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Early Morning Sydney
2nd PlaceEarly Morning Sydney
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Challenge: Duotones II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Sydney Australia
Date: Feb 17, 2006
Aperture: f 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 6
Galleries: Architecture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2006

shot in raw
converted in raw shooter pro
sharpened
change mode to grayscale
mode Duotone black and yellow (255 255 153)
small curves adjustment
resized and light sharpen
add border
save for web

Post Challenge
thanks for the Blue everyone :)
I was late for work getting this one as this was the last of about 10 shots I took for the challenge and I had to wait till the light levels balanced
here is the color original showing off the beauty of Sydney at first light
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looks like I got bumped back to 2nd after some votes were removed due to others cheating.... Oh well will have to try harder to get the blue in another challenge

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 631
Avg (all users): 7.3049
Avg (commenters): 8.2727
Avg (participants): 7.4624
Avg (non-participants): 7.0588
Views since voting: 13880
Views during voting: 520
Votes: 305
Comments: 96
Favorites: 58 (view)


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07/02/2006 11:54:37 PM
Great shot! I would love to shoot the Opera House someday. With that kind of Architecture you can set up so many different shots.
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03/18/2006 02:33:06 PM
Awesome!
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03/07/2006 11:08:42 PM
Beautiful! Both the duotone version and the original. Nice to know they have big sharks in Australia :)
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03/07/2006 05:03:57 PM
I ablosutely "LOVE" this image, and also love the origional as well, so adding both to my Favorites..... Go "Aussie" go
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03/07/2006 04:20:03 PM
Incredible picture. I love the harsh contrast dead center. Wonderful image.
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03/04/2006 04:43:08 PM
Simply Beautiful... :)
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03/03/2006 09:43:53 AM
Congratulation, well done!
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03/03/2006 06:13:35 AM
Great shot well done!
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03/03/2006 12:48:12 AM
Stunning... Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.
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03/02/2006 09:10:38 PM
Congrats on your Blue!
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03/02/2006 02:19:29 PM
When I saw colour version I said "We need colours?"
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03/02/2006 02:25:13 AM
This is a crazy shot. Would win in just about any challenge...well done!
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03/01/2006 07:43:56 PM
Simple and stunning!
TC
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03/01/2006 07:26:09 PM
Congrats from an Aussie!! It is not easy getting a great picture of the Opera House.
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03/01/2006 05:49:41 PM
Hehehe...damn you sydney siders with your easy access to this blue-ribbon landmark. Excuse the lame pun, and instead accept my congratulations on a great portrayal of this icon.

Go Aussie!
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03/01/2006 05:16:46 PM
Congratulations on the blue! Sensational shot!!!!
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03/01/2006 04:57:18 PM
Congratulations, ex. Kiwi!
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03/01/2006 04:38:56 PM
beautiful!!
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03/01/2006 02:24:38 PM
you know what: FAV! I have very few favorites and this one makes me happy. Don't know why except possibly it is perfect and it makes me want to travel. You deserve all the praise here...
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03/01/2006 02:17:58 PM
I didn't vote this challenge but this would have got top marks, great shot, those who gave this a 1 want their heads examining.
Congrats,
Paul.
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03/01/2006 01:07:44 PM
Congratulations on your Blue in this well earned accomplishment. The image is highly appealing and the coloration simply enhances its beauty.
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03/01/2006 11:52:13 AM
how someone could give this below a 7 (which is still a stretch) is unbeknownst to me, let alone a 1 or 2 (what were they thinking)...this was such a great capture. i love this duo-conversion, as well as the original color. only thing i would change is the fact that in the grading they don't allow an 11 to be given for instances such as this. very nice job. bravo!
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03/01/2006 11:44:16 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful, I didn't see this one in voting, but it's a winner! The original is beautiful as well.
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03/01/2006 10:49:21 AM
beautiful, congratulations!
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03/01/2006 08:42:18 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon - well deserved indeed!
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03/01/2006 07:41:11 AM
Yes! I had a feeling this was the choice for blue! Congratulations. It is stunning!
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03/01/2006 06:51:34 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon! This was my only ten in this competition. I have to say..I love your color version too!
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03/01/2006 06:40:33 AM
Woooohooooo!! Congrats on your well deserved blue Keith!
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03/01/2006 05:43:53 AM
Congratulations! Great work!
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03/01/2006 05:13:04 AM
Congratulations on your blue!
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03/01/2006 04:53:20 AM
Mate! Wow! Do I need to say anything more? It's wonderful.
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03/01/2006 04:38:08 AM
Congratulations. Beautiful.
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03/01/2006 03:46:42 AM
Awesome ! Congrats !
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03/01/2006 03:31:42 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon with this beautiful image.
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03/01/2006 03:19:57 AM
Marvellous shot, congrats!
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03/01/2006 02:14:47 AM
Originally posted by dleach:

