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The Wave building       ©2019 A.N.Other
Panasonic FZ2000       3rd place, 186 points
1/16s, f6.3, ISO 125, 56mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Combined together 7 exposures of the same scene.
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      Extra Info: This is known locally as ‘The Wave’ building. It has a series of six, 120 meter silver mesh fabric, scalloped PVC facades that span the width of the building. These are lit at night by a changing combination of 472 blue and 472 white strip lights, creating a rippling light show along the fabric. At least that's how it's supposed to work. When I went to photograph the building all the lights were off so it looked dull silver. I found the man in charge (Jeff) and he explained that the control system for the lighting effects had broken. They are no longer switched on as they would have to be lit constantly and it would cost too much to run all night. When I told him I was hoping my photo of his building would be in an international photography competition, he very kindly switched them all on for me :-). Thank you very much Jeff!

7 exposures of the same scene combined due to extreme brightness range.
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Nov 3, 2019
    Thank you so much for all your votes and congrats :-) .

mrsawyer - I came 3rd in it....this was it! ;-) .

Aug 14, 2019
    Unique and beautiful shot.

Aug 13, 2019
    This is so unique. Great job Neil.

Aug 13, 2019
    Great job Neil!!!

Aug 12, 2019
    Seriously, enter this in other photo competitions. It's other worldly. There are 3 voters who didn't have this in the top 10. They may be from some other world too.
Edited on Aug 12, 2019

Aug 12, 2019
    This was my 1 st place. Great shot and perseverance paid off.

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Aug 12, 2019
    Nice to know Panachallenge has clout to get the lights switched on. The Panachallenge Card, don't leave home without it! LOL.

The purple, blue and white on the dark background is quite eye-catching. Great find! Good luck in the international photo competition!

Aug 12, 2019
    How fortunate that you were able to photograph the building with all of its lights. It really is impressive. The composition shows it to the best advantage.

Aug 12, 2019
    Eyecatching - well done. And congrats on your persistence - it paid off.

Old Finn
Aug 12, 2019
    Interesting view of the Wave building. In my favorites.

Aug 12, 2019
    Thank you very much both :-) .

davemisunas - Reasonably convincing, but they are just a really friendly bunch of guys who work there.
Edited on Aug 12, 2019

Aug 12, 2019
    very nice image..in focus and well composed.. you must be very convincing to have the lights turned on... in my favorites

Aug 11, 2019
    Yes thank you Jeff! It is certainly interesting and you have created a great photo.

Aug 10, 2019
    Thank you all very much. I'm delighted you like the photo and building :-) .

kerszkavet - Thanks. I was going for the 'natural look' compared to my last attempt at photographing it.

I agree with you all - Three cheers for Jeff! :-)
Edited on Aug 12, 2019

Aug 10, 2019
    Great subject, good angle and kudos for getting the lights turned on... let's hear it for Jeff!

Excellent work in combining 7 exposures... looks very natural

Aug 10, 2019
    I love this! Even in a still photograph the wave is palpable. (It sort of reminds me of a multi-layered cuttlefish) I'm so glad that you had your wish accommodated. How considerate of Jeff.
Easy top pick for me.

Aug 9, 2019
    Very impressive, esp. the color and composition. You should give Jeff a print.

Aug 9, 2019
    Amazing building! It reminds me of a bioluminescent deep sea creature!

Aug 9, 2019
    No it's not but I can see why you might think it is. That is an impressive building but it doesn't seem to have any lights. The building in my photo is a multi-story carpark.
Edited on Aug 9, 2019

Aug 9, 2019
    Great find for the challenge. Is this also known as the Aqua Building in Chicago? Love the shapes and color. High in my favs.

Aug 9, 2019
    Thank you very much Steve :-) I will do when the right one comes around and I've done a full sized one this time :-) .

This is what it is supposed to look like when working (Speeded up) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0azSIH4rDsQ
Edited on Aug 12, 2019

Aug 8, 2019
    I hope you submit this to a more prestigious photo competition than Panachallenge. It's a wonderful image of a unique building.
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