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Challenge: Doors, Gates, Knobs, Locks & Handles (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: San Diego
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Location: San Diego
Date: Nov 13, 2011
Galleries: Interior, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2011

This is the "safe deposit room" of the historic Trust and Savings Bank in downtown San Diego. The bank was built in 1927, closed in 1994 and subsequently converted into an upscale Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Luckily, the new owner preserved much of interior decor of the building, including this great vault located (as you would expect) in the basement. And what was even more surprising to me, the hotel staff did not mind one bit for me to take photos there, furthermore, a very helpful employee named Danny went downstairs to the vault with me, opened the doors (normally locked) and let me take any photos I pleased, both outside and inside.

Actually, it was 21.gif Bear_music who told me about this awesome place - after 20 years in San Diego I had no idea about it. Thanks, Robert!

[Nov. 18th, 2011 09:26:57 PM]

...and lots and lots of doors behind this door, as well!
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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.0137
Avg (commenters): 8.0769
Avg (participants): 6.7121
Avg (non-participants): 7.2625
Views since voting: 4132
Views during voting: 283
Votes: 146
Comments: 41
Favorites: 3 (view)


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11/26/2011 05:33:04 PM
Lev, congrats on your first place win.. well done indeed!
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11/23/2011 10:49:28 PM
Hope you got me some samples Lev.
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11/23/2011 10:19:05 PM
Love that there's a meeting room behind it. Can easily visualize high net individuals plotting future wealth in there.
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11/23/2011 05:37:07 PM
Exquisite find, Lev! Nicely done!
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11/23/2011 02:56:18 PM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon, Lev. Awesome door and frame. That's what you call "team" work...
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11/23/2011 01:16:30 PM
Congrats on the ribbon....I bet you can't take a pic like this at the local branch of Bank of America
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11/23/2011 12:51:06 PM
Congrats Levi......best shot of the challenge won!!
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11/23/2011 12:18:29 PM
Oh Lev! Congrats on the B L U E! ;-)
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11/23/2011 12:15:22 PM
Great ,Congratulations,top shot.
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11/23/2011 10:46:30 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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11/23/2011 08:53:33 AM
Awesome, congrats on the great shot.
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11/23/2011 06:31:11 AM
Wow!! Lev Awesome shot. I'm new at photography(2 years), and a friend of mine turned me on to this site. I've only been in 3 challenges, and I plan on entering every week. It's helpful for me to look at great pictures, as I can only learn from them. I placed 105 in this challenge, and I'm still proud of that. I know that if I keep shooting I can only get better. Thanks for your inspiration!!
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11/23/2011 06:20:27 AM
Great scene, beautifully taken. Congrats on the blue, Lev!
Interesting how 21.gif Bear_music was involved in making the blue and red ribbons :).
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11/23/2011 06:19:36 AM
Congrats Lev on the Blue. Quite the door you found!
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11/23/2011 03:48:36 AM
Very well done, congratulations Lev!
I like the outtake a lot too.
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11/23/2011 02:14:18 AM
Well done Lev!
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11/23/2011 02:12:37 AM
This one is so unique! Where in the world was this all these years. I have to go there now :) Congrats on your big win!
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11/23/2011 01:51:04 AM
Amazing... And I remember very well when this building was rehabbed, and the architects hired us to document the project, and we shot this very vault :-)

WTG Leb!
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11/23/2011 12:40:53 AM
What an interesting scene. How wonderful that the employees were so willing to help. Congrats on the blue!
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11/23/2011 12:34:32 AM
Congratulations! Great shot. It's cool that they let you take this - I bet they'll be glad to know you won the blue.
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11/23/2011 12:33:21 AM
This totally fascinated me, Lev.

I'm so glad you were rewarded!
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11/23/2011 12:22:29 AM
Congratulations Lev! Great shot, and so nice to hear they actually cooperated with you to shoot it.
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11/23/2011 12:16:55 AM
Congrats on the well deserved blue Lev. This is a great shot!
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11/23/2011 12:13:06 AM
An impressive structure. Congrats on the ribbon Lev.
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11/23/2011 12:08:10 AM
Great find Lev, congrats on the blue.
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11/23/2011 12:06:21 AM
Congratulations Lev! How wonderful...a well-deserved BLUE!
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11/23/2011 12:02:56 AM
Congrats, knew this would do well. Amazing find.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/22/2011 07:53:17 PM
Not sure why I like this photo, maybe because it make me want to ask questions.
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11/22/2011 09:41:30 AM
This is very cool. Lucky you to be able to get this shot.
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11/22/2011 06:07:50 AM
That's a rather large L lens you have on the right of shot there! That aside though, a compelling image =). The framing through the vault door adds a lot of intrigue. Looking forward to learning what this place is when the challenge is over.
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11/21/2011 06:13:16 PM
Very very cool!! There's a restaurant here in the city that is in an old bank and there is seating inside the vault.
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11/20/2011 05:41:26 AM
So So well done - wonderful photo
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11/18/2011 09:21:36 PM
seriously cool where is this? 8
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11/18/2011 03:45:14 PM
Best DOOR in the challenge, and highly scored by me! Good luck.
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11/17/2011 12:35:38 PM
Wow
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11/17/2011 06:45:22 AM
Interesting, a conference room in a vault.
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11/16/2011 08:27:04 PM
In my top 5 for the challenge! Such an intimidating entrance to the boardroom -- not sure I'd want to be in there for meetings!! Wonderfully composed and processed...maybe a little burning on the vault door to calm down the highlights, but that's just nitpicky!
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11/16/2011 03:06:04 PM
I WANT ONE! I would love to know where this is.
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11/16/2011 12:30:29 PM
Thats one BIG door,impressive .
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11/16/2011 09:05:28 AM
Fantastic!
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11/16/2011 04:03:20 AM
wowwwww
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