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  #71 The human element
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Downtown       ©2009 f_otto
Panasonic DMC-FS3       2nd place, 123 points
1/320s, f2.8, ISO 100, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: None entered       Extra Info: None
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Dec 23, 2009
I didn't notice the street lamp that much until I read the other comments. For me it was more 'them two being almost hidden in the business of the architecture'.

Dec 22, 2009
    P.S. Raf: "Physical Graffiti"... wow! top clever comment of the week! :-) :-) :-)

Dec 22, 2009
    Many congrats f_otto!! I ran out of time to comment but this was in my TT, very nice image for the challenge, well done!
5 top fives and 4 top ten in just 10 entries... wow!! terrific job as usual! :-)

Dec 22, 2009
    Loved it! - a great shot!

Dec 22, 2009
    Thank you very much everyone! (Jade O.: BW, except the two man.)

Dec 21, 2009
    Congratulations! excellent job!

Dec 21, 2009
    Congratulations. I still really like this photo though I forgot to vote. :(

Dec 21, 2009
    Ahh yes Physical Graffiti. Well done.

Dec 21, 2009

Jade O.
Dec 21, 2009
    Congrats on No. 2 in a great field! Now, tell us what PP was used.;-)

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Dec 21, 2009
    Great finding! Perfect fit for the theme. Very good coloring treatment.

Dec 21, 2009
    Love this shot even though I missed the couple at first! I find the lam post very distracting but they nearly always get in my way too. In my tt

Dec 21, 2009
    This one makes me crazy!!!!
...And I must confess it remembers me the folder of "physical graffiti" from Led Zeppelin!!!! For this reason...Number 1!!

Dec 20, 2009
    It kind of reminds me of a Where's Waldo book. If it weren't for the color in the people, I'd of missed them I think. Oh, and I've always enjoyed Where's Waldo books with my kids. :)
Edited on Dec 20, 2009

Dec 19, 2009
    Very nice pic. all black and white except the human element. Great shot!

Dec 18, 2009
    I like this shot - a huge facade, with two tiny people to lend it perspective. Well done and right on theme.

Dec 18, 2009
    Ok, so I have just criticized the last two images for tilt. None here, the horizontals are horizontal and the verticals are vertical. I hate the lamp in the shot, I wish city governments would think of us photographers when they put up lights and cables. LOL

A really strong architectural shot, and probably worth lots of closer shots as it has great character. The human element is not immediately obvious and act as a means of discovering scale. I would be interested to know your thinking about leaving them with colour. I suspect that they may have been a little lost in the b&w version.

Dec 17, 2009
    I really like the selective color on this one. Great photo.

Dec 17, 2009
    great shot. high in my favs. i don't think you needed to make the color bw distinction with the people. i'm sure this would do well in color or totally monotoned. good luck with entry. el

Jade O.
Dec 17, 2009
    This is so crisp and contrasty that I want to believe it has some sort of PP sharpening or overlay to it. I like everything in this image except the fact that the figures are in colour (and that whatever PP was done was not displayed). I feel the highlighting achieved by setting off the figures in colour makes this image fail on three levels; firstly, it takes the otherwise powerful imagery here down to a more cartoonish or maudlin level; secondly, it begs the question of whether PP was used and not shown which violates the rules; thirdly, it tends to portray the figures as the subjects of the image which is directly opposite to what the Challenge calls for. An excellent image if it were all in b&w.
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