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The rooftops of Copenhagen
1st PlaceThe rooftops of Copenhagen
Paul


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Horizon Line (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot G11
Location: Copenhagen
Date: Nov 30, 2010
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Sky
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2010

From brown to blue on consecutive Sundays - I can't think that happens too often!

Thanks for all the great comments (especially Robert for taking the time on his essay!)

This is taken from the Radisson Falconer hotel in Copenhagen, I was on my way down to breakfast and saw this scene out of the window while waiting for the lift. I nipped back to get my little G11 and shot three frames. On another shot, taken to the left of this one, you can see the bridge to Sweden but the smoke/steam on this shot swung it for me.

To be honest though, the success of the image is more down to Nik Software's new HDR Efex Pro than anything I did.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 94
Avg (all users): 7.0780
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.8909
Avg (non-participants): 7.1977
Views since voting: 6833
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 141
Comments: 44
Favorites: 22 (view)


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12/18/2010 06:54:30 PM
Speechless...
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12/17/2010 09:13:33 AM
Very well done mate, I love it.... Must have a look at the plug-in you mention... But remember, these only enhance a god photo, they don't make one. :)
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12/14/2010 10:04:14 PM
Congrats Paul, this is a beauty!!
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12/14/2010 09:52:49 PM
This one caught my eye, my old hometown, lovely photograph, still have to say I'm happy sitting in the sun in New Zealand at the moment.
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12/14/2010 11:24:50 AM
Congratulations Paul, beautifully cold image! Blue is very appropriate!

Message edited by author 2010-12-14 11:25:48.
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12/14/2010 04:42:21 AM
Congrats with blue! Well deserved and a beautiful image.
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12/13/2010 05:41:20 PM
Great shot Paul - you are getting around a bit aren't you ?
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12/13/2010 02:21:18 PM
Breathtaking! congratulations on the 1st! Amazing composition and colours!
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12/13/2010 12:48:34 PM
I tried to sell out in this challenge, too, but failed miserably. Congratulations!
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12/13/2010 12:44:23 PM
Congrats on the ribbon,still love those chimneys.
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12/13/2010 11:55:21 AM
well deserved ribbon.
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12/13/2010 11:43:29 AM
Awesome shot, really stood out during the voting.
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12/13/2010 08:39:23 AM
wahhhh whooo!!! Look at you!!! Congrats on the Blue!!! (I'm in a rhyming rhythm aren't I???)
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12/13/2010 07:54:14 AM
Absolutely love this shot! I was a 9 from me, and I'm not sure why it wasn't a 10. Silly me!

Bear's right -- very Mary Poppinesque. :D

Congrats on a perfect blue!
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12/13/2010 07:44:10 AM
Lovely shot Paul. Well done.
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12/13/2010 05:40:40 AM
Nice blue ribbon-winner here. Well deserved for a magnificent shot. Breakfast can wait!
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12/13/2010 04:16:51 AM
Wonderful Photo and beautiful wiev.
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12/13/2010 02:27:05 AM
Wd! From a brown to a blue. You must be chuffed.
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12/13/2010 02:09:06 AM
Such a beautiful shot. Well done.
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12/13/2010 12:56:17 AM
JUST AWESOME !!! Congrats on the Blue !
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12/13/2010 12:43:55 AM
A breathtaking image, Paul. Congrats on the blue. Which probably matched your lips the day you took this :-)
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12/13/2010 12:19:14 AM
Congrats Paul, well done after your last challenge.
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12/13/2010 12:16:56 AM
Someone got his ribbon :D
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12/13/2010 12:15:37 AM
Explosive, dramatic, congratulations!
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12/13/2010 12:07:20 AM
great job paul! congrats!
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12/13/2010 12:04:56 AM
Awesome! WTG, Paul!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/12/2010 11:06:35 PM
The horizon gets lost amidst the sky and village competing with each other. It's like trying to draw attention to the net during a heated tennis match.

But who really cares about challenge themes anyway. This is astounding.
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12/12/2010 09:28:44 PM
Beautiful
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12/12/2010 04:01:07 PM
I keep coming back to this one. At first I was slightly put off by the blown-out sky area; I spent time obsessing over it, basically saying to myself "Gawd, I wish s/he'd taken the time to FIX that area, this would be perfect!" And that's not all, either; I started obsessing over how much it might be improved with the addition of a slight foreground gradient, because there's a sense of flatness about the scene that seemed a little off to me.

But now it's like the scales have fallen from my eyes, and I see more of the *immediacy* of the image, the very remarkable sense it has of being here-and-now, not heavily manipulated by the photographer's sense of drama. And even that, I suspect, is an illusion, because it HAS to have been manipulated, that's obvious.

So what's the bottom line? Either intentionally, or by happy accident, you are treading a very fine line right on the cusp of the "unreal", the over-dramatic; you know, the country I travel in all the time, where nothing is exactly as it was seen. And you've managed to convince me, at a visceral level, that this one IS "as it was seen", and I love it.

That plus the fact that it's utterly Mary Poppins all over the place. It's a wonderful image, and I'm bumping you 3 points to a 10 just on the basis that your image convinced me to write this rambling essay as I wait for the Patriots to kick off in an American football game.
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12/12/2010 04:23:01 AM
A wonderful fairytale. In my top five of the challenge. 9.
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12/10/2010 09:48:29 PM
Hell of a shot. So many layers of tones and colors and detail. Works great on every level. Very well done.

Back to make this a favorite. Bad news is I'm not voting. But yet I am, for me, one of the best, and regardless of the others this is a stupendous image. Truly amazing.
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12/10/2010 02:53:51 PM
Can't help but think it looks a bit 'over' dramatic but it's really nice IMO. Should do really well, hoepfully the fp
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12/10/2010 01:06:02 PM
Amazing image. Can't fault a thing, and therefore it's a rare 10 from me. Got to be the blue. Head and shoulders above everything else in this challenge.
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12/10/2010 01:15:36 AM
Very striking - and VERY cold! I like the horizon of steam, smoke and clouds in addition to that of the rooftops.
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12/09/2010 10:51:28 PM
Beautiful image; love the contrast between the town and the sky.
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12/09/2010 10:50:26 PM
congradulations on your blue!!! Very nice picture!
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12/08/2010 07:14:44 PM
One of my favorites from this bouch
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12/07/2010 11:38:19 AM
I really like the dramatic sky and think the sun adds a nice color to it. The thin layer of snow is also adding a nice, chill look to the picture.
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12/07/2010 07:12:02 AM
That is some great looking architecture. Very nice shot.
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12/06/2010 09:48:29 PM
Wow, what a strong sky!
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12/06/2010 05:51:28 PM
Beautiful
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12/06/2010 10:56:27 AM
Lovely image,really dig those smokin'chimneys.
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12/06/2010 02:29:45 AM
oh wow...a postcard, picture perfect ... a ribbon winner here 10
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12/06/2010 12:17:33 AM
LOVE IT...
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