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Challenge: Your Corner of the World III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: Atlanta, the city
Date: Oct 19, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 10 sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Interior
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2009

Taken in Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA, specifically for he challenge. It was a beautiful night out on OCT 19, so I shot for hours and hours in several different locations around the city.

Place: 10 out of 160
Avg (all users): 6.6939
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7183
Avg (non-participants): 6.6839
Views since voting: 1649
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 245
Comments: 19
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/28/2009 09:29:15 AM
Gorgeous! Lovely shot, Eric!
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10/28/2009 09:06:50 AM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
I like the centered reflection, the reflected colors and lights are good, but detail seems lacking. The square crop seems a bit misplaced, especially with the half building on the left.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
As mentioned above, the crop, especially on the left needs refining - the overall balance is out. Appears to be some slight tilt happening too, so some straightening would help. Compositionally, whilst I like that you've centered the reflection, it does make the 'blackness' in the silhouetted trees dominate the image too much and whilst there is some unusual and good effect there in those trees, especially with some discernible shapes and subtle details and the interesting lights, there is not enough interest in them to compete with the main subject, the cityscape. Also, the composition as is, having the 'lesser quality reflection' using more real estate than the good clarity and exposure on the buildings, weakens the image somewhat and if it had been the reverse, would have produced a much stronger image. Of course, if the reflection were good, as is would likely work well too.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
11/159 and a score of 6.69 is very good scoring and placement. All of your commenters really liked this image and that is confirmed by the average vote from them of 8.0. I can't see any comments that give suggestions or criticism.

I like the blues and that interesting 'darkness', the little building is also interesting. Overall it is at first an odd contrast, between that 'lake scene' and the city and buildings in the background, my thoughts are that there is too much in this image competing for attention. Having said that, all these elements do grow on you the more you look at the image. The composition, framing and crop bother me a little though and I can't quite put my finger on what it is - I try to imagine a more vertical, taller framing, with more taken off the right hand side and wonder whether that may have given this the little extra this seems to need to make it more 'polished'. However, I do like the square crop as well. Either way, your vision, your call.
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10/28/2009 02:57:09 AM
One of my top picks. Congrats on a great finish.
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10/28/2009 02:20:01 AM
I thought this was one of the best technically executed shots in this challenge and pegged it in the top 3. Beautiful clarity and sharpness.
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10/28/2009 12:35:58 AM
Congratulations Eric - what a beautiful photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/27/2009 01:55:09 PM
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10/26/2009 09:08:45 PM
Absolutely beautiful!
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10/25/2009 07:00:32 AM
spot on exposure
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10/24/2009 08:50:42 PM
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10/23/2009 01:08:58 PM
serene night image..nicely done handled the lighting varaiations well
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10/23/2009 11:37:37 AM
WOW, great focus and sharpness. Good Luck.
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10/22/2009 11:29:18 PM
i love the reflections and the lit up place on the lake... it would be nice to live there!
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10/22/2009 09:08:34 AM
Great color, wonderful reflections, good sharpness for a night image. this should do well.
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10/22/2009 12:07:33 AM
nicely done! 9
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10/21/2009 02:57:07 PM
beautiful shot- in my top 3
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10/21/2009 01:49:20 PM
love the lights in the lake
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10/21/2009 12:02:12 PM
Beautiful Image. The composition and contrast are excellent.
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10/21/2009 09:13:38 AM
Beautiful reflection...very appealing to the eye.
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10/21/2009 07:49:04 AM
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