The Skyscrapers' Battle With The Heavens

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    “There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers' battle with the heavens that cover them. Snow, rain, and mist highlight, drench, or conceal the vast towers, but those towers, hostile to mystery and blind to any sort of play, shear off the rain's tresses and shine their three thousand swords through the soft swan of the fog.”
    Federico Garcia Lorca

    Either the Federal Reserve Building in Boston or a building right near it, I can't recall which. Matty had a great idea in framing and looking at this building from this perspective.

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    1. psiff 105 months ago | reply

      Very surreal, and awesome perspective. I remember the FRB looks like a giant washboard, but I'm guessing you took this from the side. Did you shoot this 7/8? I was there as well -- I may have unknowingly passed you :-)

    2. B Tal 105 months ago | reply

      Thanks awaki. This was indeed taken on July 8 and I think it was around 1pm. Here's some more info on the "deets". I think this is the side of the FRB, but I'm not entirely sure. A security guard came buy to see what was going on, so I think it was that building or another important/secured building right next to it. Where you snapping any around the area at the time?

    3. I'll fight you for that sandwich 105 months ago | reply

      Score 08/10 (from the Score Me! group)

      love the way the building fades into the sky , well done

    4. Irela [deleted] 105 months ago | reply

      Fantastic dof. Surreal.

      Score _8.75_/10 (from the Score Me! group)

    5. Capture Queen ™ 105 months ago | reply

      Score 9-10 (from the Score Me! group)

    6. Viewmaker 105 months ago | reply

      Score 9/10 (from the Score Me! group) but it's a little bit toooo washed out at the apex. As a matter of taste, it would have been spectacular to see clouds in the sky -- which would give viewers without benefit of your comments a perspective on this. Otherwise, it could as easily be aboard a ship looking out to the horizon. Overall, though, a wonderful image to be asked to score!

    7. akmal.naim 105 months ago | reply

      i love it

      Score 9.8/10 (from the Score Me! group)

    8. eptulsa 105 months ago | reply

      I love several thing about this shot, first would be the pov, very cool. Second would be the exposure, I like the blown out top to infinity look to it you chose. Third, but not least, the color tone and the compostion of the window, well thought out, great job, fav'd it!

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    9. Ben.Millett 105 months ago | reply

      This is awesome! I saw it on Explore (the last 7 days interestingness), but hit reload too soon. Then I spent about 30-45 minutes hitting reload, and it never came back up. Then I started going through the individual pages for the last seven days, and fortunately focused on 7/8/06. As a result, didn't have to go too far to find it. So glad I did. The angle here is great, especially that the building disappears. And the window, or whatever it is, offsets the whole image so well. Glad I found it again.

    10. bellablue 105 months ago | reply

      This is just stunning!

    11. SkyShaper 105 months ago | reply

      this is so good a photograph, and Flickr thought so too......your on the Explore pages!

    12. Remiss63 104 months ago | reply

      this is a serious excellent photograph. the way the grid disappears into the sun is metaphysical. while it shows a view looking up a building facade, it's perfectly understandable as a pathway (perhaps to heaven). the dark rectangular opening then takes on an ominious aspect.

      the surface reminds me of the stainless steel panels on Eero Saarinen's arch here in Saint Louis:

      Saarinen's arch

      do you know what the exterior materials are for the building you photographed? some kind of metal panels? do they have that kind of a greenish color or is that an optical effect of the sun?

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    13. Craig John* 102 months ago | reply

      Outstanding. ...Definitely adding to my favorites.

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