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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:25 pm 
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This photo was taken on our way into San Francisco on a recent trip to Alaska and the States.

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Nice shot, very powerful! Shame you can't quite get the powerful effect on th water as you get in the sky!

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Thanks Ed, unfortunately the water had just been churned up by the ship we were on and wasnt that dramatic, plus the colours were a bit dark.

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You could probably photoshop the water to be a better colour if you wanted to. Can I see a colour version of this shot?

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I could but I didnt want to. It just doesnt have the drama of the sky.

Here is the colour version for comparision

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Silly question, but the bridge is the main subject, correct? Or is it the sky? I think the bridge is more dramatic (no expert on the subject), and if you could have gotten in the entire bridge (no idea of this is at all possible since I have never been there, not sure if any wide angle lens could get that since it is a pretty large bridge), the water would be of less importance.

The water does look flat, and I can actually see the path taken by a boat in the water, nice pic IMHO nonetheless.

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The black and white version is nicely done. However, the original deserves a crop. I suggest removing the bottom of the image so that the reflection of the bridge in the water is where the picture "begins".
Great sky, as mentioned earlier.

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Thanks for the feedback. I took the photo with the sky in mind as the cloud formation was fantastic.

I see the point about the crop and it might well work. Ill try it out when I have a spare 5 mins :-)

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Digz, I love it in the black and white. Here is why. And I like the little tweak going on between the mighty, beautiful celebrated bridge..She is normally the beauty, and focus of the photos taken..Here, she gives way to a gorgeous force, larger then even herself...the sky on display..

I love that the water is almost an afterthought, here. The sky holds sway, and the lofty bridge, conceeds, she is part , merely part of the shot, NOT the focal part of the scene. not the total beauty in THIS shot. My eye continues to search that sky, mysterious doings above.... Well done. Enjoyed this shot, and hope you had safe and happy travels..

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Thankyou very much for your answer, its nice to here what people think about my shots and how they interpret them, thankyou again.

I had a lovely holiday and wish to do it again soon.

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The color version is superior to the b&w one. A beautiful blue sky with an awesome cloud "architecture" should never ever be reduced to black & white.

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Razvan wrote:
The color version is superior to the b&w one. A beautiful blue sky with an awesome cloud "architecture" should never ever be reduced to black & white.


You are entitled to your opinion, but i disagree. Converting to black and white has allowed me to emphasis patterns in the clouds more and gives the sky (which is a universally recognisable feature) and ethereal feel to it.

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I think i prefer the black and white shot, the sky looks great perfect contrast for a B&W

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thanks for the comments tomis

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I wanted to make a correction. :)
So,the original version is awesome,anyone that takes a peek at this photo for the 1st time is rewarded by this beautiful architecture.
That's the thing. The clouds appearance can be distractive. Even with the colors & the cloud details in the original photo,I must say the b&w version has a better continuity,it puts the brigde in the "spotlight" as the main subject.

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