in a similar vein and have had some success combining shots.

I do one shot as the meter in my DSLR tells me. Generally, this gives me good detail in the street, buildings, windows, etc. Then I take a second shot at 1/125" or 1/50" or until I have decent detail in the street light (or what ever else is blown out). Then I go home and blend the layers in Photoshop CS5. I use the long exposure as the base and layer the short exposure over it. I then fade the short exposure shot a little until the light looks good, and use a very soft brush to erase the rest of the short exposure layer. Flatten the image, and I've usually got a pretty good looking street light. (IMNSHO 8P) I've also used it for nocturnal landscapes/seascapes when the moon is blown out.

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09/06/2011 01:03:01 PM
Well. 2 10s, thank you who ever.
3 2s, your opinion is noted.
Looks like it split the vote a bit.I like that, means that I am not being too same same.
Thanks to all who voted.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2011 11:42:11 PM
I've enjoyed this image this week. Keeps me guessing.
09/02/2011 10:56:14 PM
Creative composition.
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09/01/2011 10:33:15 AM
I like this, it's different for the challenge a more intimate picture of a city, nice processing
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08/31/2011 11:09:16 AM
like it
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08/30/2011 07:10:12 PM
Someone was frustrated! :)
The conversion to Black and White is a good idea - it makes us notice the 3 main elements in the picture without getting distracted by the yellow color cast. Makes me look for a story behind the scene.
However, it doesn't quite say City to me - not talking about technicalities, but just the feel of it. Good luck.
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08/29/2011 02:09:02 PM
A fantastic captured scene - a whole story in a moment of capture.
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