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East Bay Grit

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Challenge: Your Corner of the World III (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Location: San Francisco Bay
Date: Oct 15, 2009
Galleries: Vintage, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Oct 17, 2009

Bay Bridge, shot from the Vallejo ferry on my way home from work. Shooting it from the Bay provides a slightly different look than customarily seen from SF or Oakland approaches, and I think shows off the simplicity and grace of its form. I grew up in the East Bay and always loved this bridge ... something about it reminds of its gritty 1930s Depression-era roots. That vibe also fits Oakland, always with a chip on its shoulder in the shadow of its more famous cousin across the bay.

I tried to bring these impressions out by accentuating the image grain through various exposure, curves and white balance adjustments to the RAW image, then popping the grain even more with a slight use of the Noise filter (permitted in Basic) after resizing.

Not a very DPC friendly image. Predicting about a 5.2, with lots of "too much noise" comments.

Post Challenge
Thanks for the views and comments. I really appreciated the number of comments and the back and forth on the image. I would have loved to go for a more film grain feel for this, but since it was Basic I was limited to using the Noise filter, and that gave it more of a digital/artificial feel that some picked up on.

The 7+ score from the commenters was pretty sweet, and so was the overall vote distribution, lots of high scores for this type of image, dragged down by a lot of 1s 2s and 3s. One of the more unusual vote distrtibutions I've received around here, and clearly shows this was a love it or hate it attempt.


Place: 89 out of 160
Avg (all users): 5.3376
Avg (commenters): 7.3077
Avg (participants): 5.4000
Avg (non-participants): 5.3110
Views since voting: 775
Views during voting: 345
Votes: 234
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/29/2009 10:47:09 AM
Actually I think you added a grain effect here that works pretty powerfully - thanks for giving us details on how to achieve it.
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10/28/2009 12:23:13 PM
I'm with SEG! I always thought the world was pretty open minded. Then I see results like this. Just frustrating! I am glad you entered it though.
Great processing and feel. Keep up the great individuality!
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10/28/2009 10:14:09 AM
Very under appreciated photo
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/27/2009 11:40:51 PM
Gorgeous! Doomed, but gorgeous....
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10/27/2009 08:08:06 PM
I think this is a unique (for DPC) and wonderful image. I love it and hope it does well!!! 10
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10/27/2009 07:35:07 PM
I like this !
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10/26/2009 05:42:13 PM
the noise looks really artificial/digital.
still a pretty cool shot!
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10/26/2009 02:10:33 PM
is it legal in basic editing
though excellent pic
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10/25/2009 03:07:55 PM
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10/24/2009 08:51:23 PM
love the grain on this- works well
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10/23/2009 02:37:29 PM
original :)
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10/23/2009 10:58:51 AM
I love "grain" on BW analogue images. If well done, I like noise on digital images. This, unfortunately, I find a bit overdone.
Shame, because the compo is interesting: if you don't know the bridge, it makes you wonder what the left and right part look like.
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10/23/2009 04:48:42 AM
grain lover that I am I think there is a tad too much here. Love the composition though.
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10/22/2009 08:35:06 PM
The composition is great.
I really love grit in a photo, it gives it an old rich feel most of the time.
This grit seems a bit too much.
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10/21/2009 05:40:20 PM
The noise makes of this a very interesting image.
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10/21/2009 01:46:45 PM
interesting use of grain
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10/21/2009 09:24:29 AM
very cool, just a little too noisy. can you back off on the noise? i like the shot.
bay area guy.
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