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Challenge: Construction (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Providence, RI
Date: Jun 1, 2005
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640 secs
Galleries: Architecture, Water
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2005

Shot from a reflection in a canal, the specs are from the water being dirty.

Post processing - hue/sat, selective color, levels, neat image, dust and scratches, usm, crop.

Update
Cant believe it! A ribbon :-)

I swear the construction workers thought i was crazy taking pictures of the water in the canal, lying on the ground braced against the side so as not to fall in for at least 15 minutes.

Another hard part for me with this photo was actually naming it. I wanted to go for a time of day, prob the middle of the afternoon since it looks like there was a nuclear explosion in the photo but my mum (my favourite and best critic in the whole world) said it look like evening, so something like 'eve' would be a nice title. I ended going with a surreal theme instead since we couldnt agree :-)

Thanks everybody who voted, and even those who choose not to vote but leave a comment instead. I always manage to pile in the 1, 2 and 3 votes but I am grateful for them as well. Thanks!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 305
Avg (all users): 6.6770
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.5411
Avg (non-participants): 6.7898
Views since voting: 11252
Views during voting: 637
Votes: 322
Comments: 61
Favorites: 37 (view)


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09/15/2005 03:37:58 PM
This should deserve a blue ribbon .....excellent

Message edited by author 2005-09-15 15:38:42.
07/01/2005 09:31:26 PM
very nice picture
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06/26/2005 09:23:54 AM
Congrats! It's wonderful! Well deserved! :)
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06/21/2005 06:52:19 PM
It's a wonderful work of art. Congratulations Nico :)

Message edited by author 2005-07-19 10:27:10.
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06/21/2005 02:30:54 AM
very nice shot :)
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06/16/2005 10:47:30 AM
Congratulations on your Ribbon. one of my favorite in this challenge! Hard to take a construction theme and turn it into a lovely piece of art. Great job as usual
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06/15/2005 07:52:42 PM
A real winner of a shot in more ways than one.
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06/15/2005 02:44:28 PM
beautiful shot, really amazing, gave it a ten in voting. happy to see it actually took a ribbon. good work. looking forward to more from you
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06/15/2005 10:53:14 AM
Super shot! Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/15/2005 09:41:33 AM
Hey Nick: here you have again outdone yourself and I am very happy to congratulate you on your RED! Wow!
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06/15/2005 09:36:53 AM
Gosh, now I understand - could hardly believe that such a picture could be taken without being massively worked on... Thanks for explaining and congratulations! Its awesome, a well deserved ribbon!
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06/15/2005 09:19:47 AM
Congratulations on another ribbon. You have done very well in 2005 indeed :)
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06/15/2005 08:32:48 AM
This was a very creative shot. I liked it alot. Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon.
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06/15/2005 08:27:20 AM
This photo is a beauty! Congrats!
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06/15/2005 05:05:51 AM
Good going, Nico! Rack up those ribbons :)

Congratulations - I didn't vote on this challenge (exams etc.) but this is a truly fantastic shot. How much PP did you do? I love that effect - really cool. Good vision to see the potential of the reflection. I'll warrant you also cut out some unsightly aspects of the composition (buildings, telephone lines etc.) and squared the shot away nicely with the railings - cunning plan, there.

Congrats again,
Alex
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06/15/2005 03:54:36 AM
Congratulations. Well done!
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06/15/2005 03:48:39 AM
sexy shot
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06/15/2005 03:38:38 AM
Cool shot, congrats...
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06/15/2005 02:45:17 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and excellent shot. I didn't vote on all of these but this would have been my top pick.
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06/15/2005 02:18:41 AM
great shot, congrats on the ribbon. Reflection shots are a great tool for a dreamy effect, and you've got a great one here.
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06/15/2005 02:04:03 AM
I picked this as one of the high ones from the get go. Well done and congrats!!
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06/15/2005 01:45:19 AM
Congrats !
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06/15/2005 01:05:33 AM
Congrats on you another ribbon, Nico! Great reflections!
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06/15/2005 12:34:21 AM
Congrats!!!!
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06/15/2005 12:25:40 AM
I'm guilty for assuming some sort of filter in use.. maybe you could've titled it something to say that it was a reflection :)

