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Dictator's Staircase
Dictator's Staircase

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Challenge: Parallel Lines II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Date: Mar 2, 2010
Galleries: Architecture, Fish Eye
Date Uploaded: Mar 2, 2010

This will either do really well, or really bad. I think it meets the challenge quite well, so I dont care.

This is one of the 2 main staircases at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, Iraq.

Thanks for all your comments. This started out with 20 votes as a 5.3 so I am very happy with how it did. Melethia, as always, you are spot on in guessing its location.

The editing:
Out of the camera, the lighting was pretty well balanced. I am constantly amazed on the dynamic range of the 5d MarkII. However, I did run this through PhotoMatix to give it more of a 3d effect -something I do in probably too many of my pictures. Beyond that I did a brightness/contrast and curves to try and make the white-balance correct (something thats impossible on my uncalibrated laptop monitor)

Place: 15 out of 138
Avg (all users): 6.2041
Avg (commenters): 7.5556
Avg (participants): 5.8868
Avg (non-participants): 6.3217
Views since voting: 909
Views during voting: 273
Votes: 196
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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04/08/2010 05:12:18 AM
Congrats with an excellent image and also congrats with the 5D MK II and the new lens. Awesome piece of equipment.
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03/10/2010 01:06:54 AM
Congrats - this did very well! I'd love to know how you got the light to balance so well. Nicely done! (And having a fisheye certainly made for a much nicer view, too.)

Message edited by author 2010-03-10 01:07:18.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/08/2010 01:39:50 AM
Ah, I know right where this is. Nice handling of the light in this!
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03/05/2010 09:28:58 PM
I like this! great composition! 10
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03/05/2010 08:14:54 PM
Well done; I like the lighting.
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03/05/2010 02:03:57 PM
Fantastic lighting and perspective, great title.
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03/05/2010 05:40:58 AM
This is nice shot. However, i have to say that this overall look of this image does not really say "parallel lines" to me. Theres more curvature going on if anything. I know there ARE parallel lines. But parallel doesn't come to mind when seeing this.
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03/05/2010 01:03:56 AM
Grand perspective!
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03/03/2010 08:21:44 PM
wish you had a larger fisheye
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03/03/2010 04:22:23 PM
wow - where do you people live to be able to photograph stuff like this?
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03/03/2010 06:49:36 AM
wow you managed to give me vertigo, great shot.
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