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Diving Platform in Hearst Castle
Diving Platform in Hearst Castle

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Architecture (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F505V
Location: Hearst Castle, CA
Date: Mar 31, 2002
Aperture: F2.8
Shutter: 1/30th
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2002

The whole place is completely over-done, and this is an example; the gold-plated indoor swimming-pool with its sunlit diving platform.

Place: 16 out of 66
Avg (all users): 6.2857
Avg (commenters): 7.0909
Avg (participants): 5.9194
Avg (non-participants): 6.5000
Views since voting: 1532
Votes: 168
Comments: 24
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/13/2005 06:50:12 PM
Wow... I LOVE Hearst Castle! How lucky were you to be able to enter this into Architecture! I have a similar picture of this, but it was when I had a really bad camera and knew nothing of photography. Yours is MUCH better :)
04/08/2002 12:52:00 AM
Responses to various comments:
Yes, this a real full-sized place. It is a swimming pool that is in a fairly dark room, with a small part lit by the skylights. There's just an astounding amount of detail in the room as a whole, so the photo actually does represent a study of a small set of details. At this resolution, the tiles used for the mosaic are about the same size as the pixels at 640x480; the higher resolution shots look a fair bit sharper. Sorry about the tilt; I was leaning strangely to get the perspective right, and I missed the horizontal. You can read more about Hearst Castle at //www.hearstcastle.org/.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2002 11:38:00 AM
Needs level... not photoshop levels, but level.. I'm tilting.
04/06/2002 02:58:00 AM
Excellent subject location! It shows the true meaning of architechure, shape's, styles's, angle's, and color's/ Just beautiful.
04/05/2002 02:58:00 PM
04/05/2002 02:13:00 AM
04/04/2002 07:18:00 AM
Nice reflections. It seems like it's a miniature model though?
04/03/2002 12:02:00 PM
I couldn't figure out what was bothering me about this shot, then I realized you had the camera slightly rotated. It makes it look sloppy, which is unfortunate, it's a good picture otherwise.
04/03/2002 09:09:00 AM
i like the lighting
04/02/2002 03:51:00 PM
great subject matter but too much going on for me. a detail of one of these areas (sun bouncing in to backlight the platform, the mosaics in the water, etc) would have been a much stronger composition.
04/02/2002 12:14:00 PM
great light; a lot going on-I'm unsettled
04/02/2002 09:21:00 AM
I like the colors. The mosaic is great, hopefully people don't mistake it for compression artifacts
04/02/2002 08:04:00 AM
very well done. Good eye for the composition and cropping.
04/01/2002 09:26:00 PM
When I first saw this I thought it was the pool at my country place, after reading the title I realized it's that copycat Hearsts' place. Great colors, mesmerizing !
04/01/2002 06:53:00 PM
Where is this?
04/01/2002 06:30:00 PM
Beautiful picture
04/01/2002 03:23:00 PM
I like the use of natural light. This is a very attractive picture.
04/01/2002 12:25:00 PM
Good shot - good exposure
04/01/2002 11:02:00 AM
this place looks really amazing, but i don't think this photo does it justice. maybe a wider angle would work better.
04/01/2002 07:46:00 AM
wow. these rich people. ; ) good color. i wish you had more DOF tho so more of the pic was in focus.
04/01/2002 02:01:00 AM
interesting, at first it doesn't look real
04/01/2002 01:59:00 AM
a very pretty location, but the brights are a bit washed out and the balance is off
04/01/2002 01:25:00 AM
Love the gold on blue colors. Your pix is only 97k (only 2/3 of the file size limit). Wish you could have kept the other 1/3, would have kept much more detail. Overall, the pix make you feel like you are in the presence of aristocracy.
04/01/2002 12:25:00 AM
it almost does not look real..like a painting or something

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