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Inside Phare des Baleines on Ile de Re, near to La Rochelle. I know there have been a few of these but I do like the spiral of lighthouse staircases and I was quite pleased with this shot, particularly with the people to give scale.

Handheld with just the available light. Processed in C1, curves tweaked. Cropped and resized in PS.

All comments and critique welcome.

Ian

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Username:digicammad digicammad
Uploaded:10 Jul 2005 - 10:42 AM
Tags:Architecture
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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2005 - 10:45 AM

This is smashing. The light is great and the colours on the wall are super.. I am going to try it in b&w if thats ok with you Smile

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2005 - 10:47 AM

Wonderful dof and detail, great exposure, high impact image. Well done indeed.

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xinia
xinia  954 forum posts
10 Jul 2005 - 10:51 AM

superb

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starstriders
10 Jul 2005 - 10:54 AM

This is lovely. It instantly made me think of a snail shell or something like that. I love the pastel colours on the lit wall. Excellent work. Smile

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kaybee
kaybee  93697 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2005 - 10:55 AM

Wonderful shot with lovely colours - quite similar to a shot I have where a shell has been cut in half

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tull
tull  10181 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Jul 2005 - 11:00 AM

The larger image is so stunning,well captured.

Mark.

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101389 forum postsdark_lord vcard England95 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2005 - 11:00 AM

Nice one Ian. Reminded me of the ammonite (sic) fossils.

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clintnewsham
clintnewsham e2 Member 992 forum postsclintnewsham vcard England
10 Jul 2005 - 11:04 AM

superb image,well executed,love it

click clint

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geegee
geegee  1029 forum posts England
10 Jul 2005 - 11:16 AM

Super shot Ian! Like krimage, from the t/n, I thought at first that it was ammonites biplex!
Lovely colours, details and composition.

Best wishes,
George.

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rickie
rickie e2 Member 998 forum postsrickie vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2005 - 11:31 AM

a well spotted subject.

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2005 - 11:55 AM

Thanks for the comments everybody.

Jeanie, thanks for the mod. I think I prefer the warmth of the colour version but the b&w version is interesting.

Ian

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Gigabyte
Gigabyte  8 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2005 - 12:40 PM

Great impact. Love the DOF.

;-> Ni@eL

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liparig
liparig  9233 forum posts United States
10 Jul 2005 - 12:49 PM

wow fantastic shot
joe

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2005 - 12:54 PM

Superb work, stunning image, reminds me of fossilised stone. Well done!

Sez

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foxybrown
foxybrown  9368 forum posts
10 Jul 2005 - 3:13 PM

this is a blinder, excellent pattern and perspective on this.

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billma
billma  10119 forum posts United States
10 Jul 2005 - 8:48 PM

Absolutely top notch. Love this sort of thing and you have got a winner here.

bill

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old timer
old timer  955 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2005 - 10:26 PM

I never tire of this kind of shot, Kevin.
Jim

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PeterLondon
11 Jul 2005 - 1:35 AM

Nice shot ... first time I have seen this staircase. From the thumbnail it looked like a fossil.

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Consulo
Consulo  9762 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 1:44 AM

Gorgeous - like a snail's shell. Smile

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 3:23 AM

Thanks all.

Peter, it is inside the Phare des Baleines (Whale Lighthouse) on Ile de Re in France, have you been there?

Ian

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conrad
conrad e2 Member 910870 forum postsconrad vcard 116 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 4:43 AM

Wow, what a perfect staircase to shoot. Good capture, I like it! And it does indeed look like a snails shell - thats the first impression the thumbnail made on me.

Conrad

P.S. There are about 18 towns called La Rochelle in France, according to mappy.com. Which ons is this?

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 4:47 AM

Thanks Conrad. Ile de Re is off the main La Rochelle, in Charente-Maritime. Beautiful place full of romance and history, the whole area is well worth a trip.

Ian

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Hazard
Hazard  101192 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Jul 2005 - 5:51 AM

nice shot, like the composition

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 5:56 AM

Cheers

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conrad
conrad e2 Member 910870 forum postsconrad vcard 116 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 6:41 AM

Ah, its between Nantes and Bordeaux! Never been there - but Ill put it on my mental list of places to see when I get a chance...

Conrad

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 6:44 AM

If you do go there it's also well worth visiting Rochefort (Napoleoninc dry dock and rope making museum).

Thanks for the RC everybody.

Ian

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JouŠo
JouŠo  956 forum posts Finland
11 Jul 2005 - 7:11 AM

Fantastic composition!

Jouko

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PatrickSmith
11 Jul 2005 - 9:32 AM

I'm gettnig dizzy! Great lighting and sharp all the way through. Nice one.
Patrick

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 9:44 AM

Thanks Jouko and Patrick.

