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Lombard Street
1st PlaceLombard Street

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Challenge: Curves II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX
Location: san francisco, California
Date: Mar 30, 2008
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2008

I really owe this shot to Philipdyer, he's the one who decided to turn the car around to check out Lombard Street; he's the one who decided to pull over to take pictures; he's the one who convinced me to take my camera out even after i repeatedly said that i wasn't inspired by this windy street. Then we had to bolt back to his place to edit the photo and submit it. The deadline was roughly 1 hour after i shot this.

As soon as i saw this scene i knew the fisheye was necessary, so i ran back to get it, and then waited for the lighting to be just right. This was taken in the perfect 10 minute time frame during which the sky and the scene were at roughly the same brightness.

More pictures from my trip can be seen here: //www.pbase.com/labuda/gallery/san_francisco_2008_

Place: 1 out of 206
Avg (all users): 7.4037
Avg (commenters): 8.4286
Avg (participants): 7.2317
Avg (non-participants): 7.5823
Views since voting: 12276
Views during voting: 348
Votes: 161
Comments: 68
Favorites: 37 (view)

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12/27/2009 10:20:27 PM
wow! very cool
04/10/2008 08:16:18 PM
great picture
04/09/2008 11:19:59 PM
Well done! I like the even lighting of sky and street, and the perspective. Makes me want to buy a fisheye, real bad though!
04/09/2008 09:00:49 PM
Love It! Fantastic shot happy to see this get the Blue!
04/09/2008 11:44:14 AM
WOW, it's fantastic.
Love the composition and lighting.
04/09/2008 05:44:12 AM
Very nice indeed, my word! - Nice!

Glad you went back for the lens.

You are in a different country, but I hope I would have gone back for it - I love the way the lights have reflected off the road - was it wet at all, or just a bit shiny?

I will go view your portfolio, if this is a sample of your work - I am sure I will learn something

Keep going, and lots more success!
04/07/2008 04:30:44 PM
SweeeeeeT Aleks Congrats!
Love the shot
04/07/2008 04:29:52 PM
Aleks, I wasn't a real fan of fisheye lenses until you had me take a look through this one. My response was "WOW what a lens"! The first thing that came to mind for me was... "Man he's going to use that at Lombard Street later and get a great picture". I was partially wrong as it's a fantastic~award winning photograph! Way to go! We all had a great time at the SF GTG. I'm looking forward to your next visit to the SF Bay area as I'll be more than happy to show you around some of the places you didn't get to this time. I'll be learning all the while! What a fine set of lenses you have in your bag of tricks, made all the better by your ability to use them effectively!

Aleks taking another shot from the "Far Side" with that lens!

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and from Aleks' point of view...
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04/07/2008 03:42:24 PM
most excellent!!!! from comp to lighting... great stuff and congrats!
04/07/2008 03:41:43 PM
Fantastic shot! Congrats on your well deserved blue!!
04/07/2008 03:35:03 PM
Great shot and especially for this challenge. Congrats on your first Blue. Well deserved.
04/07/2008 02:38:53 PM
very clever, congrats on your highest score to date.
04/07/2008 01:02:00 PM
Amazing! Incredible! Love it!
04/07/2008 12:32:10 PM
Way to go, Aleks! This is just fantastic. Never before have I seen this street interpreted this well. This is a prize winner in more ways than one. And most likely, it's extremely marketable as well. DO something with it!
04/07/2008 11:15:35 AM
I was at that street in November. I of course took a few shots and I have seen a number on the internet, in movies (e.g. The Hulk) so its certainly a well photographed subject. Your take however is quite unique and I can't recall seeing anything like this shot. The fish eye lens adds to the feeling of curviness (for lack of a better word) and really suits this shot well.
04/07/2008 10:12:59 AM
Excellent picture with the time exposure and great lighting. This is the place I was thinking of for this challenge, but I was thinking of the standard picture from the top or bottom of the block. The fisheye in the middle is great. Of course I couldn't go the 500 miles to get the picture. Congrats on the blue. Oh, and the horizon is tilted. ;-)
04/07/2008 10:00:25 AM
I like, Very Nice. Great San Francisco pics! Love the Tatoo Expo, awesome Candids
04/07/2008 09:47:57 AM
wow, that's beautiful! Congrats!!!
04/07/2008 09:25:45 AM
Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon. Great work!!!
04/07/2008 08:45:37 AM
Incredible! congratulations
04/07/2008 07:13:43 AM
you've got some sweet pictures man. Just went thru your site and I have to say, you really have some neat things.

