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Raining... Vue de le Montmartre
Raining... Vue de le Montmartre

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Vivitar ViviCam 8300s
Location: Montmontre, Paris
Date: Mar 25, 2008
Aperture: 6.7
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/137
Galleries: Cityscape, Vintage
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009

My favourite picture from 2008.


I'm genuinely shocked and quite gutted that this didn't score higher.

DPC can be weird at times.

Literally every person I have ever shown this picture in real life has said it was amazing. I even have a print on canvas in my living room.... and people who visit, love it.

I'm not being egotistical or arrogant when I say that I really do think it deserved more and I do not understand DPC at times.

I appreciate the post-challenge comments, but saying that it's quite an uninteresting photo? Nah. I don't agree. But then I wouldn't would I?

It's interesting and beautiful to me.

Thanks for reading :)

And thanks to all my commenters and voters.

Place: 355 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.3871
Avg (commenters): 6.1111
Avg (participants): 5.3711
Avg (non-participants): 5.4310
Views since voting: 2032
Views during voting: 342
Votes: 217
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/23/2009 10:34:37 AM
Read through your comments, clearly the mood was well presented via the subject and your toning. I agree that the image is very interesting and intriguing, and I scored it a 7 because I love the mood, but the composition is potentially holding it back from a broader appeal. I agree that the horizon is splitting the photograph in half giving the image a slightly static feeling, and then it's tilted, which may be a function of the cloud layer. However, for me it works, and I love the feeling of the clouds creeping in over the horizon. The bright whites in the top right corner probably could be burned down, as it attracts the eye immediately dragging the viewer out of the frame. We may not think of this immediately, but I do believe that it limits the viewers enjoyment whether they no it or not. Finally the PP is a bit obvious in that I can see a trail from the layer mask over the lamppost. If I noticed trail over the lamp during voting I would have scored it lower, probably a 5. Obviously, we are nit picking, but also offering reasons why it may have score at 5.4. I will leave you this...I still like it despite "seeing" things I did not readily see during voting! The mood grabbed me and kept me.

ETA: spelling

Message edited by author 2009-01-23 10:35:55.
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01/23/2009 09:51:03 AM
I like the vintage look to the image however, a few things stand out for me that could use improvement:

1)The horizon feels tilted (though may be the mist) even though the lamp post is straight. Just gives it a feel of being unbalanced.

2)The horizon is pretty much through the middle which makes the image very static.

I'm wondering if a view along the railing (keeping the lamp post in the foreground) could of added some needed dynamics to the image.

I didn't score this one but probably would of scored it a 4 or 5.
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01/23/2009 03:55:42 AM
Didn't vote on this one, but I would have given a 3 or a 4 (I am leaning towards the low scores in this challenge). The reason is that <<<to me>>> the subject matter is uninteresting, exposure and composition not great and the toning and mood a little bit depressing.
Composition: It is not so great to divide an image exactly in half with the horizon. If the lantern is the subject, I want to see its foot. If the people are the subject, they are not very visible and put away in a corner. If the city is the subject, landscape would work better.
Exposure: Sky to bright vs a too dark foreground. Fill flash, shadow/highlight to get details out of the shadows or layer multiple exposures to bring it out more.
Overall it is simply not so interesting.

But if you are happy with it, that's great.
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01/23/2009 03:01:28 AM
its definitely a cool shot and your processing gives it a distinct mood, but other than that the picture is not extremely original or grabbing... not much for the eye to hold onto, I think that's why your score was a tad low, though i did give it a 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2009 08:16:57 AM
Good to show it doesn't all have to be blue skies and fluffy clouds, well done :)
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01/19/2009 09:09:09 PM
Nicely done. This would make a terrific pinhole image. I guess I'm seeing things now.
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01/18/2009 01:16:04 PM
the deep rich tones of the sepia give this a very gloomy look
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01/18/2009 10:27:03 AM
love the feel you have here, great sepia tones make this look old, well done
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01/17/2009 10:31:26 AM
I like the editing on this...makes it moody...
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01/16/2009 08:53:58 PM
Nice composition. I like the lamp as the sentinel over the city. Great rich shadow tones. 7
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01/16/2009 06:21:28 PM
Nice capture!
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01/16/2009 03:54:10 PM
Very moody, retro shot. A bit too dark on the tourists down right.
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01/16/2009 05:38:43 AM
6 - Nice tones, although I wish I could discern the people - and possibly a bird (?) more. Also wish it were 720...
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