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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-16
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4300
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/450 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-17 2:54
Viewed: 1817
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the best known landmarks in Baltimore, the Baltimore Arts Tower is a prominent site to visitors entering the city from Interstate 95. This was once the tallest building in the city, and was originally called the Bromo-Seltzer Tower and had a factory at its base. The design is based on the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. It is currently used for art studios.

I took a short walk yesterday during my lunch break to take a photo of it, mainly because the clock hands on the south face have been taken off in a repair attempt. The tower has four clock faces, and the one in question hasn’t kept time in several years. Hopefully they’ll be able to get it repaired this time.

It was just after noon when I took this, and the lighting wasn’t ideal. I had to do a little burning-in of the clock face and light areas on the south side. Other than that, just a slight contrast adjustment and USM.

Thanks for viewing and have a great day!

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Hi Werner
Wonderful watch tower!
Great details and interesting note!

Hello dear Werner!

WOW! We are neighbors! That is a lovely shot of architecture in full details and lovely sharpness. You have chosen well low POV and specially keeping the corner in front and viewing both the clocks. The bright and dark side of the tower gives great look and contrasts. Nice depth as it leads towards the wonderful blue sky.

TFS, indeed a beautiful shot!

Best Regards,

HI Werner how are you like the pov you have on this it realy show the clocks faces well unusuall to see the hands gone of one of them and being there on the other
tfs regards bryan

Hello Werner,

Excellent photo of this tower.
Very sharp details.
Excellent POV, light and colors.

Best regards,

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-03-17 6:29]

Hi Werner,
Wow- look at the details here. You can count the bricks. Good choice on the POV. Very interesting Tower clock-- I've never been taught to tell time with letters :-)
Have a great day, Julie

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-03-17 7:28]


sueprbe cadrage sur cette belle toure, la position de captage anguleuse est parfaite, ce horloges, ce rendu sur mle pierre, dans un ciel limpid, merveilleux.

bravo et amitié


Hola Werner
Buen encuadre de esta torre con varios relojes de estilo florentino , excelente luz , color y texturas una gran imagen acompañada de un excelente texto
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Beautiful photos of this watch tower.Very nice colors and details.
Regards Zoran

Hi Werner

A good upward, angled pov on the clocktower with a marvellous blue sky backdrop and superb sharpness, light contrasts & graphism. Tfs!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-03-17 10:15]

Medieval architecture in Maryland! I like that, well seen, done and presented. A bit of Florence in the States! :-) Thanks!


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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2010-03-17 10:32]

Hi Werner
Wonderful architectur for the Baltimore Towers whit lovely sharpnes details and contrast.
I like the composition. Very well made picture.
Best regards.

Hello Werner,
Wonderful low POV with great shot of this landmark in Baltimore,the deep blue sky in BG looks lovely,the 3d look of this building is captured with good steady hand and accurate exposure and sharpness,nice details and beautiful presentation,well done my friend.
Best Wishes

Hi Werner,

Wow, what a great POV you have chosen in this wonderful shot! Perfect textures of this clock tower with perfect details. Nice sharpness and well done clarity throughout the work.

Great colors and perfect contrast to the blue sky. Well done!

best regards,

Hello Werner!

The lighting looks fine now. Very nice job Werner. This is an excellent shot. I figured you used your zoom lens, but I see it's your P&S. How did you get this close? Excellent sharpness and POV!

You know that I will walk in any open door and ask a question. ...So what is the tallest building in Baltimore now? :)

I hope you have a great Anniversary, yes?

A toast to you my friend!


Bonsoir Werner,

Elégante tour et superbe cadrage.
Les détails sont remarquables,
c'est une sublime photo.
Belle lumière c'est tout joli.
Mes compliments.
Amitiés sincères, à bientôt sur TL.

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  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2010-03-17 20:11]

Amazing image, Werner.
Excellent POV, lighting and sharp details. The blue sky is beautiful.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2010-03-18 8:58]
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HI Werner
Bromo Seltzer does the product still exists? I think it was called the hangover remedy back in the 50s.
Impressive architecture, you really did it justice.
Were this in England I would expect to see Ann Bolyn walking the tower at night.

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