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  Mini#17 Negative Space
Entry 4 of 30
Toronto Harbour Police Marine Unit Station       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       4th place, 166 points
1s, f6.3, ISO 100, 35mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Stitched, cropped, cloned out distracting elements, resized, sharpened.       Extra Info: One of many beautiful architectural features located along the Toronto waterfront.
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Jade O.
Apr 9, 2009
    aprilsole, your upbeat attitude is grea888 too!

Thanks, LindyB. Next time I'll be more careful to get into your number 1 position!

Thanks, audiredred. I really thought your shot was someplace in Europe!

Thanks, akebono. Your winning image is one I would be really proud of!

Apr 7, 2009
    Grea88888 shot and a Grea888 Finish~! Congratulations~!

Apr 7, 2009
    Congratulations Jade O! This was my number 3 despite the wires :) It's a stunningly beautiful shot.

Apr 7, 2009
    Great shot..well done.

Apr 7, 2009
    Congratulations, Jade O. Yours was my number 4!


Jade O.
Apr 6, 2009
    Doh! I knew I should have cloned out those wires! ;-)
Thanks again for your votes and comments. Every one is much appreciated!

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Apr 6, 2009
    Lovely combination of blue tones, the dark blue area creating a moody negative space for the Station... The only thing that bothers me a bit are the wires ar right side, the diagonal lines "conflict" a bit with the rest of the pic and are distracting...
Anyway, I like the pic and is finally in my TT, good luck!!

Jade O.
Apr 5, 2009
    slieb25 Actually, the only cloning in this image that I recall was to lower the cable in the bottom right and reduce the surface I am on and to reduce the size of the reflection in the water on the lower left as it was running off the side of the image but your noticing that I've done so leaves me wondering if my cloning technique is a little rough.

lesf Thanks. I thought the colour was one of the most compelling aspects of this image and straight out of the camera with no levels or curves adjustment.

broph I did one image with more water in the foreground but felt as you noted, a narrower height complimented the building better. Your thoughts on the cables and light standard are closest to my own. You've captured my thought process working on this shot exactly!
Edited on Apr 5, 2009

Apr 4, 2009
    A very nice image, I see you cloned out some distracting parts of the image, I would have liked it even better without the wires on the right side of the image. The bottom one isn't too distracting to my eye, but the top right one is definitely distracting.

Apr 4, 2009
    Beautiful range of blues TT

Apr 4, 2009
    Beautiful use of space.
At first look, the extended width looked out of place, but on further study I think it is enhanced by the shape of the building.
The cables top and bottom right at first seemed out of place and candidates for cropping, but on second look they seem to enclose the shot.
Others may say that they lead the viewers eyes away from the building, the focus of the photograph.
For me it is a beautiful photograph with the negative space populated by a single light standard.
My Top 3

Jade O.
Apr 4, 2009
    rsrascal Thanks for commenting. The reality was as beautiful as the image. Catching the light about 45 minutes after sundown was the trick to getting the blue hues just right.

rafinmelb I always look forward to your analysis. LindyB also makes a valid point. As you can see, I debated the wire cabling (in or out?) I also thought about the left side. Though I cropped some of the street out, including half of the closest streetlight, I felt I wanted the depth that the perspective of the street and the barely discernible in-water dock lent to the image. In the end, I felt the cables and the street were required to keep the image from flattening out too much, and to add some muted contrast to the beauty that this architectural gem brings. By leaving the barely there mundane elements in, I hoped to frame the image and set out the beauty.
Edited on Apr 5, 2009

Apr 3, 2009
    Beautiful night scene and among my top faves.

Apr 3, 2009
    first shot I looked at and a buty. The colour is awesome with the blues, aquas leading to greens. Thought about thecables for a bit and thy seem to fit somehow. The only jarring element of the shot is the touch of busyness on the left edge

As far as negative space goes, all the blue helps contain and balance the bright subject.

Jade O.
Apr 3, 2009
    aprilsole I find Midnight blue really challenging to capture well (it usually ends up to the black for me) so I was really pleased this captured the effect I was trying for.

LindyB The two wires, upper and lower, are fencing cable; the lower triangle of grey, the surface I'm on. I struggled with taking them out or just the top one or leaving them all in. I felt I needed to frame the right side but in the end, I'm not sure I made the right choice.

Apr 3, 2009
    A beautiful shot! The colours and exposure are excellent. It would have been my #1 for sure if you had cloned out the distracting wire running across the top right corner. High in my TT nevertheless.

Apr 2, 2009
    Lovely shades of midnight blue and aqua gives this a very powerful appeal. Lots of negative space too. TT~!
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