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Motel Hell: The Downhill Slide
Motel Hell: The Downhill Slide

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Challenge: Abandoned III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges: People, Other
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Cape Cod
Date: Jul 12, 2014
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014

This motel was sold five years ago at a foreclosure auction. The proposed condominium development never materialized and the property is on the market again in an increasingly decaying state, with weeds, gutters falling off, windows boarded up, etc. etc. I took this through a gap in the fence around the swimming pool and kept the darkened edges in the image during processing to reflect that a passing glimpse was all that was provided.

For some reason my mind wandered to the public swimming pools of my youth in the UK, which, I hasten to add, were beautifully maintained. The one in Plymouth, which is circular, was very special as you could switch back and forth between swimming in the pool and in the sea water surrounding it where you could swim out and climb onto a raft anchored some way out. A by-product of that reverie was coming across this set of photographs by Gigi Cifali. Swimming in urban decay


Place: 39 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.7528
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.4565
Avg (non-participants): 6.0698
Views since voting: 192
Views during voting: 165
Votes: 89
Comments: 5
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07/23/2014 12:18:58 PM
that pool is positively evil.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/22/2014 10:02:12 PM
I wonder if they stock that with fish? :-)
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07/21/2014 08:45:00 PM
cropping in a little tighter might have given better scoring results, maybe. The dark areas on the right and left, and the houses in the background did not work well for me personally.
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07/21/2014 01:06:28 AM
This is a creepy photo - but definitely meets the challenge subject.
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07/17/2014 12:13:03 PM
The processing is perfect.
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