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Night Bean by Day
Night Bean by Day
markwiley


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Challenge: Day and Night (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Chicago Cloud Gate
Date: Oct 11, 2011
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Oct 13, 2011

Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture commonly known as the Bean. I got up early and headed downtown (for my third attempt at getting this one just right). Took a few shots before the sun came up and then waited around for sunrise. I blended three night shots and three day shots using Photomatix -- my first use of HDR software. Then, using my limited processing skills, I cut out the bean from the night HDR and put it into the day HDR image.

[Oct. 20th, 2011 09:58:43 PM]

Two hours until rollover. The score has been sliding a bit all day, but it looks like I'll have my first score above 7!

Votes: 165
Views: 558
Avg Vote: 7.2788
Comments: 12

Here is the inverse of the entry (the day bean at night):
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_979623.jpg

Post challenge:
I am thrilled about the score, and thanks for all the nice comments.

A couple people commented about the lack of people. At this hour of the morning there are very few people about. The only people out there were an occasional photographer, and most of them would take a few shots and move on. On each of my three attempts at this shot I was there for about an hour and a half waiting around between the "night" and "day" shots. Plenty of time it was just me and the bean.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 38
Avg (all users): 7.2824
Avg (commenters): 8.5455
Avg (participants): 6.0909
Avg (non-participants): 7.4595
Views since voting: 2769
Views during voting: 569
Votes: 170
Comments: 22
Favorites: 1 (view)


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10/23/2011 03:09:49 PM
Fabulous, Mark!
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10/23/2011 03:09:49 PM
Fabulous, Mark!
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10/23/2011 03:09:49 PM
Fabulous, Mark!
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10/21/2011 09:09:27 PM
Always my favorite shade of blue...;-)
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10/21/2011 04:44:15 PM
I thought for sure this was going to beat me, super image, well done
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10/21/2011 09:23:32 AM
great Job Mark congrats on the H.M. and the great score. It's not often you get a score like that without a ribbon. I'm happy with a 7 no matter if it ribbons or not.
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10/21/2011 08:51:57 AM
Wonderful job, Mark!
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10/21/2011 01:40:00 AM
Not so shabby! :-)
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10/21/2011 01:07:10 AM
Wow - congrats on the astronomical score and the 5th place! VERY nice work with the HDR, since I didn't know it was HDR until I read the comments. What did strike me was the complete lack of people - how did you arrange that?? Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/20/2011 10:49:00 PM
Bumped this to ten. Its perfect.
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10/20/2011 12:51:55 PM
wonderful idea and well executed
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10/20/2011 11:27:43 AM
Wonderfully done, very clever.
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10/18/2011 12:49:49 PM
very creative!
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10/17/2011 01:53:27 AM
Nice
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10/16/2011 09:47:11 AM
Wow! I don't actually know where that is, but if it is what I think it is, then that's pretty cool

Update: I noticed what kind of looked like the Sears (oops, Willis) Tower in the background. So, at first, I was thinking maybe I would just take a look at the street view in Google Maps, and see if I could find this thing. However, it then occured to me that I might be able to find it by just doing a simple Google search.

So, I entered the following words with no quotes...
big silver reflective blob
To my surprise (but not really, cause I' already entirely sold on Google as a search engine), the first hit was a page on Yelp about this thing called the Cloud Gate in Mellenium Park in Chicago with a photo of the same object as in your photo above.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cloud-gate-aka-the-bean-chicago

BLAMMO! Google earns its weight in gold again!

Anyway, very nice again. I really like your work here.
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10/16/2011 06:39:55 AM
Works well for me.
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10/15/2011 06:22:27 PM
Excellent, really well done
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10/15/2011 12:47:22 PM
Awesome, great idea
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10/14/2011 09:16:24 PM
Excellent choice of composition.
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10/14/2011 02:47:12 PM
Very creative!
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10/14/2011 12:25:17 PM
I am so jealous of you. I went here at sunrise this summer and got some photos that I THOUGHT were pretty great.... this is amazing and no people day or night??? did you photoshop them out or was it early enough that you actually had none??

Anyway, I love this...
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10/14/2011 11:45:46 AM
Gorgeous!!!! Did you push the saturation on the bean, or does it really look like that? Or, that's the night portion? Beautiful capture.
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