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The Amityville horror
The Amityville horror

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5600Z
Location: outskirts
Date: Mar 4, 2006
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2006

abandoned house

update: 19Aug2009
revisited the site to locate the building. sadly it is gone. in fact, the entire area had been bulldozed off for building new roads. what a shame. should have gone into the house and see if i could contact the spiritual world or something then. oh well, i'll know what to do the next time should i find such a building again!

Place: 91 out of 369
Avg (all users): 5.9132
Avg (commenters): 6.9444
Avg (participants): 5.7482
Avg (non-participants): 6.2000
Views since voting: 1548
Views during voting: 310
Votes: 219
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/15/2007 01:10:12 PM
BRILLIANT work! Completely amazing! An awesome building. Your post-processing is stunning. The tones and dull colors give a very powerful, spooky atmosphere.
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07/05/2006 02:18:43 AM
wow, ooooh, how creepy is this!! excellent shot. your editing really brings out the scariness.
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03/17/2006 12:55:36 PM
from the eyes behind the portrait of the Critique Club

AH hell, I'm not sure which approach to take. On one hand I completely loath this over-processed supposedly 'creepy' kind of stuff. You know? Take an image of something broken and dodge all hell out of it and call it 'gothic' or 'grunge' or whatever the term of the moment is. It seems to betray an urge toward the darker end of the war photographers' art; well, damn it, get yourself a ticket out to Kabul and do the real thing. But it also, in only a small way, but nevertheless of significance, betrays the real work of those guys, of Norfolk, Nachtwey, McCullin and the rest, who did it to bring those things to our notice and did so more profoundly than any writers.

On the other hand, of course, it's just fun - just making a larking-about dark image, not taking yourself too seriously: and there's something here that betrays a smile as it is made - perhaps the only real moment of inspiration in the image, which is that out-of-focus foreground framing - beautifully done. It adds also a touch of the impression of hyper-shappow depth of field, making the house appear like a model.

The burnt-out sky is kind of a shame: whilst it adds a sense of lurking darkness to the house, it's perhaps such a blat of whiteness that its overall effect is to drag the eye away from the subject. The tonality is fine, though I would think you could have brightened the whole thing without losing the intensity of it and just made it sit a little happier for those with dark screens already - might have won you the few scores to get into the 6's, which it would be my feeling is about what this deserves.

Technically accomplished stuff. Whether or not I think it worth thee effort is beside the point, maybe.
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03/13/2006 11:38:52 AM
Am shocked this photo didn't score better. FWIW, this was my one and only 10 vote for this challenge. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2006 08:59:51 PM
Indeed the Amityville spirit captured to engage the viewer. Bump.
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03/12/2006 01:01:54 PM
What a place, you want to run away, but at the same time, you really, really want to get closer and explore. What a catch, good composition, lovely colours in the absence of colour, hope that makes sense. 9
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03/12/2006 10:02:41 AM
very interesting. i like the focs and exposure.
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03/11/2006 12:46:36 PM
I love your idea, but the building is a bit too dark for me - I can barely tell the shape... a little lighter (or less contrasty) would have been better imo without losing the feel... also, as a side note, given that this was an advanced challenge I might have selected the top left and gotten rid of the purple fringing around the leaves
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03/10/2006 05:31:35 AM
Wow! Very moody picture - well done.
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03/09/2006 04:34:10 PM
How haunting...
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03/08/2006 10:15:14 PM
This is just freaking spooky! Love it!
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03/08/2006 02:04:32 PM
This scene has great potential. I think that different lighting, perhaps a different time of day, would help. Also, more of a silhouette, and no foreground grass. The out of focus tree is distracting. But that building is terrific!
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03/07/2006 07:30:08 PM
Great title, It is just a bit dark but I love the angle this was taken at.
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03/07/2006 03:07:49 PM
Well edited, nice composition. Should do well.
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03/07/2006 02:23:59 PM
i love it i love it i love it, i actually sat up in my chair when this image came on the screen, i loved the movie and i love this image, great job
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03/07/2006 12:44:28 PM
Love the concept, but find the tone a tad too dark. I can fully appreciate the fact the the darkness is what makes the image, but there is not enough distinction between the various artifacts.
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03/07/2006 09:55:33 AM
wow. weird looking shot. a little over digitized for my taste but well executed nevertheless.
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03/06/2006 07:24:41 PM
looks like a holga shot! very nice
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03/06/2006 07:11:30 PM
This could be good, but I do not like the over processing look. It's too dark, the sky is over exposed, the processing has created blurry edges.
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03/06/2006 08:23:13 AM
I like the spooky darkness of this but because of the square crop, it feels a bit tight in the crop department. Maybe back up so that there is more area around the house, at least on one side.
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03/06/2006 02:53:08 AM
wonderful moody shot
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03/06/2006 02:27:12 AM
WOW ... however you've done that it is great work and a top 10
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