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Challenge: Architecture IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: Architecture
Camera: Canon PowerShot A620
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Jan 28, 2008
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30s
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2008

This is my office building (not far from my favorite spiral staircase). It has these wonderful curving sections. The mesh up top is supposed to stop pigeons, but I'm not convinced it works.

The framing is an example of DPC learning. Someone commented on this shot that my presence reduced the emphasis on architecture, and since this challenge is supposed to be about the building, I didn't include any people:
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And on this shot, someone commented that it might've worked better in a vertical orientation to emphasize the high arches. That same concept applied here.
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The hardest thing was getting the camera perfectly vertical, while also catching as much of the ceiling as I wanted, to avoid the perspective effect where walls converge toward the top of the frame. That meant I couldn't just point the camera upward.

I actually climbed into an alcove on the right side - it's about 4 feet up. I stood up in it and held the camera over my head. Gotta love flip-out LCDs!

I think I did well on the left, but I didn't quite get it perfect on the right side, so I probably was pointed a bit off to one side. And of course, I can't tweak the perspective in basic editing.

Shot with my point-and-shoot because it's light, so I can easily carry it to work! On the other hand, this was a cloudy day, and I knew I was pushing it at 1/30s, so I had to go up to ISO 100. At anything other than ISO 50, this camera has noise problems.

So editing started with a light noise reduction pass and included typical stuff like sharpening, contrast enhancement using curves and a selective color adjustment layer, and hue/sat.

Place: 15 out of 247
Avg (all users): 6.4124
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.2133
Avg (non-participants): 6.5378
Views since voting: 1442
Views during voting: 279
Votes: 194
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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02/06/2008 02:21:01 PM
I was just comparing this to the other shot you listed here and I have to say that I really like the color tone on this. The neutrality allows you to follow the curving path with out distraction. The patterns and geometry are really beautiful.
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02/06/2008 10:12:52 AM
Nice lines and curves. The lamps really make it for me.
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02/06/2008 08:01:59 AM
Really nice shot Jeff, congrats on the score, and well done beating me this month, congrats on the score as well.
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02/06/2008 07:08:22 AM
I love the crisp shadows and the stately atmosphere the sepia tones create... beautiful! Congrats on the top twenty! :)
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02/06/2008 01:19:19 AM
Oh Jeffrey! Top 20...Congrats!!! Beautiful design and detail.
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02/06/2008 12:39:57 AM
Congrats and nice placement; 15 out of 242! You now hold 2nd and 3rd highest photos taken with your camera, very sweet.

I read through your notes but didn't actually see any specific location other than just "Washington DC". I thought I recognized the locale (see comment made during voting). -BB
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02/06/2008 12:03:05 AM
Congrat's Jeffrey! It turned out very beautiful!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/05/2008 06:32:37 PM
VERY pretty toning on this! Lines and repetition really work. Strong shot!
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02/05/2008 11:30:57 AM
very nice..love the curves.
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02/04/2008 09:31:44 PM
Lovely path. Nice use of late day light to get longer shadows.
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02/03/2008 05:45:30 AM
Very well done
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02/02/2008 08:47:02 PM
very nice
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02/02/2008 10:08:18 AM
Amazing shot. I like everything in it.
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01/31/2008 02:35:58 PM
nice simplicity about this
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01/31/2008 04:45:37 AM
i realy like this one,love the color the angle evrything.well done
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01/30/2008 10:42:18 PM
Nice tones.
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01/30/2008 03:31:33 PM
I totally recognize this walkway from my trip to DC! I took a shot similar to this one but not quite as dramatic. I love the duo-tones here -BB

PS. Isn't this close to the United States Mint?
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01/30/2008 01:44:01 PM
Is this one of the federal buildings in Washington DC? I love the curve and repeating lines/shapes.
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01/30/2008 10:38:19 AM
I like the leading lines. Nice color tone.
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