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Conduct Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
Reconstructed airconditioning ducting as a sculpture/urban art. Captured at night.

Shot with Nikkor 18 - 70 Lens @ 18mm/f8, shutter priority 1 sec exposure. Onboard flash assisted.
© Graham J. Weiss
Nikon D70 Digital ...

Rachel  McKinnie
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    Awesome shot!

6/21/2007 9:36:29 AM

Carla Metzler
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Excellent capture, I love the lighting, tones and wonderful composition, Graham. This is so very beautiful!!

6/21/2007 9:48:15 AM

Brinn MacDougall
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This makes a wonderful graphic image, excellent work, Graham.

6/21/2007 10:02:16 AM

Graham J. Weiss
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Hi guys. Thanks heaps.

I'm not really comfortable photographing other people's creations and art, as it's not my own work, but where I do capture sculptures, architecture etc, I'll always try to portray my own interpretation or thoughts.

Thanks again :)

6/23/2007 6:22:46 PM

Silvana Stanzer
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I love the lighting on this one, great job, Silvana

7/28/2007 7:22:30 PM

Anita Bower
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This type of sculpture usually does not appeal to me. However, your shot makes me see it in a different way--an exciting way: Angle, lighting, framing. Excellent.
Your photo titles are superb!

9/9/2007 3:19:44 AM

Daniella Puente
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What a GREAT detail! this sculpture is fantastic and the light in your image is just awesome!!! congrats :) very good...

10/1/2007 8:23:51 AM

Nancyj Hovey
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on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o)

on your 1st Place WINNER! 8o)

7/14/2010 1:14:45 PM

Mary Beth Aiello
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The lighting on this is perfection, Graham. Huge congrats on your outstanding FIRST PLACE GOLD. Love it.

7/14/2010 1:34:40 PM

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7/14/2010 1:56:46 PM

Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful light and curves, congratulations on your winner!

7/14/2010 2:11:07 PM

Patricia A. Coblentz
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Spectacular lighting! Congratulations on your stunning 1st place win, Graham!

7/14/2010 2:26:56 PM

Cindy Bendush
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Cool light and image Graham! - big congratulations!!!

7/14/2010 3:50:30 PM

Graham J. Weiss
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Well, that's huge... thanks so very much BP! Firstly to the judge(s) and staff at BetterPhoto. Really appreciate you guys taking time to consider my image.

And to you all that have left fantastic comments, I'm grateful for you taking time to stop by and say such positive stuff...The images 'Conduct' was up against are quite incredible, so congratulations to everyone in the top 10, and even beyond.

Part of the reason I shoot is to record things that obviously appeal to me, some that take my breath away, some things may horrify too, but underlying all that, is that I may be capturing something you may never see again...

Not long after I captured this shot, I noticed the sculpture was never lit at night, the way it first captured my attention. Even then I had to remove graffiti in post processing and the scars that skateboarders have left, and even now, there's moves afoot in Australia to ban shooters taking photographs of public places (as this is)

Not only this, but when I shot this image a few years ago (at midnight) it was relatively safe to wander around at midnight shooting the magic that night brings...nowadays, just a few short years later, although I pack a relatively heavy, weapon-like D3x, it's nowhere near as safe to do this stuff...So perhaps yes, you may never see 'Conduct' in this light again...

Thanks again everybody who's commented, I really admire much of your own work, and thanks too to anybody who'll drop by during the day.

7/14/2010 5:22:51 PM

Debra R. Harder
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WOW...this is a SUPERB image, Graham! Huge congratulations on your EXCELLENT FIRST PLACE WIN! Deb

7/14/2010 5:28:03 PM

Ellen Devenny
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Awesome, Graham!!! Congratulations! And yes, first place is HUGE! :)

7/14/2010 6:25:36 PM

Rona L. Schwarz
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Amazing capture, Graham! Incredible light and tones! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST PLACE GOLD WINNER!

7/14/2010 7:14:38 PM

Irene Colling
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Excellent capture of this outstanding sculpture. Your POV and presentation are perfect.

Congratulations on your winning entry.

7/14/2010 9:42:21 PM

Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Graham on your fabulous First Place Win!

7/15/2010 5:23:18 AM

Karen Celella
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Huge congratulations for your fabulous winner, Graham!

7/15/2010 6:40:42 AM

Kathleen Brennan
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Congratulations on your wonderful winner!

7/15/2010 6:16:01 PM

Denny E. Barnes
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Big Congratulations, Graham on your outstanding and well deserved Gold winner!!

7/15/2010 10:33:19 PM

Graham J. Weiss
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Really appreciate each of your thoughtful and positive comments, and taking time to drop by!

Thanks again.

7/15/2010 10:37:56 PM

Charlotte LaBarbera
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Congratulations! Your earlier post here struck a cord with me. I often see things I would like to photograph, but run the risk of getting arrested if you do. I understand no photography in a museum but there are some places that have become off limits because of the dangerous times we live in that you spoke of. I hesitate to go out shooting by myself for fear of being accosted. Sad.

7/16/2010 9:23:23 AM

Dave Montero
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This is such an awesome shot Graham!!! Congratulations on your 1st place finish. Well deserved and well done.

7/17/2010 10:35:44 AM

Gerri R. Jones
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Congratulations on your well deserved first place win, Graham! I've always liked your special interpretation of interesting subjects!

7/23/2010 10:57:13 AM

Graham J. Weiss
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Hi guys.

Many thanks :)

Charlotte, these are weird and whacky times...I'd prefer just plain whacky to be honest...It's funny, I just want to show my appreciation or interpretation of a subject or object that interests or inspires me, or you think...there'll be a block of apartments in this vista, or a drain, or a street, and it may never be the same. You tend to think, sure, visiting this exotic location may be a 'once in a lifetime experience' and you took pictures, not because you feared it won't be there next time, but because it was striking the time you visited, and you may not venture back...I used to love wandering around the city at night, it was often quiet, bit eerie perhaps, but you could become one with it, and it'd allow a uniqueness to the way you shot and captured it. It really is sad, I agree, and I'd love for one day my photography to become a vehicle that could somehow turn that all around...perhaps before were pressed to become mace or weapon packing photographer vigilantes!!

Dave, cheers! Thanks heaps.

Gerri, thank you so much, and it's always great to see you :) Continued best wishes and fortune with your own gorgeous work :)

7/23/2010 4:38:13 PM

Charlotte LaBarbera
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I've been told that wasp spray is better, more powerful and more far reaching than mace - and won't kill you if it falls into the hands of the criminal. Can't quite figure out how to handle that and the camera, and the camera bag and the tripod though.

The desire for your photography to become a vehicle to turn things around is certainly a desire worth pursuing.

7/24/2010 10:13:32 PM

Paula Showen
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Wonderful shot! Congratulations!

7/27/2010 7:43:57 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Nicely seen Graham, super use of colors and design. A wonderful image! Congratulations on your FIRST PLACE win!!!

7/30/2010 12:42:13 PM

Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Graham on your Win!!!


9/13/2010 4:10:10 AM

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