Congrats on your blue.
04/07/2008 05:53:20 AM
Wohow - love it AND I love the fishey - congrats on the blue :o)
04/07/2008 02:29:43 AM
FInally u got that blue!
04/07/2008 12:56:42 AM
Congrats on The Blue. Awesome shot.
04/07/2008 12:55:41 AM
Congratulation on your blue ribbon, excellent work!
04/07/2008 12:49:54 AM
yeye labuds good stuff!
04/07/2008 12:39:36 AM
04/07/2008 12:35:30 AM
Fantastic image, huge congrats on your first ribbon. Very well deserved.
04/07/2008 12:34:38 AM
very impressive curves. congratulations on the Blue, ;-Þ
04/07/2008 12:34:15 AM
awesome Aleks...finally a BLUE to add to your collection. They are hard to get, but you now have one...well done
04/07/2008 12:33:32 AM
I knew you would ribbon with this one, Aleks. :-) You were right on with the fisheye. Congratulations!
04/07/2008 12:17:25 AM
Congrats on your first blue, well deserved, I might add.
04/07/2008 12:15:14 AM
Great image. well deserved!!
04/07/2008 12:11:13 AM
Congratulations on a great image....very befitting of the challenge.
04/07/2008 12:10:34 AM
i need good friends like you have
congrats on the blue!
04/07/2008 12:06:18 AM
Good theme for this challenge congratulations in the blue.
04/07/2008 12:06:01 AM
You've been re-upgraded to "ultimate reference". Good work!
04/07/2008 12:04:57 AM
congrats. I had a feeling this would take the blue!
04/07/2008 12:04:04 AM
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2008 11:46:41 PM
I suspect I'll see this on the front page tomorrow! Good luck!
04/06/2008 05:55:12 PM
I'm a sucker for this kind of shot....well done
04/06/2008 12:47:48 PM
i love wide angle shots.
this is great.
04/05/2008 09:51:15 PM
Ah is this the famous street in San Fran? Very nicely captured. What a most fitted site for the challenge :)
04/05/2008 08:34:18 PM
Awesome shot!!!
04/05/2008 06:53:06 PM
This is a very nice photo. The time of day you was a good choice for this. The light trails really set off the curves.
04/04/2008 10:56:41 PM
Very creative and well executed.
04/04/2008 01:33:38 PM
Great take on Lombard Street! Really nice photo.
04/04/2008 08:46:04 AM
Very well done. Nice color, nice curve, use of lighting, well exposed. I like everything about this shot.
04/04/2008 12:01:35 AM
awesome idea. 10
04/03/2008 11:29:15 PM
sweet capture. I really like how the light trails switch from the headlights to the tail lights. Also great lighting on the rest of the frame
04/03/2008 10:49:35 PM
Great job in capturing the colors so vividly and in avoiding any graininess often associated with long exposures. The entire image is sharp and vibrant. I am not to wowed by the rotation chosen for the image however. I think it might have worked better if the buildings were not leaning left which would also show the steepness of Lombard Street.
04/03/2008 11:57:56 AM
After voting, my favorite in the challenge. Good use of theme, composition is tight, interesting to rotate the picture, and perfect shutter speed to get the car front and back.
04/02/2008 10:13:28 PM
Looks like a ribbonie curve to me!
04/02/2008 05:19:22 PM
This is stink'n awesome. The colors are great, I love the wide angle, and the movement here is amazing.

Great job. Keep up the good work.

04/02/2008 03:48:39 PM
Very nice! Magnificaent how the red and white lightstripes are flowing into each other. Superb!
04/02/2008 12:57:14 PM
Love it - very cool to have the light trails and to use a fisheye/very wide angle. Nifty shot!
04/01/2008 08:14:27 PM
Cool !
03/31/2008 10:54:14 PM
Very aesthetic shot to look at, love the way you controlled the direct lighting. I also like the way the red taillights appear out of nowhere.
03/31/2008 08:34:07 PM
nice pic. 9
03/31/2008 08:29:39 PM
Very cool!!
03/31/2008 06:31:58 PM
Wow, very interesting!!
03/31/2008 05:49:26 PM
Not one I've seen before of this iconic street. Nice lens choice!
03/31/2008 03:45:16 PM
I was hoping someone would include Lombard St. Nice exposure with great color.
03/31/2008 01:33:14 PM
A unique perspective. Nice shot
03/31/2008 12:29:24 PM
Very nice. Great use of the fisheye! 10
03/31/2008 10:22:56 AM
Cool street and curves. I might like it a bit more if the homes were not tilted.
03/31/2008 09:50:56 AM
awesome shot of Lombard - _I've seen a lot of pictures from the most famous street in America - and this is one of the best i've seen. I may have cropped a bit more on the right side
03/31/2008 07:50:47 AM
Ooh I like this, 8!

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