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Photographer Joel Aron  Joel Aron {Karma:14920}
Project #1 Abstracts Camera Model Canon EOS 20D
Categories Abstracts
Architecture
Digital
Film Format Digital RAW
Portfolio San Francisco
San Francisco Skyline
Lens Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM
Uploaded 4/17/2006 Film / Memory Type Sandisk 1g Extreme3
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 623 Shutter 1/160 sec
Favorites Aperture f/7.1
Critiques 58 Rating
6.16
/ 13 Ratings
Location City -  San Francisco
State -  CALIFORNIA
Country - United States   United States
About Driving around San Francisco in the rain on Easter Sunday looking for something to shoot, I looked up at the intersection of 5th and Market. Quickly pulled over, grabbed the camera and the tripod, and ran for cover from the rain. The entire time I was shooting these shots, I could hear my car stereo playing Philip Glass' "Glassworks", because I left the car doors open in haste. Perfect music for what I was shooting.
The rain water, and overcast day added an amazing glow and sheen to the newer buildings on Market.

This being the very tight crop from my first angle, with the lens this time at 105mm. Slight contrast and curves in PS, as well as the crop. Very tiny unsharp mask to pop the edges. Tried my best to keep it from gettin 'aliasy' in the curves when converted to JPEG for UF. Any ideas? Tried *so* many sizes, and even tried w/o any sharp filter. Must be a detail and contrast issue w/ Jpeg.

Sill in love with the exposure range with this lens.

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There are 58 Comments in 1 Pages
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Julie Salles Julie Salles   {K:22654} 4/10/2008
Your work is inspiring Joel. I have been looking at your images for the past 30 minutes and have been inspired but many. This one is one of my favorites.
Best,
Julie.

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 11/30/2006
Thanks Jim.

Yeah, this is where I found nirvana with my lens feeding my eye what I wanted to capture and feel.

The SF downtown is no different from any city.. except for the fact that the building s are shorter (for obvious reasons), so they make them more interesting from the ground view. I was almost a few blocks away for this, in the rain. seeing the two buildings contrast each other had me pull my car over as fast as I could to get out and setup for the shot.

thanks again!
cheers,
-Joel

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Jim Greenfield Jim Greenfield   {K:5172} 11/30/2006
i love this series. i am jealous that you had access to such a cool building. I'd like to take some images in downtown Cleveland but my safety concerns me. Atlanta and Dallas have great buildings too but I didn't have a chance to shoot in either city.

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 7/16/2006
Thank you Very much Shirley.

..it's one of my personal favorites :)

cheers,
-joel

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Shirley D. Cross-Taylor Shirley D. Cross-Taylor   {K:167812} 7/15/2006
Very beautiful and strong architectural abstract.

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 7/9/2006
Thank you so much Ciprian!

It is one of my personal favorites..and I am so glad that you like it!

If you're ever in SF, you must hunt this building down!

cheers,
-joel

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Ciprian Ilie   {K:13571} 7/5/2006
Gorgeous! This is such a lovely abstract, with the black and white, the curves, the squares, the lights, the composition, everything seems to fall into place.

I'd be very proud if this was my image.

The reflections are super.

Regards,
Ciprian

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 6/9/2006
thanks clifton!

...was inspired by your work!

cheers,
-joel

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Clifton Jones Clifton Jones   {K:10688} 6/8/2006
This is great....excellent tone and contrast quality....superb composition..........

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 6/8/2006
So.... Michael, welcome to the freak world :)

thanks for havin a look at the new home page :) ...i got bored on the plane, and started playin around!

got your email... will reply today! wish I had my wide lens... going up to the roof today for more pano's of HK. ...but it's a freakin monsoon here today. maybe if a boat flys by it'll make the shot interesting!

cheers,

-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 6/8/2006
Thanks Ferran! ..very much!

ya know...i tried b/w w/ the girl by the train, but it lost it's image. I wanted to always remember those white gloves, and that blue dress, so perfectly posed in contrast together. I will stil try...as the thought is there, and you've suggested so...

cheers, and thanks for the great comments, and browsing my portfolio!

cheers,
-joel

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Ferran Rial   {K:6670} 6/8/2006
Hi what up!
I reviewed your portfolio again to see what's new. I gotta say again that i like the way you photograph buildings, I like it very much! By the way, your last upload is great, with that girl standing next to the train. May be i'd look great in BW too.

