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1. The Little House At The Begining Of Time

Version 2: Although I only aim to post one picture per day, I was so pleased to receive some constructive criticism from Juan jrregaldie that I really wanted to try his ideas out – having done so it seemed daft not to post the results. So here is an amended version with some comments.

JR: “there are too may burnt pixels on top creating the illusion that the arrow is closer to the border, a frame would help”

Yes you are right. I guess ideally I should have taken my tripod and done some bracketing. I have put a frame in as you suggested, and am pleased with the results.

JR: ”I would clone out those branches”

I’ve had a very quick and dirty go at this and agree that it does look better – I’m sure it would be more so if I’d taken more care over it.

JR: ”The left side of the building is perhaps too close to the border”

You are of course right, unfortunately however there is an ugly building behind this that I didn’t want to include (as it is I still included a bin). I did think about cropping it closer on the right hand side to even things up, but I liked the idea of including the little public telescope next to a building that once housed the World’s biggest optics. Similarly I feel that there is too much space in the foreground but I wanted to include the line of longitude.

Thanks very much Juan, your comments are really appreciated :-). If anyone else would like to critique any of the pictures that I post I would very much welcome their feedback.
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London. The line in the foreground represents 0° Longitude. It it the place where our notions of East and West begin and where Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) comes from.

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ittakesallsorts Happy New Year ;-}
ittakesallsorts · 2009-12-31: 19:12
smbunation I have this strange infatuation with time zones and the center of the world and the GMT/UTC and jet lag and all that stuff. So I like this image a lot.
smbunation · 2009-12-31: 23:35
thebronzebow Did you jump back and forth? :) Happy New Year!
thebronzebow · 2010-01-01: 03:10
jet28 Great title! and shot :-)
jet28 · 2010-01-01: 04:54
Ryana Great shot, nice angle you have chosen here.

Happy 2010, Jon, to you and your loved ones.

Ryana · 2010-01-01: 07:39
dontblink Very appropriate for the New year. Hope you have a great one!
dontblink · 2010-01-01: 11:24
????? so this is the house; very intriguing, great idea!!!~
????? · 2010-01-01: 11:28
????? It looks like a wonderful building :-)
????? · 2010-01-01: 14:13
gonia it looks very pretty.I was thinking it is greater.Happy New Year for you Jon!Maggie
gonia · 2010-01-01: 14:21
somogyvari Perfect ! Thanks for sharing !
somogyvari · 2010-01-01: 17:13
????? Thank you, Jon, I've never seen it and I was curious about the famous Greenwich ;-)
????? · 2010-01-02: 05:28
nikito Happy New Year 2010 Jon!!!
nikito · 2010-01-02: 09:40
onlyricky Nice shot! ;)
onlyricky · 2010-01-02: 09:55
jrregaldie I will criticise you a little bit on this one, though it is a nice shot:
- there are too may burnt pixels on top creating the illusion that the arrow is closer to the border, a frame would help
- I would clone out those branches
- The left side of the building is perhaps too close to the border

Again, a good shot that you can improve, I believe
jrregaldie · 2010-01-02: 11:53
boszorka65 Very nice shot:)
boszorka65 · 2010-01-03: 06:13
lookagain Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing the re-done work and the comments.....
lookagain · 2010-01-04: 09:09
????? This is very nice shot and beautiful building..but they should make Baghdad or some where near Baghdad the center of the world time :DD look at the map we are exactly in the middle !
????? · 2010-01-04: 17:18
????? I am pleased to see you are starting another 365!!!
I love this building and often used to jump over the meridian line when I was a child.
I was married at a place called East Court and it too has a meridian line - so there I was in my wedding dress jumping over it! Maybe one day I will grow up - I hope not though!
????? · 2010-01-05: 09:01
????? Nice shot, i like the second version best
????? · 2010-01-12: 14:01
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