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45s and 90s - Beauty in the Angles

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Challenge: Design & Engineering (Advanced Editing I)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Lisle IL. USA
Date: Mar 6, 2004
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2004

Lucent Technologies' World Headquarters.
Very slight color correction and crop. Some foreground clean up with the clone tool. Unsharpened and then saved for web.

Place: 42 out of 126
Avg (all users): 5.8808
Avg (commenters): 6.3750
Avg (participants): 5.6750
Avg (non-participants): 6.1127
Views since voting: 988
Votes: 151
Comments: 20
Favorites: 0

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03/19/2004 08:59:19 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Very nice image, has an instant visual impact and really fits the challenge well. It has a sort of surreal feel to it, almost like I'm looking at a rendition of some 'building of the future' ad. That said, let's take a closer look at a few things.

Color: I absolutely love the richness of color in the photo, the blues are very cool and help give a tech/science feel that is highly supported by the general shape and design of the building. It really contrasts well with the yellowy grass in the front too. Nice contrast there. I think the green of the trees could've worked well color-wise but their position really draws away from the positive they could bring.

Which leads us to the next point: Composition - the composition for the most part is wonderful. The natural lines, angles and curves are well represented by the photo, well centered and shot, however.. those trees really do kill it. I find myself wondering how the building would look without them in the way. Particularly since you can see a hint of something behind the trees. It may not have been feasible to compose the image the way you wanted without getting the trees in the shot but if that option is available I'd suggest a reshoot just to see the difference.

Lighting: The lighting is excellent. Obviously natural light was used which can be tricky, but there isn't any distracting glare or oddly lit areas which is a nice achievement. With all of the glass and metal, the lighting could have been (might have been?) a nightmare, but it was handled very well. Kudos.

Focus: The focus is perfect. It has a nice crispness to it which plays off the rigidity of the lines and angles shown, yet it isn't overly sharpened which would have made the nice curves of the dish too harsh and lost some of the surreal quality in the clouds.

I do notice a bit of the pixelation others mentioned in the top right corner, which isn't too bad but does detract from the photo.

All in all it is a marvelous photograph and well suited for the challenge. Nearly all aspects look to be thought out and manifested in the best way possible with my only real detractant being the trees in the foreground. Well done!

- Sia
03/15/2004 11:44:16 PM
Tommy, that is what it was... I said "something looked odd..." and I think it was that I thought those 50' trees were bushes!
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03/15/2004 02:45:20 AM
Hey guys, those ain't bushes, they're full grown trees, at least 50'. That dish is huge, aprox 125' dia. Thanks to all who made comments.

Message edited by author 2004-03-15 02:45:37.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/14/2004 08:12:39 PM
What a cool design for a building! Nice photo. Might have been better with a bit less bush in the foreground. I want a dish like that for the front of my house.
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03/10/2004 07:44:08 PM
The detail here is splendid!
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03/10/2004 05:28:49 PM
Nicely composed, colors are good, maybe a tad too much blue saturation, noticeable in the upper right
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03/09/2004 03:47:50 PM
For the purposes of this challenge, I think it would have been better without the trees in the foreground.
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03/09/2004 02:02:39 PM
That is amazing architecture. Too bad those green trees are in the way. I like the feel of the dead trees in front of the building next to the cold glass & grey of the building. :) Where is this?
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03/09/2004 01:10:12 PM
Way funky building. Don't you just hate it when bushes just run out of nowhere and ruin a shot? LOL! Excellent choice of subject matter, but those bright green trees really take away from this shot. The sky on the right is also highly pixelated.
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03/09/2004 12:24:57 AM
This pic looks odd to me... the trees and grass especially look strange. Maybe your camera is low res or something? The structure itself is really interesting however.
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03/08/2004 09:31:04 PM
Creative take on the challenge nice shot
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03/08/2004 06:23:06 PM
Very beautiful building! Nice capture. Shame that the trees are a bit in the way.

Where is this place?
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03/08/2004 02:18:15 PM
Great Naperville shot. Not an easy subject to capture. Not sure if I like the trees in the foreground - they do offer perspective and framing but their chunky appearance is somehow out of place with the sleek design of the main structure. As is, nicely done.
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03/08/2004 12:51:44 PM
Never seen this building before, VERY COOL! I like what you have captured, all except for the trees in the foreground. You got me on visual impact though! 7
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03/08/2004 12:11:09 PM
I love the composition. Good luck!
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03/08/2004 11:10:39 AM
The lighting, the color, the content, the composition... this is just one super fine image. The only improvement would be to apply noise reduction to the sky. Despite the sky noise this should be a top 10 finisher and in the running for a ribbon.
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03/08/2004 10:42:59 AM
Excellent. Powerful
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03/08/2004 04:05:37 AM
Wow, nice job!
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03/08/2004 03:10:04 AM
In my opinion, I'd be great, focusing only on the satellite's design. But this is a great and interesting design.
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03/08/2004 01:36:36 AM
... allright, but not really that interesting. a fairly flat image with not too exciting lighting

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