March of Lines (AKA The Fountainhead)

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    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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    1. Andrei Linde 53 months ago | reply

      I saw this beautiful image in the Rare Gems (double-faved) Group pool and faved it.

      Rare Gems Double Faved

    2. josefontheroad 53 months ago | reply

      Blue Moon Rising

    3. Digit_AL 53 months ago | reply


      I enjoyed this photo in Chasing Shadows.

    4. j14bes [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

      Excellent work
      From Portfolio Landscape group:

      This must be one of the best examples of
      Landscape Art we have ever seen!

    5. Dyrk.Wyst 53 months ago | reply


      POST1 / AWARD2

      ( ?² )

    6. BrumColaço 53 months ago | reply

      Beautiful details and composition

    7. RD Crisp Photography 53 months ago | reply

      very well taken, great lines, nice work

    8. Masha Anna 53 months ago | reply

      Holiday Greetings and Best Wishes for a New Year of Happiness in a world of peace.

    9. Alex Mason Photography 52 months ago | reply

      Love shots like this!

    10. bats... 52 months ago | reply

      Excellent photo!
      And yes, shooting at ISO 80 is turning into a real pleasure. The ability to bend the curve without penalty is fantastic.

    11. Steven Norquist 50 months ago | reply

      Love this shot. I live in San Diego and plan on photographing the Salk Institute.
      Tell me, did you shoot this B&W in camera or did you shoot color and convert later?
      If you shot B&W in camera what settings did you use, filters etc.

    12. Syber76600 [deleted] 39 months ago | reply


      Building A Mystery

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    13. Piotr Organa 39 months ago | reply

      This photo deserves more favourites

      I saw your beautiful picture in the
      Need more faves?? group

    14. philipleemiller 39 months ago | reply

      From Art and Photography group:

      ...e x q u i s i t e a c h i e v e m e n t !

      Seen next to a fellow photo of the group "Art and Photography 18+ ADMIN INVITE , ONE COMMENT PLEASE". ( ?² )

    15. Chimay Bleue 38 months ago | reply

      This place definitely lends itself to the kind of mood you've captured in your photo. Great job! Great minds, indeed! Highly recommend the 17mm TS-E. I have both the 24mm TS and the 17mm, but the 17 is more fun!

    16. PeterThoeny 14 months ago | reply

      A nice example of an exception of the rule of avoiding dead center.

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