March of Lines (AKA The Fountainhead)

This is a pic I snapped on the last day I was in southern Cal earlier this week. I was out there for the international neuroscience conference (although time spent at the actual conference was somewhat limited), and on our last day we drove down the 101 and stopped at a few spots. My buddy I was out at the conference with used to do stem cell research at the Salk institute, so we walked around this amazing research facility, which most scientists would love to work at (more info below). One aspect that you can barely see in this shot is that this whole place sits on cliffs overlooking the pacific ocean, it's really spectacular.


This is actually only a single exposure. The exmor sensor in this new pentax K-5 has a gigantic DR. I am becoming obsessed with 80 ISO, because it seems that there is a non-linear increase in dynamic range between 100 and 80 (80 being better, for comparison check out the DXOmark website). Since this shot was taken at midday the shadows were pretty harsh, but I was able to pull out any detail I wanted with no noise at all. Pretty sick. I have a version without the person in it but actually think it really adds something to the comp, agree?


The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is a premier independent, non-profit, scientific research institute located in La Jolla, California. The institute consistently ranks among the top institutions in the US in terms of research output and quality in the life sciences. In 2004, the Times Higher Education Supplement ranked Salk as the world's top biomedicine research institute, and in 2009 it was ranked number one globally by ScienceWatch in the neuroscience and behavior areas. It was founded in 1960 by Jonas Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine. Among the founding consultants were Jacob Bronowski and Francis Crick, in conjunction with the March of Dimes.


The campus was designed by Louis Kahn. Salk had sought to make a beautiful campus in order to draw the best researchers in the world. The original buildings of the Salk Institute were designated as a historical landmark in 1991. The entire 27-acre (110,000 m2) site was deemed eligible by the California Historical Resources Commission in 2006 for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Taken on November 17, 2010