I would love to know the reason why this photo got 3 "1" votes?


Well I don't think you'll get a good reason. The worst I can see is someone giving this is a 5 and that's assuming the person has gotten completely bored with photos of this famous opera house.

Message edited by author 2006-03-01 02:15:34.
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03/01/2006 12:32:02 AM
I would love to know the reason why this photo got 3 "1" votes?
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03/01/2006 12:24:05 AM
Missed this one in voting, but congratulations on a worthy winner. Way to go, Aussie!
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03/01/2006 12:23:11 AM
Congrats on your Blue - this photo has a nice glowing quality to it. The light emanates so beautifully from the subject. Absolutely beautiful.
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03/01/2006 12:19:55 AM
Fabulous shot from under the bridge--beautiful work!
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03/01/2006 12:16:08 AM
Great shot...go Aussie! This should be made into a large print
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03/01/2006 12:13:40 AM
Gorgeous tones and subject, Keith! Congrats on your Blue!
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03/01/2006 12:12:56 AM
WOO HOO keith way to go.. CONGRATS On your BLUE.... love this one.. just perfect... :)))))
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03/01/2006 12:12:21 AM
Great submission and great score Keith. Congrats on your first blue.
Beat you by a week though :)
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03/01/2006 12:11:08 AM
Nice. Congrats on a very well deserved blue!
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03/01/2006 12:11:07 AM
Congratulations! Spectacular shot. It's nice to see a shot of the Opera House that I haven't seen before and this shot is definitely that. And great to see yet another Aussie up there with a ribbon. Well done.
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03/01/2006 12:10:37 AM
beautiful picture, I didn't vote on this challenge but this would have definately been a 10 from me!
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03/01/2006 12:09:25 AM
W O W ! Much deserved blue. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2006 11:56:41 PM
I'm not going to have time to rate all the photos. Glad I got to this one. An incredible 10. Love the light.
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02/28/2006 05:57:17 PM
nice ambience. very good choice of color. feels almost surreal.
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02/28/2006 05:10:49 PM
I(nteresting shot of the ol' icon!!
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02/28/2006 04:40:51 PM
This has to be one of the top photos. Absolutely gorgeous. The smooth water, all very well done. Beautiful. I'm betting it's in the top 3.
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02/28/2006 03:24:19 PM
Colour cast compliments scene well. Very good
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02/28/2006 02:34:41 PM
Perfect execution. This is really excellant.
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02/28/2006 05:29:49 AM
This is something I'd like to have on my wall - seriously. The first image to date I'd consider buying a print of.
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02/28/2006 12:00:12 AM
What great light balance!
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02/27/2006 08:25:01 PM
Another great photo in this challenge. I would guess this finishes in the top 10 from what I've seen. Nice work on composing and exposing this image.
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02/27/2006 07:02:22 PM
Classic elegant
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02/27/2006 04:58:53 PM
Beautiful exposure I love the calm waters, and your tones are perfect!
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02/27/2006 05:31:03 AM
love this
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02/26/2006 11:53:32 PM
Very beautiful shot!
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02/26/2006 08:17:19 PM
such a captivating shot! you really captured some good lighitng and set a mood...
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02/26/2006 07:00:32 PM
Can I live here? Beautiful!!
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02/26/2006 06:27:21 AM
Nice and neat treatment.
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02/26/2006 01:09:21 AM
Stunning, the cloud wisps add depth to a very crisp subject.
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02/25/2006 11:59:35 PM
I think this is abosolutely stunning. I feel priveledged to be able to see it. I don't give many 10's specifically because I save them for pictures like these.
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02/25/2006 11:52:20 PM
Great lighting!
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02/25/2006 03:50:11 PM
Nice details for a night shot. I like this.
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02/25/2006 03:16:30 PM
