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Through the Arches
  Through the Arches
Through the Arches
A self portrait, just after sunset overlooking Islamabad. These arches are located on top of a small hill in the center of the Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan.

A composite of three separate exposures shot about 20 secs apart (time required to get back to the tripod, push the 5 sec timer and run back to stand in the next arch). Using Tokina wide angle lens, common settings of 16mm, f/11, 10 secs, ISO400 for each of the three exposures.

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Leslie McLain
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    Amazing capture, Usman.

12/1/2012 6:50:54 PM

Laura E. Swan
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Is an SP? :D You are so creative, Usman! Great arches and blending!

Awesome sky, gold tones, light...It looks like a long way down, too! It was brave to stand up here like that!!!!

-Laura :D

12/1/2012 10:01:58 PM

Katarina Mansson
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I believe you have created another winner Usman! Superb and beautiful work!

12/2/2012 1:28:47 AM

Nikki McDonald
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Very cool, Usman, and the lighting and color are fantastic! I think Katta may be right - sure hope so :)

12/2/2012 7:08:28 AM

Martha R. Mazon
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Such a fun image, Usman! Great job!

12/2/2012 11:09:58 AM

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Is this the Rocky of Photography? :) :) :) Brilliant work, Usman!!!

12/3/2012 9:06:52 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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How cool and creative. Eye catching for sure. WTG Usman!!!

12/18/2012 8:45:14 AM

Irene Colling
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Bet you got your exercise the night you took these photos.

Great result; wonderful composit Usman.

2/6/2013 6:47:44 AM

Joy Rector
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great shot

2/13/2013 4:20:17 AM

Carol L. Quina
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What a fun & creative shot! That sunset background doesn't hurt either!

2/13/2013 8:23:55 AM

Usman Bajwa
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Entering for the Phellos Club Monthly Challenge. Sorry I couldn't find time to make a new one so just submitting an old one. Hope this is within rules.


5/29/2013 9:02:40 PM

Jeff E Jensen
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Yup, I'd say this fits the challenge well! I've always loved your images of these arches, what a great place to shoot.

5/30/2013 4:39:28 AM

Dale Hardin
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Thanks for this great entry for the challenge Usman. It works perfectly. But, five second timer? Five seconds? Wow, you are one fast mover my friend.

5/30/2013 8:21:34 AM

Michael J. Kelly
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Just wonderful Usman - unlike Dale I am impressed that you could stay so still rather than move fast. Nice hold on your poses for a 10 sec. exposure!

The colors in this are spectacular.

5/30/2013 8:12:07 PM

Dale Hardin
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Mike,he wasn't taking a five second exposure, he was using the five second timer so he could get in the image. :O)

5/30/2013 8:37:56 PM

Usman Bajwa
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Thanks Jeff, Dale and Mike for your kind comments.

Dale and Mike you are both right about what you write above!!!

Dale, my run from the tripd to the arch was about 3 secs and I had 2 seconds to jump up and get into the pose. It was close but doable.

And Mike, you are right, holding my stretched arms steady for a 10 secs exposure was the toughest part and as a result my fingers are seen blurred.

Well, let me tell you what was the hardest part in shooting this. There is a good 20-25 feet straight drop in front of me, so I made sure that I anchored my feet well with the steel railing to avoid falling down before stretching my hands. So actually, the pounding of my heart during this one minute adventure was not just because of my running to and away from the camera but also because of the height where I was standing on !!!


5/30/2013 10:22:26 PM

Dale Hardin
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Quite a feat Usman. I didn't see the exposure time when I first looked at this image.

5/30/2013 10:33:29 PM

Teresa H. Hunt
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Great image. I love the colors. And I have to say I'm impressed that you could get yourself posed in 5 sec . . . especially with the hight concern. :)

5/30/2013 11:01:16 PM

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Usman, I am really impressed with this work, having done the mad dash myself without the risk of falling 25 ft. Very creative idea and a great result. I wonder if you could use the skew tool and pull the corners out a bit to straighten the architecture.

5/31/2013 7:04:51 AM

Elaine Hessler
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Wow-there sure is a story behind this one! Glad you didn't fall and hurt yourself! I think maybe it's time to get a remote:)

I really do like this one though!

5/31/2013 7:07:58 AM

Rita K. Connell
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great shot Usman agree I think you need to get yourself a remote.

6/1/2013 6:09:41 AM

Beth Spencer
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Great shot and colors!!! It must have been something to watch!

6/1/2013 9:37:32 AM

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Nice Selfie UB

3/20/2014 12:22:33 PM

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