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Challenge: Something New IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D2H
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Date: Oct 25, 2007
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2007

Wow… I had no idea this picture would score this high at all…

I really just entered it on a whim (as most of you noted its probs a stretch for the challenge... er... sorry? hah), and had I thought it had a shot of doing any good I would have thought twice about placing myself and a friend in the upper corner there which I did just for kicks as I was taking some long exposures of the street scenes below... but the response to the figures seemed to have been somewhat mixed I dunno, I think I like them there, but I would have changed their pose somehow.

I thought about titling it something cheesy to shoehorn it into the challenge more smoothly like 'new opportunities in new york' or something but just left it like this.

It’s a long exposure (was it 15sec?) taken from a Midtown-West high-rise, I just laid my camera on the balcony wall which scared me to death because it was hanging over the edge and its really windy up there…

Processing = crop, grayscale, duotone, curves curves curves, crop, resize, USM, border, S4W…

Thanks to all for the votes and comments!

MY FIRST BLUE! sweeeeet thanks guys for the votes and all!

and again sorry for the shoehorn especially to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th places but i really didn't think this picture would get above a 6

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.8462
Avg (commenters): 7.3421
Avg (participants): 6.3030
Avg (non-participants): 6.9486
Views since voting: 8059
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 208
Comments: 64
Favorites: 16 (view)


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07/09/2008 11:34:21 PM
Picture P E R F E C T in every way.....
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01/25/2008 01:58:12 PM
Great photo, lighting is great!
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12/09/2007 02:21:28 AM
This is one amazing image and I love the sepia tones.....
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12/05/2007 09:42:36 PM
It's an old metropolis yes. But... It is the new civilization and way of living. The Western World Hub, timeless beauty and modernism.
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11/13/2007 07:12:31 PM
This is one of my favorite photographs. I love the big-city, and the way this photo was taken; truly is wonderful. Very well done. :)
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11/13/2007 03:30:13 AM
nice photo, yap ... i agree it's a shoehorn but still it's a very good photo, congratz on your blue !!
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11/09/2007 10:33:17 AM
I don't think it's a shoehorn at all :) New York is "something" New. And what a fabulous, very deserving photo to win top honors. I love your angle. It makes it so interesting! Congratulations!!!!!
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11/09/2007 04:22:16 AM
Congrats on the new PB dude and the ribbon, think this shot is pretty cool, especially the angle/composition and also the "ghosts" in the upper right corner.
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11/07/2007 06:58:36 PM
Great shot.
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11/07/2007 06:26:02 PM
Grats Adam on a wonderful image and your first blue!
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11/07/2007 05:54:14 PM
Very neat perspective and composition. Congratulations!
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11/07/2007 05:29:08 PM
wow, this is incredible, congrats on your first blue, absolutely love your work, keep it up
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11/07/2007 04:22:05 PM
wow i guess everyone loves their sigma 10-20. I know i do!!! haha. congrats on the blue. =]
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11/07/2007 04:06:06 PM
Congrats Adam on the Blue!!! Very wonderful shot and well deserved!!
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11/07/2007 08:34:05 AM
Awesome! Congratulations on a Blue and new PB. This is a great exposure.
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11/07/2007 08:28:53 AM
Nicely done. Got an 8 from me!!! Congrats.
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11/07/2007 05:45:21 AM
One of my faves in the challenge...well done! I LOVE my 10-20mm Sigma, and it seems you do as well

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11/07/2007 02:46:29 AM
well done/congrats

Message edited by author 2007-11-07 02:46:53.
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11/07/2007 01:24:49 AM
brilliant image .. fantastic process .. AS USUAL ..!!!!
totally out of the box and you romped home anyway .. WELL DONE !!!!!!!
and congratulations on your first ribbon and a pb too !!!!!! :)
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11/07/2007 12:52:04 AM
Well deserved Blue and an awsome shot, congrats on your first blue!
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11/07/2007 12:50:12 AM
Well done on the blue :-) I don't think this is a shoehorn at all. New York has got New in the name even if it has been around for ages
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11/07/2007 12:42:46 AM
Hey, many congratulations on your blue, and on your very first ribbon! Here's to many more!!! To paraphrase your own comments, "This is sick!" :))))

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11/07/2007 12:31:56 AM
Very vibrant shot. Great tones. Congrats on your blue.
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11/07/2007 12:20:59 AM
You're right that it's a stretch, but a blue's a blue and it's very well done. Congrats!
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11/07/2007 12:07:37 AM
I really like the tones you chose for the editing of this shot. Congrats on a great finish.
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11/07/2007 12:04:43 AM
Get out!

