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Ghosts In The Machine
Ghosts In The Machine

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Challenge: Hidden Gem V (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: University of Washington Suzzallo Library
Date: Nov 27, 2010
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 500
Shutter: Various
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2016

They say college isn't worth it anymore. They say student loans are killing students. Nothing could be further from the truth. Student who graduate from college are SO much better off than those with only or without a high school degree. High student loans are a problem that responsible credit counseling could help with (don't spend you loan money in the bars on the weekends) and good counseling about the value of your degree in the market place and how much student debt would be "responsible" given your degree choice.

It makes me so mad!

Never the less, this crazy talk is depressing enrollment. Will our college libraries become ghost yards, mausoleums to abandoned learning?

Place: 23 out of 107
Avg (all users): 6.0923
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0816
Avg (non-participants): 6.1250
Views since voting: 181
Views during voting: 118
Votes: 65
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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11/28/2016 06:25:00 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Wow...that's a library?! I'm already twisting my head around trying to read the titles! Amazing architecture, it must have been a cathedral before,looking at those vaulted ceilings and Gothic arches. Lovely use of leading lines and thirds, the subtle gradients help draw the eye down to the nave, then all the way back to the viewer. Great technical detail, I am guessing you used focus stacking here. I just find this a little static, though, and the voters may have felt the same way.

It is indeed a machine, but where are the ghosts?

I think what would have made this image that much stronger, and all the more pertinent to the viewer with that title, would be to have some students actually there in the library...quite literally, get some of them to come in (promise them beer and pizza ;-) ghosting around during a long exposure, wandering the shelves or hunched at one of those gorgeous desks in study. That would have really launched this image further up the ratings, imnsho.

Hope this helps, feel free to PM me


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11/28/2016 12:31:54 PM
Great lighting and detail.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/27/2016 04:46:26 PM
Normally, I'd find the aisle being so centered a distraction, but here it's effective creating a division between the competing linear motion of the left and right sides of the image. Fascinating and well-conceived compostion.
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