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Houses Of The Holy
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pawdrix


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Challenge: Led Zeppelin (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: NYC
Date: Feb 29, 2008
Aperture: f5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Feb 29, 2008

No Parking 8:00-10:30

This is the actual location of the cover shot from Physical Graffiti. Outside of waiting for some pain in the ass, standing cars to get the f#$@ out of the way I was able to get some good handheld shots with people in frame (the shot had to have at least one person, right?) At about 25 after !0:00 cars and vans completely blocked the scene and I was done. It was cold too and waiting for the cars to clear away, I hung out at the Yaffa Cafe, cursed the cars and drank 3 cups of coffee.

I hope this one at least does ok, since I put in a some of effort. Something I rarely do, so it would be cool if it paid off a little.
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I was concerned that the title lost me some fans but as I saw it this image was already called Physical Graffiti once, so I thought it needed a little change. Houses of the Holy does appear on that album fwiw and since the Challenge was song titles and lyrics calling the image Physical Graffiti would actually have been a DNMC. Damned if you do...damned if you don't.

As for the pesky skew...the original cover shot itself is skewed a bit. To get the lines perfect I needed to be a 1 ft. to the left, 3 feet higher and 3 feet further back but that spot doesn't exist anymore...ahhh, what can you do?

Thanks for the votes and the comments...

Cheers!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 139
Avg (all users): 7.2457
Avg (commenters): 8.7895
Avg (participants): 7.1493
Avg (non-participants): 7.3056
Views since voting: 14323
Views during voting: 419
Votes: 175
Comments: 97
Favorites: 33 (view)


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05/30/2008 09:02:48 AM
I love your frustration, your explanation about vanished POVs and the image!! Excellent view of the streets of NYC, complete with garbage cans, I have always loved the repetitive lines in the architecture of the place..

Damn If only I had (1) known you and (2) been into photography when I lived in NYC...I'd have been a major PITA begging you to go out on photo jaunts, & asking you a million questions, but we'd have laffed a lot too!!

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03/14/2008 07:11:01 PM
Where exactly in NYC is this?
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03/13/2008 10:38:45 PM
Awesome Steve! Congratulations! A fave for me.
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03/13/2008 11:02:23 AM
I love it! I think it's a great re-creation of an iconic album cover.
Great job! This picture wasn't out there when I voted, otherwise you would have had one more 10.

Message edited by author 2008-03-13 11:03:35.
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03/13/2008 10:45:30 AM
Oh my! Pawdrix..I didn't realize this was yours. Very nice image!
one thing our city makes sure of is that our fire hydrants are nicely painted. hahaha..I would be to painting that thing if I lived near by. And the bars on the windows..such a cool place..can't wait to visit someday. congrats.
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03/12/2008 10:29:58 AM
Love the gritty textures of the brick. Also very cool is the sets of black and white windows. Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/12/2008 09:39:58 AM
this is simply going out and nailing a challenge with a fine shot..way to go!
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03/12/2008 03:22:43 AM
Nice shot - I think it must be awful living there, but your patience paid off

You commented on how hard to get rid of cars, etc. I think if you need to do this again, keep the camera on a tripod, and take several shots while the cars move positions, so that eventually, the whole of the front is captured on various pix. Then, using probably the one with most of the building showing, and overlaying it with one where there is more of any that was covered, you can use the erase to remove unwanted car. Then flatten. Repeat this until all the front is showing, and you have your person on too.

To get it all dead straight, use the distort or perspective tool, and your grid switched on in Photoshop, and pull the edges until the lines lie straight along the grid. I hope you don't mind me saying this. Nice shot however, and worth the effort
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03/12/2008 02:47:55 AM
BUT, is it ART
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03/12/2008 01:06:48 AM
hard work pays off!
Great shot!
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03/11/2008 09:10:47 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! You got the tones just perfect. I had no idea this site was still available for capture, good stinkin on your part!
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03/11/2008 04:51:55 PM
I thought it look familiar. Congratulations, your efforts have paid off.
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03/11/2008 08:14:49 AM
This is great! Congrats!!
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03/11/2008 06:34:14 AM
super picture,well done,congratulations
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03/10/2008 09:41:35 PM
Originally posted by david_c:

