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In light of the comments on yesterday's shot this one is quite apposite as it was shot with the post-processing in mind, namely a dramatic increase in contrast. And there are 20 chromasian shillings for anyone who can correctly guess i) how it was done, and ii) what the blurry bits on the bottom and right edges are ;-) Oh, and, other than the increase in contrast (and a slight change to the colour balance), this is a straight shot.

Oh, and this one look much better with the black theme.

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5.35pm on 12/3/05
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
200mm (320mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
minor distortion
comment by Adriana at 09:35 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2005

For me it seems to be a chimney. I like the orange color on it. If the picture was taken straight, maybe you used a second layer and moved it a little bit to the right. But let's see what the rest of the people thinks. Sorry about my many grammar mistakes yesterday. It was pass midnight for me :(.

comment by nogger at 09:38 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2005

My guess for the blurry bits is window frame.

comment by djn1 at 09:39 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2005

nogger: the cheque's in the post ;-)

comment by hossein at 10:09 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2005

The window is double layered (hence the double reflection) and blurry bits are window frames.

comment by Jay at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2005

At least 2 layers (one slightly blurred and moved)
A old TV Antenna on a chimney... or top of a building... or some sort of wall.
There is a wire attached to the wall (lower right corner) which is probably the same wire shown in the photo that goes to the antenna.

There's my guess

comment by djn1 at 11:57 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2005

Ok, mostly completely obvious then ;-) It's a reflection in a double-glazed window and the blur around the edge is the frame.

comment by Robb at 12:18 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2005

Dreamlike. Surreal. Gorgeous. Dramatizes the mediation of the lens.

comment by Chris at 01:50 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2005

LOL I guess it wasn't so hard to guess after all.
I like how this shot has an almost painted feel. Great job.

comment by Alex at 02:03 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2005

i like to think the left-most chimeny is ACTUALLY two giant rooks situated on top of a house. you know what those avid chess players are like.. but um.. what blurry bit in the bottom right are we talking about here? is this in the image itself or the border thinger :| *sigh* forgive me. it has been such a very long day at work.

dave - it's.. *different*. we'll work with that for the time being.

comment by BigA at 06:12 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2005

While this shot is absolutely fantastic, I just can't believe you didn't bother to post some shots of Burt and the rest of the Chimney Sweeps as they flew out of those bad boys.

comment by Jesse at 06:36 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2005

Before I opened the comments window, I thought those two pipes looked like rook pieces in the golden sunset, as well as Alex. Other people already guessed correctly, but I thought of a window frame, then just two layers set apart in Photoshop with one on an overlay at a lesser opacity (I thought this because the "minor distortion" in the crop).

It probably means something to yesterday's discussion that you didn't achieve this effect in post-processing :-).

comment by tmf at 07:27 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2005

I'm here to claim my shillings....

The answers are:

  • i) Altered in Photoshop

  • ii) Pixels
  • :) Sorry, couldn't resist....

    This one is a little busy for me. Not sure what to focus on. The cloud formation is interesting and definitely seems to have benefitted from post work.

    The combination of the chimney elements on the left and the antenna (?) on the right draw my mind toward a windmill of sorts. The squarish patterns - specifically the ones in white help support the windmill notion.

    cheers from rochester, new york

    comment by east3rd at 08:24 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2005

    Interesting but sorry, I don't think I get this one.

    comment by djn1 at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2005

    east3rd: no, me neither. It seemed like a good idea, but on reflection (no pun intended) I'm not at all happy with it.