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Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View
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Copyright: Fred NEF (Freddie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 104 N: 1157] (6359)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon PowerShot A640
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-02 11:05
Viewed: 3343
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bird's Eye View
Another shot of the Birdie On Top, this time showing the whole panorama w/ the imposing Burj Al Arab Hotel. This is the second perch of this homey birdie and it stayed a bit longer so I could capture it in this POV.

Burj Al Arab is the highest 5-star hotel in the world. It has some architectural entases or optical illusions like the horizontal lines per floor. Actually, it is composed of 2 floors not one, making it appear to have less floors when viewed afar and have shocking effect of scale when your near this monumental edifice. Statue of Liberty can fit snuggly into its very high atrium lobby. It is built away from the shore so as not to enshadow the Jumeirah Beach Hotel nearby and to make it less accessible. Before reaching the long wavy bridge to go there, a collapsible wall of baricade behind another fence is lowered so you could enter.
An all-suite hotel w/ a butler in each room, I enjoyed its lofty living and dining spaces and the game room w/ pool table. The bedroom had a very big 4 poster bed that I needed to step up just to get in. A luscious en-suite bathroom as large as normal living rooms is available w/ its delicate mosaic art.

Exposure Time: 1/807
F-Stop: f/4.0
Focal Length: 7300/1000 mm
Metering Mode: Pattern

Pp work:
1. crop
2. copy paste some sky pic from other pics and use Curves to make it more dramatic
3. select other elements like the building, foreground and birdie, and delete those from the sky layer
4. sharpen, add border, and resize

Quote of the Day:
"Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time. We play with subjects that disappear; and when they’re gone, it’s impossible to bring them back to life. We can’t alter our subject afterward.... Writers can reflect before they put words on paper.... As photographers, we don’t have the luxury of this reflective time....We can’t redo our shoot once we’re back at the hotel. Our job consists of observing reality with help of our camera (which serves as a kind of sketchbook), of fixing reality in a moment, but not manipulating it, neither during the shoot nor in the darkroom later on. These types of manipulation are always noticed by anyone with a good eye." -Henri Cartier-Bresson

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To yigithan: Thanks! :)Freddie 1 12-30 23:16
To trekks: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 11-01 06:53
To deluxe55: Thanxxx! :)Freddie 1 08-22 20:41
To go2stones: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-21 06:51
To Photograph2u: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-15 11:35
To Refugee: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-15 01:14
To mortcdz: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-15 01:11
To timtim: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-15 01:10
To YasminesDad: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-13 14:46
To anjhello: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-10 01:08
To jpinkham: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-10 00:59
To juyona: Gracias!Freddie 1 07-06 11:30
To Beger: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-06 11:18
To marmot: Merci beaucoup!Freddie 1 07-06 11:16
To KrL: Merci beaucoup!Freddie 1 07-06 04:10
To eosnut: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-06 04:09
To janneman: hihiha!Freddie 4 07-05 06:26
To Alice_40: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-05 04:55
To greys14809: Salamat!Freddie 1 07-04 03:43
To Mirra78: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-04 03:40
To clnaef: Merci beaucoup!Freddie 1 07-04 03:34
To magda_indigo: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-03 11:18
To nova: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-03 06:47
To starky: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-03 06:39
To AMKA: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-03 06:38
To c_rapp: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-03 06:37
To espanek: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-03 06:35
To kristian: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-03 06:33
To lego: Thanxxx!Freddie 1 07-03 06:32
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  • Great 
  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2007-07-02 11:43]
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Nice shot with beautiful soft colors.This is very well composed and the bird adds more interest to that quiet moody picture.That hotel is always fascinating with its special sail structure.

this is quit a photo !
It's almost from a ferrytail ( hope that is spelled right )
If some day I can afford it, we'll visit it !
If you are the guide ! :-)
Don't worry ... by then you'll be living of a pension too



PS : did you receive my personal eMail ?
Only "yes or No" is OK, don't want any comment on it !!!

