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I took this during a brief interlude of truly gorgeous light. I was planning a dreamy, high-key effect – with anonymous figures, all walking away from the camera, a hint of motion blur.
I quite liked the result, but high-key isn't really me. I like dark. So I had some fun with it. For me this is still dream-like, which was the main intention.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Mar 2013 - 4:36 PM
Focal Length:16mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/20sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:To the City
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:8 Apr 2013 - 7:31 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Street photography
Votes:61

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 7:33 AM

Great in mono.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 7:37 AM

An excellent effect you have created here, Moira. Carol

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barbarahirst
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8 Apr 2013 - 7:42 AM

All sorts spring to mind with this intriguing work

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 7:48 AM

Big smile when I saw Rontears image this morning....

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SiHunt_GrafficSnapZ

Hi, like this, seen hundreds of this bridge but this one stands out. Good shutter speed & comp'. Regards, Si.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
8 Apr 2013 - 7:50 AM

A great capture any way Moira - one I enjoyed Smile

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stevesloan
8 Apr 2013 - 7:53 AM

I like the harshness in the sky the grainy texture and the rich blacks
Steve

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104036 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 8:05 AM

loike the composition with St Paul's just slightly left centre...not sure about the very dark patch top left? Smile

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 8:12 AM

They look like zombies drawn to the other side of the bridge- definitely dream like Moira SmileSmile
Helen

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1075 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 8:15 AM


Quote: They look like zombies drawn to the other side of the bridge- definitely dream like

That's the effect that I was aiming for, thanks Helen.

Quote: not sure about the very dark patch top left?

That's grey cloud, it's there in the original.
Cheers everyone, I wasn't sure how this would go down.
Moira

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 8:24 AM

What ! no snowWink Moira. A wonderful location full of potential, as seen here.
Ron.

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 8:53 AM

Dreamy indeed Moira , its good to try something different now and again and this works for me . I love the grainy sky and if you had fun with it is that not all that really matters ??

Rod

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 8:58 AM

Londoners always look slightly strange when it's cold, it seems to be a big shock to their system when the cold winds blow on them.
I think you have caught the moment well and the processing does make the difference.

Dougie

I could tell them a thing or two about cold winds.

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JohnChambersPhotography

The effect you were after is done to a tee here Moira, everyone is in such a hurry and more so in London this captures shows just that and I like the way everyone is all wrapped up it sure looks cold .

John

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1075 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 9:06 AM


Quote: Londoners always look slightly strange when it's cold, it seems to be a big shock to their system when the cold winds blow on them.
I think you have caught the moment well and the processing does make the difference.

Dougie

I could tell them a thing or two about cold winds.

The week we were there it was actually several degrees colder in London than in the North East - bitterly cold. Everyone was in shock.
Thanks everyone,
Moira

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41077 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 9:08 AM

Dark dreams! I like the rear view perspective, Moira, the anonymity of large cities.

Dave

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franken
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8 Apr 2013 - 9:24 AM

Works for me Moira - excellent!

Ken.

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KingBee
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8 Apr 2013 - 10:52 AM

A bit like when I saw Bill's image earlier, first impressions can be deceiving. Even at full view, I still think the lower bank of cloud on the LH side of the picture looks like a distant mountain range - which makes the picture all the more surreal, for me at any rate.

Regards.

Bob

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10476 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 11:09 AM

Effex pro at it's best Moira but the secret is knowing when to use it . Spot on with this one. Good stuff and a nice start to the week.

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 11:43 AM

A nice image MoiraSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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8 Apr 2013 - 12:15 PM

like the atmosphere here

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Daisymaye
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8 Apr 2013 - 1:53 PM

Like they are heading into the city to a job they all hate. Doing what they hate but doing it because they have to. Great processing on this.....Sandy

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joolsb
joolsb  1027115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 5:14 PM

Seems like a popular spot for photography….

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 5:28 PM

They look like zombies on their way to the mines. I like St Paul's being so far away - rather an unreal and effective effect.

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saltireblue
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8 Apr 2013 - 7:16 PM

The motion blur combined with having them backs to camera give the impression of them escaping from something or someone (you?), not going to something.
The treatment makes it more sinister than dream-like, I feel.

Malc

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NDODS
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8 Apr 2013 - 7:51 PM

What I admire most of all about this particular piece Moira is the fact the you took risks and ended up with a rather stunning image.

Regards Nathan

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nonur
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8 Apr 2013 - 10:40 PM

I love the (right) amount of motion blur, the glow and the shadows. A wonderful grainy B&W, Moira.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 8:13 PM

Wonderful scenic & Reportage Monochrome Image 'with All the Right Elements,' Moira~ Smile

Very deserving of my UA~

Have a great 'Rest of the Week'~

Ciao ~ Pietro

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1075 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 8:35 PM

Thanks so much for the UA Peter, that's a great end to the evening!
Moira

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terry_cavner
11 Apr 2013 - 8:17 AM

Nice Work Moira

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Glostopcat
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19 Apr 2013 - 10:28 PM

I like the grainy effect and motion blur, it has transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 9:22 PM

FANTASTIC MONO WORK!

LOVE THIS

ollie

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1831 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom91 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 7:46 PM

Great lighting and movement.

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