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Opposing Armies by ZephonSoul Opposing Armies by ZephonSoul
And so they stood,
facing each other with dim eyes
full of tears and regret.

The battle was getting closer...


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Binnenhof Court, Den Haag.

The Binnenhof houses the Parliament and the Governor's offices, and it's really a big complex full of gothic architecture. Our visit was unfortunately very short, because we were late on our schedule, so we just took a walk through its court and through the park that lies in front of the big pond at one side of the complex. I took some shots that I'm not very proud of, but anyway it was quite an interesting subject imho.

Btw, I almost forgot about this one! This is a panorama composed of multiple shots (about 6 vertical ones) I edited a while ago to see how the outcome would have looked (I took this handheld, so the quality isn't great but overall the shots were fairly aligned). It took near 2 hours for the program to complete the stitching, and it is overall the biggest photo I've had on my hard drive (600 megabytes for the uncompressed 16-bit TIFF, about 34 megapixels or more!). I liked the results, though the photo is nearly unprintable! :XD:

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Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikkor 18-70 DX
Filters: C-PL + P121S
Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture: F/6,3
Shutter Speed: 1/25 s
ISO speed: 100

:bulletred:[PSTWRK:] Full workflow in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1, stitching in Stitcher Unlimited
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:iconnavigator7879:
navigator7879 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Great concept, nature versus mankind's creations :D very nice work Ale, as always!
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MB-Ace Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
:jarklarge: I have lived here for 33 years, but to see it like this is really amazing. Very nice title as well, City vs Forest (it's just 1 line of trees but that doesn't matter... ;).
Well done
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sleurope Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
great title and photo. well done =)
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sasonian37 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
The fact that u took this hand held is truly laudable......
love the colors and specially the buildings on 1 side and the trees on the other
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Behindmyblueeyes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
good looking panorama
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shadows-of-yesterday Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
Great picture, nice perspective, man. I wish I had the opportunity to get some shots like this.
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:iconmzkate:
mzkate Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Thanks! :thanks:
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Yume-Megami Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Oh~ that's beautiful.
You've captured a wonderful scene.
And it's stitched together really well.
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Thank you so much! I'm glad to hear that! :aww:
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:iconrocarias:
rocarias Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
precious very good sky and the perspective, for my taste the green one of you hoist them is too strong, greetings
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
You're right, green got too strange for my tastes too... :|
Thanks a lot anyway! :thanks:
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:iconknecke:
Knecke Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
love the concept, and the way you show it is just...
:wow:
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Why thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it! :thanks:
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xldstudios Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007   Photographer
:clap: Congratulations, you are featured in the Nature Photography Volume #6!! Please go and check it out over here: [link]
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Whoa!! I'm flattered, thank you so much! So many great pieces!! :+favlove:
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:iconxldstudios:
xldstudios Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007   Photographer
You're welcome!!:)
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:iconchadhefer:
Chadhefer Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   Photographer
No, its wonderfull that way.

How do you do it ??
:)
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
To say it in few words... I push contrast, both local contrast and global one. And then I go for an higher vibrance in the photo and less saturation ("vibrance" control is something unique to Lightroom, but it works similar to saturation, the only difference being that it affects only areas where the saturation is low).

I will explain better as soon as I find the time to write a tut, promise! :)
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Chadhefer Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007   Photographer
haah u better

cheersssss
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:iconsilentmode:
silentmode Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
looks fantastic and shows your personal style. keep it up!
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Thanks a lot man! I'm growing a bit bored by these colors... I've used the same postprocessing of many other pictures up until now, and I think I'll have to re-learn the whole thing! =P Thanks anyway! :highfive:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
This is lovely mate, well composed.

If I had to criticise it (and this is a personal thing) It would be that your love of HDR comes across in these shots. I know they're not HDR, but the colours and contrast do seem to have been pushed a little too far past natural looking for me.
I know it's a particular style, and you do to very well, but I tend to prefer a more natural look.

Still, great work
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ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Thanks mate!

I must admit I'm not in love with HDR, not anymore, and probably it wasn't much love even before. I was driven by the cool looks of the photos of the famous *angelreich and took the chance to compose some presets of Lightroom to get similar contrast out of photos (being mine in colors instead of duotones), but now I got really bored by them. I don't think it's my style, at least because I didn't change the standard profiles that much during this time, and "my style" (when I could still call it that way) was something not pre-defined: I always have been processing my photos one at a time, starting from zero and trying to find the best approach for each picture. Of course my taste and thoughts lead me to similar results, but here things got different, and unfortunately worse. I'm sorry, I'm trying to re-learn the way of working on a photo, and I'm also practicing how to not work on it at all. :)

Thanks anyway my friend! I didn't have the strength to change back the photos I've already processed, but things will change for the new ones. ;)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
Well it wasn't really a criticism Alesssandro, I just made the comment to explain why I wasn't in love with these photos (because I so often love your work).

Photography is a personal journey and we all follow slightly different paths I guess. It's always interesting to see what other people are doing, even if it's not something we want to do ourselves.
Speaking for me...There was a time when I though HDR looked cool, but now I just don't like it,
But again, that's a personal opinion and not a comment on what I think people should or shouldn't do.
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ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
I know my friend, and I was explaning why I'm too not liking this recent production. It's not a matter of hdr, or heavy processing: I still think that an artist should make choices, and what he/she thinks it is needed in a photo it's right, no matter someone would call it a photomanipulation or something. The point is, that this "research" for the right personal outcome should be individual, picture by picture. In this series I standardized the processing, thus I didn't felt proud of the outcome. Maybe one photo could work with this processing, maybe two... but the "right" processing IMHO develops each time from a brand new ground. I was just admitting my faults, this is not related to the fact you actually didn't like the processing that much, don't worry Andy! :hug:
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SchmauserPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Photographer
I just have to say that the idea behind this (or maybe the idea you got when you later looked at it) is amazing, I would have NEVER noticed that the buildings/trees looked like they were "facing off". Also, gorgeous sky as always and really nice sharpness in the buildings.
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ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thank you so much! Actually I must admit that the idea came "after" viewing the complete panorama on screen! :aww:
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Apolic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007   Photographer
Amazing! Den haag is a good looking city!:D
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thanks a lot! It is, like many cities in your country! :)
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:iconvalge:
valge Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
concept is great :D took me about 1,2 seconds to get it:D
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thanks a lot! Took a bit for me too! :D
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DanStefan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007   Photographer
Great angle
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thanks a lot my friend! :thanks:
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Yh-neko Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Flawless panorama HDRMI(filter)man ;) :+fav:
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
eheheh, thanks man! :D
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Yh-neko Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome ^^
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cloakedinshadow Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
The thing that struck me with this one is how it's almost like nature vs. civilization.
An interesting concept and a beautiful place. Great work once again! xx
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ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thanks a lot! That was the point of it, though the "civilization" we're seeing here is mild, mostly overwhelmed by nature, something we know isn't true for the rest of the world... :(
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mark-of-doom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007   Photographer
nice colours
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thank you! :thanks:
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:iconbada:
bada Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
This one is really amazing! Great panorama!
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thanks a lot for your appreciation! :thanks:
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:icondeviantik:
deviantik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
amazing!!!
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thanks a lot! :thanks:
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TROUBLE-MAN Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
Great shoot
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Thank you! :thanks:
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nasht-01 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
bello stitching! ;)
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:iconzephonsoul:
ZephonSoul Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Grazie amico mio!

Sempre il solito problema dei colori qui, scusami! :(
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nasht-01 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
scusami?!?
:rofl:
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