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Beauty Lies Beyond
Beauty Lies Beyond

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Challenge: Doors (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Varigotti, Italy
Date: Aug 15, 2008
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Architecture, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Aug 19, 2008

Thank you everyone for you comments. In case some of you check back to the details, allow me to address a few. Regarding the iron bar, that is actually a staircase as seen in the second image from inside the tower. I included it to give a dungeon like sense but alas, it appears many disagreed. Besides, the shots without the staircase had the door taken on its edge and would have undoubtedly yielded some DMNCs.

Regarding the flash, I used a Canon 430EX at full power attached to a cable. The problem lied more with the fact that the inside of the tower was incredible dark and the outside was bright afternoon light. On top of that, I had to step down the aperture to allow the wall (7' away) and the horizon to be in focus. In other words, I was pretty much at the limits of my gear. I just wish I returned during the golden hours which would have allowed me much more flexibility.

Tower from outside:
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From the doorway looking up:
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For those curious, the tower is atop a promenade overlooking the Mediterranean about 80 meters above the sea. It was built in the 14th century and used as a lookout for invading ships.

Place: 10 out of 156
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08/30/2008 09:23:59 AM
I think this shot is phenomenal! I wish it had placed much higher, I feel it deserved it.
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08/27/2008 07:16:57 PM
Great shot - I like how the door and doorway is used to show us more than just a door - the view is lovely! I also very much appreciate the details you came back to provide after the challenge. I'd not have known you used a flash so you did it well, in my opinion. Congrats on an excellent placement in this challenge!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2008 07:51:55 PM
I wonder if you could have gotten an angle without the bar on the right. Still a nice photo. 6
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08/26/2008 05:00:10 PM
Great find and well taken (I would consider a different crop to make the diagonal rail less distracting. Also, maybe using an off-camera fill flash to give the wall a little more volume)
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08/26/2008 04:03:47 PM
One of the better ones this challenge. - 6
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08/25/2008 02:12:43 AM
I appreciate the image it looks wonderful. What do you think if you have adjusted for more detail and contrast on the rock and mortar?
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08/21/2008 12:16:37 PM
Great exposure! It's too bad you couldn't have gotten rid of the iron bar.
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08/20/2008 09:53:24 PM
Bar on right is distracting, otherwise nice shot.
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08/20/2008 11:18:18 AM
Beautiful shot!
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08/20/2008 01:46:33 AM
very nice portal to a beautiful view
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