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Cataclysm:  The Wrath of Nature
Cataclysm: The Wrath of Nature

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Challenge: Nightmares II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: New York City
Date: Apr 13, 2009
Aperture: 5
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Urban, Horror
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2009

I always have vivid nightmares that have to do with Cataclysm; the end of the world, or the end as we know it. My biggest fear is the wrath of Mother Nature and/or nuclear holocaust. I have lots of dreams that have to do with cyber-punk civilization gone wrong. We just depend on technology now to live, and its damaging the Earth. If our Ozone layer is depleted further; the Sun's solar flares will cause permanent power outages, bringing on dystopian living.

This building is part of Staten Island's infamous "Seaview Hosptial" I get lots of inquiries here on DPC whenever I post photos of this ghastly place for challenges. The 300 acre compound is fenced in, but is basically a local tourist attraction even though most of the buildings are structually un-stable. This is one of the buildings in the area that I never photographed before; and I advise that you never go to this place alone! Even though there are security guards walking the beat, they usually don't go into the buildings and there's always a few punk kids roaming around who like throwing debris, so brng a point and shoot and leave the expensive stuff at home!

*the resize hurt this image, it looks 10x better in full scale, lost lots of detail when saving for web.

*(For more images of this huge compound, feel free to check my Abandoned Buildings collection in my portfolio)

Place: 24 out of 95
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08/30/2009 10:46:27 PM
you have an amazing portfolio...one thing that I really like is that you put where you took your pictures...this shot is absolutely stunning...I love the angle, texture and how abandoned the building is...excellent ... well obviously I really, really like this...
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06/17/2009 03:02:32 AM
05/01/2009 01:04:35 PM
This is fantastic....I love photographing ruins of old buildings, primarily old churches, but I can't say enough about this shot....great indeed! Kevin
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05/01/2009 12:00:18 PM
Critique comments from the club

They way the building goes full page top to bottom, adds to the dramatic larger than life effect.
Image in lower right 1/3rd looks like a body laying there also add to eerieness.
Black & white helps avoid any color distractions and keeps one focused mainly on building and the luring effect, boosting one need to come inside to take a look.
very well done desired a higher score IMO.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/26/2009 08:28:02 PM
where ever is this...really great PP and capture!!
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04/25/2009 07:34:13 AM
Very cool photo. I'm curious to know where it was taken. Love how the border makes it feel all horror-movieish.
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04/21/2009 06:40:06 AM
This could very well be the setting for a Slasher type movie - it's a terrific conversion and it carries it's purpose over well to the challenge subject. Well done.
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04/20/2009 10:22:54 PM
Great picture of what looks like a very spooky old house.
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04/20/2009 12:42:51 PM
Very atmospheric, love the pov and dof. great work. 8
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04/20/2009 11:26:41 AM
I love the values in this photo- very interesting!
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