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Title • blind alley

First: thanks for all the great comments on my last two shots, they're much appreciated.

As for today's shot: it's another re-examination of something I took a while ago and decided not to put up, though in this case the manipulation is a little different. Rather than explain what you're looking at it's probably easier to show you the (partly post-processed) original:


As you can probably work out from the original, this is a diptych, of sorts, but both images come from the same original: the image on the left is the leftmost two-thirds of the original, and the image on the right is the rightmost two-thirds, horizontally reversed. I guess my reasoning with this one is that I was trying to capture the vaguely enclosed, leading nowhere feeling of this alleyway, and I didn't think the original did this, nor was I particularly happy with the shot as a whole (a shadowy figure would probably have helped). This version, on the other hand (for me at least), accentuates the dead-end feel of this location and does a much better job of getting the mood of the scene across.

Anyway, it remains to be seen as to whether you think it's effective (and I bet that some of you will prefer the original), but it's something that I may well use more intentionally in the future. And no, it's not as good as the previous two shots, but I did think it was sufficiently interesting to put up.

And now it's probably about time that I shot some new material rather than trawling through the stuff I've previously rejected ;-)

focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
1.37pm on 17/1/06
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
94mm (150mm equiv.)
aperture priority
C1 Pro
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