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A nice Friday evening, Olympics about to start, Black and White, Salford Quays not a recipie for success!

An image I've spent ages on, trying to perfect one new aspect to my mono workflow.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:20mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Flash:Unknown (0x43f1)
Title:Harmonies ..
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:27 Jul 2012 - 7:19 PM
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7329 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom885 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 7:38 PM

Fabulous, everything seems to be in flux, it's a restless image.
Moira

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bazyoung
bazyoung  5 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 - 7:56 PM

Love It!

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53997 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 8:04 PM

This is so smooth and has such depth. Calm - but not for long!
Chris

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 342 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 8:32 PM

Brilliant Nick

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JackAllTog
JackAllTog e2 Member 53469 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 8:36 PM

If architecture can be beautiful then this is it. Excellent.

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peaceshooter
27 Jul 2012 - 8:55 PM

A wonderful moody, contrasty b&w. Works really well.

Dave

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iancatch
iancatch e2 Member 7iancatch vcard England45 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 9:46 PM

Looks like a success to me

Ian

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chavender
chavender  3208 forum posts France1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 10:23 PM

Superb image nick!
Masterful conversion and effective composition.
Nice to see a current image for a change.

Bill

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franken
franken e2 Member 112920 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 10:23 PM


Quote: If architecture can be beautiful then this is it. Excellent.

I couldn't have said it any better.

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LesF
LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 11:19 AM

Good to see a different angle at Salford Quays Nick


LesF

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5170 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 5:27 PM

I cant tell you how much I like this Nick. The gradation of the light on the buildings is wonderful and the handrail leads the eye nicely through the composition, via the building and on to the bridge. Superb. I cant award my UA yet but I shall return.
Derek

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 6:56 PM

Good mono work Nick, details and tones are very good IMHO
Regards Richard

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psiman
psiman  10551 forum posts Wales
29 Jul 2012 - 8:07 AM

Great shot and excellent mono teratment giving an unusal for a well photographed image. Have you tried rotating it slightly clockwise, as to me it appears to be tilted down to the LHS?

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 63723 forum postsNick_w vcard England98 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 9:47 AM

Thanks everyone, big thanks for the user awards.

Simon, what you are seeing is caused by the shapes / angles of the building. If you check the telegraph posts and the far shoreline rhs which I used to correct the vertices it is level ( I also ensured it was level on the tripod, and applied lens correction in lightroom). One of the reasons I liked the subject was the odd angles ( even the entrance to the building isn't square).

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 12:13 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I agree with Les in that it's good to see a different angle from here Nick and I can also see what Simon is saying as it does feel as if it needs a 'tad' or CW rotation. For me the main telegraph pole is the one that I might've been tempted to take my verticles from as it's more prominent than the others. I do appreciate that it is probably more an optical illusion by the shapes and angles all tricking the eye though.

For me though mate, there are too many 'dark patches' in the finished shot. Bottom left has pretty much filled in and the two darker areas of the sky [tl and tr] just feel a little heavy for me. The one top right moreso as it seems to be at odds with the lightness of the reflection in the water surface on the Quays. If you had to make one adjustment, then for me it would be to bring up the darkness of the bottom left corner.

Vote for the comp though Wink

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 63723 forum postsNick_w vcard England98 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 10:43 PM

Sorry Paul, I couldn't get back to you sooner, the internet kept dropping out.

I'm still happy with the rotation - tho I do appreciate what Simon mentioned, the lines are all over the place so it does deceive the eye.

I couldn't do much with the cloudbank - I didn't use any grads so it is what it is - I did lift the curve too (tho I do have another image same length of shutter speed but theres too much people movement - but the sky maybe prefferable).

But the dark bit bottom left - your right and TBH its the bit I was unhappy with. Th swirls are fine, but there was a large stain in the pavement that was too large to clone out successfully - so I darkened it down slightly.

I've got other plans for this image - to be used in a composite - where the dark ness in that corner will be OK - I will also clone out the telegraph posts - and probably try the other sky.

Cheers for your views Paul - consrtructive as always Smile

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