No, no, no. This is the cover of "Physical Graffiti". What are you, a Britney Spears fan?

ahhh, I realize now the challenge was "song titles or lyrics", not album covers. Houses of the Holy does indeed appear on the PG album. :-)
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03/10/2008 08:42:56 PM
You Rock Like Zeppelin Steve! Congrats on the Ribbon and PB! You planned and executed this beautifully! WTG
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03/10/2008 08:41:20 PM
Congrats Steve. Well done. This photo makes me homesick. I haven't been back to the city since '93. :(
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03/10/2008 08:19:03 PM
Superb image Steve. So much detail to look at. The composition and dynamic of the leading lines works beautifully and my eyes never get tired to look at this image. The reflections on the windows also adds more deep to the photo. You're a killer when it comes to shot NYC buildings. Hey! Congrats for the ribbon
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03/10/2008 06:45:15 PM
My goodness, I had no idea this was the actual location of Led Zeppelin's album cover Physical Graffiti. I am still staring at this and comparing it to the original shot taken so many years ago, what a great shot this is, and it is very haunting when compared to the old one. I originally voted this an 8, before I was informed that this was the same shot as their album cover. Congratulations !
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03/10/2008 02:30:25 PM
gorgeous - well done Steve!
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03/10/2008 01:39:29 PM
way to go Steve!
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03/10/2008 01:21:52 PM
This is VERY appealing to me. Love all of the detail and your great choice of tones. Well done!
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03/10/2008 12:59:08 PM
I love these sorts of shots. My nosy side would really enjoy seeing some people or activity happening through windows further up.
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03/10/2008 11:59:45 AM
congrats steve, its been a long while since ive seen one of your awesome shots on the front page, well deserved. and congrats on a PB
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03/10/2008 09:46:39 AM
Awesome Steve! Wonder if your head will fit through the door next time we head to Amarone!!
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03/10/2008 09:44:20 AM
Man the effort sure paid off. Glad you were on the top winners. Grats on your ribbon.
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03/10/2008 09:42:19 AM
Oh YAY! I am so glad this one ribboned. I LOVE this photo so much. I love the grunge. Love the scale that the person walking by gives it. I love, love LOVE IT!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

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03/10/2008 09:19:47 AM
Nice one, Steve. Those darn cars and air conditioners can be a pain in the neck when it comes to getting quintessential NYC shots. I have waited around some places so long people think they should be calling the cops...
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03/10/2008 08:18:36 AM
amazing re-creation of that album cover! congratulations!
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03/10/2008 07:34:18 AM
Hell Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way to go Buddy.
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03/10/2008 07:32:43 AM
Absolutely superb job of photo re-creation. Splendid and eye catching for any zep fan!
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03/10/2008 07:21:13 AM
Congrats. Thanks for the description. I had the illusion in my head that the person was swinging a cane or stick - which required a second look - this image deserves many looks and is a great tribute the the original art.

I think there is a great deal of potential metaphor here as well as some fantastic leading lines that basically bounce the eye all over the place - leading the viewer back to himself.
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03/10/2008 06:55:19 AM
Originally posted by eyewave:

Congrats on your ribbon, almost perfect shot (scored it a 9).

Not wanting to be offensive, but referring to the recent voting thread I'm curious, though, what makes this shot different from my "Lemon Splash" (in the sense of "meaning", knowing that your shot means something to you as does mine for me)


This shot may or may not mean a lot, depending on the viewer and the journey they wish to take. It's a simple documentation of a time and space for the most part but the title might help bring on a twist or contrast to how we generally view where holy people live. Believe it or not it's actually an extension of the image below but of course it was shot re-created for the Challenge. Of the two which do you think the voters would have liked more?

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BTW regarding the "almost perfect shot" ...the original cover also has some skewing up top. The position of the original photographer now exists only within a brick wall. Having access to that spot woudld have made things a little better. I have some other thoughts about this that I'll pm you.

