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Challenge: City Life II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Location: Tate Modern
Date: Dec 29, 2005
Aperture: f8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2006

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Statistics
Place: 9 out of 173
Avg (all users): 6.5745
Avg (commenters): 7.8065
Avg (participants): 6.1875
Avg (non-participants): 6.6791
Views since voting: 1601
Views during voting: 491
Votes: 376
Comments: 38
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/13/2006 10:25:23 PM
I really like this Jon. I didn't see it during the voting because frankly I only voted on few before I got irritated with myself for not entering one myself (especially after I came across a photo of my beloved Providence!). Anyway, I clicked on your profile to see what you've been doing lately since I took a year-long hiatus.

I really enjoy the curves,lines, and planes created by the bridge and the train. At first it seems flat and abstract (in a good way) and then you begin to feel a bit more depth and feeling of space from the background. This photo makes me think of the paintings of Charles Demuth, a favorite of mine from my highschool years whom I haven't thought about in years.
Congratulations on your top ten.

I just read the other comments and discovered that Ubique put much more eloquently what I was trying to express about the layers and depth of this shot.

Message edited by author 2006-01-13 22:31:29.
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01/12/2006 11:09:02 AM
No see in a while. Congratulations on your top ten finish with this lovely urban study.
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01/11/2006 07:32:48 PM
Thank you for all the comments here - in particular ubique for that eloquent critique. I had exercised restraint with the processing here, for the very reasons ubique mentions. It's easy to get heavy-handed with processing for the extra 'pop' that so often succeeds in a challenge environment. However, some subjects don't need pushing which would only lose some of the detail in the outer extremes of the scale (there's a full tonal range in this shot).

I really did want to find a subject that I could shoot despite some totally uninteresting light on a miserably cold, overcast day. Thankfully, it seems to have pleased some.
: )

Message edited by author 2006-01-11 19:33:19.
01/11/2006 06:44:45 PM
I've had second thoughts about this image. Not on its quality; I still like it very much (see original comment below). It's about the processing. Several commentators suggested stronger contrast, yet two specifically applauded the contrast as submitted. And most (including me) commented on the appeal of the stacked vertical layers. But there's another dimension of layers here - look at the horizontal layers. There is a beautiful relationship between tone and horizontal distance in this image. In some places it's bold (the background buildings visible through the mid-layers of the bridge, versus the bridge), and in some places subtle (the watercraft through to and beyond the second bridge). There's even a gentle tonal separation-by-distance of the major parts of the foreground bridge structure. So, the moderately long focal length compresses the scene, but the tonal control deftly separates the elements within it. Elegant. I think this would have been lost with stronger contrast. Now I like it even more.
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01/11/2006 12:35:44 PM
was one of my favorites. striking POV. Good to see you back!
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01/11/2006 01:18:46 AM
Simply a gorgeous shot. Nice to see you here;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2006 04:48:26 PM
Beautiful.
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01/09/2006 01:20:12 PM
Nice busy scene, but it needs more contrast.
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01/09/2006 02:08:07 AM
Nice shot, well done!
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01/08/2006 10:06:17 PM
Unusual composition, that works really well here... Great shot. the various crossing levels are what makes this image.
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01/08/2006 09:39:55 PM
Nice framing of vehicles within the image and well done with the exposure (which looks as if it might have been a problem).
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01/08/2006 05:34:57 PM
I love all of the layers you captured in this shot, it's one of my favorites from the challenge. Well done.
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01/08/2006 10:25:30 AM
I like this
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01/08/2006 01:11:24 AM
Nice work - so many different elements combined into the one shot. Crossings is a good title. Black+white was probably a very wise decision, otherwise there would have been too much going on in the shot - it's already very busy without colour. The slightly soft contrast (rather than vivid black and white extremes) also works well for me, makign the shot less aggressive.
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01/07/2006 09:26:35 PM
Now that is a busy city. Nice shot.
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01/07/2006 06:20:14 PM
Without the border, I think the contrast is a bit weak. Nevertheless, it's a nice picture, and is a welcome escape from all the cars and crowds I've been seeing.
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01/07/2006 02:30:54 PM
Wonderful take on City LIfe! This is to cool! Nice clean clear crip image. Love the black and white.
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01/06/2006 08:42:05 PM
Like the sense of different levels in the image but a little cluttered at the same time
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01/06/2006 05:55:43 PM
This is one of the most interesting photos for this challenge, with the layers and types of transportation. Maybe a little more contrast would help? Love it.
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01/06/2006 03:07:35 PM
Excellent shot.
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01/06/2006 01:25:33 PM
Complicated! Wonderful! Contrast is at perfect level, I think if it were any more, my eyeballs would revolt. I like the ambiguity of the era depicted. There is a seriousness to this photo, but all the different patterns give it a whimsy too. Excellent. Thanks.
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01/06/2006 05:06:20 AM
Three tiers of transport..brilliant. You missed the air transport. Should take a point off for that but I won't. 10
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01/06/2006 04:39:10 AM
The visual interest here is the stacked layers of transportation, but it has worthy allegorical implications as well, in terms of the challenge topic. In so many aspects of city life, creative solutions to problems of space, time and motion must be found. They're often solutions that appear absurd to a country boy like me, yet to the city dweller they don't even rate a second glance or thought. Congratulations on finding an opportunity to portray city life both literally and figuratively.
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01/06/2006 12:34:53 AM
All the layers in this shot appealed to me. Very well composed. Deserves to do well in this challenge.
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01/06/2006 12:14:04 AM
I love the use of the long lens here for the greater DOF. The multiple transportation vehicles very cool. Great exposure and sharpness - nicely done.
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01/05/2006 10:00:34 PM
very cool! i love all the different modes of transportation goin on here, great for black and white. nicely done! 8
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01/05/2006 09:30:38 PM
Nice balance as far as subjects, and i really like the focal point you chose. Also, the nice close crop works well here! nice!
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01/05/2006 07:43:16 PM
Great capture. I love the layers in the shot and the detail. The deep DOF and b&w work well here. One of my favorites in this challenge (even more so than my own! lol)..... 9
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01/05/2006 03:56:50 PM
Good moment, nice to see an effort put into this image, well done!
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01/05/2006 02:06:16 PM
10 from me. Great photo! The only thing I might have change was to crop a little less of the top off, so you can see the whole train.
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01/05/2006 09:17:03 AM
wow...you managed to capture at least 3 bridges in this shot...like the final crop! 8
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01/05/2006 05:15:15 AM
Great picture. Makes me feel like it's a cold slow day.
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01/04/2006 09:59:08 PM
wow, what a composition, all in one, real representation of city life
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01/04/2006 09:48:45 PM
I like how you show the different types of vehicles and how they are "separated" by the lines of the city's architecture. Very nicely composed. If there was a bit more contrast, I would have scored it higher. 7
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01/04/2006 02:07:22 PM
Really like this shot. The leading lines, different levels and perspectives. Very unique and interesting.
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01/04/2006 01:31:43 PM
A neat perspective. I like the vertical layers. Good eye.
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01/04/2006 01:02:56 PM
Wow..... so much to look at. I am certainly getting that hustle-bustle feel. The post processing could possibly be a bit better, and I wonder what this would look like in color.
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01/04/2006 08:14:13 AM
i like the layers in this one
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