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Daniel Liebskind – ROM Redesign May 22, 2007

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3_ROM_Crystal_9115_square, originally uploaded by wvs.

Great shot from fellow Toronto resident Sam J. from Flickr. This is the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal designed by Daniel Liebskind. It is set to open in June.

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Shopping in Amsterdam April 22, 2007

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Shopping in Amsterdam, originally uploaded by Stuck in Customs.

Impressive HDR from Trey Ratcliff.

Chicago visited by extraterrestrial alien mother ship April 4, 2007

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Chicago Bean

Photo: Bruce Marlin

Alien extraterrestrial mother ship? Not quite, it’s an interesting sculpture at Chicago’s Millennium Park. “Cloud Gate” is by British artist Anish Kapoor’s and it is his first public outdoor work. Wow, 110 tons of stainless steel, this isn’t going to fly into the air anytime soon.

Flickr Mosaic used with Tag “Chicago Bean”

Flickr Bean

1. Follow the Light, 2. Cloud Gate, 3. Cloud Gate, 4. Chicago Skyline reflection, 5. Reflections on the Bean, 6. The Bean, 7. wheres kate and cj?, 8. pretty shiny, 9. The Cloud Gate, 10. who needs a fisheye?, 11. who needs a fisheye?, 12. reflectortrait, 13. feats of strength, 14. reflectortrait, 15. The Bean, 16. Bean LIghtning., 17. Self Portrait in Bean Thingy, 18. The city lights, 19. chicago_bean, 20. The Chicago Bean, 21. The Chicago Bean II, 22. Tourists, 23. {DT=2006-12-01 @18-19-01}{SN=001}, 24. {DT=2006-12-01 @18-17-10}{SN=001}, 25. {DT=2006-12-01 @18-18-54}{SN=001}, 26. {DT=2006-12-01 @18-18-05}{SN=001}, 27. This is my success!, 28. The Glorious Bean!, 29. Bean at night, 30. leon moving, 31. Bean II, 32. Chicago Bean, 33. Birth of Insperation, 34. Bean, 35. Chicago Bean Millenium Park, 36. Untitled

B&W – Negatives making a comeback? April 1, 2007

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Singapore at night!

Singapore Business district night view, originally uploaded by * etoile.

Taken with a Ricoh GR10 on Ilford XP2, exposure was not recorded.

I have posted this image to start a discussion (thanks to * etoile on flickr). I have posted several HDR images of the last little while, mainly from Trey Ratcliff. I have admired Trey’s HDR images for awhile now and have been impressed by the detail, brilliance and hyper realism. (More on HDR here.)

Now to my point. I received a comment regarding an HDR image from a fellow blogger Zep Hopper at www.In-Sect.com.

The comment can be seen here. And to some degree I do agree with Zep, although they don’t make me dizzy there are elements of the images that are more unrealistic than hyper realistic and something that your would not expect to see in conventional photography. When you get down to it, like art, it is a matter of personal preference and taste.

I posted the B&W image above to start the discussion around what your preference is. This image is taken the old school way on a B&W film negative. Having started in photography this way and processing my own negs and prints all in B&W, I am somewhat attached to it despite all the attractions and convenience of digital photography. There is something about achieving the tonal range of the B&W image as well as the care to adjust the exposures that I find technically challenging. Also it is a lesson in experimentation in the field while your taking the shots since you cannot preview them in anyway (camera or computer) and make the necessary adjustments.

Your comments are appreciated.

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How about a little New York City in HDR? March 30, 2007

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How about a little New York City in HDR?, originally uploaded by Stuck in Customs.

Wow Trey keep them coming. This image is outstanding. 10/10

New York has never looked so good. NYC Bloggers found here

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Silhouetted – London March 27, 2007

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Silhouetted, originally uploaded by John Linwood.

Nice shot from my friend on Flickr. I admire his shots of London in my Flickr travels, John takes his shots from some great angles and provides and “man on the street” view.

Nice macro work lately too John.

Cheers!

Miracle in Iceland March 17, 2007

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Miracle in Iceland, originally uploaded by Stuck in Customs.

Another great HDR shot from Trey Ratcliff. There are many shots from his trip to Iceland. I have to say all are stunning, this one stands out.

Trey, your blog re-design looks great.

Check out www.stuckincustoms.com in you web travels, pull up a chair and relax, enjoy the sights.

Night Bike March 15, 2007

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Night Bike, originally uploaded by wvs.

Great atmosphere with this shot from Sam J. I like the CN Tower in the distance.

30 St Mary Axe or the Gherkin – London March 11, 2007

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30 St Mary Axe or the Gherkin – London, originally uploaded by Patrick Mayon.

 

Good night shot of the Gherkin or Swiss Re in London. One of my favorite buildings. Designed by  Sir Norman Foster.

At 180m it is one of the tallest buildings in London. The design and engineering is exceptional.