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20.52 The reader

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Collection: B&W a Week 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Germany
Date: May 10, 2008
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2008

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Comments: 11
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While on our tour of Neuschwanstein, this teenaged gentleman, there with his parents, was quite absorbed with a scifi novel he had with him. At the end of the tour, there was a room with a model of the castle in a glass case. The young man took a seat on a bench at the end of that room, and is partially blocked by the side of the glass case, creating a bit of a disorienting illusion.

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I'm always open to editing suggestions!

And yes, in response to Nikolaos' question, there is another guy on the other side of the glass case, though I think what you can see is the reflection of someone to the left of the shot.

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09/09/2008 01:05:43 PM
This one! This one!
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08/24/2008 12:06:29 AM
I prefer this version over the re-edit; the darker tones add a bit of mystery to the overall effect. That guy must sure have been digging that novel to not even notice you were there taking his photo.
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06/08/2008 11:23:25 PM
excellent image and totally unique. Great job in capturing this moment.
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06/05/2008 11:57:04 AM
This is excellent, great capture.
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06/03/2008 01:33:18 AM
definitely an illusion to this shot. I also noticed that there is a face in the pattern through the window, very interesting.
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06/03/2008 12:09:06 AM
Great capture. I prefer the original edit.
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06/01/2008 07:24:23 AM
Really neat the way the mirror effect of the case manages to cut the gentleman in half but keeps the integrity of the rest of the image. Way cool!
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06/01/2008 06:18:54 AM
the effect is cool.. i stare at this for some time for some reason :)

also, is the head? shadow reflected at the right another person?
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05/31/2008 05:27:49 PM
I love the optical illusion feel to this. The black and white version is much better (IMO) than the color.

Edited to add, I wonder if more detail in his face would change the photo too much, you might play with Highlight and Shadow to see what it does.

Message edited by author 2008-05-31 17:29:11.
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05/31/2008 09:59:12 AM
Super capture. I'm glad you put the explanation in. You really had me going for a bit. I thought it was some sort of a diptych.
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05/31/2008 09:10:20 AM
I like the somber feel of this. Maybe meditative would be a better word. ;~)
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