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Still Life with Acid

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Challenge: Abandon Buildings III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Aug 3, 2011
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/8
Date Uploaded: Aug 4, 2011

Found this inside an abandoned metalworking shop that I had shot once before for a challenge:

I expect I may get a comment or two suggesting this scene is contrived, given the way the bottle is centered perfectly on the drum lid. However, that this is exactly the way I found it.

The whole place looks like it was shut down all of a sudden. All the major specialty equipment is gone, but there are still samples of work around and the office has binders on the shelf, cartoons on the wall etc., as if they were going to open up again the next morning and didn't. Leaving a bottle of acid sitting out near the window also suggests a rush and lack of care.

I'll need to revisit this place again soon. I noticed a calendar on the wall in my pic of the office and that will tell me when this place shut down.

Post-challenge notes:
Did well enough, though I had thought I might have top 10 material with this one. Popular appeal is a strange and fickle animal. This will be one of my own personal favorites, however.

Place: 32 out of 131
Avg (all users): 6.1064
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.0156
Avg (non-participants): 6.1818
Views since voting: 830
Views during voting: 291
Votes: 141
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/05/2013 07:02:26 PM
Great old feel to the place (I enjoy places like that). Love the editing. Nice lighting.
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08/16/2011 04:32:54 PM
Completely agree with MacDonald. Gorgeous processing. This should have finished much higher than my entry. Although, it's still nice to beat you :-)
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08/15/2011 12:08:29 AM
Hmmm .. I thought this would place much higher .. it tells a story which many of the photos didn't .. at least to me .. I like your pping .. it shows am understanding of just how far to push it before it loses an authentic look.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/14/2011 07:28:51 AM
The light is great! I love the 3 distinct areas(the wrinkled plastic, the dreamy window and the dusty round stage for the bottle.) The plant is an added bonus. I wish the top of the bottle didn't match up with wood exactly, but other than that it's perfect.
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08/13/2011 09:32:49 PM
A very cool perspective for this challenge.
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08/10/2011 11:30:33 AM
Really liked the composition of this. The darkness all around set the moody mood. The plant growing inside. The dirty and broken glass. The dust, dirt and grime. The slight tilt. I liked it all. And gave this an 8.
Really nice clean image. The acid bottle is a definite focal point, and while I think the plastic sheet on the left brings depth to the image it's the only thing that I can think of that people might use to bring down votes. The bright reflections in the folds and valleys. I can't really call it negative space as it is because there are too many details on it. I dunno though. Maybe it is. but the bright parts do bother me. I might have tried to clone them down a notch were it me. Then again I am prone to over-editing, so perhaps it's best as it is.
Great focus on this. Nice that the bottle and window are sharp.
Definite 8.
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08/09/2011 03:24:45 AM
There is such a sense of something terrible having happened here, sometime ago. Great shot, Steve.
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08/09/2011 12:28:45 AM
Definitely should be somewhere near the top, it's a fine shot and proves sometimes that it's the details that count.
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08/08/2011 11:06:06 AM
Certainly in my top ten.
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