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This was not easy to compose to put it mildly!!There were so many wonderful lines and diagonals.
Another of my darker images, but I love the contrasting pockets of light. Tried something else different in this one- added some height, a sky AND an inverted sky in the water - was not as complicated as I thought it was going to be - it came from the Yorkshire coast!!!
v2 is how it started off.
Thanks for looking
Helen

If anyone else has any ideas with this one I've uploaded it as a mod.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:City lights
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:10 Dec 2009 - 10:04 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel, Night / low light, Photo journalism, Street photography
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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:10 PM

What a stunning manipulation ... really good work here well done to you ! Thanks for sharing Colin

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:17 PM

excellent shot I like the lines and shapes you have captured in this shot also the reflections - well done a grand shot

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:18 PM

lovely manip Helen...Is that the German Market???

Martin.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:20 PM

Thanks Colin, Ann and Martin. Yes this is part of the German Market Martin

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 82011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:20 PM

Love what you have done with this

Diana

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Imagephotographics

Beautiful image Helen - great processing

Chris

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:21 PM

Thanks Diana and Chris

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:22 PM


Quote: Thanks Colin, Ann and Martin. Yes this is part of the German Market Martin

Apologies helen, just read it in your tags...DOH!

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:27 PM

love the moody feel youve created here, like the comp and the hint of reflections.lesley

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:29 PM

Thanks Lesley

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7614 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:31 PM

Wow, the change from the original to the manipulated image is awesome and stunningly beautiful. Most excellent work here.
Anne

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 10:33 PM

Thanks Anne

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Image123  5 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2009 - 11:06 PM

superb comp
Gareth

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Jedro
Jedro  5 Wales
10 Dec 2009 - 11:26 PM

Great composition and colour tones, lots of interesting content as well.

John

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2009 - 11:30 PM

What fantastic work, such great processing Helen.
Bob

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 1:06 AM

Dramatic processing. You have added so much life to this and made it into a really striking picture.

Eric

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 3:03 AM

Awesome processing. Love this image..........Sandy

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
11 Dec 2009 - 5:27 AM

You made it dramatic

Peter

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 6:02 AM

Excellent work, Helen. Carol

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1078 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 7:03 AM

Very clever. Reading your description I was afraid that the puddles and reflections were entirely added - I desperately want a picture like this to be a real observation not a fabrication. So opening V2 was a relief. What you have done is simply to enhance a damn fine composition, give it strength and depth. But the basic shot remains the great virtue - it has that wonderful mix of the static and the fleeting.
Moira

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 7:04 AM

Thanks everyone. I was half expecting that it would get the thumbs down for being too dark.

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 7:45 AM

reality and fairytail, mix well together in this image of sheer excellance. The old and the new, the harsh greys and the bright colourful fair contrast so well. a masterpiece.

Linda

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motorsportpictures

WOW< that mod is amazing, really well worked.

Scott

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RobboB
RobboB e2 Member 778 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
11 Dec 2009 - 8:33 AM

Crikey there is a lot going on there and I really like it. How long did it take to do the refinements? I wouldn't know where to start.

Cheers
R

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 8:49 AM

Thanks Linda for you award - that's a wonderful surprise
Rob it took about 2 hours, which wasn't bad at all

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franken
franken e2 Member 123197 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 8:53 AM

Love what you've done to ver 1!

Ken

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Ian-Munro
Ian-Munro  6200 forum posts Wales15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 9:09 AM

Great skill. I like the reflection of the helter skelter thingy.

Ian

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 9:11 AM

Excellent manipulation to create this very striking image.

Albert

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 9:39 AM

Thanks Ken, Ian and Albert

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mickp
mickp e2 Member 8mickp vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 11:29 AM

Superb placement of the elements of this shot.
Mick

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 11:35 AM

Thanks Mick

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Joline
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11 Dec 2009 - 12:37 PM

What a festive looking place. Love your v1....fine work.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 12:43 PM

nice one ..

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7614 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 1:42 PM


Quote: Thanks everyone. I was half expecting that it would get the thumbs down for being too dark.

I came back for a look at this, and saw your comment. I think that dark images can be extremely interesting - the eye likes to fill in little bits, and we don't need to see everything for a photo to pull us in. This is proof right here.
I have a very dark room that I keep wanting to upload - I like it, and it's very dark, but there's some intrigue and mystery about that to me.
Anyway, this one into my faves, for sure!
Anne

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 2:16 PM

Thanks Anne- appreciate you coming back again and really delighted to know you have kept it as a favourite

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 2:53 PM

An excellent bit of work, Helen - the original has some nice lines and patterns, but this is greatly enhanced in V1 and gives it some punch - love it, and worth all the effort put into it.
TrevB Smile

Last Modified By TrevBatWCC at 11 Dec 2009 - 2:54 PM

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 4:15 PM

Yes,wonderful lines here Helen.I can imagine the thoughts with the comp',but you have made a grand job here.
Good ones.
Mick.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 4:45 PM

Thanks Trev and Mick

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Roger1
Roger1  5 England
11 Dec 2009 - 6:50 PM

Stunning

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paulcr
paulcr  101536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 6:54 PM

Great processing, well done. Paul

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 7:00 PM

Thanks Roger and Paul

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 8:19 PM

an enormous amount of subject matter-- gathered tog expertly-- Well done!
Jennnnnn

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SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 9:30 PM

A great construction. Superb work.
Chris

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 9:52 PM

Thanks Jenn and Chris

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Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 10:12 PM

This is brilliant Helen, I actually went to the German market so can actually see in my eye what you have captured here.
I think the water reflections make image amazing!
Jann
xxx

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Maiwand
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11 Dec 2009 - 10:20 PM

Fascinating shot Helen. Very imaginative.
Ron

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2009 - 10:51 PM

Thanks Jann and Ron for your comments.
Wow Jann!! Two awards for one picture!! I'm somewhat speechless!! Many thanks.

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
12 Dec 2009 - 12:09 AM

V2 is a good shot but V1 is excellent.Wish I had your skills.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 8:06 AM

Thanks Roly

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 8:45 AM

Wonderful piece of work Helen, love the treatment you have given the image, works very well indeed.
Barbara

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 8:54 AM

Thanks Barbara

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 2:10 PM

Perfect work Helen, chapeau!
Johanna

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 2:43 PM

Thanks Johanna

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JohnH37
JohnH37  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2009 - 11:34 PM

Superb
-John

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2009 - 8:27 AM

Thanks John

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