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06 August 2008 @ 07:00 am
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dd-bdd_b on August 6th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Love the perspective and the parallels between buildings. Not so fond of the veiling flare softening up the center building so much.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on August 9th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)

Thank you. I love the parallels as well—I do believe it's one of the reasons I was drawn to take the photo. I think I remember being momentarily mad about that one open window above my head but then deciding to see if I could made it work rather than cursing it. I think it worked out pretty well in that respect.

And while I think I understand why you don't like the veiling flare, one of the things that causes me to mind it less is I can see a kind of similarity (resonance? something) between it and the vertical line of sun-reflecting-off-windows-onto-the-center-building on the other face.

Geof Stonesoarhead on August 6th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure where it is, but I like it. I like the framing and strong lines.


Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on August 9th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)

As galacticvoyeur says below, it's the AT&T Building in Manhattan (although I believe a different company owns it these days), a.k.a the "Chippendale Building" due especially to the similarity between its pedament and that of Chippendale-style furniture. Designed by Philip Johnson, one of my favorite architects. There are many other interesting features as well, as you've seen in one of my other recent postings and will see again as I get more of Da … Song & Slide Show scanned and posted. Among other things, I'm fond of the notion that it's truly a "temple of commerce"—notice how the front appears to have a central "God door" as well as flanking "people doors." An amazing building, and tons oʼ fun to walk around and photograph.

Jeffgalacticvoyeur on August 7th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, the Chippendale Building. AT&T. I used to work around the corner. It's in Manhattan. Nice shot! I never did figure out how to shoot it. But I only just got my groovy 17mm a year ago on eBay.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on August 9th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)

Around the corner? Cool.

It's a wonderful building—I'm totally in love with it. Although I'll bet Mercury is gone from the lobby now. *sigh* He was just too perfect.

Yes, shooting to capture the whole thing at once was somewhat problematic; you're right that a 17mm lens might work well. I think this image was with my trusty old 20mm, which is certainly in the same category. I think I'd like someday to go back and see what I could do with a PC lens.

When you come right down to it, though, you just don't eat a pig like that all at once can't really do it justice in just one photo—God is in the details…

retoonedretooned on August 7th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
I remember this building. I saw it in your photos!
It is a photogenic building. I saw it in your photos!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on August 9th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
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