Ian

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franm
franm  9 Wales
11 Jul 2005 - 9:46 AM

Well spotted and composed, beautiful shot
Fran

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 9:47 AM

Thanks Fran

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geoffash26
geoffash26  102506 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Jul 2005 - 9:59 AM

Its all been said Ian
Spot on capture
Geoff

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digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2005 - 10:03 AM

Thanks Geoff

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ivana_kusman
12 Jul 2005 - 5:24 PM

great photo!
Great lighting and sharp too

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2005 - 1:20 AM

Thanks Ivana

Ian

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User_Removed
15 Jul 2005 - 8:17 AM

I've dreamed (or is that dreamt?) of this staircase many times. Nice to know that it actually exists, even if you beat me to the shot!

JB
;o)

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digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2005 - 9:11 AM

lol James. Thanks for the comment.

Ian

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megamuff8
megamuff8  992 forum posts United States
17 Jul 2005 - 7:05 AM

Hi Ian....Wonderfully textured shot! Golden colours are Beautiful!!!
Impressive portfolio!
Click and Cheers,
Suzan Smile

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danpen
danpen  10 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2005 - 6:53 AM

Great, orginal photo. Excellent composition. I'm rather nervous of heights and that actually makes me feel a bit queasy!

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2005 - 6:59 AM

Thanks Suzan and Dan. Just don't look down Dan (or is that up). :0)

Ian

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markmurton
markmurton  1069 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Jul 2005 - 4:23 AM

re: the comment you made on my photo - this is the sort of photo id like to take! nice one

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2005 - 4:32 AM

Thanks Mark

Ian

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bikemad
bikemad  1087 forum posts
20 Jul 2005 - 4:54 AM

Brilliant.Tried this a few times but can never get it right.

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2005 - 4:58 AM

Thanks Emma. This is the first one with which I have been really happy.

Ian

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Westers
Westers  93905 forum posts Burkina Faso1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2005 - 1:27 PM

Missed this Ian - lovely abstract architecture shot.

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digicammad
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21 Jul 2005 - 2:01 PM

Thanks Ian

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csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2005 - 8:27 AM

Added a mod, just to show I still like you Wink)

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2005 - 8:28 AM

Interesting mod Cheryl, thanks. I never had any doubts anyway. :0)

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User_Removed
29 Jul 2005 - 7:40 AM

What a great shot Ian. The shell-like look is further enhanced by the slight mother-of-pearl feel to the walls.
At first it seems surreal, however, it's more of an illusion. Great POV.
Best wishes
Simon

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Morpyre e2 Member 91620 forum postsMorpyre vcard Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2005 - 6:16 AM

stunning image, the perspective and depth are amazing and great composition too - it would work without the people but i agree they help to create more accuracy in the depth perception. it has already been said several hundred times but i must say myself that this reminds me of a snail shell or things like fossils helped by the colours on the walls which are also seen in shells.

keep up the great work, i hope i can find places as great as this to photograph myself =)

peter "morpyre" turner

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digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2005 - 6:19 AM

Thanks Simon and Peter.

Ian

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cbwetfish
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5 Aug 2005 - 12:12 PM

Reminds me of a snail....great photo ( I know it isn't a snail...)

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digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2005 - 1:43 PM

Thanks Cyndi

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Ruggieru
Ruggieru  8 Malta
9 Aug 2005 - 4:20 AM

Very impressive. Well done!

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Kali
Kali  875 forum posts
11 Aug 2005 - 4:34 AM

Very special shot. LOVE the way i coudnt decide if it was a shell or a staircase....and the colours all echo mother of pearl.... cant tell ya how good this is....you should put in for a comp.when an appropriate one comes along....just awesome x

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digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2005 - 4:42 AM

Thanks Christopher and Laura.

Ian

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sputnki
sputnki  9 Canada
12 Aug 2005 - 2:17 AM

Well spotted! Obviously you don't suffer from vertigo! Doug

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digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2005 - 3:37 AM

Thanks Doug. I'm not too bad at heights, especially when I am at the bottom of them. :0)

Ian

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ian walker
15 Aug 2005 - 7:11 AM

very nice indeed, does look like asnail shell

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digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2005 - 7:12 AM

Cheers Ian

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timwilson
timwilson  8181 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Aug 2005 - 3:26 AM

Brilliant shot. Really eye catching!

I still prefer the original over the modified versions too!

Tim

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21 Aug 2005 - 7:48 AM

Thanks Tim.

Ian

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Sweetpea
Sweetpea  8 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2005 - 1:45 AM

Wow, this is great! I thought it was a snail's shell at first glance on the thumbnail. Excellent Smile

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digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2005 - 2:29 AM

Cheers Sweetpea

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