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London Calling
London Calling
Rob O


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Challenge: Free Study 2012-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: London
Date: Jan 12, 2012
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 58sec
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2012

Midday long exposure (58 seconds) using the Big Stopper

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 287
Avg (all users): 6.9934
Avg (commenters): 7.9231
Avg (participants): 6.8440
Avg (non-participants): 7.3721
Views since voting: 1631
Views during voting: 263
Votes: 152
Comments: 24
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/13/2012 06:12:28 AM
Congrats on the HM. Beautiful work.
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02/09/2012 05:39:32 AM
absolutely stunning .. as a thumb its awesome .. on opening its even better .. !!
i love the black and white treatment and slow shutter speed effect ... wonderful .. :)
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02/08/2012 06:57:08 PM
Truly beautiful!!
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02/08/2012 04:31:53 AM
Thanks for all the comments and kind words ... I've honored to have made the front page of a FS, let alone HM (and particularly with a B&W image).

@Giles_UK -- The Big Stopper is a Lee 4x4" (100x100mm) 10-stop drop-in ND filter.

@HarveyG -- The coppers were everywhere, and a pair of them watched me from the bridge the entire day (I was in this spot, taking shots off and on from early afternoon until after dusk). I couldn't believe they didn't come down and say something given what an issue that is in London these days. I also shot a few 5min+ exposures from the top of the bridge, both toward Big Ben/Parliament and The Eye. The Met never bothered me once, despite being all around (and always nearby). :)

@Bear -- If you pull the image down into PS and apply some grid lines, you'll find the verticals are perfectly vertical (save for maybe the last couple toward the left, which are only off by a touch). The horizontals suffer a bit from perspective distortion, since the parliament building is such a long structure and I've taken a bit of an off-angle POV from this spot (because I wanted Westminster Bridge in frame, as seen). That leaves it a bit "pinched" on the left side of the frame. I did apply a slight bit of correction, both in terms of barrel distortion via PT Lens (was only minor anyway) and manual perspective correction in PS CS5 for both verticals and horizontals. I resisted over-correction though, as the curve in the building along the Thames is complimentary (IMHO) to the curve in the bridge ... and I think that's what is giving it a sense of being stilted. *shrug*
02/08/2012 03:15:10 AM
I really like this, love the sky, What's the big stopper? 8 stop nd? Cookin? Lee? Etc
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02/08/2012 01:52:40 AM
This was one of my favorites in this challenge. Congrats on your top 5 finish!
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02/08/2012 01:00:14 AM
Awesome HM for a FS. And the Bobbies left you alone for 58 seconds...!
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02/08/2012 12:23:31 AM
I expected this to be right up there. well done and congratulations on such a high placement.
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02/08/2012 12:16:10 AM
Very dramatic. Works well as monochrome. Congrats on your HM.
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02/08/2012 12:05:14 AM
THIS is wonderful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2012 11:23:57 PM
be wonderful if you'd straightened this up, the clockwise lean is maddening.
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02/07/2012 09:39:08 PM
Beautiful. I rarely dislike this style and technique. Missing some excitement in the foreground, but still a visually satisfying image.
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02/07/2012 09:28:19 AM
Lovely bw.
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02/06/2012 09:25:22 PM
Excellent
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02/06/2012 05:22:58 PM
Great long exposure and the tone is perfect!
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02/04/2012 06:36:19 PM
Fantastic, love the long exposure. 10 from me :)
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02/04/2012 08:27:59 AM
Probably the best shot I've seen from this position and pretty sure I'll see it on the front page! (halfway through voting and my first 10))
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02/03/2012 04:30:03 PM
this is superb
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02/02/2012 08:44:09 PM
This is just spectacular!!
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02/02/2012 08:47:52 AM
I like what the long exposure does to the water and clouds. Like velvet.
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02/02/2012 08:47:51 AM
has such a smooth feel to it and yet still sharp, this is really well seen and processed
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02/01/2012 07:46:28 PM
Very slick image!
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02/01/2012 12:45:33 PM
The long exposure did a great job with the sky.
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02/01/2012 01:48:34 AM
Conjures up memories of the Clash and smashing guitars. Rather different from this smooth and crisp timed exposure :)
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