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Not In My Backyard

Not In My Backyard
Copyright ©2011, Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1

Photographer: Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1
Folder: Bob M's
Uploaded: 2011-Dec-07 15:29 EST
Current Rating: 6.00/2 (Weighted rating: 7.33)
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Camera: Olympus E-5
Lens: Olympus 12-60mm f2.8/4.0 SWD
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 640
Aperture: f16
Shutter Speed: 1/25
Focal Length: 36mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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kind of tight quarters, just enough room for a cat to walk between the houses. What happens when it snows, no place for the snow to fall off the roof.

c. stirling bartholomew ¤ at 23:16 EST on 2011-Dec-07 [Reply]

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nice juxtaposition of homes in front of that seemingly polluting plant ...it's kind of like the poor man's version of the 6 sisters in San Francisco ;-)

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 23:40 EST on 2011-Dec-07 [Reply]

Interesting...

...subject, something most might pass without noticing. The color is quite subtle.

Joe Sneed HoF ¤1 at 08:02 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Interesting photo Robert, for me I think it would be more interesting to crop out the sky and smoke stack completely as well as the two areas of sky and the slivers of the houses on each end. Let the viewer figure it out. Just my two cents. If these houses were any closer together they would only need one rain gutter between each house. I wounder how they paint the siding between them.

Charles Bonham ¤ $1 at 10:26 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Definitely one to play with. I'd be interested to see how different people cropped this picture. I like the strained symmetry of it all and would crop out the smokestacks above top the wire so that the space above and below the wires was equal. I think the rear building might lose its context if you cropped it down to the roof.

It definitely has a story to tell.

Mike Leadbetter ¤1 at 12:38 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Well done!

Qvee Q ¤1 at 13:18 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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I have no idea where the snow goes... it can't fall off the roof... hope the structure is sound enough to support the extra load.. thanks for commenting.. Bob

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 13:34 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Thanks for comment dee vee... yes, a very poor man's version of the 6 sisters.. Bob

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 13:35 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Thanks for comment Joe... I knew this existed and went a few blocks off the main street in the area to capture this..

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 13:36 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Appreciate your suggestions Charles... I tried cropping this several ways and in the end felt the smokestacks against the bland sky added a little more gloom to the image. Bob

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 13:38 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Thanks for comments Mike... yes, as I mentioned to Charles I did try cropping this several ways. I wanted to show the row of houses and not crop the edges of the large building in the BG and you see the result.. Bob

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 13:41 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Thanks for comment Qvee... Bob

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 13:42 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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I should have added, the building in the BG is a long closed glass manufacturing company. The property is of some value but the cost of demolition and the clean up of the contaminated land would likely far exceed the value of the land.

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 13:47 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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I would also say that this view has enormous potential but the result falls a little short of what was maybe in your mind when you took this. Maybe, if this is possible, you can take this again. To me it would be well worth it. You have chosen f16 which seems a bit over the top maybe because to me the image seems to suffer from quality degradation, but maybe this is only a quite small crop of the original frame? Anyways I really like the contrast between the houses and the factory. The weaknesses of this image (the guard railing is a bit distractive, the lack of detail/sharpness) could be turned into strengths with better light and maybe a larger aperture which would preserve more detail.

Klaus Er HoF Win ¤1 at 17:19 EST on 2011-Dec-08 [Reply]

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Thank you Klaus for taking time to analyize this image and for your suggestions... I softened the image just a little in post processing and left the guard rail in just to add another dimension in this industrial area. I will go back and apply your advice shooting this again. Bob

Robert Melnyk HoF ¤ $1 at 17:24 EST on 2011-Dec-09 [Reply]