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Challenge: Free Study 2007-03 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: South Bank of River Thames.
Date: Mar 6, 2007
Aperture: f10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2007

St Pauls. I have always loved this shot since Imagineer & Alexsaberi pulled it off so well, just always loved the perspective so decided to have a go myself. This time with a slightly tone-mapped flavour.

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OK, I am officially stunned that this came first, I never expected a score of 7.1 to clean up on a freestudy challenge, lets face it, who would? At one point I looked through last months scores and it looked like it could of scrapped top ten, which is what I expected.. Ah well.

Thanks for all the votes and nice comment, I know this angle and perspective is getting a bit old hat these days.

Processing.

I cant actually remember as I did this on the 6th March so its like almost a month ago. But I think I did..

Initial exposures/white balance in Lightroom.
Export to TIF. Light tonemapping, converted to BW using Image Factories converter, cropped, removed a metal "patch" on one of the struts, basically it just stood out a mile in BW, so I smoothed the metal a bit. Removed a tiny annoying black cloud at the very top of the crop as it was quite distracting. saved as jpg. There may of also been a slight dodge/burn, but cant really remember. Gotta make notes in future.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 561
Avg (all users): 7.1437
Avg (commenters): 8.1579
Avg (participants): 7.1538
Avg (non-participants): 7.1163
Views since voting: 9290
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 160
Comments: 49
Favorites: 31 (view)


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AuthorThread
10/29/2007 09:20:20 PM
VERY nicely done! What a fantastic mood you have 'set', excellent! Look forward to watching you in action if you make it in December! :o)
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08/21/2007 03:14:05 PM
This is So powerful. Great work. I love it.
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05/13/2007 01:20:38 PM
One of the most outstanding photographs in B&W. Great sharpness and a beautiful clarity. Well done.
Rajeev
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05/13/2007 12:29:59 PM
Wow, this is amazing, B&W tones are so good, almost metalic feel to it. I'm really wondering how did you do it?!
Going to my favorites.
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04/11/2007 08:32:03 AM
congratz ! very nice photo... black and white fits very good but as i said i like the colored one even more. peace.
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04/09/2007 11:59:51 PM
Mark, they should call you BLUE RIBBON BOY...congrats on another blue. I live the panoramic outtake, but don't think it would have done as well with the voters. Your b and w edit here is second to none.
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04/09/2007 04:48:51 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved win! Stunning photograph.
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04/09/2007 03:31:48 PM
Fantastic shot, the B&W and tone mapping make this a fresh and very moody take on the facinating millenium bridge and St Pauls. Great to see a fellow Essex resident with a blue ribbon as well. Great work
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04/09/2007 08:59:44 AM
very LOVELY, futuristic looking image of a timeless subject. I'd love to visit there someday, and your image just makes me want to go there even more. Not sure if I like the BW or colour version best, they are BOTH terrific. congrats
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04/09/2007 01:02:42 AM
WOW!
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04/08/2007 07:55:33 PM
Congratulatons on the ribbon! Incredible photograph! Reminds me of an Escher!
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04/08/2007 02:56:18 PM
Great capture, congrats!!
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04/08/2007 10:01:32 AM
Congrats on the Blue Ribbon!! Fabulous Image!!!
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04/08/2007 09:31:26 AM
Fantastic shot and great processing. Congrats on your ribbon,

Jack
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04/08/2007 09:12:57 AM
Very dramatic and soulful image. Love the tonal work you achieved. Well deserved blue! Congrats.
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04/08/2007 08:35:19 AM
Thanks everyone, to come first out of a field of 558 entries, with some stunning work in the competition really means a lot to me.. thanks for all the post-challenge comments as wellm they are read and enjoyed immensly!
04/08/2007 07:09:37 AM
Beautiful picture, congrats on ribboning in this challenge which was full of great pictures... Well done - stunning.
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04/08/2007 06:09:30 AM
Excellent work. Huge congrats on winning the blue.
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04/08/2007 03:56:15 AM
Nice work. Congrats on the BLUE.
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04/08/2007 03:45:07 AM
HEY!!!! RIBBON BOY.... super duper pooper shot ol boy.
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04/08/2007 03:28:38 AM
Congrats, very good moody shot
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04/08/2007 02:34:13 AM
amazing tones, congratulations.
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04/08/2007 12:30:07 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon, great shot.
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04/08/2007 12:18:05 AM
excellent work I knew you would pull it off!!!!! I Love it!!!!
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04/08/2007 12:17:05 AM
Woo Hooo!!! You did it!!!! Mega Congratulations, Mark! Yep. This is the one that by all means should have won blue!

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04/08/2007 12:11:34 AM
Congratulations on the blue, love the feel of still and movement.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2007 11:42:28 PM
What scrumptious toning and honkin' leading line.
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04/07/2007 08:55:38 PM
Absolutely beautiful b&w tonal range and lines. Great entry.
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04/07/2007 08:50:35 PM
Excellent work. A top contender in my book. Very effective visually.
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04/06/2007 08:36:43 PM
This looks like a lot of post processing. At first I was not sure I liked the bridge, but now I do. Nice job.
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04/05/2007 11:24:20 PM
looks like you went a little crazy with the dodge and burn.
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04/05/2007 12:26:04 AM
This is an absolute work of art and the winner in my humble opinion. Thanks for your contribution!!!!!!
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04/04/2007 03:08:39 AM
wow what a great angle!
Perfect and very different composition make this stand out from the others.
nice work.
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04/03/2007 05:59:31 PM
Right then, joke's on me as I now have to plough through 564 images and bump them all (yes, all of them) up. There'll be a third run through for fine tuning. It's day two three now and I'm running late, sorry.

New take on what's rapidly becoming an old motive. Great with the monochrome bringing out the textures. Architectonic contrast, clouds . . . has to be 8
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04/03/2007 11:55:32 AM
Excellent leading lines, great black and white, love everything about it... bumping to 10
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04/03/2007 06:49:03 AM
Lovely image
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04/02/2007 11:52:19 PM
Gorgeous. I'd like to know more about the post-processing. Thanks!
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04/02/2007 10:42:46 PM
perfection ... adding to faves ... can't wait to see who the photographer is!
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04/02/2007 10:41:50 PM
powerful shot, love the composition, the smoothness of the metal is wonderful
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04/02/2007 09:04:25 PM
Great leading lines, nice "finish" to the whole image - I'd call it chrome. :) I could stare at this all night. It makes me think of silent movies.
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04/02/2007 09:00:04 PM
perfect black and white image here.....
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04/02/2007 07:48:46 PM
Excellent capture of still and movement,B&W effect is good.
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04/01/2007 10:18:35 PM
love the contrast and the B&W
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04/01/2007 09:22:07 PM
Fantastic perspective!
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04/01/2007 06:11:53 PM
nice photo
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04/01/2007 03:26:56 PM
I would give this a 10 but I have seen it before to many times
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04/01/2007 10:50:53 AM
Dramatic...well done on the post processing. 9.
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04/01/2007 03:00:55 AM
rich rich tone
I've seen a few like this though
6
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04/01/2007 12:28:14 AM
beautiful shot
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