Mini Challenge #159 - Windows and Doors

billseyebillseye Major grinsRegistered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
edited March 7, 2013 in The Dgrin Challenges
Ok... let's peek into some windows and knock on some doors. Two ubiquitous architectural structures that have some magnetic draw for photographers. I'm interested in photos where the door or the window is either the primary subject or where it frames the subject and becomes part of the composition.

This challenge will close at 10 PM (PST) Wednesday, March 6, 2013 or as soon as I get home from work that night - could be a late one!


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Here are some samples for your perusal:

Cabrillo Lighthouse, San Diego, CA
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Bodie, CA
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Peterson's Donuts, Escondido, CA
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Leo Carillo Park, Carlsbad, CA
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Bodie, CA
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San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
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Comments

  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    Nice theme Bill - it surely is a wonder that those doors 'n windows seem to be a magnet for we shutter-trippers. Especially nice samples for inspiration (how come I didn't see that sweetly framed museum shot for my "unique pov" challenge?) ;)

    I believe I have many doors/windows to choose from in my archive files, but... let's see what new one's I can find here amid the Asian alleys and temples of Luang Prabang, Laos...
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  • billseyebillseye Major grins Registered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    . ...(how come I didn't see that sweetly framed museum shot for my "unique pov" challenge?) ;)

    One of the best things about the mini challenges, is that I get inspired to browse my library of over twelve years of digital photos each time. It clearly shows the progress I've made on my digital journey since the days of my 3 megapixel P&S. For some reason the museum shot didn't come to mind or memory when I was contemplating POV. It was part of an alphabet A to Z project. 26 photos in a day - each with a subject matching a different letter of the alphabet. This one was E for Entry. Here's the full set.
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  • KevXmanKevXman Always grinning! Registered Users Posts: 945 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    Nice theme Bill. I'm also drawn to doors and windows when I have my camera in hand. I have several to choose from and will probably end up switching photos a couple of times before this challenge closes because I just can't make up my mind which ones that I like best. I'll start with these for now.

    Illumination
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    Red, White, and Ew!
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    The Traveler
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    Thanks for looking.
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  • billseyebillseye Major grins Registered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    KevXman wrote: »
    Nice theme Bill. I'm also drawn to doors and windows when I have my camera in hand. I have several to choose from and will probably end up switching photos a couple of times before this challenge closes because I just can't make up my mind which ones that I like best. I'll start with these for now.


    Thanks for looking.
    — Kevin

    Nice start to the challenge, Kevin!
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  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USARegistered Users Posts: 5,551 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    1) Former door in a door.
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    2) Church Detail
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    3)Door abstract: Copper Door and Pull
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  • linyangchenlinyangchen photons meet black holes Registered Users Posts: 54 Big grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    Here's one of doors trying to connect with windows eek7.gif

    Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER, London Heathrow

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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaRegistered Users Posts: 7,854 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    Wow, one of my favorite subjects!

    Beautiful examples! ... and btw: congratulations on your win clap.gif
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  • PedalGirlPedalGirl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 794 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    Great theme, Bill! And so many awesome entries already! Here are a few I found quickly... may be subject to change. :)

    1. MCAS Tustin North Blimp Hangar
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    2. Through the glass
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    3. Abandoned
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  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALRegistered Users Posts: 3,533 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    Great theme Bill!

    Pullman's Faded Luxury
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    Behind the Green Door
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    Setting for Four
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  • duff65duff65 Big grins Registered Users Posts: 25 Big grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    one after another
    I think i can post one or two

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  • superduckzsuperduckz I got a Nikon camera..... Registered Users Posts: 377 Major grins
    edited February 21, 2013
    Green leaking through the barn window from the plantation yard.
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    From the Kingsley Plantation Ruins
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    An ode to Lee Friedlander's "America by Car".
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    Accidents and Inspiration
    One of these days I'll have to figure out what my "style" is..
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,751 Major grins
    edited February 22, 2013
    I had my list pared down to just 4 or 5 and then I looked at other people's, and that reminded me of some others that I had. And I had not thought of switching them out after I first picked. Now that I know I can do that, I'm not sure that I really will.

    Anyway here are my three

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    This one was taken because the building we were touring forbid photos inside. So I went outside and took photos through the windows, and this is one of them. Generally if the subject is windows, I want to see a window in it, and of course you can't see the window I'm taking the photo through. But I think maybe the door makes up for it. This was a digital photo originally, taken in 2004 in Miami.

    This is an older one
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    of the windows of a Citroen 2CV - my husband is in it looking at a map - film photo taken in 1964 in the south of France

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    And this is also a film photo taken about 3 years later in California. Both pictures taken with a Kodak Retina Reflex and Kodachrome.
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  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Registered Users Posts: 158 Major grins
    edited February 23, 2013
    1. kaysersberg - alsace, france
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    2. miskheta monastery, republic of georgia
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    3. into the casbah - rabat, morocco
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  • tinamarie52tinamarie52 Major grins Registered Users Posts: 954 Major grins
    edited February 24, 2013
    I'll play!

