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  #43 Architecture
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Contrasts @ The Shore       ©2008 wangi
Panasonic DMC-LX2       1st place, 363 points
1/125s, f3.2, ISO 100, 33mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Selectively merge two black and white conversions from the same raw file (one 'denser' / more contrast than the other)       Extra Info: The Shore, Leith -- a landscape built up from many different architectural styles, built over many years...

On the far left is the most recent addition - apartments on Tower Place. Architect was George Arnold for Morrison Homes; built 2001-2002. Immediately in front of them is an old small white lighthouse. The castle like building near the middle of the frame is now the Malmaison Hotel. It was designed by Charles Stuart Still Johnston and was opened in 1885 by the Earl of Roseberry as a Sailor's Home (for 65 officers and seamen, with 50 additional beds in attics to accommodate Naval Rescue men/shipwreck victims). Immediately to the right of that is the round tower which is the remains of a much altered tower windmill. It was built circa 1686 when Robert Mylne of Balfargie undertook to erect 'a wynd mill of the largeness of thretty-two feet diameter over the walls'. Next to that is a four story tenement built in 1802 as a counting house, now with 'The Shore' bar at ground level. The imposing white building is one of the few remaining reminders of Leith's industrial past - George Brown & Sons Engineers. In in front of all that we had a few barges lined up against the dock at the Water of Leith.
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Apr 2, 2008
    Well done, great image well deserved 1st place!

Apr 1, 2008
    Great image Wangi. I love the black and white treatment. Congrats

Apr 1, 2008
    Thanks again everyone! I've just noticed that the same area has been the focus of a few Panachallenge entries in the past... http://www.panachallenge.com/search/index.php?search=leith&cat=entry And we're going back into the mist of time to the 0th mini challenge (!) and challenge #5! The panorama from the mini challenge 'completes the view' on the right where this one cuts off, but with some wonky stitching!

Apr 1, 2008
    Congratulations Wangi, an awesome image for a more than deserved win, I show the pics in the challenge to some of my friends and all said 'waaaah, wonderful!!' :-)

Apr 1, 2008
    Congratulations!! Absolutely stunning and a well deserved 1st place! I had a look at the colour version, which is also excellent, but I feel you made the right choice for your entry.

Apr 1, 2008
    Simply the best photo in the main category. Congrats on your win!

Apr 1, 2008
    Wangi!! This is one of those images I Ooh & ahhed over! Absolutely beautifully done!! Everything about this capture makes it a special one and a very deserving win!! Up there with one of my most favorite reflection shots ever! Congratulations!!

Apr 1, 2008
    Congratulations! Awesome image!! I had problems last night as the pages were so delayed from this end so I had to wait until today to leave congrats. Going to see your Colored version now. :-) I really am a color fan!

Apr 1, 2008
    Thanks for all the comments guys - very happy with the result!

This photo was taken on the final evening of the entry period, had the light not been 'just right' then I'd have been trying to enter a photo of a stone circle as architecture!

I've linked to the colour version of this shot on this photo on Flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/lkindness/2378999481/

Mar 31, 2008
    Congratulations -- beautiful image!

Mar 31, 2008
    Congratulations. I thought this was THE standout image of the challenge in either category. A more than worthy winner.

Mar 31, 2008
    Well done! This really is the stand out winner. Congratulations!

Mar 31, 2008
    congrats...great photo...well done

Mar 31, 2008
    Congrats. My favourite image in this challenge by quite a bit.

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Mar 31, 2008
    The description of the different styles architecture on view was interesting & the water reflections help make it a very pleasant image of urban scenery,well done & in my TT.

Mar 29, 2008
    Great composition,in my tt,good luck

Old Finn
Mar 29, 2008
    That`s a beautiful pic. Nice feeling. BW suits well here, so many details that colours maybe would have made the pic some confused. High in my TT.
Good luck!

Mar 29, 2008
    Really well taken, composed and developed, for me what makes this stand out is the crisp reflections in the water combined with the moody sky. Certainly in my TT!

Mar 29, 2008
    In my short experience here in Panachallenge, I tend to prefer great color patterns to B&W, maybe it's because I haven't still worked a lot with B&W. This time, I surprised myself selecting in my favourites lots of B&W... and yours is one of the best!! not only architecture approach (thanks for all that amazing extra info!!) but also for a superb pic, that merge of raw conversions resulted excellent, the cloudy sky is impressive, and that reflections... waaah!
Still lover colour... but your pic will be in my top three, best of lucks!!

Mar 29, 2008
    The lighting and reflections are wonderful in this! I'm not a fan of b&w but this just works! tt

Mar 28, 2008
    Have yet to vite but in my current top spot. Love the rich contrasty tones, the angled composition and the fantastic reflections set off by a wonderful sky. What's not to like here.

Mar 28, 2008
    Awesome result with an awesome image. We can learn from you Post Processing I think! Thanks for the research too, very interesting. TF.

Mar 28, 2008
    I don't usually go for B&W shots but this one is absolutely stunning! My #2 favourite. Good luck!

Mar 28, 2008
    A real classic !

Mar 27, 2008
    Wow this is special. Absolutely beautiful image. Print this large and put a nice frame around it I say!

Mar 27, 2008
    My favourite! Congrats, it is a great shot!
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