Cheers Joel!
ferran

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 6/7/2006
Joel:

Just had to say that using this photograph for the entryway to your website is so "badasp".

The light is great symbolism for one who guides in a world of uniformity.

MikeyPhreak

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 5/30/2006
Thank you Mark!

...so agree... one of the best buildings in the city!

cheers,
-Joel

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Mark Julian Mark Julian   {K:36866} 5/15/2006
Great Shot, 444 Market St. Know the building well - one of San Francisco's most beautifully perfect...good eye, Mark

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Enas Moussa   {K:7470} 5/8/2006
perfect abstract shot.. great lins, contrat and sharpness..
congrats Joel..

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 5/7/2006
Emgy,

thank you so very much! I am honored that this is one of your favorites!! very kind comments, very much appreciated!!

cheers,
-Joel

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Emgy Massidda Emgy Massidda   {K:60358} 5/6/2006
Impressive piece of artwork going straight into my favorites. Perfectly balanced image, great nuances in the tones and a well chosen angle. I think the tight crop works fine here. The architecture is eye-catching, interesting and beautiful.Congratulations on this outstanding shot, Joel!
Regards - Emgy

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/24/2006
Wow Leo! thank you very much!!!
I am so glad that you like it!!!

cheers,
-joel

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Leo Régnier  Я£ Leo Régnier  Я£   {K:67696} 4/24/2006
Realy fantastic!!!
Made favorite...
Leo

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/21/2006
John,

thank very much!! Very honored to have this as one of your fave's! Appreciate your comments very much!

cheers,
-joel

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Johnny Kurtz Johnny Kurtz   {K:893} 4/21/2006
Absolutely stunning, Joel; very well done. I have added yet another one of your works to my favorites.

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/20/2006
Thanks again Manu!!

ready to eat! didn't even think of licorice! ..i'll have to go for a 'red vines' image next of the GG bridge!

cheers,
-joel

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Manu    Manu     {K:13082} 4/20/2006
One GIANT licorice building...ready to eat..! Excellent in all areas

Manu

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/20/2006
Thank you very much Galal!

cheers,
-Joel

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Galal El Missary   {K:84569} 4/20/2006
Perfect shot , nice play with lines , very well taken .

Galal

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/20/2006
Hugo.

Sorry for the long delay back on this! Work is getting a bit heavy lately...even though I wish looking at images on usefilm were my day job sometimes!

Thank you so much for the in depth comments regarding these shots. It was a pre-determined series that I knew I was going to shoot that day. The 3rd image (the wide 'lines' shot with the trees) was tossed in as an afterthought, in that I didn't even plan to start alter it till I got home. I do like for what qualities work with it, but I do agree with you. It twists, and wish that I were about 1/2 a mile to the left to get a little head on to the buildings. Lesson learned there!

The two that match in the series were the entire reason I went down town. I knew that somewhere, a building would present itself to me..low and behold it did!

I'm going to have to go back there when it's not pouring rain, cause I wanted to get a better line up on the curved building. It was a long wrestle with lens distortion, image detail, and contrasts. The lines got pretty straight, (that center one on this image is pretty much dead on) but I see whatyou're saying...a *very* tiny amount of rotation can stand to be had here.

I do agree with you, in that I could have taken it a few more levels and steps on breaking out the blacks a bit more. It's good to hear you way that, because it confirms that I can push harder on my duo, and tri tone images. As I use Photoshop, and our own in-house type tools for a living, I sometimes find it difficult to take images too far in photoshop. In fact, I am friends with, and am now working with the creater of photoshop on a project. He's the guy who loaned me the 100-400L.

