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Bloated...In Death as in Life

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Challenge: Allegory (Advanced Editing VII)
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: Galveston, Texas, USA
Date: Dec 12, 2015
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 13, 2015

7 Shot HDR (-3 to +3) created in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 then converted to B&W using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

I had this photo in mind from the moment I saw this challenge. The only day I could get down to the coast it was all cloudy, so did not get the amazing sunrise light that I was expecting. I had checked and the sun was rising at about a 45 degree angle to the front, would have been really nice to have that light.

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12/21/2015 06:27:12 AM
Hello from the Critique club

An interesting image that meets the challenge.

Great use of fisheye lens to create an allegorical illusion as you have. I like your mono processing, perfect for the subject it enhances it very effectively. The vault you have used is also perfect for the scene with its cracks and ageing textures it adds a realistic impression to the concept you are trying to convey. I see you were disappointed with the light, a photographers recurring difficulty, but given the nature of the subject I would say this has worked well for you especially the dramatic sky. Just a couple of minor criticisms, that white knob stands out like a sore thumb, it just keeps drawing your eyes to it, I think it would benefit from some dodging to subdue it a little. The other thing is the very tight crop, its just too tight. I can understand your dilemma, to get the most out of your lens you needed to be in close to exaggerate the distortions but I just wish we could see all of it complete.

Great subject, great image, well done Ronnie.
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12/18/2015 07:08:03 PM
nice to see some unexpected fisheye work! Well done. 7
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