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My Favorite Shot From November.

wxwaxwxwax Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
edited December 14, 2004 in Landscapes
I was in Baltimore, wandering the harbor area after dark, hoping for a shot. Well, I used up a lot of frames, but I can't say I found anything worth shooting... not for the first hour of my walk, anyway. I certainly found myself missing the tripod I didn't have room to pack.

Anyway, near the end of my walk, I went down a ramp onto the floating docks where the clipper ships are tied up. You never know where you'll find your next good shot.

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Sid.
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    ian408ian408 Administrators Posts: 21,917 moderator
    edited December 12, 2004
    Waxy, this is a cool shot!

    I love the shadows/lighting!

    Ian
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    gubbsgubbs Registered Users Posts: 3,166 Major grins
    edited December 12, 2004
    wxwax wrote:
    I was in Baltimore, wandering the harbor area after dark, hoping for a shot. Well, I used up a lot of frames, but I can't say I found anything worth shooting... not for the first hour of my walk, anyway. I certainly found myself missing the tripod I didn't have room to pack.

    Anyway, near the end of my walk, I went down a ramp onto the floating docks where the clipper ships are tied up. You never know where you'll find your next good shot.

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    That's gorgeous Sid clap.gifclap


    Is the horizon slightly off? (You see what you've done to me andyrolleyes1.gif)
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    gusgus Registered Users Posts: 16,209 Major grins
    edited December 12, 2004
    Nice cut waxremover...looks like a stage with a canvas hanging behind. thumb.gif
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    wxwaxwxwax Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited December 12, 2004
    gubbs wrote:
    That's gorgeous Sid clap.gifclap


    Is the horizon slightly off? (You see what you've done to me andyrolleyes1.gif)
    umph.gif

    lol3.gif I dunno, I tried moving it. Which way do you think it's off? I used the lampost as my guide. But the rubbish bin looks off, as do the hand rails. The background building looks OK, though. No? ne_nau.gif
    Sid.
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    Phil U.Phil U. Registered Users Posts: 1,330 Major grins
    edited December 12, 2004
    Hey - This is a really cool shot - I like it. clap.gif
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    gubbsgubbs Registered Users Posts: 3,166 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    wxwax wrote:
    umph.gif

    lol3.gif I dunno, I tried moving it. Which way do you think it's off? I used the lampost as my guide. But the rubbish bin looks off, as do the hand rails. The background building looks OK, though. No? ne_nau.gif
    I've got a shot of Canary Wharf that I can't seem to get to look right, the horizon is straight but the buildings look like they're leaning ne_nau.gif .

    Its tough to get the camera straight at night, the edges of the vf often blend with the scene. I bought a Manfrotto (thanks for the suggestion Lubenthumb.gif) hot shoe spirit level which makes life much easier.

    Anyway, its difficult to see with the building, but I was looking at the far river bank, it seems to run down to the left. I think maybe its just the perspective as the river moves back. (Sid, it may just be me, I have astigmatism, so I don't always see lines quite as they are rolleyes1.gifShould have told you that before)
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    AndyAndy Registered Users Posts: 50,016 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    sid this is a sweet shot clap.gif

    reminds me of a shot i took in a similar scene cuppla weeks ago, on the wharf in monterey ca:

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    no room for tripod? headscratch.gif i give up my clothes to make room for it lol3.gif
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    wxwaxwxwax Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    gubbs wrote:
    I've got a shot of Canary Wharf that I can't seem to get to look right, the horizon is straight but the buildings look like they're leaning ne_nau.gif .

    Its tough to get the camera straight at night, the edges of the vf often blend with the scene. I bought a Manfrotto (thanks for the suggestion Lubenthumb.gif) hot shoe spirit level which makes life much easier.

    Anyway, its difficult to see with the building, but I was looking at the far river bank, it seems to run down to the left. I think maybe its just the perspective as the river moves back. (Sid, it may just be me, I have astigmatism, so I don't always see lines quite as they are rolleyes1.gifShould have told you that before)

    Yeah, a level would fefinitely help. I think using a waterline as a horizon can be a dangerous guide, as it's not necessarily a straight line. In this case, it's receding from the left side to the right side, as the harbor/bay opens up. I adjusted it to make the lightpost vertical, and I see that also made the background building vertical, so I let it be. ne_nau.gif

    Astigmatism, eh? umph.gif Does this look straight?

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    rolleyes1.gifrolleyes1.gifFLIPA.gif
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
    http://www.mcneel.com/users/jb/foghorn/ill_shut_up.au
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    wxwaxwxwax Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    andy wrote:
    sid this is a sweet shot clap.gif

    reminds me of a shot i took in a similar scene cuppla weeks ago, on the wharf in monterey ca:

    12563479-Th.jpg

    no room for tripod? headscratch.gif i give up my clothes to make room for it lol3.gif

    Thanks, Andy. I love isolation shots, and you have a nice one here. I keep thinking about making some sort of essay on it.

    I'm scared to give up clothes for a tripod on a working trip... sometimes we get sweaty and dirty. But there's no question a tripod would have helped on more than one occasion. I must admit, since moving on from the slow G3, I've used a tripod far less than before.
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
    http://www.mcneel.com/users/jb/foghorn/ill_shut_up.au
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    pathfinderpathfinder Super Moderators Posts: 14,698 moderator
    edited December 13, 2004
    andy wrote:
    sid this is a sweet shot clap.gif

    reminds me of a shot i took in a similar scene cuppla weeks ago, on the wharf in monterey ca:

    12563479-S.jpg

    no room for tripod? headscratch.gif i give up my clothes to make room for it lol3.gif

    Looks like a Hopper print! Cool clap.gif
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    ginger_55ginger_55 Registered Users Posts: 8,416 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    Great shots, Sid and Andy!

