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Tuol Sleng - S21
Tuol Sleng - S21
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Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Sigma 10- 20mm f/3.5 EX-DC HSM
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Date: Feb 4, 2011
Aperture: F5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2012

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Statistics
Place: 47 out of 410
Avg (all users): 6.5378
Avg (commenters): 7.5200
Avg (participants): 6.5361
Avg (non-participants): 6.5455
Views since voting: 734
Views during voting: 481
Votes: 238
Comments: 34
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/28/2012 03:08:43 AM
Congratulations on a new PB Pete, and finishing in the top 50 for 2011 :)
02/24/2012 03:59:31 AM
Thanks all for the comments.

The picture was taken in Toul Sleng (S21) Genocide Museum in Phenom Penh, Cambodia. It is a old school which was converted a prison for political prisoner / undesirable by the Khmer Rough in the 70's.

It is a very powerfull place you can feel what happened there - in other rooms are pictures of the people who came through S21 and were ultimate executed, in some case just because they wore glass or spoke a foreign language.

I wanted to capture the atmosphere of the room and how you imagine it could have been. S21 is famous for it reddy brown faded tiled floors; but, I felt B&W was the only way to show the true atmosphere.

The box on the bed is ammumnition box if you need any more confirmation this is a tragic place.

the post processing is simple technique found on you tube involving gradient map and high pass filters with strong vignette to add gloom and pull in the eye.

Message edited by author 2012-02-24 10:37:11.
02/24/2012 01:49:53 AM
Simply love this image.
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02/24/2012 01:12:27 AM
Congrats on the Top 50 finish Pete!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2012 05:56:05 PM
Beautiful lightning. Many photographic elements of form and shape, texture and space, make this image so brilliant. Congrats. 10 from me.
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02/23/2012 05:23:18 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: I love these abandoned buildings shots and this is a nice one. The floor tiles work really well in offering a sense of depth and you choice of viewpoint is just right. I also really like how my brain can't decide whether this is a monochrome image or just very drab. The vignette is excellent too.

Critical stuff: Not really

Overall: Nicely done.
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02/22/2012 06:11:46 PM
Empty. lost, alone, left behing. LOVE the stories my mind comes up with for this image. Great effect in processing....so well done.
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02/21/2012 08:23:54 AM
I like the starkness of this photo, good processing to bring our eyes to the center.
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02/20/2012 04:11:01 PM
great light.
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02/20/2012 03:39:19 PM
a very powerfull shot, spine chilling...........
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02/19/2012 04:03:22 PM
Love the starkness. Love the lines. Love the choice of lens. I think I'd like it cropped up from the bottom a bit, but I'm not sure. Doesn't matter -- it's a 9 anyway. :)
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02/19/2012 03:52:47 PM
Desolate, nail bighting, horror. A room in a Vietcong prison? Now museum?
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02/19/2012 03:30:21 PM
That is a frightening place indeed. How incredibly poingniant is the image of the sun on water in the bedframe? Something a prioner there could never again hope to see.
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02/17/2012 06:12:28 PM
Great shot. The very atmosphere seems heavy with tragedies.
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02/16/2012 08:24:24 AM
eh, funny how the bed frame has sunshine and waves.
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02/15/2012 12:57:10 PM
I like it...
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02/15/2012 11:45:02 AM
Conveys the gravity of the locale well. Curious if this was actually taken at the museum or if it's a title that fits the mood.
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02/15/2012 06:56:09 AM
great atmosphere.
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02/14/2012 04:57:21 PM
Very gloomy and atmospheric, nice shot.
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02/14/2012 06:57:33 AM
10
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02/13/2012 10:41:06 PM
Damian cowered in the corner. The room. The room had no doors yet it went on and on and..."Stop", he muttered as he looked away from the picture on the wall. He didn't want to look there any more. The bed was bare and offered no comfort. It was much the same with the picture of the room and the bed on the wall and that picture within the picture within the picture. It just went on and on.

There is just something downright spooky and eerie about the place you captured in this picture. It is well done with B&W tones, interesting angle and stark interior that gives off vibes of abandonment and trapped at the same time. I am positive I see a repetition of a window and a bed almost the same to the one in the room within the picture hanging on the wall.
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02/13/2012 08:54:41 PM
Interesting that the spartan bed in such a spartan place actually has a design to the headboard and footboard.
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02/13/2012 06:48:35 PM
wonderful lines and patterns
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02/12/2012 08:37:17 PM
Still sickens me. Great document.
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02/12/2012 09:24:41 AM
Beautiful picture of an appalling place. Sometimes, when it's become too late to change terrible events, a picture is all you can say. Words become clichés, too easily passed over or stepped around, while pictures burrow into our conscience and find a place there. Maybe that way they will stop it being too late another time. But even if they don't, they at least place a small marker in our history on behalf of the ones that can't do it for themselves. Thank you. 9.
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02/12/2012 03:07:21 AM
great monochrome. good perspective. so many interesting aspects to this wonderful shot, especially the lines of the window, bed and floor.
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02/11/2012 05:14:53 PM
the light oozes
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02/11/2012 12:07:41 PM
Eerie and striking. Great image.
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02/10/2012 11:51:55 PM
Fabulous.
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02/10/2012 08:22:31 PM
Very cool room for photography.
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02/10/2012 04:51:29 PM
very good
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02/10/2012 02:32:18 AM
wow, this is fantastic!!
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02/10/2012 02:15:56 AM
Dramatic!
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02/10/2012 01:04:37 AM
*click... click... click*


Stop.


*gasp*


Wow. This makes one stop and think.


Well done.


(just commenting on a great image... not voting)
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