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Challenge: Watches, Clocks, & Other Timepieces (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Baltimore, MD
Date: Apr 17, 2014
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Apr 17, 2014

As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted. A few blocks from where I work is the Emerson Bromo Seltzer clock tower (the clock tower that appears in my recent "Pure Reflections" entry). On Saturdays, they do tours of the tower & clock room for $5. Unfortunately, I was going to be out of town on Saturday. So, I emailed the city tourism board and asked a special favor. I was told, "sure, we can do that, but we ask that you make a donation for the upcoming restoration". After agreeing that $20 was a fair donation, I met the lady from the tourism board on the last day of the challenge at noon. I didn't do the full tour. She took me up to the clockroom on the 15th floor in the old manually operated elevator. She left me alone for about 15 minutes to do my thing. This is one of the few times I've been able to submit a photo exactly as I had envisioned it.

The funny thing is, most of the equipment you see in this room isn't even for the clock. The stuff right in the center is the clock mechanism (currently broken and stuck on 8:54). All the rest is the mechanics of the elevator (which scared the bejezus out of me when she took the elevator down and all sorts of switches and relays started popping).

Thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' vawendy for some editing tips.



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Day 1 - awoke to a 6.5000 at 10 votes, climbed to 7.0000 at 26, and ended the day at 6.9677 at 31

Day 2 - peaked at 7.0556 at 36 votes and ended the day at 7.0000 at 38

Day 3 - dipped under 7 at vote 41, but finished the day at 7.0000 at 43 votes

A 7.0 would be nice, but I want a ribbon more. I've had a 7 before

Day 4 - 6.9216 with 51 votes at the end of the day

Day 5 - 62 votes, 6.9355

Day 6 - 73 votes, 6.9863

Day 7 dawns to 75 votes and a 6.9733. Which way will it go?

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Well, that only took 9 years and 363 days. : - )
Thank you for the votes and comments.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 60
Avg (all users): 6.9881
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 6.9063
Avg (non-participants): 7.0385
Views since voting: 1479
Views during voting: 172
Votes: 84
Comments: 31
Favorites: 0


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04/28/2014 10:34:38 AM
Congrats! I'm visiting Baltimore for a few days and walked past this clock today. Thought I'd try to get to the top and then remembered your picture and wondered if it was the same clock. Cheers!
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04/27/2014 01:51:51 PM
Oh, what fun. Isn't it great starting any request with "I'm a photographer, and..."? Congrats on your first ribbon.
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04/26/2014 02:46:30 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! :)
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04/26/2014 01:05:05 AM
Beautiful picture and great story. Congrats
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04/25/2014 08:09:56 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon and your wonderful image of a Baltimore landmark.
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04/25/2014 06:55:54 PM
Simply amazing, congrats on the ribbon !!!
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04/25/2014 05:42:07 PM
This is a beautiful entry and a fascinating place. Congrats on the ribbon. A donation well spent.
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04/25/2014 04:31:31 PM
I would hate to be the mechanic to have to fix that. Excellent.
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04/25/2014 02:38:08 PM
Fantastic! Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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04/25/2014 11:58:03 AM
Congratulations on winning the red for this intricate beauty.
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04/25/2014 09:45:35 AM
Detail! Congrats on the red.
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04/25/2014 09:19:11 AM
Congrats on the red. Great photo!
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04/25/2014 08:12:55 AM
Good for you Larry...front page...and well deserved!!!
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04/25/2014 08:09:38 AM
Whoooo hooo!!! Congrats on the red! I figured it had to be a red or blue when looking at it!

Way to go! And not a single 1, 2 or 3!
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04/25/2014 07:10:23 AM
Congrats on a great image.
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04/25/2014 04:56:58 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, well deserved.
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04/25/2014 03:15:02 AM
Well, that only took 9 years and 363 days. : - )

LOL, better hope you don't get a DQ, grin!!!
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04/25/2014 02:07:55 AM
Yayyy! Congratulations first, on making such a great photo happen, and then getting the reward of a ribbon! I bet it will be the first of many!

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04/25/2014 01:54:23 AM
Great photo, great story. Congrats on the ribbon!
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04/25/2014 01:27:17 AM
Worth the wait. One gets lost in the image.
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04/25/2014 12:48:55 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. Well done. Great photo.
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04/25/2014 12:09:57 AM
A Ribbon!! Congrats!
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04/25/2014 12:08:53 AM
Ha, well you finally got your ribbon, WD!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2014 07:58:28 PM
Fascinating image, marvelous detail, beautiful tones. One of my ribbon choices..
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04/23/2014 02:25:17 PM
Excitingly complicated. The lines weave together at all angles, softened by the clocks' generous curves. As a matter of fact, the choice to go black and white is almost forced by the need to enforce some order on this intricate Rube Goldbergesque scene. What intrigues me the most is the notion that the clock faces are eyes and the machinery the brain at work. A real treat.
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04/23/2014 01:03:12 PM
wow! Meets the challenge!
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04/23/2014 09:52:26 AM
I always enjoy seeing the mechanics and engineering involved, well done.....
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04/19/2014 07:45:01 PM
Now thats a clock
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04/18/2014 10:16:02 PM
This is just awesome. Great find and excellent B&W treatment. The Blue IMHO. (Voted earlier)
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04/18/2014 03:50:08 PM
I expect to see a ribbon on this, or you were robbed. 10!
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04/18/2014 11:53:47 AM
Best in show award, congrats , how lucky to get to see this.
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