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September 25, 2008

View From the High Tower (05130025)

Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 23:40



  1. Not much I can say about this but I am reminded of on of the best compliments I was ever paid on one of my image, “I wish I’d taken this”

    The rain and the urban landscape are superb in their combination.

    Comment by Rex — September 27, 2008 @ 17:53

  2. An interesting title – it evokes a range of reactions without even seeing a picture.

    This needed a second visit because the first viewing left me wondering. On return, the tower assumes greater prominence and that reconciles the sharpness of the rain drops and the abstract landscape. Should that landscape have filled a greater proportion of the photo, I wonder? If only to see more of it. Had it stopped raining?

    What height was the photographer? It would seem that he was standing at a position equivalent to about a third of the way up the tower.

    Comment by John Ellis — September 28, 2008 @ 06:53

  3. Rex, I’ll take that compliment and say the same of your most recent post.

    John, this is the view from the 5th floor of my work; we often watch the bad weather roll from the tower, which is just around the corner from my office. The higher tower in the distance is a new apartment building, which will be the highest building in town when completed.

    I believe it had stopped raining when this was taken.

    Comment by matt — September 28, 2008 @ 14:07

  4. Following the link, and a link within the link, I ended up at the menu for the Beckman cafe: recognizably American fare! The building looks impressive and it must be nice to work in. So which tower does the title refer to?

    Comment by John Ellis — September 28, 2008 @ 20:42

  5. It’s an interesting building, but it was built during an unfortunate and halfhearted flirtation with postmodern architecture, so it has some incongruous bits.

    ‘recognizably American fare! ‘

    Would you believe I’ve never eaten a meal there? The occasional snack, yes, but I can’t ever quite go for the entrees. The cook would kill me if she ever read this.

    ‘So which tower does the title refer to?’

    Which ever one you like ;-)

    Comment by matt — September 29, 2008 @ 14:08

  6. Simple and very effective. Well seen and I too would be more than happy to have something similar in my collection. Certainly provides a spark for a small series of similar views…?

    Comment by akikana — October 2, 2008 @ 03:24

  7. I like the shapes. The nearer black triangle and then the fainter distant line with the tower. I wonder, though, whether there is anything distinct enough here to make it other than a personal photo. I’ve asked the same about my own similar photos in the past.

    Comment by Colin — October 2, 2008 @ 03:28

  8. I tried something similar to this during the summer, but taken through the front window of a boat — I think yours is more successful, but I’m now thinking I’ll revisit mine and see how they differ. The sharp, separate droplets over the varying tones is quite effective.

    Comment by Christina — October 2, 2008 @ 05:33

  9. I’ve always enjoyed the infocus out of focus thing happening in pictures and this is no exception. Trying to work out lines of trees and buildings while dodging rain drops keeps me intrigued.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — October 2, 2008 @ 22:44

  10. ‘I wonder, though, whether there is anything distinct enough here to make it other than a personal photo.’

    That’s an interesting question. I hadn’t thought of distinctness as a attribute that raised a photo above personal. I’ll have to think on that.

    Comment by matt — October 3, 2008 @ 14:19

  11. Because the rain drops are so sharp I feel I can reach out and touch them, but of course the glass is between them and me. And, the longer I look, the more I want to see clearly the cityscape beyond. This is a familiar experience: being able to see the drops then stretiching, scrunching and twisting about trying to find a way to see through to the details beyond. Perhaps the experience is so strong for me because we haven’t been seeing much rain in southern California for quite a long time. This image makes me nostagic.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 3, 2008 @ 23:56

  12. Anita – I’m just reading an article in the Feb ’08 edition of National Geographic called “the drying of the West”. Be prepared for a dustbowl!

    Comment by John Ellis — October 4, 2008 @ 06:42

  13. John – Ironically, it rained today—well, we are desperate enough to call it rain. Actually, it was a steady drizzle. Still, better than nothing.

    Matt – I went straight to the only window here that gets rained on and took a picture of raindrops! Not nearly so fine a photo as yours, but I enjoyed the exercise. Thanks.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 5, 2008 @ 04:06

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