Weekly Photo Contest, Feb 3 - 10: Unique View

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  1. E3BK, Feb 3, 2016
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    For this week's challenge: Unique View

    The difficult thing about photographing famous landmarks is that a lot of it has been done. And originality is one of the most important traits of a photographer, I feel. It's something I struggle with particularly when traveling.

    So, for this week, I'd love to see your unique take on famous landmarks. I really want to emphasize the uniqueness in this. While I love those light-trails-on-famous-bridge photos, the high and wide has been done a million times. Show me something new or something with a new twist!

    This is (one of) the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Or a Petrona Tower?

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    Rules:
    • Be creative and have fun.
    • You may only submit one photo per contest.
    • Please do not comment on photos until after the judging has taken place.
    • The contest runs for exactly one week, starting NOW! (see time/date stamp at the start of this thread.)
    • At the end of the week, The Judge (last week's Winner) will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photo, providing as much feedback as possible.
    • The 1st place Winner will start a new thread with the topic/theme of their choice, and act as the Judge for that contest. (Winner has 48 hours to create new theme, after that it defers to 2nd place).
     
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    I haven't played in a while, so I'll throw in.

    [​IMG]Bridge by drtruett, on Flickr
     
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    SAHMRI building, Adelaide, South Australia. It's our most famous landmark.

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    The famous and beautiful Leeds Castle in Kent, England.

    Infrared, taken with a converted Nikon D70.

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    by Hugh Russell, on Flickr

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
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    Hi all! Contest will close today but keep the entries coming until 6pm ET. I have a hectic day so I likely won't be able to post much but please keep the cut off time in mind. I'll have winner posted by tomorrow morning, possibly late tonight if I can manage it.
     
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    OK! So I really enjoyed seeing everyones submissions to this week's contest. I wasn't sure if I made the right choice in theme. But seeing some of these, I know it was.

    Sadly, I am unexpectedly slammed with work so I won't be able to give feedback on everyone this week. The whole point is to help each other get better through feedback :(

    butch10x - An excellent way to open the submissions. It is indeed a different perspective of a very famous landmark giving us a closer look at the intricacy of the building. I really enjoyed the leading lines of the columns. I think they are columns?

    anotherscotsman - are all of those reflections you? I can't tell if this is a composite or you have positioned yourself perfectly for such a photo. It have the Bean the illusion of a different shape, which I really appreciate.

    MacRy - Definitely a different view of the Millennium bridge as most of us have seen the many angles from the top side. Though I would have loved to see something a little more creative in positioning (you've set a high bar for yourself here, pal). Though I guess that is hard to do that when, well, you're under a bridge and your positions are limited. haha.

    Ish - I hate you. Kidding. Maybe I'm jealous. This is exactly what I was hoping for. You really captured the essence of this theme. It's very clearly the Shard (if you've seen the Shard before) but I have definitely never seen it distorted in reflection this way. It gives it the feel of coming through a portal. I just love it. That landmark is clearly identifiable but in a way that is set apart from the throngs of tourist photos we've all seen. Excellent work. What building was it reflecting off of?

    kenoh - In general, I like where you are heading with this but the photo is a bit noisy. Since it was night time, I think a long exposure to give the water that gloss would have played great with the lighting.

    Alexander.Of.Oz - this took my breath away!! I have never seen the SAHMRI building in person but I have seen photos of it, and most certainly not like this. I didn't realize this is what the walls were like! It is a beautiful. The whipsy sky gives it that ethereal feel. Or maybe like I'm on a space ship! The texture in this photo is as beautiful as it is intriguing.

    Hughmac - this is a beautiful photo of the castle and I do enjoy the infrared. I feel like it's a scene in Game of Thrones! While it isn't a common photo of the castle, I have seen versions of it in this style. It is still a very lovely photo!

    So winners are:

    1st: @Ish
    A very close 2nd: @Alexander.Of.Oz
    3rd: @butch10x

    Again, I'm sorry if I didn't get to everyone.

    And now passing the baton to @Ish.
     
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    Thanks for comments. Challenge I had was that it was absolutely pouring down with rain and there were 50 people waiting for me to get out the way. I wasnt allowed a tripod to get a long exposure socthis is the best I could get. :-(

    Some of the noise is actually just the rain causing blur. Really didnt turn out the way I hoped.
     
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    Thanks @E3BK for the feedback, and congrats to @Ish for the well deserved win, with a gorgeously different image of the shard.
     
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    Nicely done Ish. Well deserved for the wibbly wobbly Shard.

    Your right about having limited options of where to stand E3BK. Should have tried harder though.
     
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    Great contest E3BK and thanks for the judging and comments. Congratulations to Ish and the other podium places - my personal favourite was @Alexander.Of.Oz.

    Not a composite, and that's me reflected in the underside of the Bean on one of the rare occasions that there was no-one else around (dawn in mid-January). The underside is a complex concave surface that's a bit like a belly-button hence the name omphalos (Greek).
     
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    Thanks for the comments. I wasn't going to enter as I thought I didn't live near any famous landmarks, then I remembered the castle. We usually buy an annual ticket and go there regularly; it's so beautiful and the grounds look different every time we visit.

    Well done to Ish, Alexander.Of.Oz and butch10x :)

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
  21. Ish, Feb 11, 2016
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    Thanks E3BK! Thought @anotherscotsman had got it already when I put mine in, that's a great photo. Congratulations also to @Alexander.Of.Oz, really well seen, I'd no idea how the building looked close up. I assume that's how the building catches the light differently? Congratulations also to @butch10x for a photo that makes me want to lean back and look up! You must have got a stiff neck taking that :) Congrats to to everyone else—lots of good ideas there!

    The Shard is reflected in what I assumed to be an office building near the river. I'd just been to St Dustan in the East taking photos and it was a very grey day. Great place to take photos if you're in the area. I used to work near there and didn't even know it existed! Didn't think I was going to get much because of the weather but this reflection took my fancy.

    @kenoh — I think that scene is well worth another visit when the conditions are a bit better

    I'll get my thinking cap on and come up with a new competition today.

    EDIT: Sorry, should have said St Dunstan in the East. Sorry for the typo!
     
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    Well done everyone. Some great pictures. Couldn't agree more with your winner. Well done @Ish.
    Really liked the idea of this theme, but not shooting much at the moment.
    Maybe the next one.
     

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