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Taken recently on a trip to Leeds to photograph the buildings in the city. Had a great time despite the blanket of grey cloud.

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 10-20
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Dominant
Username:Tony_W Tony_W
Uploaded:15 Sep 2008 - 6:40 PM
Tags:Architecture, Buildings, Digitally manipulated, Leeds
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KatieR
KatieR  106197 forum posts6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 7:02 PM

I'd never have thought that a box junction could be an attractive element of a photo, but it's really quite effective here. It certainly draws the eye in the right direction.

Nice use of a really wide angle.

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shaz4
shaz4  826 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 7:03 PM

HDR...?
Tony...!
You don't like HDR...
Makes a great pic into a stunning one doesn't it ?
Really like the detail in this one..
Sharon

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rangerpaul
15 Sep 2008 - 7:05 PM

Hi Tony. Hope the trip to Leeds went well. Certainly looks like it did judging by this. The processing has worked very nicely here and has created a nice atmospheric scene. Nice bit of cropping down and have you altered the verticals? Looks like it.
Good solid shot.
Paul

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 7:08 PM

Good capture.
chris

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shinyredmx5
15 Sep 2008 - 7:20 PM

Improved greatly.

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Strobe
Strobe  61254 forum posts United States
15 Sep 2008 - 7:22 PM

I like V1, excellent tones and contrast.
Marc

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
15 Sep 2008 - 7:28 PM

excellent detailed shot.ray

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014714 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 7:40 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Done a cracking job of this on Tony, the light was pretty poor at this stage of the day so to get somethig to stand out like this takes a good bit of work and skill.

getting the people to be "people" rather than ghosts is no mean feat - did you use a shot of them off one of the middle photos and paste them over the top? Whatever you did worked.

Glad to see a shot with a high-contrast box junction made it up first anyway - after all, they are just as much a part of the city as that huge town hall is!

Look forward to seeing more

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Tony_W
Tony_W  7128 forum posts5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 8:15 PM

Sharon, I'd still rather create in the camera but having had Ades take on HDR I now have a better understanding of how it can be useful and how to use it more subtly.
Paul, verticles sorted big style on the edges. I used the leaning lamp post on the LHS as a guide on my first attempt and then wondered why the building was still leaning.
Ade, I simply erased the HDR layer back to reveal the people in the base layer. As the base layer and HDR layer were approx equal in these areas there wasn't much to tidy up afterwards.

Thanks to all for the votes and comments. More to follow shortly.
Tony

Last Modified By Tony_W at 15 Sep 2008 - 8:16 PM

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014714 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 9:07 PM

ah - we never did do the ND grad shots to prove my point that they don't work for architecture!

Imagine this shot with 2 stops of ND over the tower - it'd be dark and featureless and have a horrible tide mark where the grad changes.

There are very few shots we could have got where oyu could effectively use ND grads... I know because I've tried them all Smile

Which building's next - I'm doing Nando's at the mo Wink

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Tony_W
Tony_W  7128 forum posts5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2008 - 9:54 PM

I know what you mean though Ade. I tried them with a tree sticking above the skyline and failed miserably.

Next is The Bourse. Bourse means exchange by the way. Love the windows at the back Smile

Cheers,
Tony

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