For me, to alter photos too much is still a crime (for some reason) in my mind, but that's what I have to get over, as i'm so use to creating something from nothing, and making look like a photo real thing. So to take a photo, and and make it an even better photo with bending lens distortion, and wacking out blacks with mattes, and isolated contrast areas... just makes me think I'm at work ;)
...gotta get past that!

Well...yikes, Almost went on a work tangent there! I'll save you from that, and say thank you once again a very wonderful review and eye on my new images. I wish we all had the time to comment, and help *see* what's missing for all photos here....but that would be an a full time job...so I honestly appreciate your time with these!

Congrats on a few days in a row of front page images! You've got a very good eye!

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/19/2006
Grzegorz,

thank you very much!

cheers,
-joel

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Grzegorz Markowski Grzegorz Markowski   {K:6519} 4/19/2006
interesting

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/19/2006
Thank you Petal :)

Yes.... i'm going to have to buy one of these lenses. It makes me run around like freak, taking pitcutres of anything a mile away...and having the damn straightest lines I've ever shot with!

Have fun in NYC!!!! (gonna bring a super wide lens, and go to the empire state bldg?)

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/19/2006
Thank you veyr much Paul!

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/19/2006
Thank you very much Elisa!

So glad you like it! :)
-joel

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Petal Wijnen Petal Wijnen   {K:50989} 4/18/2006
Fabulous!! Super tones, just love those two ceiling lights visible through the windows, fantastic line play, excellent crop and composition... well captured!! Looks to me like you're going to keep that lens... ;-DDDDDDDD
BTW hope to get some great high-rise shots too next week... NY here I come... LOL!!

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/18/2006
Hi Joel,

Again a fascinating series, It took me some time before I managed to comment on it, but that also refined my thoughts, I hope.

Comparing this series, I think it's essentially a diptych, one of these, and the overview. I picked this one to comment on, as I believe it's the best of the three, and is the strongest as stand alone too.

In brief, here's the reason why:

The similar shot to this one has a bit too much focus on the left of the photo, unbalancing the composition a tad; the simplicity of the scene is perhaps a bit stronger than in this one, though.

The thing that bugs me about the overview is that the vertical lines seem to have a counter clockwise tilt in it. Not sure if that's because of the perspective or a slightly slanted camera position. Also, the trees in the foreground slightly reduce the coherence with the following two images, I believe.

As this one is more balanced in it's composition (good crop, eventhough I've looked at these for a while now without reading your description, I only now realise it's the same, with a tight crop!) the primary subjects (to me, the entanglement of lines, reflections and interwoven patterns) comes out much stronger.

That brings me to the subject itself; the interwoven pattern of lines, curves and reflections is awesome, making the middle section almost perfectly ortogonal is a great touch, especially as the sides are aligned at a different angle. The left side seems slightly overexposed, but that's basically unimportant, as it doesn't distract, and I think it does show the apperance on the grey overcast day pretty well, the even light reduces the contrasts anyway, flattening structures, so the lack of details is just minor.

As to the image quality, I think masking the darkest areas with a small feather, copying them onto a new layer, reselecting them and then applying a minor surface blur (not touching the edges, hence the need to reselect the new layer) would do the trick; The effect would be a noise reduction in those areas, without losing the sharpness of the edges, and if applied subtly, there would be no painted feel added either.

One thing you might want to correct, is the very minor counter clockwise tilt in the vertical lines which are present in this photo too. Maybe even a bit of perspective correction, as the lines seem to diverge a bit towards the top of the image, but that's only a deception of the eye.

Cool stuff...:)

Cheers,

Hugo

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Paul's Photos Paul's Photos   {K:35235} 4/18/2006
outstanding... I love the perspective. the lines... everything... what a great capture

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NN  NN     {K:26787} 4/18/2006
How c o o l is this?!? Gorgeus lines and shapes! Very well composed/balanced, and for me the two interior lights add a nice touch of colour, and having that shape they suit very well here. Superb stuff; congrats!

