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sydney harbour bridge
sydney harbour bridge

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Challenge: Free Study 2015-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: People/Street/Candid
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Sydney, Harbour
Date: Jan 10, 2015
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2015

I really like this shot. If I had entered it in the Guess Your Score challenge (not taken in that date range) I would have thought it was worth 7+ but would expect 6.1 in comparison with other FS entries.

Overcast day. Taken with the 50mm (the only lense I like to use lately) and was handheld. I took my time to properly frame the image and waited for people to not only add interest and perspective but to not overpower the image. This is a perspective of the famous bridge that would be familiar to those who have walked it but I don't recall seeing any photos like this.

I used my wife's computer and downloaded PP CS3 so I didn't have any Topaz plugins to use. Had to do all processing manually which was more rewarding and probably had better results. Smart sharpened, converted to B&W, curves, and resized. No cropping required and no selective editing done.

Place: 94 out of 159
Avg (all users): 5.5185
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4386
Avg (non-participants): 5.7083
Views since voting: 171
Views during voting: 125
Votes: 81
Comments: 2
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08/13/2015 07:59:21 AM
Thank you very much for your wonderful critique Sid. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this.
08/13/2015 07:48:57 AM

*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

An interesting documentary style image from a different perspective

Its nice to see your informal up close capture of a significant landmark that is normally photographed from a distance. I like the way the foreground leads you over to the other shore represented by the distant buildings. I also like the inclusion of people with a mix of naturally curious tourists together with the practical need for the locals to use the bridge for their everyday needs. Its also interesting to see the people on the higher part of the bridge, presumably workers involved in the endless maintenance.

The mono processing suits the subject well, though I might have liked to see what it looks like in colour but the subject is more graphic especially against that bland featureless sky. What we wouldn't normally see from distant portrayals of the bridge are those significant fortifications which I assume are to deter suicide attempts which in itself is a sad reflection on society in itself.

All in all a pleasing result, thanks Sid
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