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Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Lens: Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX
Location: Pirna-Sonnenstein, Germany
Galleries: Black and White, Diptych / Triptych
Date Uploaded: Feb 7, 2009

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Comments: 10
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this is a small abandoned church on the area of the sonnenstein castle.
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most of its original glory has vanished and it's interior is completely empty except for some beer bottles some teenagers have probably left on their last visit.
i got the perspective on the right image by climbing up some tiny staircase that leads up to the tower of the church, and half the way up i found i small hole in the dome i could shoot through down into the nave.

this diptych was my entry for the posthumous open but it didn't fare too well...:D
at least i spelled the title right this time though.

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02/11/2009 01:09:30 PM
Two separate images that don't really mesh the way they've been combined. Too pragmatic.

thanks for the feedback everyone! if anyone feels like commenting again you can do that on the one in my portfolio:
Why B&W? I bet there's a lot of cool colors we (the viewers) are missing out on.
On the one hand I really like the 2 different perspectives but on the other I would've been satisfied with just the shot on the left.
Choose one!

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[Reply w/ Quote] [Report this Post] 02/04/2009 07:41:22 PM
I can't get my skull around extreme wide angle / spherical interior shots of buildings, especially domed and arched churches. Makes me feel like I'm trapped inside a balloon. However, this one has the attraction of being "de-sacreded", which is the best thing for them, in my view.
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[Reply w/ Quote] [Report this Post] 02/03/2009 11:24:18 PM
I'm not a big fan of wide angle interior shots of cathedrals. I've been in cathedrals and that's not what they feel like. Having two together isn't doing much for me, either.

If desecration is what what you're trying to portray, I'm not sensing it. If desacrated means something, its meaning eludes me.

Architecture, even in abandonment, can still be evocative.

excellent technicals here, a challenging subject/environment. The dyptic is well done, also, but I think it almost seems clinical, documentary as a result of the dyptic treatment. The transition of perspective is slightly unsettling to me. This is a case where I think each image is strong, and each would do better standing alone. For the record, I have no bias against dyptics.

Duo interior wide angle views of a decaying church. Appears in a logical condition due to abandonment, consolidation or simply a shortage of priests.

I'm not normally a fan of dyptics; I usually think that the images distract from each other. But here they are really complementary. The rounded shapes echo across the two frames while the high and low viewpoints provides contrast.

"Desecrated" is the word you're looking for, be sure to fix it when you can. Unless it's an intentional misspelling, but I don't see the point in that myself.

Love the subject, but I'm lukewarm on the rendition of it, frankly. Technically quite nice, dealing witht hese contrast extremes is challenging.

Wow... this is someone I've never seen before. Very interesting and thought provoking... my imagination is running wild imagining it in its prime.

What a glorious old building. I would give anything for an hour there. You have done justice to its glory.
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02/09/2009 11:14:31 AM
Fisheye lenses look fun.
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02/09/2009 08:36:59 AM
What an awesome place to shoot! Thanks for sharing!
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02/09/2009 07:41:57 AM
Great photos. I hate to see such a grand building abandoned. Looks like it was beautiful in its day. I like your perspectives.
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02/09/2009 12:33:48 AM
That fisheye combined with the different pov in each image give an awesome result. Love this diptych.
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02/08/2009 11:59:48 PM
don't forget to copy and paste your comments from the challenge. :)
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02/08/2009 01:42:21 PM
I really like how huge it appears, especially the domed ceiling.
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02/07/2009 11:19:37 PM
you go to the best abandoned buildings .. this is fantastic and so brilliant with that lens ..
great diptych too .. :)
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02/07/2009 11:09:26 PM
Fantastic perspectives on both photo...great subject for your fisheye. Hard to believe that such an impressive structure is abandoned.
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02/07/2009 10:21:47 PM
I like this very much. I like the curve of the fisheye and the detail of the architecture.
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