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Beam Me Up Scotty

Beam Me Up Scotty
Copyright ©2006, Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $

City Hall, Dublin.

Photographer: Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $
Folder: Eugene Donohoe - Misc Rated
Uploaded: 2006-Mar-06 14:54 EST
Current Rating: 8.86/7 (Weighted rating: 8.55)
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus ED 7-14mm f4.0
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f5
Shutter Speed: 0.6sec
Focal Length: 14
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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I like everything that is stated above by Dave, and also that I cannot tell the scale of what I'm looking at. I know usually fols like to see an object to show scale yet here I can look at this as a massive area or a small lighted corner somewhere...this is what I like most about it. :) Very good. cheers - JP

JonPaul Douglass ¤ $ at 16:00 EST on 2006-Mar-06 [Reply]


Good picture Eugene, I still have no idea what exactly Im looking at:) great

Rafal Belzowski ¤ at 18:06 EST on 2006-Mar-06 [Reply]


FURRR....suh'm REE-suhn ah thunk Ah shid 'tull yiz uh need AH FIFF--ye-eff acksunt whenah ah clap ma eens oan thus.

Vitt,s uht like?

AAAAaaa-you'LLL TILL ya-ee-ha Y....

Thirs nae galo'ule stopes un it!

Andrew McLean HoF ¤ $ at 20:51 EST on 2006-Mar-06 [Reply]


Handheld? More evidence that you have remarkably steady hands there! But you're not Superman (I'm pretty sure but have no actual proof on that, though), and I think we see a bit of a tradeoff in DOF so that you could keep aperture low so you could keep shutter speed at least at a semi-impossible instead of completely impossible level. All that nastiness said, this is otherwise terrific: you've created a 2001:A Space Odyssey kind of mysticism here (was Ligeti playing while you photographed this?), amplified by the conversion and contrast. How about experimenting with the levels of the arcs of light in the background? If these were brought down out of Zones I-III range to Zones V-VII or so (IOW, so that it was a faint glow rather than a diffuse blast) the OOF would be not so visible and it would accentuate the primary light interests in the foreground and middle-ground. Is this one you can take a tripod and explore in more depth and detail, Eugene?

Ferd Berfle Win ¤ $ at 21:27 EST on 2006-Mar-06 [Reply]


today seems to be the day i agree with ferd on just about evrything he says. i hate it when that happens. it makes me feel like i'm just running around saying "yeah, what he said!" "and here i go again...i love you" just kidding. i feel what ferd is saying about the need for more sharpness, i guess because of the precision of the composition, it seems lessened since it doesn't pop. also, it is sad to admit that my favorite film of all time is 2001? god, what a geek i am... ;-)

BTW, what the hell is andy going on about? his scottish accent has me spending way too much time interpreting. just come out with it! ;-)

best, john

John Roper HoF Win ¤ $ at 00:17 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]


you are getting rather good at these mysterious shots. This is particularly good, lines, light, conversion etc - although I agree with the others that you must start carrying your tripod around with you (perhaps you could hire a bearer?).

nigel harvey ¤ at 04:23 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]


Very fine photograph. Creativity at its best.

Grant Mundell ¤ at 05:24 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]


Thank you all very much!!

I am chuckling to myself trying to translate what Andy said and I'll have a go!

David JonPaul and Rafl thanks to you all. Hope you dont mind my linking you together. This is a light detail in a column part of which is included top of frame with a boundary separator behind it and two shafts of light emanating from it.

Doro: Thanks as well. I do like to surprise every now and again and it is nice to be surprising in a surprising kind of way.

"For some reason I think I should tell ye you need a Fife Accent when I clap my hands on this. What's it like? Ah, you will tell (?) There's no (?something) on it!" How did I do Andy? Thanks for your what I believe is a compliment!

Ferd- many thanks I agree with all you say here. As a matter of interest, and shared learning etc etc how would you go about bringing down the zones as suggested? I agree about the tripod but it's a chore. Where is that image stabilisation we are all waiting for? (Said in semi jest). Thanks for the compliments. Appreciated.

John; thank you too. See also above. Yes I agree about th3e sharpness issue. Hope my translation helps. Will be interested in seeing what Andy syas about it!

Nigel; Many thanks for your comments. See also above.

Pascal; many thanks for your comment.

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 05:31 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]


Very interesting shot, Eugene. I like this strong compo with unusual play of light supported by good conversion. For me is interesting unknow "real life ratio" (I am not sure, what is the real size). I don't have any problem with sharpness, have a small problem with detailed horizontal lines (top center). Overall near to perfect!

Jan Pliva HoF ¤ $1 at 08:00 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]


Eugene, I took the liberty of downloading the image and applying level adjustment layers to show the concept. I'm sending the layered PSD file to you by e-mail. In my quick-and-dirty experiment, I used three adjustment layers to even out levels in some areas and to keep some of the layer adjustments from overdarkening some other areas, but the primary one is a gradient mask that masks out the lower 2/3 of the image or so and relevels the top portion. If I were really working on this, I'd spend more time on the area around the central pylon and on the rear black elements to bring out just a hint of light reflection and keep them from blocking, but I just did this to give you the idea. Hope this helps. The key is using Masks, Adjustment Layers (Level), which lets you go selectively and seamlessly adjust darkness on the image very precisely (and reversibly).

Ferd Berfle Win ¤ $1 at 08:22 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]


looks very futureque. and abstract. like it. great shot. but now I'm curious about Ferd's pp version...

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 10:03 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]


I have come late to this Eugene and have nothing new to say, other than it is warth all the praise it has been given; great shot...

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $1 $ at 12:22 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]

Eugene ...

this is really an image which I admire rather deep. A very futuristic compo and an exellent conversion. And beside that Ferd is able to give some further tips. Great. This is the reason I love this site. Hope this community will exist a long time further more.

Kind regards,

Horst Schmier HoF Win ¤ $1 at 17:55 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]


Jan Ferd Michael Vaggelis Horst

Many thanks for your kind comments. Ferd, I sent you a private email of thanks and love the version you developed. Horst, I agree that this is a very valuable activity to share knowledge and help each other develope.

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 18:49 EST on 2006-Mar-07 [Reply]