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    I love to take photographs that contain interesting reflections. In this reflection we can see the Bank of America's corporate headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Completed in 1992, it is the tallest building in the Eastern US between Philadelphia and Atlanta, Georgia at 60 stories (871 feet) high.

    No photons were harmed in the construction of this image.

    Bank of America

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    Hi Frank,
    this is the sort of picture I like.
    I've tried this myself in London and was sort of happy with my efforts, but it's not in your league.
    Well done great picture.

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    Frank i love it. Great job with the reflection. I wish i lived in america.
    You have some fantastic things to photograph.

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    Well done Frank, this shot works very well IMO. I like to try these sorts of shots too but usually fail !!

    Dave

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    That is truly an outstanding image Frank. The real skill is in having seen that the image was there to be made. The technical bits all slot into place, are of course necessary, and in this case are superb. But none of that matters unless the vision and the creative ability to 'see' the picture exists in the first place.

    A gem.

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    Very good photograph. Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi View Post
    No photons were harmed in the construction of this image.

    Bank of America
    Good I was about to call the EPPA (Elemental Partical Protection Agency) about abuse of statute 204.44 also known as Photographic Photon Abuse. The biggest offenders of late are CS6 HDR users....

    srs... Great shot, Frank

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    Thanks guys! This was one of those images that just seems to want to jump into your camera from the moment you first see it!

    I tried to get a shooting angle that didn't show the window that had been replaced where the window tint didn't match the others but in the end I had to replace the defective window in Photoshop.

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    I love this image. The reflection in the modern glass building, the tree limbs framing the image and the sun flare all combine to make this an interesting, artistic and technically good image...

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    As much as I absolutely love the composition, exposure, contrast, and saturation of the image, I'll be the first person to suggest an area of improvement: it looks dramatically over sharpened to me.

    I am just beginning to learn the nuances of this website (I have just begun participating here), so maybe it has to do with treatment by the website itself. If you posted a large image and left it up to the website to downsize the image, maybe that caused the issue.

    Notice also the "moire" effect in the metal parts of the building (not the reflected building). That may be caused by whatever the website does to the image when it resizes it. The solution is to resize to a size that has not moire and that is not resized by the website. At least that's how I undersand it.

    Again, a wonderful image!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buckley View Post
    As much as I absolutely love the composition, exposure, contrast, and saturation of the image, I'll be the first person to suggest an area of improvement: it looks dramatically over sharpened to me.

    I am just beginning to learn the nuances of this website (I have just begun participating here), so maybe it has to do with treatment by the website itself. If you posted a large image and left it up to the website to downsize the image, maybe that caused the issue.

    Notice also the "moire" effect in the metal parts of the building (not the reflected building). That may be caused by whatever the website does to the image when it resizes it. The solution is to resize to a size that has not moire and that is not resized by the website. At least that's how I undersand it.

    Again, a wonderful image!
    That is an interesting observation Mike. I always try to get my images as tack sharp as I see the scene in the real world and I am also very careful to try to not over-sharpen an image. This brings up an interesting question. How do we define an over-sharpened image? What determines that that fine line has been crossed?

    Up until now, my understanding is that the presence of halos, particularly noticeable at the edge of high contrast edges, is an indicator. Sometimes, particularly with in-camera JPG sharpened images it is unavoidable. This is an in-camera JPG sharpened image.

    The second indicator is excessive noise often caused by a reasonable amount of noise being amplified by the sharpening process. There is some noise present particularly in the glass above the reflection, but it doesn't seem to be noticeable unless the image is enlarged to pixel-peeping size.

    My eyes aren't able to detect either of these conditions with this image.

    You mention a moiré pattern in the metal work. The only metal work that I see is in the window frames but I'm not seeing were the moiré pattern is visible on any of the frames.

    I have two questions. First, can you be more specific where you are seeing the moiré pattern?

    And second, can anyone help clearly define what constitutes an over-sharpened image so that over-sharpening can more effectively be avoided?

    Thanks for bring this to my attention!

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    Mike: The resized image looks "crunchy" or over-sharpened, but maybe you didn't know to click on the image to get a larger version? Even better, mouse over the enlarged image, and click on the little box with the arrow in it, and get the full-size version. Try that, and I think what you are seeing will go away. The full-size image looks fine to me.

    Frank: Very nice capture, I like it a lot.
    Last edited by Arlen; 29th May 2012 at 03:58 AM.

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    Arlen: Thanks for the explanation of how to view larger sizes of the image.

    Frank: Now that I've reviewed the larger sizes, it's clear that your image is not at all over sharpened at those sizes. There is also no moire displayed in them.

    To add to your list of attributes of an overly sharpened image, I would add the "crunchy" appearance mentioned by Arlen. That look can happen even though no additional noise or halos are displayed. In fact, that is how CiC is displaying your image on my system until I review the larger sizes.

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