    Tripod? (a three legged stand as for a camera: looked it up)
    gonna try it sometime.:D


    ginger
    After all is said and done, it is the sweet tea.
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    gubbsgubbs Registered Users Posts: 3,166 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    wxwax wrote:
    Yeah, a level would fefinitely help. I think using a waterline as a horizon can be a dangerous guide, as it's not necessarily a straight line. In this case, it's receding from the left side to the right side, as the harbor/bay opens up. I adjusted it to make the lightpost vertical, and I see that also made the background building vertical, so I let it be. ne_nau.gif

    Astigmatism, eh? umph.gif Does this look straight?

    12662802-M.jpg

    rolleyes1.gifrolleyes1.gifFLIPA.gif
    :lol
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    lynnmalynnma Registered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 5,208 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    love the shot Sid.. to me it leans everso slightly to the left... I'm paranoid now as well.. Andys' fault..clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif
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    wxwaxwxwax Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    lynnma wrote:
    love the shot Sid.. to me it leans everso slightly to the left... I'm paranoid now as well.. Andys' fault..clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif
    Thanks Lynn. Do you see the background building or the lightpost leaning to the left? Or just the trash bin and the handrails?
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
    http://www.mcneel.com/users/jb/foghorn/ill_shut_up.au
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    gubbsgubbs Registered Users Posts: 3,166 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    trashcan and handrails, but I've now lost any credibility that I may have had:D

    Either way it's a great shot thumb.gif
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    lynnmalynnma Registered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 5,208 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    wxwax wrote:
    Thanks Lynn. Do you see the background building or the lightpost leaning to the left? Or just the trash bin and the handrails?
    the background I think.. I think I would try rotating to the right about 2 degrees.. I dunno.. ne_nau.gif I tried rotating it about 2 or 3.. to me now it looks straight what do you think?
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    wxwaxwxwax Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    thumb.gif Thanks Lynn and Gubbs.
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
    http://www.mcneel.com/users/jb/foghorn/ill_shut_up.au
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    DoctorItDoctorIt Administrators Posts: 11,951 moderator
    edited December 13, 2004
    waxy, you really have an eye for the night shots thumb.gif
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    bikehikerbikehiker Registered Users Posts: 79 Big grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    Awesome shot waxy. I think your shot was level, w/out enlarging it, gotta remember your on wood floating on water they tend to warp and such. I've been doing the straightning thing like crazy too. My wife is starting to think I'm Crazy.
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    Michiel de BriederMichiel de Brieder Registered Users Posts: 864 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    Sid,
    I love the lighting, but it's the composition that does it for me clap.gif It's an awesome shot. I bet it would make a fine print!!
    Cheers
    *In my mind it IS real*
    Michiel de Brieder
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    GREAPERGREAPER Registered Users Posts: 3,113 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    Maybe just a distortion thing?
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    gtcgtc Registered Users Posts: 916 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    i like it-the light from the street lamp gives it a very theatrical feel- i can almost imagine humphrey bogart or someone similar, standing there smoking a cigarette.

    re levelling-I use a little round spirit level that I put on my tripod -I first level the legs and head and then put camera on head and level the camera-not always though!

    one of my camera suggestions is an inbuilt spirit level,similar to an aircraft instrument,that displays,in graphic form, pitch and yaw etc in the viewfinder /screen.it would make life so much easier.
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    wxwaxwxwax Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    gtc wrote:
    i like it-the light from the street lamp gives it a very theatrical feel- i can almost imagine humphrey bogart or someone similar, standing there smoking a cigarette.

    re levelling-I use a little round spirit level that I put on my tripod -I first level the legs and head and then put camera on head and level the camera-not always though!

    one of my camera suggestions is an inbuilt spirit level,similar to an aircraft instrument,that displays,in graphic form, pitch and yaw etc in the viewfinder /screen.it would make life so much easier.

    I like your suggestion! nod.gif

    On the tripod I have a small level that fits into the flash slot, works well. But unfortunately this was handheld and I even if I'd slotted it in, my eye was in the viewfinder.

    bikehiker, my defense rests on the wood warping theory! naughty.gif
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
    http://www.mcneel.com/users/jb/foghorn/ill_shut_up.au
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    jwearjwear Registered Users Posts: 8,006 Major grins
    edited December 13, 2004
    wax
    that is a great shot ,upside down nooooo but right side up yeaaaaa it's more art than photo .I like it it more gropped on top great shot .
    Jeff W

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    wxwaxwxwax Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited December 14, 2004
    Thanks man, I thought about cropping, may yet do that.
    Sid.
    Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam
    http://www.mcneel.com/users/jb/foghorn/ill_shut_up.au
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    ian408ian408 Administrators Posts: 21,917 moderator
    edited December 14, 2004
    wxwax wrote:
    Thanks man, I thought about cropping, may yet do that.
    Don't do it eek7.gif

    My takeaway for this image is the light and it's almost offer of safe haven
    amidst the darkness. I think you might lose it if you crop.

    Just my $.02.

    Ian
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