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War traces
War traces

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Challenge: Desolation (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Adlershof (Berlin)
Date: Aug 10, 2003
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/45
Galleries: Interior, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2003


Place: 85 out of 232
Avg (all users): 5.4597
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.4100
Avg (non-participants): 5.5045
Views since voting: 1001
Votes: 211
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/23/2003 03:10:26 PM
The picture is taken from an old abandonded block that was in front of the guest house where I was living in Berlin (not anymore). Since the very first moment the picture, dark and grainy, reminded me the old pictures from the 2nd World War that can seen everywhere in Berlin.

It's funny the issue of the darkness. Indeed, is the strenght of the picture and I actually darkened it. I edited the picture on the flat screen of my laptop and it looked quite ok there. However, I have realized it is a bit dark on my CRT monitor. Well, is hard to know the brightness of your monitors !!! Ok, I'll ask you a little favour to see the pictue: if the staircase is too dark, please increase a bit the brightness of your monitor ;)

Thanks for the comments
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2003 11:17:52 PM
Great subject and this is a prime example for me of how the angle of attack you chose enhanced the feeling of desolation. No one subject stands out. The whole of the picture becomes the subject. As a critique I'd suggest playing with the levels in PS if you have it just to try and bring out the stairs. Considering that the window is already blown out with hot light but the left of the image is very well exposed, I'd think about a horizontal gradient fill to legally lighten up the stairs. Good shot - 9
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08/17/2003 04:27:34 PM
Great pic but a little too dark.
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08/17/2003 10:59:20 AM
nice subject...good that you use black and white here. great composition too.
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08/16/2003 08:15:47 PM
What war? A great picture documenting the ultimate desolation! :) 8
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08/14/2003 04:24:04 PM
This one definitely evokes the feeling of desolation. Its dark, and gloomy and abandoned. I actually really like the darkness in this picture. It is such a contrast to the sun coming in the window. Great shot.
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08/13/2003 11:53:50 PM
I wish this were lighter, because it is hard to make out what is in the picture.
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08/13/2003 05:47:56 PM
It is hard to see what this really is...a bit more brightness may have helped me to appreciate it more.
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08/13/2003 04:58:34 AM
I love this photo. Although I admit I have been scoring most old house photos between the 3 and 7 range because I think they are cliched, I think that you have managed to convey the emotion of desolation as well (within my defininition of the word). Dark and raw and ugly and ruined. I love it. Thanks.
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