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Mechanical lock gates
2nd PlaceMechanical lock gates
geewhy


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Mechanical (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Forth & Clyde Canal, Camelon, Falkirk, Scotlan
Date: Dec 28, 2004
Aperture: F13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Black and White, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2004

Image rotated slightly to straighten
Adjustments to Contrast.
Image desaturated & sharpened.
Some dodging and burning on the wood of the lock gate.
Image cropped and resized
A light application of Neat image to soften the sky.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 243
Avg (all users): 6.5904
Avg (commenters): 7.6786
Avg (participants): 6.4018
Avg (non-participants): 6.7233
Views since voting: 5603
Views during voting: 397
Votes: 271
Comments: 60
Favorites: 13 (view)


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06/08/2005 12:20:13 PM
Just beautiful.
This spot would be good to do a series..Summer/Winter/Spring/Fall. Pretty area.
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01/11/2005 02:28:14 AM
Really beatiful, what you've captured in the water!

dm
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01/11/2005 01:19:20 AM
Wonderful shot Gordon!
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01/07/2005 08:59:29 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. This shot was one of my favourites in this challenge. I like the symmetry of the scene and the soft tones of the water falling down. Good you chose bw.
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01/06/2005 05:09:32 AM
Originally posted by Halim:

where is the mechanical show?...it is a water fall show....i don't understand how u got that rattings with out realy showing any related subject...sorry but that is how i see it...thanks for taking my harsh words


I can understand how you see it this way, I left a comment on Sandymaya`s submission (which also depicted the same system of handcranked lock gates but concentrated more fully on the winding gear) saying that I found it a very tough choice on how to compose the image.
I finally decided to go with this set up which shows the full system with the added attraction of the water cascade.
The mechanism for controlling the water level is shown more fully on the distant gates. (The small black boxlike objects with spindles attached)

Paul....thanks for the clarification (much appreciated).

Message edited by author 2005-01-06 05:12:31.
01/06/2005 02:57:48 AM
Originally posted by Halim:

where is the mechanical show?...it is a water fall show....i don't understand how u got that rattings with out realy showing any related subject...sorry but that is how i see it...thanks for taking my harsh words

For those of us that are familiar with lock gates it is a very good example of mechanics.
The gates operate in a system of raising or lowering canal barges from one section of canal to another by flooding or emptying.
Hope this clarifies,
Paul.
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01/05/2005 07:58:06 PM
where is the mechanical show?...it is a water fall show....i don't understand how u got that rattings with out realy showing any related subject...sorry but that is how i see it...thanks for taking my harsh words
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01/05/2005 04:01:45 PM
I'm really pleased to see this image win. It SO stood out from most of the others for its much more meditative approach to the challenge. It tells a "mechanical" story very well, and adds a purity of composition
and tonality that makes it stand out as a "pure" photograph. Well done!

Robt.
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01/05/2005 03:51:20 PM
Beautiful approach!
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01/05/2005 03:41:16 PM
A well deserved ribbon. Excellent stuff.
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01/05/2005 01:45:35 PM
Well done Gordon - a very senstive approach to the challenge, offering a more 'hidden' kind of mechanics.
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01/05/2005 09:55:31 AM
Interesting shot, Gordon. Great job and congratulations!
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01/05/2005 08:22:41 AM
Very nicely done.
Ed
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01/05/2005 07:41:19 AM
Jammy!!

Well done mate. Looks like you are starting off the new year with a bang...

