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You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 17 December 2008 in Architecture.

There are no prizes for guessing that this apartment block can be found along the road one takes if one goes straight instead of left or right at the West Coast Road signs! Seriously! The apartment block looks quite attractive, until one looks at where the brown doors up the side of the building lead to. Yep - you've guessed this one - nowhere! In his song, Dylan wrote "Oh, oh, are we gonna fly" - and if you go out the door, especially from the top apartment, well, ..........
Title from the song by the one and only Bob Dylan

Canon EOS 40D 1/500 second F/8.0 ISO 200 35 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Ooo now thats a bit scary, do you think they meant to put a fire escape there and just forgot or ran out of money?

17 Dec 2008 6:02am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

You do not see the invisible staircase?

17 Dec 2008 6:03am

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

They forgot to put the stairs in.... but still, very attractive apartments.

17 Dec 2008 9:03am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

So are you saying the road terminates here, and is that thatch on the roof?
In which cas it could also be
'We're on a road to nowhere'
Talking Heads

17 Dec 2008 11:18am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

The apartment building does look great, but a serious design floor with those doors, I would take a note of who the architect was and make sure you never buy or build any place based on his designs, who knows what else is messed up LOL

17 Dec 2008 12:50pm

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

hahaha... pretty interesting. I wander is it architect's or builder's mistake ?


17 Dec 2008 1:13pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Well...now that is something!

17 Dec 2008 2:05pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Is this the place where bunjee jumping was created? all kidding aside a shame, 'cause man this is a great building ;)

17 Dec 2008 4:02pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Well spotted, nice shot. Perhaps they ran out of budget.

17 Dec 2008 8:09pm

Fartow from Tehran & Stockholm, Sweden

Nice captured!

17 Dec 2008 10:01pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

a beautiful shot Rob -- you always have this wonderfully crisp look to your shots!!! i think i need an upgrade! ;) and what curious doors?? faabulous...!

18 Dec 2008 2:11am

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks DJ - it's the lens, mainly. When I bought my first DSLR, the 350D, like the one you have, I compared shots taken with it and a second-hand Nikon that was available at the time. The Nikon won hands down. Anyway, I went back and spoke to the owner of the shop, who for some reason wanted me to take the 350D. He gave me a special deal where he took the kit lens from a more expensive Canon (EFS 17-85mm IS USM) and put that on the 350D. I then took more comparative shots and couldn't see any difference between them and the Nikon. So I got an 8 megapixel camera with the new lens for the same price as the second hand 6 megapixel Nikon! However, there are two other factors. Firstly I upgraded my Am3 membership, so now am able to upload larger files, and secondly, I always downsize my image to the 800 pixel width recommended by Am3 before uploading - this softens the image a little and then I use PS to sharpen. I use Smart Sharpen, radius of 1 pixel, and rarely have to go higher than about 25-30% to achieve the desired effect.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

cheers mate for the detailed reply!!! that is it -- i am getting myself the 50D in early 2009!!! the rebel was a great start but now i want more detail and better light sensors too!! :D

22 Dec 2008 6:39pm

@dj.tigersprout: No problem - I must say the 50D is very tempting, but my 40D, being my main farewell gift from the Company, is going to be very difficult to get rid of - and I'm very happy with it. However, don't forget to take many test photos with any new camera you are interested in before you buy, and preferably compare them with the same photo taken with your existing camera. This will sound strange, but for me, if the 350D had the sensor self-cleaning feature, I don't think I would have upgraded. For me, it took some of the best shots - and there are a number of posters, including yourself, who still post stunning photos from it.

Canon EOS 40D
1/500 second
ISO 200
35 mm