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  #83 Circle
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View of the Palace Pier from the Humber R. Bridge       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       3rd place, 130 points
1/80s, f4, ISO 80, 37mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Adjust image to create 360 degree horizontal 180 degree vertical panorama using polar distort in GiMP, minor clone, resize.       Extra Info: The Palace Pier is a 46 floor residential condo Tower on Toronto's waterfront set in a park like setting at the mouth of the Humber River. The white structure is the Humber River Bridge (Google images, Humber River Bridge, to see non-pano bridge views).
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Jul 6, 2010
    Congrats Jade - Great imagination, great shot.

Jade O.
Jul 5, 2010
    Thank you all for your votes and comments. Critical comments also welcomed!

Thanks, Franz. I did plan this carefully - lighting, angle, etc. - but it worked even better than I expected. This is one of the few images I have created that I am pretty much perfectly satisfied with - an iconic structure which, so far as I know, has been uniquely captured/interpreted (and you can find hundreds if not thousands of images of this bridge on the web). For me, that is my greatest reward.

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Jul 5, 2010
    Very interesting effect you are using. It shows at least three rings and gives the impression of a lot more.
I like this one better than the one in the open, as it feels less busy and gives me a chance to recognize some things and offers orientation to me.
Very good composition - I wonder if you already planned the treatment while shooting.

Jade O.
Jul 5, 2010
    forkcandles In southern Ontario especially, we have a great many geographic names which are reflections of our British heritage.

Alberto, I thought only HDR was considered cheating! LOL!

Jul 5, 2010
    just love this one ... reading the extra notes helped as I was trying to work out where the tower was in our own humber bridge in england .
a great shot well adjusted

Jul 5, 2010
    ...I like the way it looks...
"The great pyramid in Toronto"!:-)
...When i saw this image,even if it was a thumb,ithought:
Ple"this surely came from Jade.....
Please....Stop cheating :-))...One of these days i'll confiscate The Gimp :-)

Jade O.
Jul 3, 2010
    Thanks, Bill, I agree that a completely symmetrical image would not have worked as well. The whole is angles and circles so the geometry also appeals to me, with just enough vegetation to add an accent of colour and soften the impact of all the lines.

Lo Certainly the border helps a lot; I had not really thought of that.
Edited on Jul 3, 2010

Jul 2, 2010
    I put this at the top of my choices before I looked at the description. Unless someone was visiting you, I guess we know who this is. I like this shot for the contrast between the angularity of the pyramid and the circles and arcs in the foreground. Having the pyramid off center seals the compositional structure. Nice job.

Jul 2, 2010
    I loved this from the moment I set eyes on it. Had to google the bridge just to see what you started with - but I'd already been captivated by the beauty of the lines. I think what really made the shot stand out for me was the gray (concrete?) edge forming the circle, which really frames the photo and separates it completely from the black background.

Jade O.
Jul 2, 2010
    Mepo Elementary, Watson, it looks slightly oval because it is - deliberately so to make the bridge framing the building appear round! Simply resized on a not quite one to one scale when downsizing for submission. (I thought of the jet intake but without afterburners it would look dull and with afterburners I wouldn't have had a camera.)

raf Agree with all your observations but you missed one important one - the sun position top left. This wouldn't have worked shot at a different time of day so the light came from the lower right for example.
The flare was my poor clone to blend sky and bled some black tower at the same time.

wangi Reptilian mandibles was my thought. The how to is just use the GiMP distort polar feature.

el Thanks. My other one probably isn't the one you think.

Jul 2, 2010
    Excellent composition - it works very well. I like it a lot. The blue works very well with the white bridge supports. No brainer to choose Jade as the artist. It looks oval (squashed vertically) on my monitor and the tower seems to have a bulge on the right about 2/3 of the way up. Very good imagination to come up with this. I was expecting a jet engine intake from you for this challenge. LOL
Edited on Jul 2, 2010

Jul 2, 2010
    Is this a circle? Sorry, poor joke.

Like the filter/PP feature because the distortion makes a very pleasing image where the elements all seem to curve without giving a nauseous effect. All too often (at least when I do it) using these sorts of distortions makes for unpleasant images to my eye. This one works. There are circular flow elements, strong vertical elements and a diagonal from the bridge.

In the top few for sure I think. A little bit of dark flare (not sure what else to call it) off the top of the building should probably be either tidied up or enhanced to make it more volcano like.

Jul 1, 2010
    One for the "outtakes & how to" thread after the challenge! I love that inner white circle - it's almost reptilian!

Jul 1, 2010
    i just read what you did there and still not sure how you got it. will have to look at gimp again. composition on this one works better for me than your other one (which is neat in its own right). haven't looked at all the entries yet, but you probably have a winner here. good luck. el
p.s. reminds me of a convex mirror laying on a dark surface and maybe a little more tweaking to the curve could make this ellipse appear as a circle that is laying flat in front of the viewer. know what i mean? anyway i still find this one very attractive and challenging. el
Edited on Jul 5, 2010
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