Hi Fred.Beautiful view to the best,beautiful hotel.Good picture and composition.
Regards, Bosko.

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  • AMKA Gold Star Critiquer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-02 16:32]
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Hi Fred :)
Excellent shot.Beautiful picture.full of details.
Two thumbs up!...well done my friend.

Absolutely breathtaking view and it seems the bird has the best vantage point! Beautiful TFS

Hello Fred.
Colours are absolutely great. I also like the POV and composition. Very well done.

Hello Freddie, great great photo, really fantastica, nice compo, beautifull place, congratulations. ;)

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  • lego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 2 N: 70] (678)
  • [2007-07-03 6:14]
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U are going to miss this place :)

interesting view, love the comp and colours, well done, thanx, M, (*_*)

Quelle formidable architecture.
Bonne journée.

Hi Fred,
You show us a nice composition, very detailed and full of beautiful soft colours. The bird makes the image even more effective :)Thanks for the interesting note!
Best regards,

Great composition Fred....

The PP works done justice to this photograph...


Hi Freddie,
Beautiful image, I would never pick it to be a composite of two photos.
Nice layout, good colours.

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2007-07-04 13:43]
  • [+]

Bonjour Fred,
Je préfère cette version de l'oiseau, le paysage derrière valait la peine d'être montré.
Superbe luminosité
A bientôt


belle représentation Fred
c'estte architecture est remarquable et l'oiseau aussi

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-07-05 0:09]
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Hi Fred,
Superb POV on a beautiful place. The bird is a strong point in your composition. Excellent colors and PP work! Bravo! Annie

PS/ Thanks for your visit on my gallery during my absence! Annie

Hi Freddi
Super compo!
Lovely Viev, good colours and lights

  • Great 
  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-07-05 18:56]
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Hola amigo,
excelente trabajo y pov,
sensacionales detalles,

Freddie, I love pictures like this that leave me wondering where to start about good things to say. Yes, I like the color of the sky, which are dramatic, indeed. Then there's the very pleasing juxtaposition of interesting architecture, old and new, the inviting ocean, the hint of cloud, and the bird in the foreground, perfectly perched, and adding perspective to the whole frame. Nicely done.

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Hi Fred,
Outstanding Burj Al Arab capture with a Bird.
Excellent colors,pov,dof,composition and sky.Bravo!

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-07-11 15:07]
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Great sky good PP nice colours well done to capture the bird there

Great composition, sharp details and superb colours - a really eye catching photo. Great stuff!
Thanks for sharing

Excellent PP work Freddie. A well composed image and the sky is dramatic. A POV which I have not seen of this structure before. Well done and TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Golden Rays 3’

Hi Fred, Your title is a great allegory of the bird's eye view :)

Very well composed image, all the lines are straight, great cityscape.
The colours are very well balanced.

Great contrasting form of the ball and the linear building.

I read you note on the PP work adding the sky and adjusted the curves for drama. It is well done but it added some magenta to the top-right corner. This is the only thing that I am not sure about.

But the rest of the image is plendid to my taste and very well executed.

Great work! Yan :)
ps: many thx for your great words on "Garden Lantern".

I really like this composition. You have pushed the big important hotel almost completely out of the image and replaced it with a bird. But, even the bird is moved over and we are left with the sea and the sky. Philosophically, these are the things that will really last. Well done. Reid

Hi Fred:

Beautiful compo and colors, spectacular hotel.

Excelent shot.

See you

Hi Freddie

This is impressive shot
.the sky is so crisp
.the light is illuminating
.the white building stands so strong upright
.the bird on the bollard
.the palms at foreground
.the earth building forms at foreground
.the calm sea inviting
.great pov, composition, Note

well done!
tfs, cheers

Hi Fred!
Excellent work! Good colours, good shot!
Asan :)

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