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"The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco." - Mark Twain
"The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco." - Mark Twain

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: Apr 6, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125s
Date Uploaded: Apr 29, 2007

I took this while on vacation in San Francisco. I actually think I liked the Bay Bridge better than the Golden Gate. This was shot with a 17-40, with a polarizer. The shot was pretty flat, so I turned most of the greys to blues and added the vignette...

Place: 218 out of 573
Avg (all users): 5.8681
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7600
Avg (non-participants): 6.1053
Views since voting: 2206
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 182
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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05/11/2007 03:07:06 PM
Greetings fro the Critique Club -

I will begin with saying that you rimage looks pretty cool in thumbnail. Good line and intersting blues. But upon seeing it as the larger image it does seem a bit flat. The colors are good but I would like to see it more dynamic.

I also think the vignetting is a little heavy on the bottom. I would have liked to have seen the posts in the water a bit more.

Not really a whole lot else I can comment on. Its a straightforward image, nothing too exciting but nothing really bad about it. High 5 in a Free Study isnt really anything major to complain about with an image like this.

You have some really nice work in yoru portfolio. Keep that up and I look forward to seeing your future entries.

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05/09/2007 01:20:15 PM
I like the ethereal blue. But I don't much like the foreground vignette. I'd have been more inclined to crop the photo or add a heavy bottom border to get rid of that space.
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05/09/2007 06:32:42 AM
i see an ok bridge shot with a couple of poles sticking out of he water, in which i have no connection with.
it's kind of boring, but boring is not always bad. if it is boring play on it make it look as boring as possibe, i think adding the vignette tries to mask its "boringness" therefore hiding its beauty.

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05/09/2007 12:05:39 AM
You have your fore-, middle- and background going. A cliche bridge shot. Water looks unnatural, somehow.
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05/08/2007 03:19:15 PM
My reaction to this while voting was non-reaction. I gave it a 5. I think your description sums it up well. It is a not very exciting composition prettied up with color and obscured with a vignette. I almost never like vignetting, because it is so often used to attempt to compensate for a composition that's not doing the job.

But you scored a point and a half higher than I did in this challenge, so no worries. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2007 02:21:44 PM
Great color and mood, fantastic vignette. It looks almost threatening, which is a very different take on the bridge than one usually sees.
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05/02/2007 11:26:18 PM
just when I thought I was tired of seeing photos of this bridge... nice work!
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05/02/2007 10:01:25 PM
And he lived right up the street from me in New England. Nice tones great POV.
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05/02/2007 09:51:47 AM
Very nice photo. Bridges make great subjects...especially this one. Nice job.
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05/01/2007 03:35:44 PM
05/01/2007 10:23:33 AM

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