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Autumn of Grandeur
Autumn of Grandeur

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Challenge: Architecture II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Jan 12, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100 sec
Galleries: Architecture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2005


Place: 9 out of 225
Avg (all users): 6.6333
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 6.6667
Avg (non-participants): 6.5797
Views since voting: 1923
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 180
Comments: 18
Favorites: 6 (view)

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02/03/2005 03:51:33 AM
Henry, I've come back to this several times since the challenge ended, to see if my first impressions would last. They did. It is a very sympathetic examination of these beautiful steps. True, it might have been rotated a couple of degrees clockwise (maybe), although I can't agree that there should be less foreground. But all that's irrelevant nit-picking; it is actually a superb photograph with pretty much perfect tonal values, and a composition so good and yet so subtle that you don't notice it. Like many memorable things in life, it's even better than it seemed at first glance.
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01/24/2005 04:49:49 PM
Love the mood set by the composition & great use of B&W.
Congrats on a top ten finish here.
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01/24/2005 10:57:36 AM
"One eye commentator":
Henry: What a magnifent b/w. What a pleasure to observe. Superlative study.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/23/2005 10:15:18 PM
Something about this one I really like, but I think it would be improved with a little less forground/sidewalk, and it looks a little overprocessed.
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01/22/2005 01:21:39 PM
such clean detail - great composition with the leading lines.. one of my favorites this challenge
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01/21/2005 10:16:43 PM
A truly pedestrian subject
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01/20/2005 11:56:35 PM
Lovely composition and wonderful tonal range. Excellent shadow details. 8
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01/20/2005 02:56:22 PM
Effective photo of a very worthy architectural detail (and it IS architectural; you can be sure these beautiful steps were designed by the architect and not by the gardener). I like the B&W treatment because it exploits the glow of the presumably marble steps to lead the viewer through the series of interesting posts/pillars. 8.
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01/19/2005 06:49:56 PM
Rivendel? The stone work, the twisted tree limbs, the curve of the stairs...brilliant!!
Don't know what the towering skyscraper crowd will give you but you get a 10 from me.
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01/19/2005 05:08:36 PM
Very nice. Great choice to desaturate.
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01/19/2005 04:20:51 PM
A timeless photograph with varying patterns and textures.

The subject is very complex and IMO the photograph doesn't do enough to resolve the complexity. On the other hand if the main purpose of the photograph is be chaotic displaying various patterns and textures I think the bottom should be cropped tighter.

Anyway this seems like a photograph done by a skillful photographer, with a trained aye.
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01/18/2005 11:33:14 AM
Nice use of B&W... love this photo
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01/17/2005 01:11:16 PM
Great job. Very thought provoking. Might be a little soft focus though.
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01/17/2005 09:12:39 AM
Nice, could be nicer in color, it has enough elements to get a color photo. Good work.
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01/17/2005 08:12:24 AM
Blue ribbon - forget all the glass and steel, this is real architecture ;-)
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01/17/2005 01:23:15 AM
Love this photo. The composition is incredible although I would have skewed it in PS to get rid of the uneven top middle line of the circular molding as it is a bit distracting. 9
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01/17/2005 12:52:06 AM
Love this!
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01/17/2005 12:44:59 AM
Wow, what a beautiful scene. The detail is amazing and a feast for the eyes.
I love the square crop on this. 10
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