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Challenge: Leading Lines V (Basic Editing)
Collection: San Diego
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Location: Salk Institute, La Jolla
Date: Feb 8, 2011
Galleries: Architecture, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2011

This is the courtyard of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Designed in 1965 by the world-renown Amercian architect Louis Kahn, it is considered to be one of his greatest works. Reportedly, the concept of this open, contemplative space overlooking the Pacific ocean, was conceived in many long and inspiring conversations between Kahn and the founder of the Institute, the inventor of the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk.

Robert 21.gif Bear_Music told me that he shot an almost identical image on assignment from the Salk Institute in 1974, with none other than Jacob Bronowski posing for him in the same spot as my lonely figure (in my case it was a lucky candid). Interesting, huh?

...the vertical lines are not parallel, I know. It was impossible to keep them parallel and have the same composition without a tilt-shift lens... would've been trivial to fix in advanced...

p.s. Thank your very much!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 123
Avg (all users): 7.1230
Avg (commenters): 8.2632
Avg (participants): 7.0500
Avg (non-participants): 7.1575
Views since voting: 4746
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 187
Comments: 48
Favorites: 11 (view)


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02/22/2011 06:02:04 AM
Superb perspective and great golden tones leading the eye to that long figure. Great job, Lev! Congrats on your new blue!
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02/20/2011 09:07:13 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and the 1x....awesome capture!
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02/18/2011 06:46:38 PM
Wow, beautifully done. Well done Lev.
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02/17/2011 08:03:16 PM
WOW - that's pretty fantastic. The perfect example of the term. Congrats.
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02/17/2011 04:44:24 PM
Beautiful, beautiful work. I'm a fan of that architect's work and this is a fine interpretation. I thought it was a rendering at first glance!
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02/17/2011 03:22:38 PM
A great shot Lev, welldone on the Blue!
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02/17/2011 12:18:16 AM
Made it! Happy because it made it, and also because I knew it would make it!
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02/16/2011 05:26:25 PM
Originally posted by bspurgeon:

Well done Lev! Wasn't this an oh by the way? "I think I'll stop of at the Salk for tonight's challenge." Ha!

almost like this, Ben. Was not planning to enter this challenge, but on Monday went to a seminar at Salk, and there in the courtyard it struck me that this view would be perfect for Leading lines. So I came back on Tuesday evening (yes, on the way from work :)) to take this photo. Barely made it, because they close the institute for visitors at 6pm
02/16/2011 04:28:57 PM
Wow...what an adventure into the timeless! Congrats, Lev!
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02/16/2011 01:26:10 PM
I'm looking at the ribbons winners and finding good photographs from old friends (you and Bear)! What a nice surprise. I must look again sometime. Congratulations Lev. It's a very fine tribute to what must be a thrilling structure.
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02/16/2011 01:02:39 PM
Congrats with another Blue! Killer shot!
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02/16/2011 12:40:05 PM
I loved this one! I'm so glad it received blue. :)

Congrats on a beautiful photo!
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02/16/2011 12:27:53 PM
Super stuff,Congratulations.
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02/16/2011 11:51:22 AM
Oh my! This photograph is so amazing! I can't even say how much I love it! So worthy of award-winning!
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02/16/2011 10:39:59 AM
Keep up the great work!
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02/16/2011 09:55:45 AM
Well done Lev! Wasn't this an oh by the way? "I think I'll stop of at the Salk for tonight's challenge." Ha!
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02/16/2011 07:56:50 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon Lev, well deserved!
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02/16/2011 07:48:47 AM
Kahn himself counted on this photo being taken over and over again. This was his dream for his design. There are numerous pictures shot exactly from the same vintage point etc. - there is the beautiful 2003 movie also "My Architect". And your photo stands proud among all of the other ones. You captured beautifully this impeccable calmness. Some photos had the sun at the exact vanishing point. I like very much your off centered person and the guiled timelessness of your photo. Thanks.
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02/16/2011 04:15:21 AM
Fantastic location, and not less fantastic photo! Congrats Lev, another ribbon for your collection :-) Also, you've convinced me, I'm ordering a tilt-shift lens!
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02/16/2011 03:48:31 AM
Absolutely deserved blue for this beautiful image. Congrats.
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02/16/2011 03:10:48 AM
Ok, I thought we'd had a conversation about this, and you agreed: no more ribbons!!! The HOG thing is going to become permanent if you keep this up.

Fantastic, Lev. I couldn't be happier. Killer shot.
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02/16/2011 02:53:16 AM
Stunning! Congrats....
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02/16/2011 01:26:08 AM
WOW, how beautiful!
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02/16/2011 12:25:30 AM
Awesome, Lev! TOLD ya it was gonna score!
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02/16/2011 12:25:21 AM
Go, Lev! You're like a rocket on these ribbons lately! Way to go!
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02/16/2011 12:10:25 AM
Congrats are in order my friend!!!
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02/16/2011 12:07:05 AM
Another ribbon......we need to get a stamp that says "Congrats Lev". WOW!!!
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02/16/2011 12:06:50 AM
Yep, pretty darn good. Congrats on the blue!
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02/16/2011 12:05:42 AM
Did OK, I'd say. :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2011 11:58:10 PM
Great lines and colours. I like the inclusion of the figure.
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02/15/2011 02:28:25 AM
A winner here i guess
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02/14/2011 04:08:16 PM
I really hope you put in the notes an explanation of what's going on. Is it some type of filtering plant, or just an artistic "fountain".
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02/14/2011 08:25:43 AM
nice job
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02/13/2011 08:41:40 PM
Beautiful!
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02/12/2011 09:39:37 AM
Wow, perfect. A little bit of distortion correction would help? the buildings on the either sides are leaning (or is that the way they are..), and little rotation too.
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02/11/2011 08:05:54 AM
This is beautiful...just love it! Lovely composition, tones and colors. Gorgeous! A well-deserved 8 from me!
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02/10/2011 09:03:39 PM
this is a beauty, very well done.8
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02/10/2011 11:38:38 AM
Nice light,nice lines,nice shot.
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02/09/2011 11:30:55 PM
Simple location best photo...
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02/09/2011 01:15:54 PM
WOW
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02/09/2011 11:16:19 AM
Whatever this is it's really cool.
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02/09/2011 09:11:55 AM
Sigh... I shot that identical picture back in 1974 or so :-) With the big view camera. It's unfortunate that you misspelled Louis Kahn's name :-( I sent a request to SC to see if they can change it, you might try the same.

Fabulous leading lines shot, wonderful image of this iconic architecture. Feel free to PM me if you wish re: the name.
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02/09/2011 08:52:49 AM
The person at the end adds the little extra needed.
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02/09/2011 06:18:05 AM
Lovely tones and a perfect example of the subject.
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02/09/2011 02:35:32 AM
Just finished voting and going back for a few comments. I'll be surprised if you don't finish in the top three with this engaging symmetric composition.
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02/09/2011 01:23:01 AM
Oh wow, Dynamic, ribbon for sure.
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02/09/2011 01:15:40 AM
My top for this challenge (should it be Kahn, not Kohn?)
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02/09/2011 12:50:22 AM
I'm gonna guess 21.gif LevT :-) And even if it isn't, I'm gonna guess ribbon. Been to this incredible place, and have a picture of me straddling the "stream".
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