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Room with a View
Room with a View

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Date: Mar 20, 2011
Aperture: F/9
Galleries: Rural
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2011

This is one of the many abandoned buildings/houses on the plains of eastern Colorado. Most of these structures are failed homesteads, broken dreams littered amongst the missile silos you find scattered along the landscape. The plains themselves hold a special place in my heart, and I love going out there and exploring their vast emptiness. This particular house is not all that far from a major road, along an unmarked dirt road that leads off. The roof is more gone than there, the floor is unstable enough that I didn't actually step inside, for fear of falling into the basement, and the foundation has been removed on one side of the house. Yet, amongst the roosting pigeons it still stands. People have brought old CRT monitors here to shoot, and they sit in the living room riddled with bullet holes.
I am particularly fond of the dilapidation alongside the pristine view of the country. I somewhat wish it wasn't March and the grass was green instead of brown, perhaps I'll reshoot in a month or two.
The area as a whole is something I love, but I'm determined to get a decent score while shooting in the area. To date, my efforts haven't been successful, and I know that the bleakness isn't something most like. It isn't beautiful in the normal sense. But the starkness of everything is marvelous, something that's hard to describe.

Place: 154 out of 324
Avg (all users): 5.5241
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 5.5769
Avg (non-participants): 5.3902
Views since voting: 730
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 145
Comments: 9
Favorites: 2 (view)

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05/16/2012 09:53:52 AM
Ah, a fellow abandonment buff. Gorgeous image, Derek. I completely understand - and share - your feelings about this stuff.
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04/08/2011 09:11:38 AM
Derek - now this is really really cool. I'm glad to see you got some love in the comments. The view of the landscape to the right is soooo intriguing. Makes me want to sit and wait for something that might stroll past the window. Because of the view from that window, I'd like to have seen less of the wall on the left. Maybe put that corner on the 1/3 line? I look forward to seeing more of what you get from this area!
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04/08/2011 12:11:12 AM
I am surprised by the position. I thought it was a fantastic image!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2011 01:51:42 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: One of those pictures that is more than the sum of its parts. The scene through the window makes for a beautiful abstract landscape in its own right and those streaks of light bottom left are lovely. The walls add to the wonder - as much as by what they obscure as what they show.

Critical stuff: Nothing

Overall: A most pleasing image.
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04/04/2011 07:47:14 PM
This is beautiful. I really like the colors and the pastel view.
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04/04/2011 10:06:26 AM
Just fabulous!
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04/03/2011 09:50:44 PM
Fantastic PP, 10
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04/01/2011 11:09:56 AM
well done. there are tough to get right.. I love the light streak on the wall and the decay. you handled the variations really well
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04/01/2011 02:25:18 AM
i love this picture, it evokes a feeling i often have with certain shots and it be summed up no better than simply saying 'i love this picture and i know not why'
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