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"Mr. Leary's Trip"
14 sec @ f 22 - O'Hare Airport - "The Sky's the Limit" - Neon art by Michael Hayden - Had a layover in Chicago on my way to San Diego... lucky me! This could not go unphotographed. There are people in this photo, but very determined... and at 14 secs, they simply vanish!
© Doug Gould
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Magali De Leeuw

member since: 9/7/2003
    Terrific colors and shapes. Great!

1/11/2004 11:08:56 PM

Arthur Rosch

member since: 7/22/2002're saying this art piece is
there, as found, as photographed
(except for the time out strollers)?
Amazing. Or did you wiggle your
camera around just a little bit?
I'm confused and impressed. It's
fabulous either way.


1/11/2004 11:15:56 PM

Doug Gould
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member since: 9/20/2002

Thanks Magali and Art! Yes Art, this neon sculpture, as they call it, is found in the United terminal, spanning over 700'. And I promise... no camera wiggling, he he. Came down the escalator directly into this and was so impressed, I just had to get the shot. Tripod was in luggage on plane, so I set the timer and put the camera directly on the floor. Tried several different exposures and this one turned out the best. Was very surprised myself to see that the people were not visible at all. I guess in 14 secs, they probably had spanned 30' or more and there's not even a hint of them. Thanks for commenting!

1/12/2004 12:04:10 AM

Jen Jesseph

member since: 5/14/2003

Douglas - I have been to that terminal, and this makes it look even more amazing than I remember! Excellent work!!

1/12/2004 12:22:11 AM

Colleen Braun
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wonderful image, what a great opportunity when saddled with a layover...

1/12/2004 2:40:13 AM

Murry Grigsby
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Terrific image Douglas! Very resourceful using the floor as a tripod. Great lines, depth and colors!!

1/12/2004 6:31:22 AM

Ronald Balthazor
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Extremely well done, Douglas.

1/12/2004 6:33:50 PM

Lonnie Gatlin

member since: 10/21/2002

I love this photo, as well as MANY others you have done. What lense did you use and also what other lenses do you prefer to use? Thanks.

1/15/2004 4:46:55 AM

Doug Gould
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Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the comments! Lonnie, I used the 18-55mm that came with my Digital Rebel. With a crop factor of 1.6, that really equates to 29-88mm. My other favorite lens to use is an 80-400mm Tokina. For the price(under $400), it takes pretty sharp photos on the long end(640mm with the crop factor). Please check out my new website. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

1/15/2004 9:20:27 AM

Jean Papo
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Douglas, this shot is GREAT! What a beautiful work of art, and you were so quick thinking to capture it for us. Love it!!!!!

2/13/2004 9:47:22 PM

Doug Gould
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member since: 9/20/2002

Thanks again, Jean! You are very kind. The artist deserves the credit. I was just stumbling through life, as usual, and I bumped into it!

2/14/2004 12:39:39 AM

Jean Papo
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Actually, you DO deserve the credit for this great photo...I'll bet the artist would be very happy to get a copy, if you could track him down! :-)

2/14/2004 1:15:41 AM

Jean Papo
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Congratulations, Douglas! Happy to see this here!

2/15/2004 10:27:49 PM

Doug Gould
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Thank you, Jean! I was pleasantly surprised. I'm about to browse all the other finalists. Always great to see all the deserving photos being recognized. Take care!

2/15/2004 10:30:33 PM

Joanna Pecha
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member since: 9/5/2003

Just terrific! Lovve this shot! Congratulations!!

2/17/2004 7:31:59 AM

Robin L. Wehrman
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Congratulations, Douglas! beautiful shot!

2/17/2004 7:39:09 AM

Richard H. Hahn

member since: 1/26/2004

My favorite of all the January winners! Congrats. Have been through the tunnel many times. When I see your photo, I can hear the sounds...

2/17/2004 7:44:03 AM

Jean Papo
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Congratulations, Douglas, I second Richard! I LOVE this photo!!!! Well deserved win!!!!

2/17/2004 8:10:43 AM

Doug Gould
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Much thanks to all of you!

2/17/2004 3:42:26 PM

Evy Johansen
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Many congratulations on your win, Douglas!

2/17/2004 9:25:41 PM

Doug Gould
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"Quadrille" by Michael Hayden
30 sec @ f16 - Charlotte
© Doug Gould
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Thanks, Evy! I just discovered something this evening. I did a websearch to find other neon artwork by the artist Michael Hayden and was totally surprised to find a work he designed for a building right here in Charlotte, NC. I just happened to include it in a photo of the cityscape I took last year. I've included the photo here. His design is on the left side of the photo and it's called "Quadrille". According to the webpage I was on, "Michael wanted the neon to contain many hours of distinct programmed animations that would be randomly selected so that an average commuter would never see the same animation at the same time on subsequent days." He's been producing works for almost 40 years all over the world. I'm sure glad I stumbled across it!

2/17/2004 9:57:18 PM

Sarah Arnott
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This is so amazing that I makes me want to go to O'Hare Airport just so that I can actually see this!

And here I always thought that layovers at O'Hare should be avoided ;-).

2/26/2004 8:18:45 AM

Anette Linnea Rasmussen
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member since: 8/31/2003

Beautiful shot, Douglas!

Best regards

3/12/2004 10:16:55 PM

Kris M. Hartley

member since: 2/29/2004

This is a beautiful shot, and I am a color junkie myself, but on a less "constructive" side, this reminds me of a weird sci-fi type dream I had a few weeks back! Thanks for sharing it, I truly enjoyed it.


3/14/2004 4:14:11 PM

Lisa R. Elam
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I just want to say I am impressed with ALL your photos!! Awsome job!~

5/5/2006 5:50:34 PM

Siete Meeter
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Just terrific! Love this shot! Congratulations!!

5/28/2006 9:16:31 AM

Greg j. Briley
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This one is beyond words. Great job and great knowledge of the situation to make it work perfectly!

9/27/2006 8:12:37 PM

Susie Peek-Swint
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member since: 7/23/2002

Awesome shot Doug ~ fantastic lines and colours ... belated congrats on your win!

4/28/2007 12:58:34 AM

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