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Challenge: Urban Decay (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
Date: Dec 12, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 2 sec
Galleries: Urban, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 12, 2009

I don't remember all the editing, just that I did three different edits and blended them in different ways. The only spot editing was burning a bit of the sky at the end, because it had gotten all weird after stacking the three edits.

ISO 1600 chosen to create noise, not sure it was a good idea considering I resized it to 30% the size. I had all the time in the world to shoot, so an ISO 200 image (requiring a 15 second shutter) would've been possible.

Post: Thank you for the votes and comments. I hadn't gotten above a 5.94 in any challenge and had been really hoping for a 6 sometime soon. 6.39 was more than I expected, and I'd never thought this would be in the top 10.

Place: 8 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.3905
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.1154
Avg (non-participants): 6.5128
Views since voting: 2122
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 169
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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04/18/2010 01:22:56 PM
This is so lame. LOL KIDDING!!

Great shot bud. And I love the POV as well. The sky is perfect, any lighter and it would have detracted from the buildings. An 8 in my book.

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12/23/2009 10:26:52 PM
Hey there from the Critique Club

First of all, congrats on a new personal best, as well as a top 10 finish. Also, thanks for providing the detailed information on the shot. This helps a ton when trying to offer a meaningful critique.

My thoughts on the image: You lighting and tonal range here is fabulous. The range does a wonderful job gently leading my eye deeply into the entire frame. I also like the flow of the composition that you presented, but that could also be improved on a bit. There is a wonderful amount of detail in the image that kept me busy for awhile during voting. I especially like the evil face that my eye sees on the left hand third of the image relatively centered vertically. It also adds nicely to the mood of the image. The cold, dark, hopeless feeling that you were apparently after is well presented and wonderfully conveyed.

My ideas for improvement: Shift your point of view to the left a little. The protruding building on the right hand side of the image competes strongly for my eye's attention. There is plenty of interest throughout the frame to help overcome this, but the image would be even stronger with this portion excluded.

Where I would have/did score this entry: I did vote on this challenge, and I voted this one a 6. Overall, looking back through the images, I do believe that this one fell into place well with the voters. Nicely seen and very well presented.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
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12/21/2009 08:07:29 AM
Lovely shot for this challenge. Congrats. 10 from me.
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12/21/2009 12:13:07 AM
Congratulations on the top 10.

Felicitari si succes in continuare pe DPC.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/17/2009 04:24:35 AM
Very good shot.
Stunning in b&w.
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12/16/2009 12:13:27 PM
like the low key
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12/15/2009 10:44:06 PM
Nice building! try one a bit earlier in the evening to get some detail in the sky
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12/15/2009 08:12:07 AM
if only you had kept better composition ... sin, the idea is very good, the place also, the realization a little rough
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12/15/2009 01:04:30 AM
Great mood lighting on the facade of the building. I like how it goes dark around the corner. The worm's eye view is also a nice touch. No vote, I'm in this one.
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12/14/2009 08:21:05 PM
Great B&W. Nice job.
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12/14/2009 11:11:18 AM
Nice pov. Lovely shadows,light and darkness that create a dramatic atmosphere. 8
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12/14/2009 06:34:53 AM
The dark and moody aspect is just perfect for this, as well as the title adding that sense of cold & unforgiving. Excellent statement all 'round......9
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12/14/2009 03:58:35 AM
I like the B&W treatment, it accentuates the depressing sight of urban decay. Nice catch of the buildings, the condition of the street adds to the urban decay theme.
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12/14/2009 12:18:56 AM
Great feel to this. Speaks urban decay to me and is a fairly attractive image too. Definitely one of the best in challenge IMO - 9
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