Very creative and very well done. Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon.
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06/15/2005 12:09:59 AM
Way to go Nico!
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06/15/2005 12:09:39 AM
COngrats Nick - I knew this one was headed for the front page!
Very well seen!
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06/15/2005 12:02:02 AM
outstanding work! congrats on another ribbon! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/14/2005 11:13:54 PM
Very, very cool. Beautiful colors... I live the reflection idea. It fits the challenge and is lovely to boot. My favorite of them all!
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06/14/2005 10:56:42 PM
Great dor a surreal challenge. Bumping up.
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06/14/2005 10:26:40 PM
very very cool shot!
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06/14/2005 09:58:04 PM
Love the water texture!
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06/14/2005 07:32:32 PM
I love this photo! Great use of colours, silhouttes and reflection!!! In what was it reflected? What are the slight splotches? 9
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06/14/2005 02:00:13 PM
Cool. great reflection
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06/14/2005 11:25:41 AM
Is this construction in hell? WOW!!!!
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06/14/2005 10:26:02 AM
Wow! You took that from a reflection in water right? Or did you distort it using software?
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06/14/2005 10:03:01 AM
OOOOhhhh! Love it!!!
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06/13/2005 09:46:42 AM
I was almost going to submit a DQ request for this photo as it looks like you have used a lot of not permitted filters on this picture. On a different thought I ahve not done so but I am not rating this picture.

I apologise for not rating the only picture (your's) in the challenge but better safe than sorry.... Picture otherwise is very dramatic and (fingers crossed) if no one else recommends it for a DQ then you should end up in top number.
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06/13/2005 05:58:03 AM
great photo, nice colors and contrast
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06/11/2005 04:25:43 PM
Absolutely incredable... wouldnt change a thing. 10 and a new favorite.
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06/11/2005 03:59:02 PM
A beautiful twist on the challenge. Wonderful all around. 8.
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06/11/2005 12:11:54 PM
beautiful! water is our friend. is that you in the reflection?
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06/11/2005 11:15:35 AM
Woah, awesome shot. Love your colors, and the effect of shooting at a reflection...
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06/10/2005 06:39:53 PM
Wow, you took a subject that would be hard for anyone to show in a "beautiful" way and seem to have mastered it. I love this shot. Good work.
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06/09/2005 10:28:38 PM
was this a reflection in oil...nice shot
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06/09/2005 09:17:19 PM
That's just brilliant, and that's that!
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06/09/2005 05:02:35 PM
Awesome. 10. Favorite.
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06/09/2005 01:33:19 PM
Now this is very cool! It took me a second to figure out what the hell was going on and I love those kind of images that stop and make you think, even if it is only for a second. Excellent idea and well executed, only thing I don´t like in it is the exaggerated red sky but other than that there is nothing I would want to change in the picture. I still gave it a 10 for the execution and had it not been for the wierd sky I would probably have added it to my favorites.
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06/09/2005 01:02:33 PM
Looks like something is on fire!

Very passionate. It looks a little unreal, but I do like it.
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06/09/2005 08:58:16 AM
wonderfull! the shot and the effect
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06/09/2005 07:14:16 AM
Interesting artistic shot!
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06/09/2005 03:36:32 AM
Interesting composition.
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06/09/2005 03:08:42 AM
Why does this picture look like it's been liquified?
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06/08/2005 08:51:52 PM
Whoa is this picture taken of a reflection? very neato ~9
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06/08/2005 08:18:52 PM
onew of the few pics in this challenge thatcaught my eye on the thumbnail page nice
8
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06/08/2005 06:52:48 PM
Great Composition, Good Color and Focus...
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06/08/2005 06:32:02 PM
WOw! This is totoally awesome! I love how you captured the sky. And the title is awesome! You managed to make this really interesting yet keep it in the topic. Still, I think it should have been more centered around an artistic rendition of construction. More construction based. But this is so cool.
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06/08/2005 12:41:07 PM
excellent photo..great color and nice effect
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06/08/2005 12:39:19 PM
cool
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06/08/2005 12:16:11 PM
a bit too much photoshop for me. awesome colors though...
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06/08/2005 02:52:12 AM
One of the best here. Great idea.
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