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Reflections on Eternity

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Challenge: Sacred Places (Classic Editing)
Collection: Architecture
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
Date: Nov 6, 2003
Aperture: f 2.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Abstract, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2003

If you don't recognize this from the recent Winter Olympics, it is the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). Rather, it is the reflection of said temple in the large reflection pool on its east side. My wife suggested I turn it 180, so I did, because I always do what my wife tells me!

It is not a double exposure, nor does it use layers. The lines are tiles and grout on the bottom of the reflection pool.

Mormon temples are not like normal church buildings. They are special places where special ceremonies like weddings are held. The title refers to the eternal, infinite nature of the things that happen in the temple and continue after one has visited. One of the Mormons' favorite sayings is "Families are forever." Temple ceremonies like weddings for "time and all eternity" make this possible.

Incidentally, the term "Mormon" comes from the name of a man in ancient times who compiled "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ," which they hold to be a sacred record of the people on the American Continent from, roughly, 600 BC to 400 AD. They hold it, as they hold to Bible, to be the word of God.

Place: 9 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.3946
Avg (commenters): 7.7368
Avg (participants): 6.3151
Avg (non-participants): 6.4730
Views since voting: 1696
Votes: 147
Comments: 28
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11/17/2003 03:42:58 PM
Had me fooled also. I loved this shot and gave it a 9. It's really pretty.
11/17/2003 01:02:10 PM
LOL I thought that this was a reflection off of another building hence my comments below! This is a very cool shot and demonstrates how much more of an impact a shot can have if you do something simple like rotate it! Keep up the good work and looking forward to seeing more!
11/17/2003 07:56:07 AM
Congratulatons on this. I didn't recognize it although I was there for the Olympics. I like the 180 degree turn, your wife must be very wise (lol)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/16/2003 10:50:22 PM
I like the way the reflection "draws" the lines of th church. very nice sot
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11/16/2003 05:07:28 PM
Excellent work. You have make the 'ordinary' look very interesting. This is something that is often lacking in my own work, so I applaude it in the work of others. Good Luck, Todd. 9.
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11/16/2003 02:00:40 PM
I love the "painted" effect of this image! And the grid lines add a very interesting "modern" effect to the image that contrasts with the classical church architecture. Well done! My only comment is that it looks like a tiny bit of counter-clockwise rotation might have helped align the grid, but probably at the expense of tilting the church too me.
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11/15/2003 02:39:40 AM
This one had me confused. At first I assumed it was the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City, UT (USA). VERY similar architecutre, and we just happened to be visiting there this past Monday. But going through some of the pictures I took, it appears I was mistaken. I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know where this is. :)

Back to your photo... Nice, interesting perspective. I assume it's rotated 180%, and this reflection is off something on the ground. The lines give an interesting effect. I generally like it OK, though it doesn't really wow me. Nice, different entry.
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11/14/2003 05:03:05 PM
This is great! I took a similar photo this summer but i guess the wind was blowing over the pool and the temple looks more distorted. Still looks pretty cool though. Yes Temple Square is definitely a place of reflection ;) Great job!
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11/13/2003 09:34:21 PM
Now this is by far the most original shot of the challenge! Bonus points for creativity! :-) Is it the glass that gives it this water effect? I like it when photos make me ponder! :-) The lines also seem to invite you to come into the church. Good job!
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11/13/2003 09:16:01 PM
nice abs. how you didt?
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11/13/2003 09:38:57 AM
Very cool angle! I wanna know 1) Where is this & 2) where the heck were you to get the reflection from this angle. I'm gonna guess you were in center wing up high...
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11/13/2003 06:23:48 AM
Quite an effect, I'm looking forward to seeing how you did it.
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11/13/2003 12:14:49 AM
Very well done. I love it when symetrical things are photographed with precision. The perspective is unique. The blue confuses the brain, inviting the viewer to pause and discover if this is water or glass.
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11/12/2003 12:02:24 AM
nice reflection everybody thought it was photoshop I guess :) i really like this. assuming people treat it fairly, you should score quite well. beautiful colours, and a crisp image. -Pedro
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11/11/2003 08:07:03 PM
heh, cool picture.
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11/11/2003 07:28:10 PM
Now why would this have to be validated? I see a great reflective shot myself that my gut instinct told me was a 4 to start because the reflection was so wavy but coming back and looking again, I like the lines, the way they draw you into the shot and the way they take you through. A slightly less wavy effect would have gotten you a 9 or 10, raising to an 8
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11/11/2003 04:58:46 AM
Cool effect! I always like seeing originality in photos and people trying out new ideas. The effect is very good here, the criss cross lines look like a kind of grid being beamed outwards by the church in the background. The blue works well and brings an element of coolness into the image. A slight tilt to the left might have squared it up a little, I get the feeling it is leaning to the right, but then again it might be because I had too much wine last night and can't look at things on a normal level this morning :-) You've flipped this image, haven't you!
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11/10/2003 11:17:32 PM
Ok, ok! You made me sit on my head trying to figure this out. I LOVE IT! Great creativness. Bravo!
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11/10/2003 10:33:58 PM
Wow. Incredible capture of the church. This reflections to pretty detailed. You can make out some of the arcitecture. Composition helps to make this an interesting shot.
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11/10/2003 10:02:06 PM
Thats a really technically great photo- but only half meets the true sacred places thing of the challenge. really nice shot though.
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11/10/2003 09:27:28 PM
cool reflection - the bottom of a tiled pool? the grid gives dimension to all that blue - like a diagram of the universe. very imaginative. 8
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11/10/2003 04:44:51 PM
Nice abstract view of the church. great shot.
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11/10/2003 01:19:24 PM
very nice...7
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11/10/2003 12:49:12 PM
Pretty cool reflection. In fact really cool. Nice find, great eye. Wow like it.
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11/10/2003 04:34:06 AM
Nice refelction! What's the line on the water?? Well done
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11/10/2003 02:49:01 AM
looks strangely familiar.... nice greativity.
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11/10/2003 01:46:28 AM
very cool angle of the Salt Lake Temple. Whenever I've gone by, the wind is blowing to much on the reflecting pool.
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11/10/2003 12:30:19 AM
very cool photo...wonderful reflection capture! I really like the hues of blue and the lighting...good job on this.
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