Message edited by author 2008-03-11 13:01:57.
03/10/2008 06:53:54 AM
Very nice Steve. COngrats on the ribbon!
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03/10/2008 05:22:43 AM
Congrats buddy :)
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03/10/2008 04:33:56 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, almost perfect shot (scored it a 9).

Not wanting to be offensive, but referring to the recent voting thread I'm curious, though, what makes this shot different from my "Lemon Splash" (in the sense of "meaning", knowing that your shot means something to you as does mine for me)

Message edited by author 2008-03-10 04:34:20.
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03/10/2008 03:45:27 AM
Perfect!

Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/10/2008 03:29:08 AM
Cookin' with gas, Steve. Delighted for you.
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03/10/2008 03:01:20 AM
Well done on your ribbon and PB Steve...I really had this on the top of my pile...thanks for sharing the story behind the shot as well...gave you a 9
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03/10/2008 02:33:16 AM
Congrats on your ribbon pawdrix. Fine job well done. 9 from moi
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03/10/2008 02:07:15 AM
Way to go, Steve! Effort pays off! Congrats - very well deserved - I recognized this immediately. :)
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03/10/2008 01:57:09 AM
hey Steve, congrats! awesome shot!
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03/10/2008 01:48:05 AM
Awesome shot....congrats.
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03/10/2008 01:43:20 AM
Awesome shot, Steve. Huge congrats on your ribbon.
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03/10/2008 01:43:16 AM
Weeeeeee .. Twirls wiv ya ;)
Congrats.. seems the effort did pay off!!!
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03/10/2008 12:58:10 AM
Well what do you know - Pawdrix takes a ribbon! Awesome.
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03/10/2008 12:48:55 AM
Hey, congrats! First red and new personal best. :)
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03/10/2008 12:45:43 AM
Congratulations.
This is awesome
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03/10/2008 12:34:20 AM
woohoo, about time dude! awesome pic, love the tones.
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03/10/2008 12:31:54 AM
I remember a more senior student at my school showing this album around soon after it was released (that, and Stariway to Heaven pretty much sums up my knowledge of Led Zeppelin ;-))
Anyway, it's interesting that you could take a shot of the same location. By 'No Parking 8.00-10.00', do you mean that is so people can take photos of the place??? ;-)
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03/10/2008 12:05:10 AM
wow this is awesome... a great nyc shot... congrats on the PB
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03/10/2008 12:04:05 AM
Congrats, Steve. Wow, a ribbon and the NY Press in one week. Keep up the good work.

