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Challenge: Architecture III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ5
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee
Date: May 27, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Architecture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2006

This is the old Customs House (now a museum) in Clarksville, TN. It was a VERY bright day with lots of shine off the roof, so I figured to try B+W. I really like the effect. I also like the softening frame, but I know many folks don't like frames, so we'll see how that goes. I shot the roof like this because it's nearly impossible to get a good shot of the building with now-a-days technology (poles, wires, stop lights, signs, etc.). I also used this roof for another challenge, so with this angle, people shouldn't know it's my shot.

Place: 119 out of 281
Avg (all users): 5.6684
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.8810
Views since voting: 747
Views during voting: 233
Votes: 190
Comments: 7
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06/06/2006 05:15:31 PM
Hello from the Critique Club

Initial Impression
A very nice image, but the border really takes away from the image

Detailed Critique
Technically I think this is a wonderful image. There is a lot of texture and visual interest in this particular image and the composition is spot on. The choice of black and white works very well for this image and adds a nice warm "rustic" appeal to the shot. I would be interested to see how you did your B&W conversion. It seems like you probably could've used the channel mixer to give it more depth and a wider range of tones. As it is it seems a little "flat", but that could be a product of the harsh midday lighting also. For me, the border does not work at all, but I've never really been a fan of gradient borders. If you MUST use a border, I think a simpler solid black border with a very thin light gray inset would work better for this particular shot.

Overall Impression
I really like the shot, with some more tweaking in post-processing, you could take this image to a new level. I for one would definitely would lose the border, but that's just a matter of personal taste.

Great shot... Keep shooting!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/01/2006 07:58:00 AM
I don't like the border.
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06/01/2006 03:21:08 AM
Looks good in BW
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05/31/2006 09:26:35 AM
Love the faded-edge border, goes well with the shot. (I'd like to know how you did it, actually!) The shot itself looks great in B&W, well balanced and exposed. 8
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05/30/2006 07:28:39 PM
Works In B&W.....7
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05/29/2006 06:01:33 AM
i really like this but i want to know what the sky really looked like
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05/29/2006 05:20:39 AM
great clarity and nice in b ane w...not sure about the frame
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