    1 "Welcome Home"
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    2 Enter the rabbit warren
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    3 Windows galore
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  • superduckzsuperduckz I got a Nikon camera..... Registered Users Posts: 377 Major grins
    edited February 25, 2013
    Billsee you've really got your work cut out for you. There's some really standout shots in this one.
    Accidents and Inspiration
    One of these days I'll have to figure out what my "style" is..
  • kdotaylorkdotaylor Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,265 Major grins
    edited February 25, 2013
    1.Red Barn--Lanesboro, MN

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    2.The Oldest School House in the US--St Augustine, FL

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    3.Glass Block Window--Chipotle, Rochester, MN
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  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited February 26, 2013
    Just got "home" (here to Dalat, Vietnam) and thrilled to be back on my nice BIG laptop (vs. my little travel netbook). Lots of great entries so far (GrandmaR I L.O.V.E. that Citroen shot!) Now I can hunker down and search my own archives for windows 'n doors (I must have a bazillion of Moroccan doors alone!) ;)
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  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited February 26, 2013
    H.E.L.P! I have way too many windows and doors candidates! Hard to know which three to enter. Best I can figure, I'll go with:

    1) Mongolian ger door (my fave of all 6)

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    2) Great Wall of China peek-a-boo (taken w/ f.i.l.m. shortly after China reopened its doors to foreigners after Tienanmen, 1990).

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    3) View from the lighthouse window at Half Moon Caye, Belize

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    But... I'd also like opinions on these three others as possible replacements:

    This one for color...

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    This one for sheer architectural beauty (I mean, you can hardly go wrong w/ a Guggenheim skylight, yes?)

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    And this one - purely for the "awww, cute" factor... ;)

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    Seriously, any and all thoughts on how best to hone it down to three, most welcome.
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  • eMOJOeMOJO grim grins Registered Users Posts: 156 Major grins
    edited February 26, 2013
    s i x t y

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    ...from the Rocks, Sydney NSW AU
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  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavreRegistered Users Posts: 145 Major grins
    edited February 26, 2013
    There are a lot of pictures I really like in the ones posted so far.
    Personally, I do not have a lot a windows and doors on my photo libraries... But here are a few. I have updated them since the first time a wrote that post.

    This first one is not an entry for the challenge but I hope the sign makes you smile.
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    Here are my entries:

    1. Interesting tiles
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    2. Round door
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    3. I love my place!
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  • TravelnLassTravelnLass Novice Chuckler Registered Users Posts: 87 Big grins
    edited February 27, 2013
    ShootingStar - love that last one ("I love my place!") A tad too cold for me to love mwink.gif, but nice composition that turn the ordinary into extraordinary with but a simple twist!
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  • zoomnzoomn Major grins Registered Users Posts: 142 Major grins
    edited February 27, 2013
    Some great pics here. I don't have many and I certainly don't have any that compare to some of those here, but I like to play.

    1. Aruba

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    2. Arizona still life

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    3. Green shuttered windows, Bahamas

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  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavreRegistered Users Posts: 145 Major grins
    edited February 27, 2013
    ShootingStar - love that last one ("I love my place!") A tad too cold for me to love mwink.gif, but nice composition that turn the ordinary into extraordinary with but a simple twist!

    Thanks TravelnLass.
    I have lived in Sydney, Australia for 3 years and a half and now I live in the middle of the Black Forest. This is a dramatic change in temperature!!! But I enjoy living in both places equally :D
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

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  • torrbraetorrbrae Torrbrae Registered Users Posts: 203 Major grins
    edited March 1, 2013
    Lots of excellent shots to date - interesting seeing all the different door and windows from around the world. Had a chance to visit the movie set for Hobbiton, so here are a few shots for all the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fans:


    Welcome to Bag End:
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    Note that at Hobbiton is basically the front of the hobbit holes only, with only small diggings into the hills. The filming inside the holes was done in studio.

    Hobbit Hole:
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    Sir Peter Jackson is a stickler for detail, and all the holes have props and gardens, which have been left onsite. They seem to be weathering well, considering all are open to the elements.

    Inside the Green Dragon Inn:
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    Again, the level of detail on the set is amazing. The Inn is available for use for private functions - I wonder if they have any theme nights as would be good to get shots when full of hobbits, dwarfs, elves!
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,751 Major grins
    edited March 1, 2013
    zoomn wrote: »

    3. Green shuttered windows, Bahamas

    I really like the green shutters but I think I would like it better without so much palm frond foreground.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • billseyebillseye Major grins Registered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
    edited March 1, 2013
    NOTE: In the original post for this Mini Challenge, I created a non-existent closing date of SUNDAY, March 6. The OP has been corrected to show the correct closing date on WEDNESDAY, March 6.
    Bill Banning

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  • MemolMemol Major grins Registered Users Posts: 115 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2013
    1. Door to the Sea (in Santorini Island, Greece)

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    2. Door to a Garden in Lilliput (in our front yard mwink.gif)

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    3. Door to Nowhere (in Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA)

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  • JuanoJuano Major grins ColoradoRegistered Users Posts: 4,051 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2013
    #1 Yucatan

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    #2 Senegal

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    #3 Cuba

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  • billseyebillseye Major grins Registered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2013
    Hey everyone. Cool stuff coming in for MC #159. Windows to the soul... doors to aventure... makes a person want to while away the day sitting and dreaming.

    Just a reminder to TravelinLass, Shooting Star and Juano... I'll need to know which three images you want me to consider for the grand prizes of fame and fortune I've been authorized to dream of giving out.

    Deadline is late on March 6 (PST) at least 10:00 p.m.
    Bill Banning

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  • JuanoJuano Major grins ColoradoRegistered Users Posts: 4,051 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2013
    billseye wrote: »
    Hey everyone. Cool stuff coming in for MC #159. Windows to the soul... doors to aventure... makes a person want to while away the day sitting and dreaming.

    Just a reminder to TravelinLass, Shooting Star and Juano... I'll need to know which three images you want me to consider for the grand prizes of fame and fortune I've been authorized to dream of giving out.

    Deadline is late on March 6 (PST) at least 10:00 p.m.

    Sorry, got carried away... 1, 2 and 4.
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