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Always Look on the Bright Side

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Always Look on the Bright Side
Always Look on the Bright Side
Here is another photograph in my ever growing series of Urban Landscapes.
This one was shot in B&W and given an 'Ansel Adams-like treatment' in Photoshop CS.
The photograph was made from the bridge over the Canals in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia, taking full advantage of the low winter's afternoon sunlight.
The shot was hand held using the bridge railing as a prop.
Enjoy!
Aperture: f/4; Shutter Speed: 1/850sec; Date/Time: 16-07-06/3:11pm

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Dominick M. Dimacale
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    Great repetitive image here, Dennis and the B&W really works here.


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11/16/2007 5:46:25 AM

 
Dennis Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2005
 

G'day Dominick,

This was inspired by a photograph by Ansel Adams I saw on a web site. It was the one with tombstones in a graveyard with lighting very similar to this. As soon as I spotted just what the sunlight was doing to this scene I knew I had to give it the "treatment".

So glad it caught your discerning eye and imagination. Many thanks for your very supportive and encouraging comment mate.

GB
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11/16/2007 6:39:16 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Wow, love the lighting and the B&W makes this quite dramatic. Now I am going to have to go and google Ansel Adams :) Have a wonderful Day~


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11/16/2007 10:29:29 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Oh I am not totally blonde, lol I do like Thomas Kinkaid and Peter Lik :) Also love Waylon and Larson. Googled Adams, very great work also!


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11/16/2007 10:31:00 AM

 
Erika  Haight
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/5/2007
 

This is an amazing B&W Dennis! Not to mention a great title! Great work! erika


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11/16/2007 3:44:12 PM

 
Dennis Gay
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G'day Tammy,

Thank you for the "double entry", for your very encouraging "Wow,..." and for some more names for me to look up.

When I first saw this scene with that photograph of Ansel's in mind, it was the contrast that atracted me. I then set about photographing and processing for the contrast. There were a few dud versions until I settled on this. I also like the "grain" in the image, making it look more like an authentic film B&W.
It did very well in an annual regional camera club competition which made me very happy.

GB
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11/16/2007 3:56:16 PM

 
Dennis Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2005
 

G'day Erika,

You must have slipped this in while I was replying to Tammy.

A BIG THANK YOU for your extremely encouraging and supportive "...amazing..." comment and an extra thank you for the title comment too. Greatly appreciated kiddo.

GB
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11/16/2007 4:07:57 PM

 
Dennis Gay
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A VERY BIG THANK YOU to the Editor for awarding this work his Pick.

GB
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11/17/2007 9:24:16 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Excellent lighting, design, textures and contrast!! Beautiful work Dennis!!


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12/2/2007 10:13:55 AM

 
Dennis Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2005
 

G'day Donna,

Surprisingly these buildings are not very popular with most of the fine folk of Port Macquarie but when I saw them in that afternoon light with clouds as a backdrop they looked wonderful to me.

Your very encouraging "...Beautiful work..." comment for this urban landscape is greatly appreciated.

GB
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12/3/2007 3:44:45 AM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Congrats on this EXCELLENT WINNER, Dennis! :)


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12/19/2007 8:03:16 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place winner, Dennis.


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12/19/2007 8:58:14 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Congratulations, Dennis on this striking second place winner!!


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12/20/2007 6:48:06 AM

 
Dennis Gay
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G'day JENNIFER, KAY & MELISSA,

Thank you all so much for your well wishes on my placing and for your encouragement and support. It is greatly appreciated girls.

GB
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12/20/2007 3:11:22 PM

 
Dennis Gay
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MY UTMOST THANKS TO THE JUDGES FOR DEEMING THIS WORK WORTHY OF ITS PLACING.

GB
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12/20/2007 3:12:18 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Dennis! Love the repetition element in this.


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12/21/2007 1:45:49 PM

 
Dennis Gay
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G'day Christopher,

Not only a good repetition but a good ODD numbered repetition as well! ;-)
Thank you most kindly for your interest and great wrap for this urban scene. so glad you like it.

GB
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12/21/2007 9:54:26 PM

 
Nancy L. Barrett
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Hi Dennis!
I can certainly see why this image is a winner! I "get" the Ansel Adams treatment. I've enjoyed browsing through your gallery!


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3/12/2008 8:28:36 AM

 
Dennis Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2005
 

G'day Nancy,

Thank you very much for taking the time to stroll through my gallery. I am so glad you have enjoyed the experience.
Thank you too for your most generous and encouraging comment for this award winning B&W. It is certainly one of my favourites.

GB
Dennis


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3/12/2008 9:07:43 AM

 
Marisol Pastor
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Excellent image Dennis.The light, contrast, composition and repetition are all fantastic. It's easy to see why this is a winner!


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5/28/2009 11:14:35 AM

 
Chris N. Sweet
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/17/2007
 

Great image Dennis, congrats on the well deserved win.


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5/28/2009 3:39:50 PM

 
Annette Carr
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Very intriguing photograph! I love the clouds and the shadows. I'm forever bringing the pop of a cloud out in PS. You have mastered it :)


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6/2/2009 4:39:59 AM

 
Annette Carr
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Very intriguing photograph! I love the clouds and the shadows. I'm forever bringing the pop of a cloud out in PS. You have mastered it :)


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6/2/2009 4:40:12 AM

 
Dennis Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2005
 

G'day MARISOL, CHRIS & ANNETTE!

So nice to have you all with me on the bridge watching the sunlight paint this scene.
Thank you heaps (x3) for your uplifting and encouraging "Excellent...", "Great..." and "Very intriguing..." wraps for my contrasty achitectural effort.

GB
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6/12/2009 3:44:39 AM

 
M.Christine Duncan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/18/2008
 

A belated congrats on the win Dennis... love the deep deep contrast provided by the hard sidelight, and even the clouds are in rows to enhance the pattern in your composition!


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6/24/2009 12:39:28 PM

 
Dennis Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2005
 

G'day CHRISTINE!

Welcome to Port and happy to have you with me on the bridge taking in this arty architectural scene.
Many thanks indeedy for your belated congratz and your generous and encouraging comment on this high contrast effort.

GB
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6/25/2009 5:11:50 PM

 
Beth OMeara
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Delightful image, Dennis. Well done!


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