1. The Little House At The Begining Of Time

by Jarvo Laysell January. 01, 2010 4922 views

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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Version 2: Although I only aim to post one picture per day, I was so pleased to receive some constructive criticism from Juan jrregaldie [photoblog.com] 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.

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Marsha 7 years, 8 months ago

Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing the re-done work and the comments.....

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Boszorka65 7 years, 8 months ago

Very nice shot:)

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Juan Regaldie 7 years, 8 months ago

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

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Ricardo 7 years, 8 months ago

Nice shot! ;)

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Nikoleta Mladenova 7 years, 8 months ago

Happy New Year 2010 Jon!!!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Péter Somogyvári 7 years, 8 months ago

Perfect ! Thanks for sharing !

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Gonia 7 years, 8 months ago

it looks very pretty.I was thinking it is greater.Happy New Year for you Jon!Maggie

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Brian 7 years, 8 months ago

Very appropriate for the New year. Hope you have a great one!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 8 months ago

Great shot, nice angle you have chosen here.

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


7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jet28 7 years, 8 months ago

Great title! and shot :-)

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Thebronzebow 7 years, 8 months ago

Did you jump back and forth? :) Happy New Year!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 7 years, 8 months ago

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.

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Ittakesallsorts 7 years, 8 months ago

Happy New Year ;-}

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
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