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Submitter's name: Steve Filmer
Title: Flagstaff
Gear used: OM 3-Ti + 21/3.5 + No. 25 red filter
Diaphragm: f/11
Shutter speed: 1/250
Film used: Kodak Tri-X 400
Technical information: Red filter to make blue sky more 'black'.
Subject information: This is a small, historic train station in Northern Arizona, USA. It is nearly 7000 feet above sea level.

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Comment left by: Olaf Greve (no e-mail specified) Other than the enormously exaggerated perspective, the white sign jumps right in your face.
Normally the perspective in this shot would be deemed to be grotesque, but in this case I like it.

Comment left by: Bob Gries (gries@nothingrhymeswithorange.com) Great use of Tri-X and the red filter! i wonder what the white mark is in the upper left corner?

Great shot!

Comment left by: Jim Caldwell (jamesfc@gte.net) Reminds me of the German Expressionistic paintings and films from the 30's (shades of Dr. Caligari's Cabinet!) Very nice job, quite dramatic and you pulled it off with that wide lens very nicely!

Comment left by: Boris Grigorov (alienspecimen@excite.com) Excellent technique and great perspective.

Comment left by: Chuck Norcutt (chucknorcutt@attbi.com) I like the exaggerated perspective too.

Comment left by: John A. Lind (no e-mail specified) I've been there when it was actually inhabited! IIRC, I changed trains there many, many years ago on a trip from Phoenix to Chicago. Took a spur from Phoenix to Flagstaff and then got the main line to Saint Louis; the rail line parallels U.S. 66 (IIRC it was Southern Pacific's Super Chief; sister train to the El Capitan). My mother was leery of air travel well into the 1960's and insisted on train travel.

Excellent usage of B&W, the red filter for dramatic effect and the very exagerrated perspective. Jim Caldwell has expressed my thoughts about it exactly . . . looks like a still shot out of a cinema. Excellent "time of day" choice for the bright, direct sunlight which further enhances all the radical effects you employed. Well done!

-- John

Comment left by: siddiq (no e-mail specified) a visually stunning image for sharp contrasts, very nice

Comment left by: Doro (no e-mail specified) Great shot! I agree with Jim about the cineastic quality. For TriX 400 it seems extremely finegrained to me. How come?

Comment left by: Steve Goss (stevegoss@speakeasy.net) I think the building has been watching too many Veggietale videos.

But without the exaggerated perspective, the picture would lean more toward the mundane.

Comment left by: Alasdair Mackintosh (Alasdair.Mackintosh@ntlworld.com) Vivid and effective. Just goes to show that you can break the rules about converging verticals if you break them hard enough.

Excellent exposure too, which adds to the impact. Well done.

Comment left by: iwert (no e-mail specified) Very nice. Are there still trains passing? I think it could be a nice addition to see one going by at high speed, outside of the picture.

Comment left by: Wayne Harridge (no e-mail specified) Dynamic shot for a static subject

Comment left by: Damon Wood (deewhy_au@yahoo.co.uk) With the difficulty of B&W photography, it is so rewarding to see the work of a photographer who knows exactly what he is doing.

Great stuff (wishing I had your gear!)

Comment left by: Jon Sawyer (jon.sawyer@firerescue.us) Nice job Steve.

Comment left by: Sabrina Aviles (sabaviles@yahoo.com) Talented as ever, Steve. Hope you're the same guy I went to school with. What other photos have you shot lately? And are you shooting digitally these days? --Sabrina

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