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Challenge: Perspective VII (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM fisheye
Date: May 5, 2013
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 sec
Date Uploaded: May 5, 2013



[May. 10th, 2013 04:49:04 PM]

This building is the EDF Tower (the largest electric utility company in the world), located in La Défense, next to Paris. As you can see on the photo, its entrance is built under a wide circular canopy (24m, i.e. 79 feet in diameter).

I am obviously not an experimented architecture photographer, but since that entrance reminded me so much of the infamous Star Trek spaceship, I decided to give it a try for laughs.

I first tried to photograph it with a linear lens: the largest in my bag was my tilt-shift 17mm. Unfortunately, the building was a bit too long to get it entirely in the frame
. Stepping back was not an option, as a street lamp was just behind, causing major flare when getting too close to it. So I decided to use my fisheye lens, which did the job quite well imo. I like how it made the canopy prominent, as well as the wrapping curves of the buildings in the background. I installed my tripod and took several shots at different exposures, including an overblown one to get some stars in the dark sky.

Back at home, I decided to process the photo to give it an even more obvious starship feeling, and recolored entirely the scene to those cyan/blue tones. I got kind of lucky with the stars, as clouds would not have worked so well regarding the "space" mood. I really like the result, even if the DPC resolution does not give it justice.

Thank you for the nice votes and comments, much appreciated!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 86
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Avg (commenters): 8.5714
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Votes: 86
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05/14/2013 09:30:27 PM
Wonderful shot, Christophe!! Love seeing your work in the non-expert challenges. Beautifully done. :)
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05/13/2013 08:57:56 AM
Very, very nice, Christophe! It's not often the fisheye gets so well-integrated into an architectural setting. You might want to contact the architects themselves; they'd probably love a print of this.
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05/13/2013 08:57:09 AM
Can't help but think this was a really fun image to capture- well done Christophe!

I never made it over to La Défense during my recent visit. But I saw it off in the distance from several places and was quite intrigued by it. Next trip for sure!
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05/13/2013 08:41:25 AM
Congrats! Love how the fisheye worked the symmetry! Your choice of toning is wonderful. And the stars... perfect.
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05/13/2013 08:40:35 AM
You continue to inspire. Congrats!
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05/13/2013 08:13:31 AM
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05/13/2013 06:35:36 AM
Another masterful accomplishment. It is a priviledge for all of us to experience your genius. Congratulations on the Red.
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05/13/2013 04:27:16 AM
congrats on another red, christophe! It's really great seeing you enter more challenges, hope you have the time to continue!
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05/13/2013 02:40:48 AM
Congrats Christophe, great shot - and you were indeed the last I had thought of as the photographer.
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05/13/2013 01:34:39 AM
Congrats!
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05/13/2013 12:38:41 AM
Gorgeous colors and terrific perspective - the distortion worked perfectly as you saw. Congratulations on the ribbon, Christophe.
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05/13/2013 12:10:16 AM
Congrats, Christophe. Sometimes, fisheye is the only way to go :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/12/2013 04:14:40 PM
Great colors, detail and pov
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05/11/2013 08:16:58 AM
Amazing!
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05/08/2013 03:23:23 PM
That is some interesting looking architecture.
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05/07/2013 07:08:35 AM
You were on the sets of tron? This is ridiculous! 9!
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05/06/2013 12:48:33 PM
I really like that the exposure allows for starts in the sky and the highlighted building to both be seen.
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05/06/2013 09:36:33 AM
Right up there in the crisp and wow stakes for DPC. DMC, in leaps and bounds.
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05/06/2013 07:16:59 AM
cool
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05/06/2013 12:49:35 AM
Looks like a flying saucer
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05/06/2013 12:44:33 AM
Well positioned for this shot. Was it raining, or did you somehow manage to capture stars as well????
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