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Repetition - Cinderella Castle Clock

Repetition - Cinderella Castle Clock
Photo Information
Copyright: Kurt Popovich (KurtPop) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 285 W: 51 N: 342] (1059)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-27
Categories: Architecture, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: CANON EOS60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2012/04/06 'Repetition' [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-04-06 8:17
Viewed: 3229
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot taken inside the Magic Kingdom, looking at the face of Cinderella castle, at, that's right, 12:15 A.M. The park was open till midnight. This is my upload for the weekly theme, "Repetition".

There is an old tale that says a well known clock designer had built a clock for King Louis XIV of France. He, by tradition, had used IV for four. When he showed the clock to the King, the King commented that IIII should have been used instead of IV. They told the king that "IV" was indeed the correct way, but the King insisted that it should be "IIII." The clock dial was changed to "IIII" by the King's request. This is possibly what introduced the custom of using IIII for four.

The use of "IIII" had probably happened well before the time of King Louis XIV, and this story is also told in in reference to other monarchs. However, one reason IIII is chosen over IV, is that it provides symmetry to the clock. VIII is the largest number on the left, and it makes sense to have IIII opposite side. Others say that clock designers go with "IIII" because it's easier to read.

PP work
I opened the image in Dfine to remove any noise due to my high ISO level, I was able to get by with the slow shutter speed by using my tripod. I then opened the image in NIK Viveza and added structure to the castle pillar and increased the vibrancy slightly. Finally, I re sized the image for upload to TL and sharpened it.

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Bom dia Kurt,

Wonderful shot and colors.
Excellent light and POV.
Perfect focus, contrast, sharpness.


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-04-06 8:27]

A very colorful and sharp image that is an original contribution to the Friday theme. Excellent PP rendering and very useful note to go along with the posting.
Very Well Composed

Bonjour Kurt,

Good contribution to the theme. Nice sharp details, excellent exposure for night photogaphy. I like the contrast of the cool blue light with the warm tone. Good work and TFS


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2012-04-06 10:21]

Hi Kurt,
Nice entry to the theme ! Good clarity and details. I love the colors. Well composed. Thanks for sharing, have a good Easter Weekend ! Julie

Hi kurt, bonjour,
Nice details and architecture of the Cinderella Castle,
excellent for the Theme of the repetition of the clock,
a sharp details and focus in a nocturne picture,
Excellent contrast and light,
very well done.
Michel ..have a nice WE.

A wonderful shot where you artistically show the repetition of the towers of this lovely castle, Kurt!

Good details and well caught light and exposure with amazing sharpness and contrast.
The POV and DOF are well done, and colors are original.
Nice work!

A good entry to Friday's theme!

Best wishes,

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-04-06 13:22]

Hi Kurt,I like the blue hue of the castle,it helps make the other colours really pop. Very sharp & clear details,your capture of the dark & light background areas ,makes for a 3D look to your image.Well taken,good choice for this weeks theme.

HI Kurt..nice exposure and focus in this shot. Great tones and details.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-04-07 4:02]

Hi Kurt.

Very good notes to a fascinating image, I like the clarity and tones you have managed to capture, Th eback lighting gives appealing depth to this. I also admire the overall presentation, welldone Kurt, Have a good weekend. TFS

Stv :0))

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-04-07 10:40]

Bonjour Kurt,

Thanks for joining in the Friday repetition theme. Nice entry of the Disneyesque castle, No wonder they had a French Revolution if the kings were so pedantic! Good repetition of the turrets & towers. Looks similar to Excalibur in Las Vegas!

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-04-07 12:28]

Hello Kurt,
The architecture is wonderful, very good details and vivid colors.
Very well made with excellent image sharpness. Perfect shot.
My best regards.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-04-07 20:43]


Fantastique image nocturne quel détial et image sur cette horloge superbe quel rendu architecural sur la pierre et l^'éclairage st parfait.

Bravo et maitié


Hello Kurt

I am on the day shift for a few months.....not much time for critiques. I did find this one very interesting and full of study. Nice work on this part of the magic kingdom. The clock makes the entire image pop.


Da favola e poesia.
Da geometrie a leggiadri colori .

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