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The West Wall
2nd PlaceThe West Wall
Brent_S


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Architecture VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Date: Aug 12, 2010
Aperture: f9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Abstract, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Aug 16, 2010

Landscape orientation since I shot a portrait oriented shot of this wall once before for DPC. Tough building limited to basic rules as the highlights easily blow out without localized exposure. Captured on a somewhat rare foggy morning in Seattle to help even out the light.
I could make this look better without the processing limitations and a tiny bit of cloning would have allowed more composition choices, but hope the voters like it anyway :-)

[Aug. 19th, 2010 03:51:24 PM]

Edit During Voting:
It's a couple of days into voting on this image, and a thoughtful comment has brought to my attention that my chosen title might draw a connection to the "Western Wall" aka "Wailing Wall" which is a holy site for many cultures in Jerusalem.
Rest assured I meant no connection to this holy site with my title. I was simply keeping things simple and it happens to be a wall on the west side of the EMP building in Seattle.
I truly apologize if my title offended anyone in any way.

Thank you all for the great comments and kind votes. Finally I have a red ribbon for my home page! ;-)
Some of you thought this was the Disney Building in L.A. But it is in fact the Experience Music project building about 900 miles north in Seattle -also designed by Frank Gehry.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 134
Avg (all users): 7.2397
Avg (commenters): 7.9286
Avg (participants): 6.9434
Avg (non-participants): 7.4086
Views since voting: 4840
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 146
Comments: 46
Favorites: 14 (view)


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10/06/2010 12:15:23 AM
Hah, I just realized this ISN'T the Disney :-) Add a new building to my information database...
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08/29/2010 11:09:36 AM
Too weird! I use Macs mostly but have Windows 7 in a virtual machine on one. I just fired it up for the first time in months and sure enough found the Windows desktop wallpaper of the same shot! Well makes sense in that this location is a twenty minute drive from the Microsoft Campus...
08/29/2010 09:54:07 AM
Just realised after fresh install of Windows 7 that an almost identical picture features in their Architecture desktop theme. Yours is much better!
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08/27/2010 05:15:11 PM
Huge congratulations Brent!! This really has phenomenal tones and interest. A well deserved red for sure!
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08/27/2010 01:00:35 PM
Nice shot of the EMP Jen! Well I walked by the spot I shot on the way to work this morning. And I used a compass and GPS on my iPhone (yes I'm a geek!) and determined this wall faces due South West :-)
08/27/2010 11:52:32 AM
Originally posted by franktheyank:

Hey Brent, this is actually the East wall.


That is what I was thinking too. LOL I love this building, so many fun color choices to choose from. Actually this is my favorite side of the entire building. I just used this builing for the rectangle challenge last month (the south wall).

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Gorgeous image and congrats on your red ribbon!!
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08/27/2010 01:18:57 AM
congrats Brent
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08/26/2010 11:44:44 PM
Thanks Frank! Crazy Seattle streets run at weird angles! I just checked the satellite image, and I guess you are more right that me about the location of this wall. It's at the SE corner of the building and faces mostly South and maybe a little bit west. :P
08/26/2010 10:12:03 PM
Hey Brent, this is actually the East wall.
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08/26/2010 02:49:50 PM
Beautiful shot
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08/26/2010 01:16:02 PM
Very nice. Congrats.
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08/26/2010 12:57:26 PM
Congrats to you,super shot.
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08/26/2010 01:40:12 AM
My most favourite building in Seattle! I don't think I've ever seen quite these colours there, but close. I love this building, and your photo of it.
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08/25/2010 03:19:31 PM
For those that want to know; this was shot in morning fog.
This building really does change dramatically depending on the light at the time and can be amazingly colorful.

Message edited by author 2010-08-25 15:24:59.
08/25/2010 02:27:41 PM
So how did you get these colors? Your exif doesn't give the time of day you took this.
Debbi
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08/25/2010 01:04:07 PM
Very beautiful! congratulations on your ribbon!
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08/25/2010 11:14:43 AM
Excellent shot! Great range of colors and shapes.
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08/25/2010 10:16:27 AM
Congrats Brent! Gehry was well represented this week.
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08/25/2010 09:47:23 AM
This really is lovely, congrats. I'm guessing you saturated the hell out of it in pp, but perhaps those are the true colors.
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08/25/2010 09:32:29 AM
EMP os one of my favorite buildings. Great capture and tough processing in Basic!
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08/25/2010 09:01:29 AM
Excellent image. Unique and interesting. Congrats on your Ribbon, Brent.
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08/25/2010 07:30:20 AM
Congrats, Brent! And basic editing too!!
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08/25/2010 02:03:31 AM
Congratulations! This is a beautiful image. I love the colours and shapes.
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08/25/2010 01:50:15 AM
Congrats, Brent!
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08/25/2010 01:15:09 AM
Yeah! Congratulations Brent, great photo, I love the light on these shapes.
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08/25/2010 01:06:23 AM
Congrats on the well deserved red, really good shot!
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08/25/2010 12:26:08 AM
Looks like a stunning building to visit... great photo, and congrats on the ribbon.
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08/25/2010 12:24:28 AM
Great piece of Art...Congrats!!!
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08/25/2010 12:20:43 AM
Congrats Brent! I knew this was a ribbon winner - wonderful composition and colors!
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08/25/2010 12:04:39 AM
There you are on top again, Brent! Congrats!

I really, really like this!
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08/25/2010 12:02:14 AM
Congrats Brent, those colors rock!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/24/2010 10:30:58 PM
This must be the Disney performance hall. I'm actually surprised I have not seen more photos of it in this challenge.

Or, it could be a close view of the exhaust on a Harrier jet, but then that wouldn't be in an architecture challenge, would it?
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08/24/2010 10:04:33 PM
Nice abstract. Funny that no matter what you do to this building, you can't disguise it.
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08/24/2010 01:15:33 PM
beautiful warm colors and a really interesting metallic look.
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08/24/2010 12:22:02 PM
Gehry is always good for architecture challenges :) Great colours.
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08/23/2010 01:15:06 PM
I don't know where this is, but I want to go visit.
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08/22/2010 07:52:34 PM
Strange architecture but great colors and abstract feel.
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08/21/2010 01:22:56 PM
Terrific intersection of color, line and texture. My favorite of this theme!
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08/19/2010 03:06:18 PM
This is by far one of the more intriguingly tactile images I've seen of the Disney. The colors are to die for, it's beautifully rendered. It's actually my top pick in what, for me, is a very weak challenge.

That said, I'm a little put off by the title, and here's why: in the Judeo-Christian cultural tradition, Jerusalem's "Western Wall" (aka the "Wailing Wall") is one of the holiest sites in the world. To the extent that this title calls up allusions to the Jerusalem wall, it's a little perturbing, and I can only assume you wouldn't want those allusions to be there.

Very likely I'm the only one that feels this way, though, and in any case it doesn't affect my scoring, it's just an observation.
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08/19/2010 07:34:33 AM
Really liking all the modern looks in the challenge, not sure what this building is (or if it's a building) but this is a great detail
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08/18/2010 04:21:35 PM
Incredible detail and colors. Looks organic, like a tin man. Front page.
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08/18/2010 03:13:09 PM
Lovely colors, details and shadows.
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08/18/2010 01:22:59 PM
My only 10 for the challenge. Simply awesome abstract.
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08/18/2010 10:36:29 AM
love it! (9)
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08/18/2010 06:21:12 AM
This is my ribbon winner. The sharpness and colors are insanely gorgeous.
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08/18/2010 03:35:06 AM
wonderful...looking forward to seeing a ribbon on this...makes a great wallpaper
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