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author archera (Roland DiSabatino)
title Dome II
date6/10/2002 9:16:44 AM
details... On the grounds of the nearby College ... Nikon CP800 + IR filter ...
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1 MelanieK.   (6/10/2002 9:23:03 AM)
Very imposing structure... the IR filter suits it. I love the bench in the fore ground.
2 Roger Ranney (Don't block the shot)   (6/10/2002 9:27:20 AM)
I agree with Melanie, all except the bench part. I think I'd clone it out. Terrific shot Roland!
3 robinschooley (Robin Schooley)   (6/10/2002 9:31:26 AM)
Well this, THIS I like. If not for the IR filter, the bench wouldn't have stood out that way.... I like it. And the details in the building... the clouds in the sky... this is good stuff, Roland. :)
4 JaapHart   (6/10/2002 9:37:56 AM)
Very good, surrealistic shot!
5 Gala   (6/10/2002 9:50:59 AM)
It is magnificent!!! On a background of such grandiose temple this small bench which emphasizes monumentalism. Excellent(different) engineering and very picturesque work.
6 Amuletum ( )   (6/10/2002 10:17:27 AM)
Awesome, Roland. I could stare at this all day.
7 ChrisC (Christopher Cove)   (6/10/2002 10:18:24 AM)
I love the tone here. Great job!
8 ckldybr (A perfect photo is just a click away)   (6/10/2002 10:19:01 AM)
Is that a bench? I thought it was a hitching post for horses. LOL. This is great Roland. The detail on the building is superb!! The sky really enhances it. Looks like a scene from Harry Potter or something. I like this. Hitching post and all. Take care. Barb.
9 jdking   (6/10/2002 10:23:34 AM)
Dramatic is the word for this. The IR filter is put to good use here Roland.
10 Angie Hill   (6/10/2002 11:13:42 AM)
Roland as far as the pic I think it's a great subject for IR and you did very well. Am I the only one that thinks the building could use some cw rotation? Also I see two people on here that stated "boredom with IR" and also "not a fan of IR" on Rachel Bilodeaux IR photo not so long ago. How all of the sudden have you changed your mind?
11 Regina Lopes   (6/10/2002 11:14:28 AM)
Good use of the filter IR in great composition. Congrats, Roland!
12 Darwin   (6/10/2002 11:22:27 AM)
Wow!!! Like it a lot, I really like the little bench in the foreground, I can not offer you any improvements. 9.3
13 sukey   (6/10/2002 11:49:37 AM)
Roland -- I love it. That little bench just makes it. Well, okay, the clouds are also outstanding.
14 Lockhart   (6/10/2002 11:52:13 AM)
15 Haim Ziv   (6/10/2002 1:00:50 PM)
Great work, excellent comp, like it very much. (9.3)
16 BIGA (bighin vincenzo)   (6/10/2002 1:25:49 PM)
I like!!! Really great composition
17 Hans (photography or politics?)   (6/10/2002 2:55:39 PM)
Good one Rollie. Great impact. Taste I guess but I would prefer less contrast, it's so heavy it washes out some detail and tones/transitions.
18 mplonsky (gone to greener pastures)   (6/10/2002 3:42:13 PM)
Nice use of IR Roland. I am with Roger on the bench. It is funny how folks really like the bench or really don't.
19 Berenice Kauffmann Abud (AFIAP /2004)   (6/10/2002 3:58:45 PM)
Wonderful work with great impact. Congrats, Roland!
20 Inge E. (I.L. Eason)   (6/10/2002 7:46:55 PM)
Roland, I agree it is the type of picture you can sit and study. Do you have a color shot of this structure? Have I missed it? I would be interested in the brick work.
21 andrew crawford   (6/10/2002 7:50:05 PM)
Good composition with detail. The skies were on your side that day. Very nice.
22 aocole (Art Cole)   (6/10/2002 8:01:32 PM)
Cool shot Roland, and I think the bench adds scale and a place to rest! Excellent IR work!
23 detlef   (6/10/2002 9:06:43 PM)
Very moody shot Roland..I like this!
24 Meinhardt, L.   (6/10/2002 9:08:37 PM)
Great photo!! Excellent composition!! Congratulations!!
25 ryenke (M.E. Majeske)   (6/10/2002 9:30:49 PM)
Keep the bench! Keep the bench! That makes this good shot superb!
26 photoservicemgr (Dan Hutchinson)   (6/10/2002 10:32:40 PM)
Looks like something from a fairy tale book. I like it.
27 ck   (6/10/2002 10:43:14 PM)
Outstanding work! (9.5)
28 Kazimierz Morski   (6/11/2002 2:31:23 AM)
Ditto #25!!! :)K.M.
29 bbackman (Bryan Backman)   (6/11/2002 3:02:20 AM)
Excellent image Roland, I'm all for keeping the bench. 9
30 mrgetz (Thinkyouneek )   (6/11/2002 12:22:30 PM)
I'd add another bench, not clone the one out. And the dome is too dark on the left side. Good IR cmposition, but a little too "hard" looking in terms of contrast.
31 Lehd (Kirsten Lehd)   (6/11/2002 1:13:17 PM)
very beautiful shot.
32 Sergei Samus (Serega to friends)     (6/11/2002 5:12:44 PM)
yes, keep the bench Roland. I also want to see a person lying on the grass in the right part, watching the dome and balancing the whole composition. Great stuff.