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03/10/2008 12:03:45 AM
Yeah man way to go! Congrats on the ribbon and the PB. I thought this might be yours. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/09/2008 11:36:19 PM
nice... :)
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03/09/2008 10:36:36 PM
That is really cool. Well done, highest marks.
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03/09/2008 10:17:48 PM
Awesome cover of the Physical Graffiti cover! You must have the inside trivia on the actual location. I googled the image, and the arches are missing. I bet there are other shots of this. Original approach (and title).
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03/09/2008 07:47:15 PM
96/98 St. Marks Place, NYC one of the best in the challenge!!!
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03/09/2008 05:15:01 PM
Surreal plethora of plied confusions, well seen and ordered. The added contrast only makes it infectiously humourous to rummage for a single elusive subject.
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03/09/2008 04:52:54 PM
is this the same place as the album cover? , if so can you mail em and tell me where it is....thanks,
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03/09/2008 01:38:44 AM
So much detail, so much to look at, a reflection in every window...
There must be a way to minimize the arc of the horizontal lines in the upper part of the image, or maybe not. As I look at it more, that arc adds interest. My favorite of the challenge.
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03/08/2008 08:23:53 PM
No, no, no. This is the cover of "Physical Graffiti". What are you, a Britney Spears fan?
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03/08/2008 04:54:39 AM
...and the songs remain the same. :)
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03/07/2008 11:01:58 PM
i like the PP on this shot, nice architecture shot!
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03/07/2008 09:42:44 PM
Even better you took a photo of the album cover that song is actually on! Toning is perfect, I was in a record store and showed her the cover then showed her your pic. :) very cool indeed.
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03/07/2008 08:48:24 PM
Awesome. Better location shot than anything in Iceland. ;)
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03/07/2008 08:46:44 PM
Should be titled Physical Graffiti... Even so, this is my favorite in the challenge - well done. Is that the same location as the album cover?
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03/07/2008 03:36:12 PM
By FAR the best version of Houses of the Holy. Thanks for not shooting a church!
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03/07/2008 01:07:10 PM
Well what can I say? I don't know if this is what the challenge meant but it's a good pic and well exposed. I'm still giving it a 9.
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03/07/2008 12:40:48 PM
I guess this should win - it's not only a very good pic but it is also one that answer the challenge directly.
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03/07/2008 11:51:17 AM
Very much like this.
The person walking through adds the perfect touch too.
Great shot
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03/07/2008 07:03:11 AM
Iconic hydrant syndrome too. Nice entry.
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03/06/2008 10:05:39 PM
The color and lighting is great on the buildings. Really like the tone. The person is a little dark and doesn't stand out enough against the building background. Also don't care for the way the person is past the halfway point and appears to be walking out of the photo.
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03/06/2008 10:39:13 AM
COuld be the album cover for Physical Graffitti. Excellent
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03/06/2008 03:17:14 AM
fantastic. jealousy
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03/05/2008 07:45:54 PM
Looks a lot more like the Physical Graffiti cover. Suits that quite well, actually.
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03/04/2008 06:04:54 PM
Oh wow! This is fabulous! I LOVE IT! 10
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03/04/2008 05:44:44 PM
You should have titled this "Physical Graffiti". This looks just like the album cover.

I was going to bump this from 10 to 11 but then I realized I can't do that. You'll just have to settle for a 10.
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03/04/2008 12:41:02 PM
I think you meant Physical Graffiti...nonetheless...this is a great shot and a solid 8.
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03/04/2008 10:57:58 AM
I could just image this as an album cover. Excellent work.
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03/03/2008 09:37:02 PM
exceptionally well done, lots to see--would love to see this larger. This is the kind of image in which one can always discover something new with each viewing. 9
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03/03/2008 08:43:22 PM
Awesome. Not an inch in the frame that does not draw my attention. Beautiful photo. 10
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03/03/2008 07:00:26 PM
Physical Graffiti
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03/03/2008 04:42:42 PM
KICK ASS!!
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03/03/2008 04:37:52 PM
Wonderful architecture, nice PP work
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03/03/2008 04:10:02 PM
Brilliantly done. I actually thought I was looking at the Physical Graffiti album cover for a moment here. Very evocative for me and I'm sure many others!
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03/03/2008 03:37:01 PM
nice---just like the cover
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03/03/2008 10:54:17 AM
What a very interesting capture. Love the housing itself and the tone in which you've edited it is perfect. great shot!
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03/03/2008 05:44:01 AM
Excellent, except for the slightly skewed perspective and the closer crop compared to the album cover.
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03/03/2008 04:20:20 AM
Great drama!
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03/03/2008 03:08:59 AM
i was in disdain over this damn site, then i saw this photo. yes. i like it indeed.
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03/03/2008 02:14:09 AM
Love it!
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03/03/2008 01:30:19 AM
OMG! Great eye for seeing this!
Excellent capture! 10+

Only its identical to the "Physical Graffiti" LP though
but no big deal for me
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03/03/2008 01:18:32 AM
Right on! (9) [only because I don't give out 10's]
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03/03/2008 01:02:24 AM
All I can say is....I want the lens you used here! Fabulous photo!
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03/03/2008 12:29:25 AM
this is a great shot and unfathomable to me why you didn't title it physical graffiti?! 10 nontheless
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03/03/2008 12:28:01 AM
wow...is that the actual building??? IT IS!!!

It was actually used for PHYSICAL GRAFFITI and not for HOUSES OF THE HOLY, but that's minor...great shot! 9
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03/03/2008 12:17:49 AM
You gotta be kidding me - this has to have been called Physical Graffiti!! Amazing photo...so much going on...great textures and tones.
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