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It's 2:45 AM...

It's 2:45 AM...
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Copyright: Pierre Richer (tournesol) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1827 W: 258 N: 1536] (12876)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-21
Categories: Experimental, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
Exposure: f/11, 3 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Stairs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-25 7:54
Viewed: 2377
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The sound woke me up suddenly
It's 2:45 AM...
What's that creaking noise downstairs?
Why is the light turned on?
Should I go...

PP Notes:
- Original photo of the stairs in my house; the light source are two halogen bulbs in the ceiling;
- cropped;
- used the brush to darken the background where there was a reflection on the floor;
- selected the border area with a 50px feather and applied a Gaussian Blur;
- increased the size of the canvas;
- resized

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Bonjour Pierre.
C'est une très belle réalisation. Du thumbnail à l'envie de découvrir cette phot il n'y a pas une seconde qui s'écoule. Et la photo est encore bien meilleure que le thumbnail ne le laisse penser. Quand en plus elle est accompagnée d'une note savoureuse...
Les ombres, le fait qu'il s'agisse d'un sujet de la vie de tous les jours, les couleurs et le cadre flou (comme si je venais de me lever).
See you around.

Belle réalisation géométrique.
La répétition des barreaux est du plus bel effet.
L'éclairage renforce la perspective
Très beau travail

This is very unusual and very effective - well done and TFS with the informative note as well. Tim

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  • Unsal Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 15] (379)
  • [2005-04-25 9:00]
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Very graphic shot! Nice POV and perspective. Strong use of "lighting contrast". Very well done. Bravo.

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  • mwebr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 448 W: 141 N: 666] (3402)
  • [2005-04-25 9:28]
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So did you go Pierre?
Good play of the light and shadows. Composition is cool and interesting.
Don't think I like the Gaussian Blur around the image, but that's just in my taste.
I would prefer it clean or not be able to see the hard edges of the image so much with the gaussian blur. Other than that nice mystery and I like how the stairs drop into the darkness.


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  • Miqra Gold Star Critiquer [C: 865 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-25 10:49]
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Tones, colors are really impressive. I like the design of the photo, it is really strong to emphasize the mood of it.

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-04-25 13:42]
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Hi Pierre, saw this one at work this afternoon (a normal screen) but wanted to see it on my flatscreen at home: a world of difference and I really like this view.
A very nice light, great patterns going into the dark, it's very nice done and a funny note too:-))

What can I say?? I love it!! It's a very beautiful work. I love the way the light and the dark play so well with eachother in your photo.
Excellent work!

Je double les ** **
Une autre fois extraordinaire, Pierre. On en reste bouche béee.

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  • gaby Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 151 W: 0 N: 87] (1403)
  • [2005-04-25 14:23]
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Pierre bonjour,
Très belle réalisation - ce contraste entre l'ombre et la lumière est splendide -

oooh i really like this Pierre! it looks a little bit creepy and eerie and very mysterious! This is a great play on light and shadow, leading down into the dark unknown. it's like you're tempting the viewer to see what's beyond there after the stairs. the blur makes it look a little bit surreal and dreamy.
- Tina

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29336)
  • [2005-04-25 15:23]
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Quel beau sujet et combien traité de façon professionnel.
Le cadrage est très bien, je dis simplement bravo.
C'est à mon avis le genre de photo qui sera aussi belle dans 25 ans, une perle perpétuelle.

Hi Pierre,
Very wonderfull light and shades. I love the warm yellow color of the ground.

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  • Riz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 192 W: 31 N: 101] (523)
  • [2005-04-25 19:12]
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great capture well seen I love the shadow and I was kind getting the same idea like in your note that kinda funny! very mysterious and I like it a lot well exposed for also.

Composition fort intéressante en ombre et lumière. Serait-ce que que l'on appelle le feu sacré de la rampe?
J'aibe bien le fait qu'on ne voit pas le bout. Noir total..

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  • Maru Gold Star Critiquer [C: 471 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-25 20:27]
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Hi Pierre,
amazing shot! the light and the symmetry made a superb composition here, so well balanced the harsh and the warm light.
Diagonal and the shape pattern are beautifuly used to create space and direction.

Hi Pierre,
Very nice. You did a great job of capturing that scary mood when "something goes bump in the night." You're off center composition is very good. The shadows are the most powerful part as they hide what may be or may not be lurking in them. Well done!

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-04-25 23:36]
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Tu te surpasses mon cher Pierre! Excellente composition!Beau jeu d'ombres et de lumieres! Belle perspective! Bravo!

Wow! J'adore. Une autre photo très réussit!

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  • sarju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 109 W: 0 N: 68] (492)
  • [2005-04-26 16:12]
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bonjour pierre
these look like a very creepy stairs .. I won't go down there .. grins
very effective composition though
thanks for sharing your technique and the picture

It was worth getting up Pierre - nice composition and colouring. Your note adds to the photo's impact too.

This image shows that the eye of a talented photographer always catches that special frame!
Very well seen and captured, bravo!

The balance between light and dark here is superb, not to mention the repetition of the balastrades. I love the framing and I may try that myself one day. I also like the composition where the eye is forced down the stairs following the balastrades. Very impressive


Très belle photo Pierre, un beau jeu d'ombrages. J'aime beaucoup.

Wow pierre! :)

You have a really nice gallery of photos..I will spend more time looking at all the photos.

In the meanwhile, I will put you in my favourites.

You are very talented. Bravo! :)

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  • davy Silver Workshop Editor [C: 8 W: 10 N: 7] (122)
  • [2005-05-27 15:21]


It's looks just as you say "should I go?" a very good picture and note.


very nice composition ... really it is beauty for the eyes ... my comppliments . jean

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  • xuaxo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 16] (101)
  • [2006-03-03 20:09]

Nice play of light.

des ombres, de la lumière... Belle compo.

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