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
Jeanette,

Thank you so very much!! You've inspired me so much with your last series, that I just had to get outside, and go back to what I love the most....abstract. Funny, after an entire day of driving around to take pictures...then on my way home, that I end up with the last two images on my roll of an abstract view of a building...that I end up posting. must always follow my heart!

cheers, and thanks again for your very kind comments!!!

joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
Thank you very much!!! may have to listen to music while shooting outdoors some more!

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
Reza,

thank you very much!!!

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
thank you very much Maurizio!!!

-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
thank you Michael!!!

.....yes jeanette was the first to respond on the last two images!

I always shoot RAW.....but it's the reduction process for UF that I need to nail down!

...i'll try your suggestion next!

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
Roby,

you are too kind! you're review and comments are far too kind my friend! I am honored that you feel that way about this image!

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
kiarang,

you are too kind!!!! thank you very much for your very kind comments! I am so honored that you like this image!

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
João,

thank you so much!

too kind!

cheers!

-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
Hi Peta!!!

Thank you so much!!! I'm so glad that you made it our here!

...yeah....this building stops every photographer *dead* in their tracks! I hope the weather was good for ya! been kinda bad lately.

...but from the looks of your 'hollywood' image... you were haveing fun.

cheers!

-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
Thank you Roland!

....ya know, I kinda think thte two lights add something to it!

The lights were the one reason why I decided this series should be color.

Thank you very much for the kind comments!

cheers,
-joel

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Joel Aron Joel Aron   {K:14920} 4/18/2006
Thank you Rina!

...nose removed from screen.... ;) ...and taking off my geek hat.

glad you like it!

cheers,
-joel

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Reza Rabbani   {K:1548} 4/18/2006
nice capture indeed,the photo is very nice!

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Maurizio Massetti Maurizio Massetti   {K:30463} 4/17/2006
Really an interesting abstract!

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 4/17/2006
Joel:

Love these last two shots, I'm sure Jeanette will appreciate them as well.

Shoot RAW, convert to JPEG and do your resizing in PS with some minimal sharpening.

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 4/17/2006
stupend.. and favs.. not words for your work..
an impressive clarity increase the mirror-glasses effect my friend.. a very powerful image.. it seem a surrealistic building-world!!!
ciao and best wishes..
roby
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Kiarang Alaei Kiarang Alaei   {K:49415} 4/17/2006
Yes, a good vision that makes architectural structure as an abstract mood.
indeed using close F-stops are helpful for have complete depth.
in these works the perspective is the first element that catch the eyes, and in this one we can see this matter easily. the perspective distract the eyes and somhow creats the feeling of 3D perspective.
lines, reflections , curves & contrast is eaxactly what an abstract image needs.
my nominate for awards of the day.

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João F * Photography João F * Photography   {K:41945} 4/17/2006
Fantástic lines you have captured in this shot my friend Joel well done !!
Cheers
jo

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p e t a . p e t a .   {K:18700} 4/17/2006
Wow Joel, what a cool shot! Awesome lines! I think I got some of the same building, I just loved wandering around SF...definately my fav city :)

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Roland Lacson Roland Lacson   {K:12214} 4/17/2006
Nice abstract, be equally great converted to b&w (Grayscale). The 2 interior lights in the bottom is unfortunate but I still like the shot. Well seen & taken Joel, regards.

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Caterina  Berimballi Caterina  Berimballi   {K:27299} 4/17/2006
Like it. Works well as an optical illusion too with buildings competing for foreground position :)

Very retro Joel. I think you're being a little picky about the edges. They look fine, you just have to take your nose off the screen for a bit ;)

Nice piece of glass you have there...

Cheers
Rina.

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1301307 60 1301307 60   {K:44058} 4/17/2006
Beautiful study in architechtural line, yes Philip Glass' music would really enhance that creativity for this work.
congratulations for this wonderful composition..

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Jeanette Hägglund Jeanette Hägglund   {K:59855} 4/17/2006
Here you really made it Joel - an absolutely favorite. As an asbtract it is - it´s also a perfect shot for lines. I like the lines in it and the crop you did as well as the glow as you mention your self. Not a bad lens you have :)

jeanette

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