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The Belvedere

September 25th, 2010

The historic Belvedere Hotel in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Built in 1903 and designed by the Boston architectural firm of Thomas and Parker. Home to the 13th floor and The Owl Bar speakeasy.

Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF.2

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: insubria
about 12 years, 6 months ago
the atmosphere is very retro, I like this aspect of the photo

I don't think this is an appropriate subject for a wallpaper, it's a lot off topic
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: Frostmint
about 12 years, 6 months ago
Not very much at all. I suppose the "lighting" would be the only redeeming quality... not even sure about that.

This image does not belong on this website. It is not a wallpaper. Who, exactly, would want this as their desktop background? The focus is all wrong -- it hurts the eyes just to look at. The camera angle is all over the place... this is just not a good picture.

I'm sorry, I really do not mean to be rude or abrasive, but this just simply doesn't belong on this website.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: Sage
about 12 years, 6 months ago
This does have a very cool film noir mood to it. I love the architecture which casts some very interesting shadows.

I can't help but want for the image to extend down another 6 feet so I can see what the door looks like. My brain just keeps directing my vision downward without ever being able to see what's going on there.
Posted By: meaghann
about 12 years, 6 months ago
I'm curious how a wallpaper can be off topic, but regardless, I really the lighting in this, and the mood is definitely very film noir. It looks great on my desktop.

I agree with an earlier poster that seeing the door would have been nice, but you would have lost the close-up then, so it's a trade-off.
Posted By: jrm125
about 12 years, 6 months ago
Going to have to disagree with the other posters...I think this is a very cool wallpaper. The lighting, architecture, and texture make it pop and it almost has an old-timey film grain feel.

Insofar as "being off topic" or "not being wallpaper", wallpaper is nothing but pictures people like. If this speaks to someone it has just as much right to be here as any other picture. This site also has no set topical guidelines so I don't know how a random photo can be off-topic on a random photos website.

I agree that it'd be nice to see the door or the street...but I suspect they were cropped because it'd detract from the old time feel (a Prius or people with iPods probably doesn't lend itself to the theme).
Posted By: mredpopo
about 12 years, 6 months ago
Love the color and lighting. Great to see my home city get some more Interface love from you Se7en :)

I agree with some of the other poster, however, that it's a bit busy and skewed for a desktop.
Posted By: ilshat
about 12 years, 6 months ago
There is not much to like about this image, I agree with some of the previous comments that were falsely marked "immature"

I don't know if it was intentional or not, but it does not fit the basic rules of composition. It indeed hurts the eye/brain to look at it, and I don't think its "cool" or "interesting" for an image to do that, at least not in this context. And most importantly, InterfaceLIFT is a Wallpaper website, thus this image MUST qualify as a wallpaper.
Posted By: Blackiceberg
about 12 years, 6 months ago
insubria and sage, I agree with your comments about the atmosphere and mood of the photo. I also like the aspect of it as well. As for FrostBites comments I couldn't disagree more. I immediately made this my wallpaper when I saw it. It IS different and I like it. If I see another macro of a bugs eyeball or of a flower petal I just might jump from the rooftop of the Belvedere! (just kidding). The photo does belong here.

It offers a different and unique perspective. Thank You Se7en! No improvements necessary.
about 12 years, 6 months ago
Looks like a great architecture based on some details that we can see here. The light/shadows look great so is is the toning.

However I would have to agree with Sage's post before me that I would have liked to see more of this interesting building and perhaps the door since my eyes are hunting for more content below the canopy. I don't see why the first two commentators left such a harsh criticism. This image works for a wallpaper without any issues it could have been better if it extended lower though. I have seen much, much worse images here so there is no reason for massive outcry.
Posted By: shankru85
about 12 years, 6 months ago
Its a really nice photograph. The Architectural details are very well captured. And the golden color gives it a great retro touch.

Why it might not work as a wallpaper in my opinion is that many might not know the hotel name (Atleast I do not know) and it might not be cool to have it as wallpaper. Just my thought. Sorry if i sound immature. Otherwise i am not atleast qualified enough to make comment on the photograph. IMO, nothing needs to be improved.
Posted By: Tim H.
about 12 years, 6 months ago
I love the nostalgic appearance, the focus, and the lighting.

To me, it's very obvious that the main subject of this photo is the very familiar classic sign. I mean, look at its placement in the photo.

Also, almost everyone who would take a photo of this specific scene would include the door and perhaps the ground as well. So why would you do what everyone else would do? Why not take a picture where the main focus is on the sign (why not be more original)? This sign is classic and it's an instantly recognizable one at that. It almost looks like a single frame from an old large budget movie.

I admit that at first I instinctively tried to scroll down and I instinctively looked down at the same time. But then I immediately realized that the focus is on the sign and now my eyes are no longer drawn down to where the door would be.

This a very unique desktop.

I see nothing wrong with this. The composition is unique and done very well.
about 12 years, 6 months ago
I really like how you added text to the picture. Very cool indeed.Not my type of wallpaper, but great work!

I think you should've added color to the picture.If you did that, i might've set this pictute as my wallpaper. But nice work anyways. Keep it up!
Posted By: stubulman
about 12 years, 6 months ago
A very different image than to what we are usually treate on these pages

I flipped the image horizontally and increased the exposure. The image really popped. Of course the lettering on the canopy reversed, but the composition improved dramatically.
Posted By: ProwlingFox
about 12 years, 6 months ago
hey all you naysayers... i think this photo makes a nice wallpaper. there. i said it.

it kind of makes me wish i could see it in full color. but that's alright. and also the "B" in "Belvedere" seems to be a bit out of focus, but maybe it's just the lighting. but i do like it; i think it makes for an interesting wallpaper variety.
Posted By: ElectrikLizard
about 12 years, 6 months ago
Using my 'untrained eye' , this is one of THE best photographs I have seen on this site.

No room for improvement ... simply Fabulous ..

Boris Karloff comes to mind ...

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