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Altiphobia from the 9th Floor
Altiphobia from the 9th Floor
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Phobia (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus C-740UZ
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Dec 17, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Urban, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Dec 18, 2005

Altiphobia - The fear of heights.

I spent several hours around town trying to capture the stomach twisting feeling one gets when looking straight down the side of a building.

Editing: Levels

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 144
Avg (all users): 6.5729
Avg (commenters): 7.4667
Avg (participants): 6.1429
Avg (non-participants): 6.6897
Views since voting: 6741
Views during voting: 454
Votes: 295
Comments: 26
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/09/2008 01:07:02 AM
Just came across this photo. It is very dizzying, so the effort you put into getting that feeling really paid off. I see you made the top ten, too. Good job!
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09/10/2006 06:26:49 PM
what can I say, this is great, excellent eye ;-), well deserved top ten.
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01/23/2006 12:44:03 PM
really great perspective! compositionally good too. I like this.
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12/30/2005 05:23:45 PM
I hate heights and you captured the feeling well. Congratulations on the top ten finish.
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12/28/2005 02:09:05 PM
i can't go higher than the 2nd step on a ladder so this one got to me. makes me dizzy! nice work!
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12/28/2005 01:11:15 PM
Wow great finish on your first challenge. Congratulations.
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12/28/2005 09:21:36 AM
Congratulations on your top ten finish with this convincing capture that recreates the distance factor so nicely.
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12/28/2005 08:47:03 AM
Many people commented on the "correct" name of the phobia being ACROphobia. The Phobia List gives 4 names for fear of heights. I chose ALTOphobia, however I misspelled it as ALTIphobia. Here are the 4 names as listed on the Phobia List -- the site listed in the challenge description:

Acrophobia - Fear of heights.
Altophobia - Fear of heights.
Batophobia - Fear of heights or being close to high buildings.
Hypsiphobia - Fear of heights.

Similar phobias
Aeroacrophobia - Fear of open high places.
Catapedaphobia - Fear of jumping from high and low places.

I actually spent about 2.4-3 hours out in 40 degree (F) weather that day trying to find a tall structure that I could shoot from that top of. I was tempted to pay a visit to the manager of a downtown hotel and request some time on his roof, but I'm not much of a people person.

Wow. First submission 7th with a 6.5! Thank you all! And thanks for the comments.
12/28/2005 04:40:30 AM
My highest scoring image in this challenge because it exacts the most emotion (as someone who used to install steam pipes up the sides of high-rises)
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12/28/2005 04:17:34 AM
I can feel it. Great shot.

Message edited by author 2005-12-28 19:57:28.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 09:19:16 AM
Nicely done...
12/25/2005 07:40:08 AM
the fear of hight is called Acrophobia, I think that's what you are trying to show. nice shot, I like how the pipe gives a leading line down the building.
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12/24/2005 11:20:36 PM
This fear is why I took up rapelling. Nice visual of what I feel every time.
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12/24/2005 11:09:06 AM
Merry Christmas
12/22/2005 11:33:57 PM
7 - Good perspective and composition. Criticism; not much, looks like it needs 'straightening', but just may be the angle. Coloring is good, as are the 'elements'; people grouped, bus, etc. Maybe a slight crop variation may have helped make this even better, not sure.
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12/22/2005 08:47:26 PM
Wow, I'm getting dizzy....Nice picture of a fear! Good focus and composition.
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12/22/2005 11:23:44 AM
If anything is going to work for this fear, it is an absolutely straight down shot. Excellent job with getting the DOF necessary to clearly see where one is going to land.
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12/22/2005 04:47:35 AM
Beautiful photograph which represents the height well, good realization
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12/21/2005 10:23:59 PM
nice composition
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12/21/2005 07:36:42 PM
Like th picture and I know it was probably a typo, but it's altophobia. 5
12/21/2005 02:07:07 PM
This evoked a genuine fear reaction in me. A taller building would have probably been more effective.
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12/21/2005 01:07:48 PM
One of my worst phobias. It makes my legs tingle just looking at this shot. :) Nice job.
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12/21/2005 10:23:11 AM
Well done, great photo, draws you in, well down actually!
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12/21/2005 02:27:45 AM
Do you mean "Altophobia"? Good thing it's such a great shot that I can easily overlook that. Gotta admit I got a touch of vertigo when I first pulled this up and this is the first image that evoked anything more than an eye-roll from me. Very well done.
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12/21/2005 01:36:03 AM
this actually made my wife dizzy and she had to turn away. GREAT JOB. 8
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12/21/2005 01:01:43 AM
The term is acrophobia.
Still, I like the shot. I was thinking along similar lines but couldn't find the right composition.
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