33 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (6/11/2002 9:57:11 PM)
OOOO Roland! so very very nice! keep the bench! this is great! cool building and sky!!
34 gmx (Gustav Miller)   (6/12/2002 3:57:23 AM)
Very impressive IR image.
Great picture, great work. (9.9)
35 Chuck   (6/12/2002 6:53:20 AM)
Striking image. Very well done.
36 Art Hill   (6/12/2002 7:23:20 AM)
I do not share the general fascination with IR and find most IR pictures to be unremarkable. This, however, is exceptional. Very effective. Nice going Roland.
37 Lagernet (Lyle Gellner)   (6/12/2002 10:12:46 AM)
Congratulations on a fine bit of work and a rewarding result,,.Well done Roland,,.
38 Mark Cassino   (6/12/2002 11:24:50 AM)
Excellent! Nuf-said...
39 erlandpil   (6/12/2002 12:49:01 PM)
Hi Just wonderful...Congratulation
40 KAY (........ .......)   (6/12/2002 2:21:22 PM)
Congrats Roland on an excellent image.
41 mbighin (Mauro Bighin)   (6/12/2002 4:54:29 PM)
I'm not a lover of IR filters (filters in general) but this is really well done.
42 robinschooley (Robin Schooley)   (6/12/2002 5:07:29 PM)
Well Roland, since you insist on hogging all the glory for yet another day, I figured I'd come back and take another look. After reading through the comments I have to say that I do agree with Hans and Marty on the contrast to a certain extent. Also, I considered what Angie said about needing a rotation. I wonder if she meant CCW rather than CW. Now I KNOW that the building is perfectly level and symmetrical. With your precision as an engineer you wouldn't have it any other way. But I am thinking that the dark sky makes the image "heavy" in the upper right and because of that it APPEARS to tip the scale a bit to the right. Just a thought. What do you think?
43 robinschooley (Robin Schooley)   (6/12/2002 5:10:40 PM)
Oh, by the way... this image has been viewed 390 times in 52 hours. I have some pics that haven't been viewed that many times in a year and a half!
44 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (6/12/2002 6:27:46 PM)
Robin ... I mentioned to Angie in a thank you e-mail, that I think what I'm seeing may be some barrel distortion. I also noted that the lentel above the door is what I used as a reference for the Measure tool to get the horizontals of the building dead true. Angie, in turn, was kind enough to send me a URL for a PhotoShop Filter plug-in for barrel distortion correction. In my working of the photo I had to apply the distort filter to straighten the sides a little, but the was done minimally because I believe it does distort the pixels also. I chose to get as far back as I could and with the tripod fully raised to max height to minimize tilting of the sides. About the dark side of the tower ... in the original it is very dark even after applying AutoLevels or Auto Contrast for one reason ... that side was not reflecting IR light, even different exposures showed this tendency. In IR, as opposed to standard B&W photography, if a shadowed or darkened area doesn't emit IR light it turns out very dark. By way of comparison, a shadowed area in a B&W photo can reflect ambient light and thus show some detail more readily than IR. This feature however, is a major reason for IR in general being contrasty, and alledgedly contributes to an eerie or surreal mood. A different filter, one that lets in a little more visible light may have corrected the dark somewhat, but the grass would have been darker and the bench not so obvious as you noted.
45 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (6/12/2002 6:38:33 PM)
Well anyway, I selected that dark area of the dome and with curves lightened it to a point that I felt was a decent compromise between a full IR result and a B&W photo say with a red filter. Unfortunately, I posted it from work, and even though I thought it would not have hurt to have lightened it a tad more, the option wasn't there, because I don't have PS at work:O), and I just I wanted to post it that day because I was impetuous and impatient, true to my sign of Aries :O)) On the balance ... perhaps subjective, but I felt that the dark upper sky was balanced by the generally dark building on the left. I think the real question is this though ... what about the bench. The bench is there because I flet it would add a tad of tension a little controversy. To my eye, this little thing added to a surreal sense, so I left. It sort of made me say ... "what the heck is that doing there ... so I left it in! :O)) In Summary, Yea! ... I guess IR can be subjective, some just don't like it unless shown similar to a B&W with a Red Filter, others like the contrast and the effect in general. Some want all the some criteria applied as with a normal B&W, others more readily accept the differences, and that could be reason why there are several types of IR filters, from the extreme to the less so! :O))
46 MJFerron   (6/12/2002 8:54:04 PM)
Your best yet Roland. A masterpiece for sure. Great job.
47 Jack Chamberlin   (6/13/2002 8:38:26 AM)
Roland: What else can I say? superb image! Really wonderful!
48 janeca (Joćo Espinho)   (6/14/2002 2:46:59 AM)
49 rachelbilodeau (Rachel Bilodeau)   (6/15/2002 7:35:26 AM)
well I just spent 15 minutes reading the thread at least and should read it again to absorb all the information here. I llive IR, I like the bench, I find it quite contrasty but getting used to it. The details are superb, and the composition if tack on. I would like to know also about this barrel distortion filter for photoshop. I seem to have that problem with the Oly2100 whereas I never noticed it with Nikon Coolpix and it seems to happen when camera is set to its widest angle.
50 Bill Taylor   (6/15/2002 10:44:26 AM)
Very dramatic sky, works well in B/W. This looks like it would be a good shot in color also.
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