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  #139 Portrait Orientation
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The old shot tower       ©2014 babysister
Panasonic DMC-GX7       1st place, 249 points
1/250s, f7.1, ISO 400, 50mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Brightened, contrast, sharpened.       Extra Info: This old shot tower in the centre of Melbourne is being preserved by covering it with a modern dome. It is now a feature of Melbourne Central shopping precinct.
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Mar 14, 2014
    A well deserved win.

Mar 11, 2014
    Congrats, a well deserved win!

Mar 11, 2014
    Thank you all so much for your helpful and nice words about this photo. I woke up from having had an anaesthetic just in time to see the results come out so it was a very happy awakening. I can see after looking a Raf's photos that we have the same ideas about what to take in Melbourne. I will try to vary mine from his so that there is not too much repetition.
As soon as I saw the title for this Challenge the shot tower became my subject that had to be taken. I was standing in a very busy area with hundreds of people walking past from the train station and trying to keep the tripod from tripping someone while framing the photo on a camera that was tilted upwards. I was lucky to get it right.

Mar 10, 2014
    Congrats; my first choice

Mar 10, 2014
    I knew it! Congratulations!

Jade O.
Mar 10, 2014
    A 1st and a 3rd, nice double.

Mar 10, 2014
    Let me be the 4th to congratulate you on your 2nd main win!!!

Mar 10, 2014
    Congrats, on your win.

Mar 10, 2014
    Congratulations - great win.
Edited on Mar 10, 2014

Mar 10, 2014
    Let me be the first to congratulate you on your win!! Well done - well deserved.
Edited on Mar 10, 2014

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Mar 10, 2014
    Great impression of height

Mar 10, 2014
    I like the composition here. Leading line direct my eye up to the circle at the top. I love the circles contrasting the straight lines of the building. Very interesting.

Mar 10, 2014
    What an interesting structure. I suppose there must be many ways to compose this, and I like your choice. In my top picks.

Mar 10, 2014
    i love the geometric shapes and the gradient-like color of the brick tower.

Mar 9, 2014
    In my top favorites. The vertical orientation does enhance the image, bringing the eye to the top.

Mar 9, 2014
    Excellent composition! Love the juxtaposition of the old against the new, and the warmth of the brick vs the coldness of the glass.

Mar 9, 2014
    It looks really tall like that

Mar 8, 2014
    I like the old/new contrast and the straight line/lcircles contrast. :)

Jade O.
Mar 8, 2014
    I've seen this before, a lot, so that takes away a bit from the image for me. Otherwise well taken.

Mar 7, 2014
    you had fun getting this one with the square shapes in the shot tower and the round top of the dome.
The first shot tower in the world was in Bristol UK a Bristol plumber called Mr Watt no relation to James Watt the steam man.
His shot tower was not as tall as this one but he had a cave below his works which disguised the height required to get the correct result.

Mar 7, 2014
    Good composition and interesting perspective!

Mar 7, 2014
    I've seen this before from Raf - one of my favourite photogs. Love this shot - in my top picks from the start. I think the composition is excellent and leads the eye to explore. I presume it was a grey day outside and wish there was a bit of colour coming through those windows but you've done an great job of presenting this. The angle of the building is perfect.

Mar 7, 2014
    Thanks all for the appreciative comments.
Mrsawyer: I had a look at the link. What a great photo Rafinmelb took! I don't see any of his photos these days. Perhaps I should be glad if we are going to take the same photos.

Mar 6, 2014
    Looks like you had a bit of a tough lighting situation to deal with and dealt with it admirably. I like the framing and the sharpness of the signage at the top of the building.
Wow! I remember this building from an entry by rafinmelb long ago. I thought maybe it was from "rafi" again, but I see he hasn't logged into the site lately. So kudos, whoever you are! Here is a link to his entry: http://panachallenge.com/challenge/show_entry.php?entry=3608&challenge=54
edit-- I forgot that Rafi had entered two photos of the tower. Here is the other one... http://panachallenge.com/challenge/show_entry.php?entry=3607&challenge=54
Edited on Mar 7, 2014

Mar 6, 2014
    Cool architecture, very well presented!

Mar 6, 2014
    Nice juxtaposition of old and new in a dramatic composition.

Mar 6, 2014
    Perfect subject for portrait shot! Highly interesting and immediately grabbed my attention. Could perhaps use a slight bit more color vibrancy or tiny bit of reduced brightness, especially the upper half, but still my #1.
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