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Windsor Ruins

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Challenge: Architecture II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Louisiana & Mississippi
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Mississippi
Date: Jan 16, 2005
Galleries: Vintage, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2005

Windsor plantation was built in 1859 and it is said that Mark Twain used to stand in the rooftop observatory and look out over the Mississippi River. The house contained 25 rooms and 25 fireplaces and the basement housed a schoolroom, dairy and supply rooms. The rooftop observatory held signal equipment used to signal Confederate troops of Union advances.

It was used as a Union hospital during the Civil War and that's what probably saved it from being burned during the war but during a party in 1890, a guest left a cigar burning on the upper balcony and the house burned to the ground. Only a few columns and the iron staircase were left. The staircase now resides at nearby Alcorn State University.

Windsor Ruins have been featured in several movies, including Raintree County and Ghosts of Mississippi.

Place: 14 out of 225
Avg (all users): 6.5519
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.4299
Avg (non-participants): 6.7237
Views since voting: 1515
Views during voting: 249
Votes: 183
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/25/2005 10:00:55 PM
One eye commentator:
The challenge is not complete without ancient standing pillars. Congratulations on your 14th placing.
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01/24/2005 12:57:50 PM
huh, I didn't notice this was right above mine! I like how the two pillars in the foreground frame the scene, great mood to this :)
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01/24/2005 02:49:05 AM
Congrats on this gorgeous photo and your placement, Sher! :o)
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01/24/2005 12:17:08 AM
What a change of pace from the impersonal metal/glass shots.
Congrats on the top 20 Sher!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/23/2005 10:55:13 PM
great choise with the douitone very nice image.

good and contrasting
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01/23/2005 04:07:05 PM
This photo feels "spooky" to me. In a good way, I mean. I like it. Is this sepia, or duotone of some sort? Nice touch with the darkened edges. And I don't care what anyone says about borders. I like the border, too.
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01/22/2005 07:05:07 AM
love the green tones you mixed in as it adds to the effect... nicely composed with leading lines
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01/21/2005 06:47:16 AM
Nice job framing the columns.
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01/20/2005 09:37:14 AM
Excellent... I like the shadows & contrast.
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01/18/2005 04:06:28 PM
This is a great find and I like this shot but have a couple of suggestions. First, I'm not crazy about the burning around the border. It's very obvious and not needed. Second, the lighting seems a bit harsh. Maybe to much contrast? This might have been unavoidable because of the time of day. I'd like to see this image with softer lighting. Good luck!
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01/18/2005 02:37:00 PM
Gave this top marks. Very clever composition and vantage-point. You're not afraid to have parts of the picture quite dark which is a rare thing on DPC. Like the tint and the vignetting.
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01/18/2005 10:16:01 AM
This is absolutely my choice for the blue ribbon.
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01/17/2005 02:04:30 PM
Great B&W, good lighting and contrast, interesting subject and composition.
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01/17/2005 12:55:27 PM
Interesting color. Nice shadows. 9
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01/17/2005 11:52:46 AM
All I can say is Beautiful man :)
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01/17/2005 11:30:24 AM
This really sparks my imagination, i cant helping wonder about how this looked when it was just buildt

Good choice and good picture
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01/17/2005 08:46:22 AM
looks like one of my fav places too hang out
nice tones too!
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