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  #81 The way home
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Of Tops, Tots, and Towers       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       4th place, 99 points
1/125s, f4.5, ISO 80, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: 3 image vertical stitch       Extra Info: Part of the rail lands redevelopment, a breathtaking community rises in former industrial land in the heart of the City.
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Oct 18, 2015
    It may be me but the tower looks like it's floating. There is sky and cloud below the bottom right of the tower, just to the left of the shapes red end. Does the tower actually look like this? I was wondering if it was something to do with the stiches. Thanks, Neil.

Jade O.
Jun 9, 2010
    Lo, Toronto is so full of beautiful vistas where the CN Tower just pops up in the background, but this is among the newest ones. (And I thought that CN pop up necessary for the shot here- the key to this photo working was the fortunate progression from foreground to horizon of towers ranging from the shortest (the kid of course!) though the tops and condos to the tallest at the back. For me so far, from that perspective, this view in Toronto is unique.)

Thanks, Billy.

Ah, Michael. Your wit was too quick for me!
Edited on Jun 9, 2010

Jun 8, 2010
    Well done Jade - It's nice to see the CN tower from such an unusual perspective. Normally it dominates the scene, but here, it's just a reminder that we're in TO.

Jun 8, 2010
    Many congrats Jade!! another great double result!!! :-) :-)

Jun 8, 2010
    Sorry Jade: I was paraphrasing your "This for sure is not a sunset shot! Really, it's not! ...is it?... "

Jade O.
Jun 8, 2010
    Thanks raf, Mepo. Not sure what the question is from Mepo but this is the new community bordered on the north by the GO line, the south by the Gardiner, the west by Bathurst (those cranes are in the west half, and the east view (east half) here bordered by Spadina looking toward the Skydome and CN Tower. I'm standing next to the great open space park with the large red canoe in it. They're tossing footballs behind me, rollerblading in front and eating at outdoor cafes and walking cute little trophy dogs everywhere else. Another great iconic residential neighbourhood rising from scratch in the heart of the city. There are actually some new funky row houses/townhouses fronting the street just to the right off the frame. All the towers here except the CN Tower are new trendy residential condos.
Edited on Jun 8, 2010

Jun 7, 2010
    Well done Jade

Jun 7, 2010
    Congrats jade. Great double finish. Am looking fwd to your out-takes. This for sure is not the CN tower - is it?

Jade O.
Jun 7, 2010
    Thank you all for your votes and comments! I love that everyone is commenting on all the entries more-- you learn more that way and I've really enjoyed this Challenge!

Thanks, Billy. But the guy with the hat is Michael!

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Jun 7, 2010
    Breathtaking for sure! :-O what a superb street/skyline view!!!
(And, of course, there's also Toronto blues, and even a very nice human touch :-)
My #2 after a very hard decision, could easily be my #1 also, and I'm sure will finish very high. Super shot!!
P.S. Toronto, blues, the little boy, the (fantastic!) stitching... all leads to Jade again :-) or to Michael making me nuts if not... :-D :-D

Jade O.
Jun 7, 2010
    Thanks, Ronoz!

Jun 7, 2010
    Great title, good pic - well done !

Jade O.
Jun 7, 2010
    Alberto, Lo I agree the human element is important to bring some life into the shot. Thank you both for your comments.

Jun 7, 2010
    perfect lights and composition too!
...all elements tend to the sky...and a human element too!
Brava! ;-)

Jun 6, 2010
    This is a really interesting shot - I think you could look at it again and again and still find something new. Of course, I had to look up vertical stitching to find out what I was looking at, and I'm really impressed. I think the little boy really adds life to the photo.

Jade O.
Jun 6, 2010
    elliott Definitely golden hour and actually taken just after the crane shot except I'm shooting about 120 degree in the other direction.

Mepo What's truly unbelievable is the little guy slowed down long enough to let me get this one (his mistake, it let me catch the little munchin so I tossed him in the pond afterward anyway! -just kidding) I'll post a shot in outtakes for you, too. Second, with two entries like this do you still need more evidence I've gone over to the "dark" side? Of course not! This for sure is not a sunset shot! Really, it's not! ...is it?...
Edited on Jun 7, 2010

Jun 6, 2010
    nice job. and this looks like the 'golden hour' lighting for sure. el

Jun 6, 2010
    This shot is unbelievable - First - It's taken near sunset and 2nd - the kid doesn't have any wet on his clothes - can't be one of mine LOL. I like the depth of field you have worked into the composition. The bright colours in contrast to the buildings give a nice feeling to the scene.

Jade O.
Jun 6, 2010
    forkcandles, It is a lovely site which this image fails to do full justice. This public art installation really enhances the experience of being there.

Jun 6, 2010
    what a lovely site... colours people and buildings , something you could look at for days and still see something new. ps cant see the joins ......

Jade O.
Jun 5, 2010
    Thanks, Franz. My image is a pitiful reflection of the true majesty of the place. When you are here, you feel you are seeing the dream of a better tomorrow become a reality.

Jun 5, 2010
    Nice cityscape, cool finding.
Very interesting and colorful scenery.

Jade O.
Jun 5, 2010
    I always look forward to your comments, raf, and find I am anticipating the same issues you point out more and more. (I hope that means I'm getting better at figuring out what's important!) The base was an easy choice, either clone out the white foreground sculpture or lose the spacing, depth and colour/materials contrast that the pond brings-I liked what the sculpture and pond added in but disliked especially the extent to which the one branch intruded so on balance I left it as is. All the buildings lean toward the centre as a matter of perspective, I think, though you are right about the tower being ever so slightly off to the left - I missed that. I had another solution to the lean issue which I will post in outtakes after voting ends. I, too, thought the human element was necessary for interest and scale and the kid was cute, to boot (there's an expression I've seen somewhere - but we'll keep it our secret! It is a not uncommon Canadian colloquialism here as well).
Edited on Jun 5, 2010

Jun 4, 2010
    Crisp, sharp and clear which gives immediate appeal. Lovely colour, light and a human element reinforce that appeal.

The building leans always make me think in my own shots "do I straighten, do I not?". The minor worry here is that the centre (ie the tower) is still at a bit of a lean to the left, that should be the straightest bit I think. This is minor but it nagged at me looking at the shot. I am also undecided about the white elements at the base.
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