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  #234 Dutch Angle
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Sundial       ©2020 kerszkavet
Panasonic DMC-G80       3rd place, 123 points
1/400s, f5.6, ISO 200, 30mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Levels, cloning out some distracting minor objects       Extra Info: Not my original idea - several years ago I saw a picture of this sundial at this angle by another photographer.

The eye is drawn to the vertical line, and then gets confused by the diagonal background.
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56 days ago
    I liked this one - loved the way the eye is drawn upwards. Kudos.

57 days ago
    This was my #2 so I wasn't too far off :-) Congrats, really nice composition.

Jade O.
57 days ago
    Another top 5 finish! You're consistently ending up in the top of the pack.

57 days ago
    Congratulations on 3rd - great composition.

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57 days ago
    Rather dizzying photo! In my favs.

57 days ago
    Thanks everyone for the comments - and I learned the word 'gnomon' !

aoc46 - I just wanted to play with the sensation of viewing - create a bit of confusion - unexpected but still recognisable.

jomari - "pleasant but unobtrusive" could well be the motto of this part of London...! I tried a similar approach with a leaning flower - will show it in outtakes

Mepo - I had some shots with a lot more sun, but nearby trees created shadows that were so strong as to be distracting. This was the best balanced composition, but probably could have done with a bit more brightness / contrast in pp

57 days ago
    It works well. Too bad there was no sun to brighten it.

57 days ago
    I like the use of dutch angle to create a vertical from a line that you wouldn't expect to be vertical. I think it makes for a more interesting shot than if it was normally aligned.

58 days ago
    Interesting. I like it.

Old Finn
59 days ago
    Nice picture, well composed. In my TT

59 days ago
    I love this composition. Somehow it gives a sense of motion, like the gnomon is reaching up to the sky. Nice colors too.

59 days ago
    Well composed to create that disorienting view. Great capture.

59 days ago
    Seeing a Dutch Angle image causes the immediately to wonder, "Why is the camera crooked?" In this case, obviously, you wanted to make the gnomen vertical. But why was that a good idea? To me, it doesn't make the image any more interesting or compelling.

Jade O.
Aug 29, 2020
    I get the idea and it only half works for me here. In my top 10

Aug 28, 2020
    Great use of the tilt. The image works well because the subject is strong and the background pleasant but unobtrusive.
I tried shooting a leaning tree so that it was vertical but the background was so blah I had to abandon it.
High in my faves.

Aug 28, 2020
    Spot on the theme and well composed. Agree that the perpendicular element of the dial makes the shot so interesting and puts an emphasis on the sloping background. High in my top favourites

Aug 27, 2020
    still a great shot and well spotted
there is nothing new in photography until kodak made the world in colour
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