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June 1, 2011
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M E T R O P O L I S by MikeShawPhotography M E T R O P O L I S by MikeShawPhotography

M E T R O P O L I Sby MikeShawPhotography

Scraps©2011-2014 MikeShawPhotography
The Liver Buildings in Liverpool.

This is an experiment with long exposures and bleaching colours but I have to admit its one of those shots I'm just not sure of so its time to throw it out there before I move it to scraps :)

Tech Info:
Camera: Gripped Canon 7D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Filters: Lee Big Stopper/Hitech 0.9ND soft grad
F-stop: f/11
Exposure time: 30sec
ISO: 100
Focal length: 10mm

Post editing:
Put through CS5 and sharpened in RAW, saved as a DNG file and put through Photomatix 3 and tone-mapped to drag as much detail out as possible. Put back through CS5 and selected colours either bleached or enhanced. Put through Lightroom 3 and luminance increased in bleached out colours, sharpened again and noise reduced.

Copyright of Mike Shaw 2011, please do not alter or use without first asking permission.

Thank you for any comments favs etc, its always appreciated :)
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I'm going to go against the grain of what I see in the comments on this piece and say that to my eye this shot is nothing special. The post-processing is far more interesting than the photograph itself; I think you could apply this processing chain to just about any snapshot and produce interesting and stark tonality.

Composition-wise, I think this shot is not the best. It feels rushed, without the usual care I see in your work. It feels cramped. I think this shot either needs to be opened up to embrace the surrounding structures, or needs to be brought in closer to isolate the main structure.

The sweep of the clouds produces some interest and action through the frame, but not enough to overcome the compositional deficit.

In the end, this one just doesn't tell me stories as well as most of your work does; you've done far, far better than this one. For you, I agree; this one really is a scrap :)
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely capture....:iconwingsplz:
makes me want to visit.....!
piglet365 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
I really like this treatment of a very well known building. Don't bin it..its great.
FireflyPhotosAust Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
I think that it looks great Mike!
Navrasend Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Photographer
Very interesting! I gased at this image very long! It exited me! And inspired as well)
inObrAS Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Wonderful work! :clap:
roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
i think this photo is really good and it's not for scraps...
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
dramatic work ;)
snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great pic :)
JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Every inch as awesome as I expected from you Big man :shocked: Tremendous treatment all round :camera:
Mystik-Rider Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Nice work, Mike! :wow:
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