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Great macjake 2010-11-11 15:37

Hi Peter
well well, look who came back!
9Mill is a bit pricey don't you think? imagine the sales commision on that!
Overall, i have to give this photo a 9.5 out of 10.
why the missed 0.5? is it just me or is it a tad lilted downward to the left? sometimes its hard to tell because skylines/beachfronts dont always run linear...anyways...i'm nit picking Peter, seriously, its a doozy, and a winner.
If i took this, i'd be very happy and proud of it.
the depth with the F11 is outstanding, as the tall buildings are very well defined. I like the colours in the lower FG, they pop out at the viewer.
the dark coloured bridge is splendid too, and the sailboats are just icing on the cake.
The best feature of all, is without a doubt the popcorn clouds, they seem to "open" up the sky somehow.
great visual.
As for the Blue hour...yeah...i'd love to get my hands on this baby! i'ds do one photoshoot in the daytime, and one at the blue hour...same location. With the buildings SO far back in the frame, it would be VERY hard to get them to be sharp - so this is easily the right choice to shoot this scene.
looking forward to your next one!

Old 11-11-2010, 11:32 PM
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Default To macjake: You asked for it

Hi Craig,
Ha, you asked for it, so how could I refuse.
The tilt, you know I think it is an optical illusion brought about by the shoreline in front of the city curving towards camera. I tried quite a few different angles on the frame but this one seemed to have the buildings vertical. I checked it in Photoshop with a guide line and the buildings are vertical.
I have another version, well, three other versions actually, with varying degrees of tilt back to the right, none of them look right either. I think it is one of those situations where you say "bugger it" I'll go with this one.

I did the processing for this shot in Lightroom and exported the jpeg and full res TIFF files straight from there. I've done quite a lot of work using the selective brush to get the clouds looking the way they do. I also used the selective brush to give the city buildings a bit of a boost in sharpness.

I was going to come back that evening to try a "blue hour" capture but as I said in the note, it rained. With the deadline for the printers the way it was I didn't have another opportunity to get the shot.

The owner has invited us there for New Years Eve so maybe then I can give it another go.

Anyway thank you for the critique, always good to hear from you.

Best wishes
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