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Rocky Flats
Rocky Flats

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Challenge: Rural Nightscapes (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Leica M9
Lens: Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical MF - Black
Location: Rocky Flats CO
Date: Aug 23, 2011
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 800
Shutter: .7
Galleries: Rural
Date Uploaded: Aug 25, 2011

I gave blood to get this shot. North of where I live in CO is a place called Rocky Flats. It was a nuclear bomb making facility, or at least they did something with uranium and maybe took some part in the production of nuclear weapons. It has since been dismatantled and is no longer a bomb making facility. Nevertheless, where this building stands is federal property. The building stands about 150 yards off the road and is protected by a barb wire fence. Now, I am normally a very agile walker and normally can cross a fence without incident. But the evening I was crossing this fence, it caught my right shin and would not let go! A barb punctured my skin and was lodged in so deep that I had to stand there and twist the wire to a point where I could pull it out from my leg. I had my Leica around my neck but it didn't occur to me then to take a photo of the injury. Anyway, after that, there was no way in hell I was about to just walk away without a photo. So I walked over to the stone building and took my time with taking some shots. What I entered was the best of the bunch. It was completely dark by the time I was done and walked back to my car in the dark, very carefully. Ironically, about 15 feet from where I crossed the fence the first time, there was a stretch of fence where the barb wire was not present and lying on the ground, so I crossed without any adventure back to my car. The next day, I went to get my Tetanus shot, no sense in taking any chances. $60 for the shot, hope this scores well.

The light in the image is natural and about an hour and a half after the setting. A long shutter and ISO of 800 makes the image appear to be while the sun was still up.

Place: 10 out of 30
Avg (all users): 6.3427
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.6667
Avg (non-participants): 6.4049
Views since voting: 1065
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 178
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/15/2011 02:04:44 PM
Thanks for all the great comments! I'm glad this shot was received well.
Structor-thanks for the Fav!
09/10/2011 12:08:13 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Beautiful shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2011 11:48:19 PM
lovely composition.
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09/04/2011 01:54:57 PM
lovely color and light
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09/04/2011 11:24:27 AM
Lovely picture, very different from the others, love the depth and the texture.
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09/03/2011 09:26:51 PM
this is my favorite of the bunch...very cool picture. - 8
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09/03/2011 06:44:12 PM
Gorgeous lighting.
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09/03/2011 04:17:36 AM
The details in the wall, the gentle light in which it bathes, the darker parts around it... I like it.
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08/30/2011 08:18:04 AM
amazing texture on the walls...8
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08/29/2011 11:02:57 PM
Daylight... :(
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08/29/2011 08:54:27 PM
Great toning
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08/29/2011 08:44:33 PM
Interesting play of filters and layers - it makes it appear clearly 3 dimensional on the screen - which makes it feel artificial unfortunately.
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08/29/2011 02:25:17 PM
Brilliant lighting and exposure on this. Very well done!
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08/29/2011 01:57:09 PM
Beautiful picture but I'm not too sure that it was taken well after the sunset. No vote though I really love the picture
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08/29/2011 01:11:59 PM
love the blurry stuff in the background.
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08/29/2011 12:07:57 PM
LOVE the DoF in this :)
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08/29/2011 08:34:55 AM
This almolst gives the old building human characteristics. I like the mood.
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08/29/2011 01:56:55 AM
Love the colors!
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