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  #65 Unusual/different angles
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Converging Points       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       2nd place, 138 points
1/4s, f2.8, ISO 200, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Resized, contrast, sharpened.       Extra Info: The setting sun brings out the colour and the crystal latticework patterns of the Royal Bank Plaza, South Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Jade O.
Sep 29, 2009
    Thanks again, dodrizzt, Una, f_otto. Akebono, I like your photo linked. Alisande, no chauvinism here ;-) -- anyone would be puzzled by the suggestion to visit Philly! Bill, I think maybe I should try showing my other orientations to compare and contrast. I really thought about all four orientations for this one.

Sep 29, 2009
    Congratulations Jade! I'm sure this one would have been also great for the "Blue" challenge. The colors are rich and beautiful and the composition is perfect!

Sep 29, 2009
    Congrats Jade :-) :-) :-) I was almost betting this one was from you, as it has some of your always nice blues :-) really well done and deserved great finish!!

Sep 29, 2009
    Congratulations Jade! :-)

Sep 29, 2009
    Congratulations Jade, thank your comments.

Sep 29, 2009
    Congratulations, Jade O!

See: I wanted to enter this one but decided to use it in a Dpreview challenge instead.


Cheers and congratulations once again...

Sep 28, 2009
    Congratulations! As a former New Yorker, I can relate to urban chauvinism. I remember feeling sincerely puzzled at the suggestion that I might want to visit Philadelphia.

Anyway, it's a beautiful shot.

Sep 28, 2009
    This was in my top five. I think that the orientation makes the shot. It is not how one imagines seeing that building. If you flipped it 90 degree to the right it would just not work. Very nicely done and visually interesting.

Jade O.
Sep 28, 2009
    Thank you all for your comments and votes (what a surprise!)

(Note to Mepo. We all know the universe doesn't stop at the city boundaries - it's just that Toronto is the centre of the universe.... )

wangi - I appreciate every comment and especially from one who gives so much on the admin end as well -- your collective efforts are sincerely appreciated.

Sep 28, 2009
    well done my #1

Sep 28, 2009
    Congratulations on a great finish, especially in such a bunch of super photos.

Note to Alisande: Pay no attention to what JadeO said about Toronto - it is well known that Torontonians think the universe stops at the city boundaries :-)

Sep 28, 2009
    Well done two TT finishes. Things are looking up!

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Sep 28, 2009
    Very dynamic composition, and the negative space aids too. Like it.

Jade O.
Sep 28, 2009
    Thanks dodrizzt. That little crop does make a surprising difference though I'm unsure whether I would have chosen to go with it or not. (As a BTW, the bottom row of tower glass here is 3-5 meters or so above me).

Sep 27, 2009
    The low angle always adds a touch of interest in buildings pics, and I also like that you composed the pic in a diagonal, dynamic setting (in fact, as a little suggestion, I would crop a little at the bottom side to make it perfectly diagonal, to have a line starting from each corner; that would also crop away the three lighs/reflections at the dark triangle that are a very minor distraction).
I like the nice pattern the building has from this point of view, and the colours, that yellow to blue transition is very pleasant to look at. TT for me, well done!!!

Jade O.
Sep 27, 2009
    Franz the more I look at this the more I wish the blues were deeper and the sky darker; though the 1/4 sec exposure was needed for the detail, looking back now I should've played a bit in PP I think to make the building pop more. I do appreciate the comments, thanks.

Sep 27, 2009
    Very nice colors - and especially blues :-)
Very good composition. The symmetry creates a "bending" perception at the top of the building ...at least for me - lol.
Very well done.

Jade O.
Sep 27, 2009
    Thanks, PhillipW. The original is even sharper but downsizing to fit a page in portrait mode hurts the resolution a lot.
Thanks, Lo. I was really concerned about avoiding the usual looking straight up at the building shot.

Sep 27, 2009
    Nicely crafted for the topic, heaps of great angles, very sharp focus with very straight lines. Well done.

Sep 26, 2009
    Presenting the photo at this angle is so much more striking than the usual shot, and the colours really give it life. Well done!

Jade O.
Sep 26, 2009
    Thanks, Mepo. I also considered rotating this image 180 degrees and personally, liked that view better, but anticipated this was "better" photographically speaking, and that most would prefer the photo this way up.

rafinmelb I appreciate all comments but particularly so your detailed commentary and critique - a great part of these challenges is the opportunity to learn and understanding how others view an image makes one a student of one's own work as well as others. I think I would feel I was missing something if I did a challenge without the benefit of your thoughtful feedback.

Sep 26, 2009
    I don't consider, looking up any tall object, an unusual angle. But this is much more than simply looking up. The additional element on the left, the negative space, the tinge of red on the concrete and parts of the windows, all add up to a super composition. Great photo.

Sep 25, 2009
    Its great when we look up. So few of us do and when we do so few of us see what can be seen.

No distractions here all elements are compositionally relevant. The dark blue on the left tells us that this is not where the light is interesting, move on. The Concrete pillar helps to anchor the shot and move our eyes diagonally along the interest of the structure and light of the building along it. The sky gives the building room to soar. Well seen and captured.

Jade O.
Sep 25, 2009
    Thanks kjwags.

Alisande, Toronto is having an incredible renaissance in urban design and architecture right now and is an incredibly diverse and vibrant and beautiful city (this building however is nearly 40 years old now). Usually the building appears gold in colour as the glass surfaces are coated with pure gold -24 carat - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Bank_Plaza).

Sep 24, 2009
    Colors reflecting off building a wonderful, I like the change in color shown at bottom of building from interior lightening. Different angle of building with unusal angles on the building, nice job.

Sep 24, 2009
    You picked a good time of day to take that shot. It sparkles! Toronto must be an attractive city.
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