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Challenge: Architecture IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Paris, France
Date: Jan 29, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Architecture, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2008

I went on a short weekend trip to Paris with Henný this last weekend, arrived friday evening and left monday morning. The trip was a birthday present from her and It was great to get away for a couple of days, just the two of us, we just took it easy and explored the city. I didnīt really shoot this image with this challenge in mind but I was aware of it at the time, this is however a shot taken for myself and not the challenge, I absolutely did not go out of my way to take an architecture shot for DPC.

However, like I said, I was aware of the challenge and since I have never ever submitted a shot taken outside of Iceland to a DPChallenge before (and I have been on this site for more than 3 years now) I thought it was about time so I browsed the photos I took in the trip and I liked this one the best for this challenge, I really like composition, colors and the reflection in the water. I didnīt have a tripod with me so that explains the funky camera settings but still, I like the 2.8 aperture as it leads to some vignetting that I of course canīt add in basic editing. However, the ideal settings would have been lower iso and a slightly smaller aperture, even though that would lead to the people in the shot being motion blurred.

As for processing, first raw conversion in C1 where I set WB, contrast and exposure. Then I used shadow/highlights several times, fading each time to get the results more subtle and gradual. I then used Selective color to pretty much tweaked every slider, red, yellow, magenta, cyan, blue, white, neutral and black, this increased the sunset warm tones that were already there to begin with. Then I used curves for contrast and finally sharpened and added frame after resizing. Would have wanted to correct the wide angle distortion but of course you canīt in Basic editing.

If ANYONE guesses that this is my shot during voting, I swear Iīll eat my hat, bread butter and wool.

Place: 52 out of 247
Avg (all users): 5.9286
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 5.6849
Avg (non-participants): 6.0732
Views since voting: 1625
Views during voting: 280
Votes: 196
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/07/2008 05:08:15 AM
Originally posted by Mephisto:

...congrats on your first shot taken abroad...

Thx but this is far from my first photo taken abroad, just usually when I travel I don´t give a hoot about DPC challenges
02/06/2008 05:36:27 AM
HAHA nobody would have guessed this was yours, although imo the colors and the processing are quite "larus-esque"
congrats on your first shot taken abroad (yes, there really IS a world outside that little island you live on!), hope you had a good time in paris :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/04/2008 07:51:52 PM
beautiful sky, lighting and reflection. Love the photo. Great work!
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02/04/2008 11:36:01 AM
I like the reflection
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02/03/2008 11:47:13 PM
The tilt doesn't quite work for me ...
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02/02/2008 07:45:42 PM
Impressive architecture, I like the reflections. The colour might be a bit too orange for my tastes.
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02/02/2008 06:30:15 AM
A little to harsh and over-contrasted to my taste.
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01/31/2008 03:01:11 PM
love the tones and reflection - but the wonky look does not sit well here with me
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01/31/2008 12:59:36 PM
This is amazing! I've seen the same viewpoint before, but never like this. The water, clarity, the light....wow!
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01/30/2008 05:38:39 PM
Great lighting and composition with the reflection of the central tower in the point of the reflecting pool.
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01/30/2008 09:52:08 AM
captured the reflection well. It adds to the photo
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01/30/2008 08:42:55 AM
Great reflection
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01/30/2008 01:26:37 AM
the border detracted from the image.
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