It looks really cool... my only object would be as to the choice of color for the duotone. What would be better? I dunno... but this color just isn't working for me. The duotone application (in spite of the color) was done really well. Kudos.
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02/25/2006 06:18:45 AM
The colour doesn't suit the image, sepia would have been better and even better again, I'm sure, would be full colour. Good composition, 8
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02/24/2006 02:38:08 PM
Great photo, very wonderful composition and contrast. Please tell me that's not a shark in the water:)
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02/24/2006 01:17:24 PM
Wonderful shot. Love the sloping gradient to the sky, the Opera House is nicely lit, and there is that neat little shark in the harbor. Well done!
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02/24/2006 11:55:19 AM
I think this would have worked better with the sky cropped just above the clouds, and with the right side of the building included.
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02/24/2006 10:32:56 AM
WOW. Wonderful shot. 9
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02/24/2006 10:32:20 AM
Nice, it feels as if the building is lighting the whole picture.
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02/24/2006 04:38:42 AM
Good composition and tones. Interesting subject. Pity about the couple of things on the right. Nice smooth water. Well done.
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02/24/2006 03:49:39 AM
Beautiful choice of colour for the duotone, really nice and sharp and I like the thin clouds hanging over the opera house.
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02/24/2006 02:38:17 AM
This is extremely well done. The luminosity of it is remarkable. My first reaction to the greenish tone was pretty negative, but it has since grown on me. I might have cropped just a smidgeon off the left to lose that single, on-the-edge bright spot... bumping way up, and good luck.
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02/24/2006 02:20:06 AM
Great shot! Boy does this bring back memories! I was fortunate enough to visit here back in 1969 while on R&R while serving in the Marines. The people were fantastic and made me feel like I was home, something that I will never ever forget. I like the tones that you choose to use as they suit this photo well. Good composition and sharpness. (10)
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02/24/2006 12:50:03 AM
Makes me wanta go down-under. This is as fine a photo of the opera house as I've ever seen. 10
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02/23/2006 10:19:20 PM
excellent picture of an often photographed subject. The duotone interpretation is nice.
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02/23/2006 03:47:10 PM
When I saw this I said "Why we need colours?"
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02/23/2006 03:45:59 PM
nice
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02/23/2006 01:56:46 PM
Exquisite lighting, especially on on the water and the domes. Nicely positioned and cropped. I love this one. 10
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02/23/2006 01:24:33 PM
Oh how STUNNING this is! The clean sharpness just blows me away. Would not be surprised one bit to see this having decided "BLUE" tones when the challenge is done :)
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02/23/2006 09:09:01 AM
the opera house is always an impressive site when illuminated and you have captured it well here.
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02/23/2006 08:57:28 AM
Very nice picture. Very clear and precise. Nice choice for tones. Only grip I could come up with would be the wispy clouds. I would have just liked to seen a blank sky and maybe stars. But one can not always get what we want so I gave it a 9.
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02/23/2006 05:27:56 AM
Beeeautiful. Also love the colour tome.
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02/22/2006 06:31:16 PM
Nicely exposed. Love the reflections and the sky.
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02/22/2006 06:24:12 PM
An interesting color choice that somehow works perfectly. I like the contrast of the subtle sky/clouds and water/reflection versus the hard, dramatic lines of the Opera House.
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02/22/2006 05:13:18 PM
Beautiful, best in the challenge.
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02/22/2006 09:58:50 AM
nice crisp shot
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02/22/2006 09:05:58 AM
wow, love this one. (9)
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02/22/2006 03:59:44 AM
This would have to be one of "my favorites" in this challenge..... Yes the "WOW" factor as well..... Just perfect.....
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02/22/2006 12:39:48 AM
Beautiful. Your color choice only makes this even better... 10 from me for sure.
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02/22/2006 12:31:50 AM
Very nicely done! Great job my friend. One of my top picks in this challenge.
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