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Well - this is my first attempt at getting rid of extraneous detail and it was a lesson in patience! There was a car behind those gates (at the time I'd waited ages but he was parked for the day!)and a diagonal bar ... rather than cloning I used a series of cut and pastes. Have also played around with the cropping - originally there was more black surround and the image was dead centre.

Camera:Olympus
Title:Bergen
Username:SuziBlue SuziBlue
Uploaded:8 Dec 2002 - 12:00 AM
Tags:Bergen, Bicycle, Digitally manipulated, Ice, Landscape / travel, March, Photo journalism, Street photography
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Paddy
Paddy  12254 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2002 - 11:54 PM

very well done suzi, this is a great pic...

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2002 - 12:54 AM

Wow thanks Paddy! Actually I've noticed that going down to 40K brings down the definition of the gates - so I need to go back and work on the lighter bars a little more as some look as though they're missing. Thanks for the encouragement!

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User_Removed
9 Dec 2002 - 6:40 AM

Nice shot Suzi.........No cold Tea in this one then. It's a 4 from me.

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2002 - 6:48 PM

Thanks Laurel Grin ... I could have done with hot tea that day! or the JD even ... the wind was BITTER ...

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mizpol
mizpol  1137 forum posts
6 Jul 2003 - 9:50 AM

One of my favourites. Great use of cut and paste and the forsight of seeing the finished pic before it's taken

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2003 - 8:09 PM

Thanks very much Miz Grin .. yep, working on this taught me a whole lot ..

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sparrin
sparrin  11
25 Jul 2003 - 6:03 AM

good photo and obviously software can do more...just depends on the hands of the user...

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2003 - 9:10 AM

Thanks Shaun .. yep software can be a tool or a weapon can't it LOL Grin

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durlstonp
durlstonp  11638 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2003 - 4:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very effective shot Suzi and a great observation of the reflected light. Makes you realise that even the seemingly mundane can become a great photo with the right lighting. Fully deserves the Editor's Choice logo.

DP

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2003 - 8:12 PM

Thank you very much DP .. and for dropping by Grin

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steve j
steve j  11
25 Aug 2003 - 7:10 AM

a bread & butter pic, if ever i saw one....
XCLNT : could look at this for TIME.......

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2003 - 3:28 PM

Steve - you think it's that sellable? Grin thanks for that ..

It would be good to build up some bread & butter stuff but what I need to do is work on making sure the quality is right. Going by requirements I'm nowhere near ready to submit the reproductive quality they want .. so that looks like the next logical step ..

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abraxas
abraxas  11
26 Aug 2003 - 4:56 AM

Yes I like this one.. reminds me of those "Athena" postcards with the lighting and subject..

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g-3
g-3  11
27 Aug 2003 - 4:30 PM

Oops you did it again...you made me wanna take the pic! :o)) Very Brassai-like in vision,

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2003 - 8:02 PM

Good grief G3 - steady on .. LOL!!! But thanks - very kind and I really appreciate your comments Grin .. and thanks too Neil .. I am looking into my originals now and seeing what I can do about getting some samples ready for sending to magazines .. I don't have anywhere near enough images for stock or anything, but perhaps I can get a pic editor or two interested ..

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Leo
Leo  1245 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2003 - 1:48 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Excellent eradication of the car you mentioned Suzi, patience certainly paid off there. I have endless patience for that sort of thing but not as a general rule though.
Cutting, feathering and pasting is a first class solution to vertical challenges, I often find.

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2003 - 12:41 PM

Thanks Leo Grin I've just recently got the bigger file size version printed up (finally) and although the picture quality isn't too hot the more solid effect of the gate bars shows up well. And yep, digital work like that is a bit like fine brush painting isn't it .. although not so 'hands on' .. and does need patience.

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Leo
Leo  1245 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2003 - 1:41 PM

Nice to lean back after you've got there and admire the reward for your patience.
After all, I guess we all do this just to please ourselves, purely a bonus if others enjoy it tooSmile I've just done a B/W image and removed a large "For Sale" sign and a "No Parking" sign, now it's worth a second look. Plenty of less than sharp images or technically less than perfect around, which
because of the subject matter, score big time. So that's not so vitalGrin

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lightloader
26 Sep 2003 - 8:56 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Finally got around to viewing some of your
work - and wow, did I find it! A very thoughtful collection Suzie - way ahead of me on the artistic front. Places and things
can be challenging subjects, I mean to evoke emotion from...

Anyway, this one has terrific mood, carefully composed and shows a real control of natural light.

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rune
rune  11
26 Sep 2003 - 9:55 PM

Hi!

By looking at the title(duh) and the wet, wooden entrance in the photo I guess this is a picture from Bergen - Norway.

A very representative image from the city between the seven mountains.

How did you like your stay in Bergen?

Hope you caught us on one of our very rare sunny days - sadly it rains most of the time. As I write it`s pouring cats and dogs outside.

