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Challenge: Symmetry II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Architecture
Camera: Canon PowerShot A620
Location: Federal Triangle Metro Station, Washington, DC, US
Date: May 1, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/20s
Galleries: Abstract, Transportation
Date Uploaded: May 1, 2007

Yes, it's my favorite location again. If this one breaks 6, I promise not to try it again. Well, for a while, anyway. :) It just really, really fits the challenge. I also very carefully cropped to make each side mirror the other.

I did at least shoot it looking at the other end of the platform from, say, this one:
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One of the things I find interesting about Metro images is that these funky colors show up that I don't even notice with my eyes. In this one, there are greens and blues. In others there have been reds. To my eyes, though, it's just a big gray cavern.

If it had been advanced editing, I would've darkened the bright light in front, so I did for the print:
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Place: 39 out of 249
Avg (all users): 6.3602
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.4516
Avg (non-participants): 6.3030
Views since voting: 1282
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 161
Comments: 19
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/26/2008 12:49:14 PM
Awesome perspective, love how the colors fade, very cool lighting as well, great job with this one.
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05/14/2007 06:23:05 AM
It was either this one or another monument, eh? :-)
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05/13/2007 02:58:02 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First, thank you for filling out the comments with something more than technical information! Second, although you broke 6 I hope you won't stop shooting these...I love the DC Metro--no place quite like it!

Clearly fitting for the challenge topic and rhythmic as well as symmetric. The repeating lines of the metro arches are just fun to look at. I think not everyone can easily interpret the location, however. Perhaps if there were trains speeding through on the rails it would help to define the space.

The colors of light that only become evident when placed on photographic medium are intriging...it's odd how much our minds compensate for the vagaries of our vision. I must, however, agree with one commentor that the white light dead center is a distraction...easily fixed in Advanced but must be lived with in Basic.

Overall, I believe you know what you're doing when you make an image. If I were to nudge you in any direction it would be toward finding the poetic expression that lies a little deeper in your soul. (But, hey, what do I know?)

Thanks for making this image and sharing it!
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05/11/2007 02:14:56 PM
A familiar view, given that I'm in your neck of the woods. Odd about the colors - I don't notice them either when I'm there. But they work well in the composition though, keeping the relentlessness of the cement blocks interesting.
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05/09/2007 01:47:22 PM
I think I like your outtake just a bit better. Both shots are superb though. Very good control of the dynamic range.
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05/09/2007 10:31:31 AM
Awesome, Jeffrey! I love the way you do these photos. No one does them better! This is symmetry at its finest! :)

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05/09/2007 07:52:53 AM
Excellent entry, Jeffrey! I'm sorry I didn't get to this one while voting, I'm sure I would have given it a very decent score. You do the architecture thing so well...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/08/2007 05:01:58 AM
Not sure about the cropping (might take off a little from the top), but then again the color gradient is cool too.. -7-
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05/05/2007 11:57:45 AM
Good ol' DC--the memories!! great capture and colors
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05/05/2007 05:25:46 AM
good coposition and simmetry well done
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05/04/2007 10:08:25 PM
Ah, the DC metro. I love it ever so... Can't wait to get back.

Nice shot - did you have a tripod or just a really fast lens? Compositionally I think it might have worked a little better with more of the escalator in the shot, but that's just one man's opinion...
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05/04/2007 10:59:08 AM
Nice gradation in color and pattern.
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05/04/2007 02:43:55 AM
I like this shot, and it's a neat perspective, but the light in the lower center is distracting for me. I might have tried cropping off the bottom to really emphasize the symmetry in the image.
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05/03/2007 11:34:06 PM
great shot----
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05/03/2007 09:04:31 PM
Now this is great!
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05/03/2007 06:40:02 AM
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05/02/2007 04:17:21 PM
Hey. It's the conference table again. :) Love that ceiling!
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05/02/2007 01:17:55 PM
I find the bright light a bit distracting but overall a beautiful entry.
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05/02/2007 01:07:13 PM
Symmetrical, balanced, interesting and aestheticaly pleasing - just waht the challenge called for!
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