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On visiting the iconic Opera house in Sydney, i wanted to have a different take on the feature. My original shot was fairly typical although had several distractions at the bottom. Cropping it slightly, I then took out much of the detail of the building to leave the basic shape. It is this shape that makes the Opera House distinctive and it is this that I wanted to bring out. There is potential to add more detail in the sky, but this would distract from the whiteness of the building (which us really a creamish colur in reality!).

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Mar 2012 - 12:52 AM
Focal Length:39mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:On top of Darling Bridge
Username:Hardwicke Hardwicke
Uploaded:11 Nov 2012 - 5:44 PM
Tags:Architecture, Australia, Sydney, Sydney harbour, Sydney opera house
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 9:11 PM

Youve certainly succeeded in making this iconic building barely recognizable. Imo it doesnt work on any level. If the colour is supposed to be a creamy colour, not white, why is it white? There is a rainbow of colours on the right. Youve taken away too much of the detail, especially the top of the curves. Ive downloaded this thinking perhaps a mono might work, but it doesnt for me.

I understand, I think, what you were after, but theres too much missing for me.

I'll leave it to others to offer opinions, - I may be the odd man out here, - its happened before!


Regards


Willie

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8770 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2012 - 4:11 PM

I understand your reasoning behind this image, Sam, and admire you for trying to present the Opera House in a less conventional fashion.
However, I feel this might work better with a bit more detail in the roofs, and wonder if your original gives you the ability to do this. The attractive fan-shaped pattern on the right is a nice feature, and I wonder if there is more of it in the original.
If you simply want to "leave the basic shape", then you need fewer distractions, and an almost abstract style presentation.
For me, the inclusion of the structure on the left, and the people at the bottom, distract from such an intention.
In my modification, I cropped, added canvas to the top, cloned out the people and the structure on the left, then turned the image to black and white and adjusted contrast. I am hoping it gives you the idea of an abstract style that the viewer can still distinguish as the Opera House.
Willie is not the odd one out.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 12 Nov 2012 - 4:12 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2012 - 8:11 PM

You are trying something different. Full marks for that!

However, not a success I fear. Just too contrasty and too much gone for me.

Paul

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