- Rune

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2003 - 11:01 AM

Adrian many thanks Grin very kind of you .. Grin and excuse me but your portfolio is pretty hot too!

and Rune - thank you! I'm glad you like this one of Bergen - such a beautiful place and just STUFFED with history .. this was in March one year - ice and snow and freezing cold but the people were so very warm and welcoming. My Norwegian accent wasn't up to much I'm afraid! needs work ... Grin

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Nokin of Nonac
22 Oct 2003 - 9:54 PM

Classic Smile

Baz

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SuziBlue
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23 Oct 2003 - 10:09 AM

Thanks Baz .. and for dropping by Grin

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flossie
flossie  111557 forum posts
8 Nov 2003 - 4:39 PM

Just spotted this in your portfolio (from before my time on Epz)
Can't believe you took out a car - you'd never know.
I like everything about it - great atmoshphere and moody lighting, Abraxus hit the nail on the head with Athena - definitely looks like something they'd have on a poster.

One thing, just read your personal info - what exactly do you do with an ironing board (mm.. could be tricky getting it in the bag!!) and sticky back plastic? I've a lot to learn :o)

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2003 - 5:54 PM

Thanks Flossie Grin and for your appreciation .. Grin

I know - climbing mountains is a tad tricky with an adjustable ironing board tucked under one arm .. lol

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sunsetskydancer
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25 Mar 2004 - 7:31 PM

Great shot Suzanne. Your patience has paid off. Always a pleasure to view your work.
Cheers,
Hudson

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SuziBlue
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25 Mar 2004 - 11:46 PM

Thank you very much Hudson - really appreciated. Thanks for the visit Grin

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023243 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2004 - 11:09 PM

You know,I always assumed I'd clicked on this shot. As my old teacher used to say, 'never assume.' One of the first photo's I viewed on EPZ and liked it ever since.

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2004 - 2:54 PM

Thanks again Keith .. always so encouraging and I always make picky remarks about yours! (well nearly always ..)

It's a pity I don't have the neg - now my pic twiddling is heaps better than it used to be it would be great to have another go and have a big filesize to work with. I have one printed up as a 10x8 and the resolution is crap but from a few feet away it looks fine! Could get Genuine Fractals at some pointand then it might be worth working it up. People say it's a better way of doing it than doing the incremental bit in PS ..

And never assume anything - too right.

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rogues
rogues  10 India
8 Sep 2004 - 11:48 AM

this is superb ! Well deserved EC.
wonder how i missed this erlier buddy...
good composition, and well-captured too.
U got n interesting folio in there.
look forward to more.
Click***

Raghav

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bole
bole  10
16 Oct 2004 - 10:52 AM

very good photo.

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2004 - 1:42 AM

Thanks again Raghav - really appreciate your comments: Thanks too Zoran - glad you like it Smile

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
8 Nov 2005 - 7:40 PM

Well observed and presented ...

Susie :o)

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2005 - 11:45 AM

Thanks very much Rosie! Nice to have this one peeked at again Smile

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himel
himel  1061 forum posts
31 Dec 2005 - 9:26 PM

its abstract... i like it


Himel

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jpenguin
jpenguin  966 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Feb 2006 - 4:01 AM

this is a great image. It has something.
J

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pikey
pikey  11861 forum posts
11 Mar 2006 - 10:44 AM

Beautiful, simple calrity to this....like something from a Magnum cofee table book.

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2006 - 8:09 AM

Thanks very much all. And thanks for visiting Grin

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sputnki
sputnki  10 Canada
20 Apr 2006 - 2:34 AM

Great job on the manipulation! For a second I thought there were some artifacts in the image, but they came off when I rubbed my thumb over the monitor... :-P

It's funny, I have a picture of a bike taken in Bergen, leaning against a stone wall. Such a hilly town the cyclists must be all muscle!

The composition really works well. I might have darkened the blacks a bit more, but I'm a contrasty kinda guy.

Doug

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1216195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2006 - 9:31 PM

Thanks for the feedback Doug. It's a shame I've lost the neg but there it is. Interesting point bout the contrast - I've got a couple more versions now using contrast tweaks but there again the scan res is so low I wouldn't be able to do much with them 8-[

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ivana_kusman
9 May 2006 - 4:09 PM

love it!
excellent composition & presentation

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SuziBlue
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10 May 2006 - 5:36 AM

Thank you Ivana 8-] Glad you like this.

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AnneWorner e2 Member 7614 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2009 - 1:55 AM

Very interesting clicking back on an older image. Seeing user names that no longer show up in the photogallery, seeing the different sizes of the uploads. A lot has changed.
A very well composed image. I like the way it frames the bicycle, the rain puddle in the tunnel. This isn't Bergen, Norway is it? Let me tell you, it can rain buckets there!
Anne

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3 Mar 2010 - 6:20 PM

Very artistic shot! Like it a lot!

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AnnieKisster
4 Mar 2010 - 2:54 PM

I love the atmosphere of this image, it's really interesting, like something straight out of a vintage film. Wonderful.

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SuziBlue
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8 Mar 2010 - 1:49 AM

Thanks so much everyone - Anne yes it is Smile

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