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Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 21 February 2010 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very interesting treatment

21 Feb 2010 5:43am

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

so interesting and some thing I have never seen before

21 Feb 2010 9:01am

Reno from Madrid-Paris, Spain

A funny urban barbecue...!! I don't really like your threatment of today, but can't really explain why. Maby too surreal light of this situation

21 Feb 2010 11:21am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

yum...and the rawness of this is very appealing, well done Ralph ;)

21 Feb 2010 11:33am

STEED from Gueret, France

Excellent Reportage's picture..Like it very much...

21 Feb 2010 12:35pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

yum AND i LOUGH THE RAWNESS of this, hoping my comment stays this time...

21 Feb 2010 12:38pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

fast a pinting, i like this

21 Feb 2010 1:30pm

Dinah Oude-Reimerink from Detroit, United States

I'd love to see you contrast this with an evening shot... Campus Martius by night is so warm and glow-ey...

21 Feb 2010 2:23pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I love the pp treatment you have given this shot Ralph! Well done! ;-)

21 Feb 2010 2:38pm

mirela from brighton, United States

oh, wow, my eyes are running around this shot, there is so much to see! certainly unique and captivating!

21 Feb 2010 3:24pm

David from Detroit, United States

Wow. What a shot. It looks like HDR, but I'm not an expert there. I'm not sure how you could get a quick candid of the people and get off enough shots for an HDR treatment! So, I'll have to assume you have many post processing tricks up your sleeve! I love the foreground, with those shapes repeated in the warming tent. And as for the strong verticals and horizontals-- wow. There's lots here, and it is fascinating letting my eye run around the picture.

21 Feb 2010 3:47pm

@David: Just playing around with the knobs and dials. I have recently been doing HDR images from a single RAW file, I find that what you loose in tone you gain in crispness doing them that way, plus less files and you take movement out of the equation.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Excellent composition and super processing . I love it .

21 Feb 2010 4:23pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Smores! Mmmmm. Right at this very minute, I wish I had one. This is a great photo - wonderful contrasts and bw tones.

21 Feb 2010 4:36pm

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Excellent!!! I love the processing here. I really need to widen out with processing. By the is spring here. Cherry blossoms are out, flowers...crazy for "winter olympics"...but the people don't mind the tee shirt weather.

21 Feb 2010 4:39pm

@Macrobaby: How can this be? You must really think it's funny looking at all the ice chunks and snow storms all the rest of us are posting as you walk about in shorts and tee-shirts while enjoying the scent of fresh lilac blossoms. I aint mad at ya' please post more spring photos!

alex centrella from California, United States

very cool processing,,fits the image well..

21 Feb 2010 5:40pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Wow, Ralph. I am fascinated by the textures and perspective. You did an amazing job on the processing.
Gosh, I can't stop looking at it.

21 Feb 2010 9:15pm

Kristo Nurmis from Berlin, Germany

Very strong visuals to conceptual. Circles, verticals and a flag.

21 Feb 2010 9:43pm

Lori Heizer from Rochester, United States

this photo draws me right in !! excellent job !!

21 Feb 2010 9:49pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Un B&W magnífico, con gran contraste y procesado. ¿ Qué es el primer plano ?.

21 Feb 2010 11:38pm

@manel: They are roasting marshmallows over an open fire.

Charlie from United States

Great stuff! As a Detroit resident, your site is a daily must see for me.

22 Feb 2010 1:33am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Wow Ralph....lots of detail and texture with shapes and lines! The round tubes in the front start your eyes journey moving around your photo and the buildings and the flags.....nice!

22 Feb 2010 1:46am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nicely done, Ralph.

22 Feb 2010 2:24am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

The thickness of B&W in HDR is a unique appeal, is this run by the city the barriers point that way. Ralph Jones for mayor.

22 Feb 2010 3:04am

peter from new york, United States

very cool shot ralph! love the tones.

22 Feb 2010 3:49am

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Ooh, I want a S'more! I went to a bar in NYC a few months ago that had a similar setup for S'mores and I thought it was so funny. I instantly remembered all of the times I used to roast marshmallows over an open fire at our cabin in the UP. Years later, I'm standing over an metal barrel in the street. I must say, I prefer the campfire. heheh

22 Feb 2010 3:17pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

wonderful shot! many things to watch there!

23 Feb 2010 5:39pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great use of the wide angle as usual. I like the processing, it has a tonemapped feeling, and there are a lot of details popping out in both the foreground and the background.

27 Feb 2010 1:12am

e11even from eleven, United States

Man o' man cool cool jonsey, this is hdr and b/w?

27 Feb 2010 3:18pm

Mr Jintro from New Bury, United Kingdom

Like it Ralph - hyper real!

6 Mar 2010 8:07pm