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Library, Scottsdale Civic Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2009

Library, Scottsdale Civic Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2009

An enormous golden quill pen hangs over the atrium of the Scottsdale public library. I moved outside the building to photograph it, backing up until my 14mm wideangle lens would include not only the pen but also the soaring ceiling that supports it. The quill pen appears twice -- once as itself, and again as a reflection in still another window behind it. I create scale incongruity with this lens by comparing the huge building with its enormous decoration to the tiny figures emerging from the door at lower left.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
1/400s f/8.0 at 7.0mm iso100 full exif

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Phil Douglis30-Jun-2009 22:59
That was the point (pun intended), Mo. This image is all about dominance in both scale and color.
monique jansen30-Jun-2009 07:15
The golden color of the quill dominates this scene, only then do you start looking at the rest of the photo
Phil Douglis28-Jun-2009 06:56
Thanks, Endre and Cndy, for your comments. The subject was enormous, a perfect subject for an extreme wideangle lens.
Cyndy Largarticha23-Jun-2009 22:06
I love the angles and lines of the ceiling, walls and glass and the diagonal thrust of the golden quill. Nicely done.
endre novak13-Jun-2009 18:08
indeed the reflection adds depth. very nice wide andle imeg.
Phil Douglis13-Jun-2009 02:25
Thanks, Carol, for spotting the fact that the reflection here goes on and on. And so does the power of the written word, symbolized by this golden quill pen. It is a great library, teeming with activity
Carol E Sandgren13-Jun-2009 01:58
I really like the replication of the feather in the reflection of reflection of reflection.... Looks like a really great library!
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