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WW II Japanese Interment Camp
WW II Japanese Interment Camp
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Challenge: Landmarks (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Location: Heart Mountain
Date: Dec 4, 2004
Aperture: 11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 400
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2004

Ok, the sugar coated name for this place is the Heart Mountain Relocation Center. There are 2 landmarks involved. Heart Mt. which is the mountain in the backgraound(I know, like duh and stuff). It is a very well known landmark in this area. It is almost a god to some. It is used in the names of businesses and the silhouette is very pronounced and used all over as a design cue.

The Other landmark is what is left of the camp on a chunk of land that sits at the base of the mountain. This is one of the camps that all Asian people were taken to during World War II. What was said, was that it was to protect them from any hositle americans that were not Asian. The conditions weren't great by any means. These people were torn from their homes and lives and placed here for 'safe keeping'. The camp used to stretch for a lot larger area than shown, but this is all that is left standing after all of these years.

I find it a sad place to visit. Not only does it make you realize how we poorly we have treated fellow americans, but the ruins that are left and the desolate area that surrounds the camp set a mood of loneliness and despair.

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12/12/2004 12:00:29 PM
Why B&W?
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12/11/2004 04:31:41 PM
Not sure how to word this any better, but I am finding the sky/clouds a bit too overwhelming, taking away from the importance and impact that should belong to the buildings. Good choice of location for the challenge.
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12/11/2004 12:13:30 PM
I have no idea what the color version of this might have looked like, but I don't see this as a shot that needs or should be B/W The subject gets a little lost in the background without some color. Good luck.
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12/11/2004 02:53:54 AM
I am so glad this is B&W - it looks like an image from Life or Look taken in the era of their documentary highlights. This grabs my heart and leaves me desolate.
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12/10/2004 10:58:23 PM
Color would have really improved this photo.
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12/09/2004 02:24:28 PM
This photograph is stark, but says so much. Use of b&w enhances the emotional feel of it. Hope you tell us where this camp is located.
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12/09/2004 01:36:11 AM
Too much texture makes everything look like one in this image.
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12/09/2004 12:40:40 AM
Very emotional shot...wonderfully balanced photo, one of my favorites.
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12/08/2004 06:09:34 PM
One of the most moving pieces in the challenge, and just perfectly rendered. Classic and masterfully done.
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12/08/2004 01:33:21 PM
Challenge link: strong

Image critique: a good rich sky (perhaps a little too burned in places), there's plenty of space and the landmark is very prominent, good contrast, clear and crisp

Out-of-challenge appeal: this is pleasing, so I will probably revisit
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12/08/2004 10:16:09 AM
My first impression is that this lacks something. Good sky, though you seem to have lost control of the brighness of the white in the clouds somewhat. I think my problem is with the tonality of the ground areas - all those greys merge together, there doesn't seem to be much variety of of shade there, and that prevents the buildings fro standing out, tends to merge this into a single landscape, rather than a study of the buildings and the immensity of their location. Great subject, pther than that a great treatment - I like the fact that you seem to have set yourself a real challenge with this shot, and I think you've come close to achieving it - I wonder if a different light would have helped - a lower sun, later in the day.
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12/07/2004 03:28:58 PM
Nice view, especially the sky, but perhaps too many elements..it might have been stronger with the mountain and just the building with the chimney. Also the land seems to have too little contrast...too much flat grey.
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12/06/2004 09:50:07 PM
Great sky in this shot. Black and white works very well. The only suggestion I have is maybe focus on one building. 8
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12/06/2004 07:11:22 PM
Great sky and a beautifully composed photo commemorating one of our great nation's saddest moments.
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12/06/2004 05:46:13 PM
The sky is very distracting from the ground. The chimeny doesn't stick out very much. and the ground seems a little distracting to especially the little plants. But overall a nice image. this is just my opinion.
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