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Challenge: Urban Landscapes V (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Ultra Wide-Angle Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Date: Aug 25, 2016
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 0.5
Galleries: Cityscape, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2016

A long exposure at the Chevron Building in Houston, Texas, USA. When you are photographing here they send out a guard and try to tell you that you can't photograph the building even tho you are standing on public property aka the sidewalk.

The name comes from the guard that came out of the Chevron Building in downtown Houston to tell us that it was against the law to photograph the building. After informing him of the real law, which he agreed was correct, he just stood there and watched us as we took photos for about 30 or 40 minutes.

I shot this using the feature Olympus added to my EM1 a little over a year ago called Live Composite. Great feature for doing long exposure and the output is a RAW file and not JPG.

[Sep. 1st, 2016 11:12:27 AM]

21_F.gif Cyrilda I used a feature that Olympus has called Live Composite. Basically you set the base exposure (which for this shot I used 0.5 seconds) and then the camera just adds any new light that comes into the frame. It makes doing long exposure so much easier and you can watch the results on the LCD so you can stop it when the photograph is to your liking. The best part is the output is a RAW file, which gives lots of leeway in post compared to a JPG file. The downside is I don't know how long the actual exposure is because the exif does not provide that info, just what the base exposure was set at. I believe this shot was around 30 seconds, but that is just a guess.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 64
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05/02/2017 09:53:51 AM
Originally posted by primabarbara:

One of my friends at my local photographer's group owns an Olympus too. If he joins a lihghtpainting shooting it's so much easier to control the results because he can tell me how the picture evolves while the painting is still in progress. Tanks for showing this wonderful example!
On the contrary I use a Fuji camera which is couting the seconds on the display while exposure... so we are kind of a perfect team!

I also enjoyed the story why you choose the picture title.
I'm always wondering why owners are so nervous about taking pictures... maybe because of the intellectual property of the architect????


Thank you for the comment.

I am not sure what their problem is. When ever I am in the area I always stop by to photograph the building (always have a camera with me)just to get the security guard to come out and tell me I can't. While it's true, the photos can't be used for commercial purposes without owners permission they can be used to sell as prints or enter in photo challenges all you want. What gets me so fired up about Chevron is them having an employee come out and tell you it's illegal to photograph the build and insist you stop doing it. Which is completely false as it's perfectly legal to photograph anything from public property and the sidewalk is public property. I tell them every time to call the police if they feel I am breaking the law or to leave me alone or I will call the police for harassment. I have yet to have them call the police and each time they stop trying to talk with me and just stand there and watch............which makes shooting at night so much safer. When there at night I always thank the employee (who is just doing his job and doesn't want to be out there anyways) for watching after me and making sure I am safe. Will usually tweet a thank you for Chevron being so concerned about my safety that they provide me with a guard.
05/01/2017 06:03:16 PM
One of my friends at my local photographer's group owns an Olympus too. If he joins a lihghtpainting shooting it's so much easier to control the results because he can tell me how the picture evolves while the painting is still in progress. Tanks for showing this wonderful example!
On the contrary I use a Fuji camera which is couting the seconds on the display while exposure... so we are kind of a perfect team!

I also enjoyed the story why you choose the picture title.
I'm always wondering why owners are so nervous about taking pictures... maybe because of the intellectual property of the architect????
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09/05/2016 12:03:50 PM
Congratulations on the HM, Ronnie. Thanks for the Notes--that was a great story.

Message edited by author 2016-09-05 12:04:35.
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09/05/2016 05:28:56 AM
Hello from the critique club

An intriguing image that meets the challenge well.

Congratulations Ronnie on your high score and placing for this extraordinary image! You have a lovely creative balance between the dynamic foreground and the static background of the buildings creating something truly unique, an excellent result. I often think the only reason a new feature has been added to the latest camera is purely for marketing reasons but you have clearly demonstrated the usefulness of this particular facility and, as you say, you have the flexibility of a raw format too. This facility together with the fisheye works really well. Well done for standing your ground against the security guy and thanks for sharing this with amazing image with us.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2016 08:23:12 PM
Impressive urban action.
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09/04/2016 06:20:54 PM
Great view to begin with and I love the energy that those light trails impart.
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09/04/2016 03:55:01 PM
8 from me. Wild. Chaotic. Fun.
Well done.
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09/04/2016 11:42:25 AM
beautifully done
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09/03/2016 01:57:23 PM
awesomeness
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09/01/2016 12:47:20 PM
Very WOW! Excellent dynamic shot.
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09/01/2016 11:11:15 AM
Wow...that's bright...really bright. Would work great for a Flip n Blend!!! I do like that your buildings a nice and clear!!!
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09/01/2016 01:08:00 AM
Wonderfully messy yet organized. Very fun shot.
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09/01/2016 12:40:49 AM
I changed my mind on this one. You must share your technique. I gave this a 9.
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08/29/2016 12:10:22 PM
Brilliant contrasts and deep blacks. 10.
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