Way to go Adam :~)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/06/2007 09:31:22 PM
Sweet lights! BB

PS. I like the 'duo-tones' here too
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11/06/2007 07:41:03 PM
Excellent image! The only suggestion: maybe the right portion (with the two people) should have been cropped out, or a slightly different angle when taking the shot. Either was one of the best in this challenge in my opinion!
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11/06/2007 07:25:48 PM
nice take on the challenge. i love the duotone, reminds me of Dark City or some movie.. In a challenge filled with "new wannabe" photos, this tops them all. My only 10.
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11/06/2007 03:42:16 PM
I like this image very much. Amazing. The only downside is the people standing in the window.
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11/06/2007 03:39:20 PM
hope those two persons ruining your picture didn't get away like this
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11/06/2007 12:15:30 AM
Wonderful shot! Excellent exposure! I just don't see this meeting the Challenge! (5)
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11/05/2007 08:16:18 PM
nice but I would of retaken the shot with out the people on the right or cropped them out
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11/05/2007 12:18:13 PM
i really like those people standing on the roof looking over the city
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11/04/2007 10:57:56 PM
I like the perspective. However, the people in the upper right of the composition detract from the otherwise great image.
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11/04/2007 01:33:50 AM
New York has been around a long time, what is new about this one? I really like this shot though, the colors are great and your pov is great.
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11/04/2007 01:10:03 AM
Great concept - good shot. 8.
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11/03/2007 04:55:35 PM
amazingly gorgeous! 10
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11/03/2007 02:52:41 AM
awesome night image...love your editing and the composition, and of course, I LOVE NEW YORK!!!
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11/02/2007 08:19:51 PM
Not exactly new, I guess. :) But a splendid photo!
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11/02/2007 06:42:28 PM
Clever use of the title.. defintely thinking outside of the box on this one.. 7
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11/02/2007 01:39:44 PM
I really like this one because its not the normal New York City point of view. I really like the two figures standing in the corner, its kinda "were's waldo" reminiscent, just a little something extra that doesnt catch your eye right away.
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11/02/2007 12:19:03 PM
But NYC is quite old. Ya know? Very nice extended exposure, for sure. I like the sepia, too.
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11/01/2007 08:20:17 PM
Clever title, bit of a stretch though :). I really like the reflection on the right side of the building. Bummer about those people on the top right corner...
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11/01/2007 08:13:02 PM
Yeah! I want to go visit. Fits the challenge for me. shame about the reflections
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11/01/2007 10:28:30 AM
I wonder how this would look in colour.
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11/01/2007 09:19:08 AM
absolutely brilliant exposure and perspective. i am not sure whether the reflections in top right corner adds anything to the subject 9
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11/01/2007 01:03:44 AM
Very cool shot - love the lights, the tones, the people in the upper right that seem out of place yet not.
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10/31/2007 10:37:37 PM
hey those two persons at the roof, they look like flying, I dont see their bodies?? whats going on? there is a 3rd one too!! weird! good picture anyway
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10/31/2007 10:16:56 PM
what's new here? nice pic, though.
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10/31/2007 10:14:58 PM
Love the people in the upper right hand side. Beautiful shot!
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10/31/2007 10:10:40 PM
Who are the tree monsters in the upper right?
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10/31/2007 06:22:21 PM
Great shot and perspective. Too bad someone walked in to the shot.
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10/31/2007 02:50:58 PM
This is great. I love the ghostly people in the top right.
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10/31/2007 12:59:53 PM
I like the contrast between the bright roads and the darker buildings.
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10/31/2007 12:25:41 PM
Great tones and perspective.
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10/31/2007 10:04:41 AM
Those ghostly people over on the right are freaky! Nice shot of the city itself.
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10/31/2007 08:53:51 AM
New York City is not really Something New... Awesome photo, however out of the theme. 5.
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10/31/2007 08:21:49 AM
I like the composition, but New York City ain't new.
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10/31/2007 07:30:06 AM
Have never seen this view before. Very nice. Would never have thought a black and white image of a NYC night scene would turn out this nice. Great job!
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10/31/2007 06:58:39 AM
Very nice perspective
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10/31/2007 01:31:08 AM
stunning..! too bad about the ghosts.. =(
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10/31/2007 01:22:31 AM
fantastic!!!!! 10
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10/31/2007 12:32:59 AM
Nice b&w. Pretty scene. Well done.
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