Mike
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01/05/2005 07:19:48 AM
Congratulations! Very nice.
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01/05/2005 06:08:56 AM
WOW, this was the very last thing I was expecting to wake up to this morning.
Thanks to all for the votes & comments.
01/05/2005 03:19:16 AM
Well done Gordon!! Excellent long exposure :-)
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01/05/2005 02:58:23 AM
nicely done. The water silk look gives the picture a dramatic feeling.
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01/05/2005 02:18:40 AM
Congratulations Gordon... Great photo
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01/05/2005 01:49:58 AM
Camelon if I am not mistaken??
a super pic Gordon
well deserved

Andrew
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01/05/2005 01:26:01 AM
You see!? I knew you'd do well. Fantastic. Well deserved :)
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01/05/2005 01:25:40 AM
Another one for the collection Gordon, well done, great image.
Paul.
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01/05/2005 12:36:52 AM
Congrat's Gordon, wonderful image!
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01/05/2005 12:16:30 AM
Nice. Congratulations on the red.
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01/05/2005 12:11:02 AM
An almost virtual mirror image with great tones.
Congrats on the Red Gordon.
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01/05/2005 12:10:13 AM
Happy dance all around!!!!!!!!
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01/05/2005 12:06:18 AM
Wonderful! Congratulations!
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01/05/2005 12:03:53 AM
Simply amazing. Congratulations on your red with this classic b.w.
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01/05/2005 12:01:11 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Gordon, a nice way to start the new year :)
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01/05/2005 12:00:56 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2005 11:31:30 PM
This is two photos in one--very nce. Bumping up.
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01/04/2005 11:10:46 PM
Simply just a well taken picture. One of my favorites of this challenge. Good luck.
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01/04/2005 08:38:19 PM
Good subject composition and tone. Very pleasant to look at, hoipe this does well for you.
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01/04/2005 04:25:37 PM
Love the flow of the water. Good decision to make this a black and white image.
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01/04/2005 01:28:32 PM
nice balance
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01/04/2005 08:56:35 AM
Beautiful depth.
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01/03/2005 09:21:23 PM
I love the depth of field in this but I think it would have impressed me more if it were in color
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01/03/2005 06:59:08 AM
wd make a beautiful post card
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01/03/2005 02:37:59 AM
cool use of symmetry. I usually dont like centered compositions but this is good.
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01/01/2005 11:53:47 PM
Nice shot!
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01/01/2005 11:43:09 PM
Nice symectrical composition.
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01/01/2005 10:29:39 AM
great composure! i like....
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12/31/2004 03:25:40 PM
Very nice tone. I like the composition, showing the rest of the town. I like the water too. Good luck...
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12/31/2004 11:56:44 AM
i like symmetric pictures.
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12/31/2004 11:51:47 AM
I would b interested to see this in colour too. 7
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12/30/2004 11:33:29 PM
Composition: 9, Technical: 8, Appeal: 8, Challenge: 10, Overall Calculated Average Score: 9
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12/30/2004 08:30:29 PM
Nicely done...one of my favorites. 9
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12/30/2004 07:09:57 PM
Returning for a comment and a bump from 8 to 9 :)

Like the depth of the image and use of B/W. Nice job.
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12/30/2004 08:00:34 AM
Excellent. Should do very well...
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12/30/2004 01:49:58 AM
Nice shot, the B&W works well here.
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12/29/2004 10:04:25 PM
a really pleasant image, quite evocative
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12/29/2004 09:29:14 PM
Beautiful composition and atmosphere
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12/29/2004 04:39:44 PM
I love the "balance" to this shot. great job on bringing out a smooth water flow that sets the "feel" for the photo. Since there's so much symetry, perhaps crop out those elements which are not symetrical (top right).
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12/29/2004 03:31:11 PM
Simply gorgeous!
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12/29/2004 02:24:49 PM
Great long exposure water effect. Good toning and composition as well.
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12/29/2004 02:15:30 PM
i like the canal and the water effect but something is missing....maybe it needs more contrast so the tones are not so average and closely aligned.
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12/29/2004 07:12:07 AM
nice composition
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12/29/2004 02:37:12 AM
I had the same idea, but yours is so much better!! Well done, looks great
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12/29/2004 02:20:40 AM
This is really, really sweet, the tonalities are so pure, the composition is so locked-in, the flow of the water is so palpable. I appreciate also that this one is outside the box, not just one more of the same thing. There's a LOT of gears, sprokets, and clocks in this challenge...
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