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Breast Cancer Awareness

Besides the baseball play-offs, OCTOBER is also Breast Cancer Awareness month!

These two buildings in north Atlanta are affectionately called
the King and the Queen.
Can you tell which one is which?
This is the first year that the office complex has turned PINK lights on during the month of October only, drawing attention to this terrible disease.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

Breast Cancer Awareness

Besides the baseball play-offs, OCTOBER is also Breast Cancer Awareness month!

These two buildings in north Atlanta are affectionately called
the King and the Queen.
Can you tell which one is which?
This is the first year that the office complex has turned PINK lights on during the month of October only, drawing attention to this terrible disease.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

comments (43)

  • Kay
  • United States
  • 8 Oct 2007, 00:09
What a wonderful tribute to those who've been afflicted with BC, Ginnie. Thank you for bringing this awareness to us in SC.

Great nightshot too, BTW!
Ginnie Hart: October is such a small window for this awareness, Kay. I just had to fit it in, especially since this is one of my favorite spots in all of Atlanta! Thanks.
  • Fehinti
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 00:20
Love the use of bordering here Ginnie. I'm guessing the one with the pink rounded crown is the queen? lol! Lovely night shot. I'm never able to get clear shots like this at night, dont know how you do it...
Ginnie Hart: Your guess is right, of course, Fehinti. I had often confused these two before but now with this pink light, I'll never forget. Thanks.

I am starting to do tripod shots with long exposures, which is how this worked, Fehinti. And lots of trial and error with aperture settings!
  • ChaCha
  • United States
  • 8 Oct 2007, 00:30
Loving this Granny! It's good to educate about on this...hmmm and am guessing the one with the Pink is the Queen???and the other the King :p
Ginnie Hart: Your guess is right, of course. That's indeed the Queen. May she never get breast cancer! Thanks, NaCha.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Oct 2007, 00:57
Nice one, Ginnie. There is a healthy humour about a community that has nicknames like that for its big termite mounds.
Perhaps, if the king is into Gay Pride, the pink crowned building represents him?
Ginnie Hart: HA! This King is surely into Gay Pride, Ray, which explains why I can never keep them straight (so to speak). After this pink light for breast cancer awareness, however, I'll probably never forget which is which again!

I love that you can take a joke! smile
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 8 Oct 2007, 01:28
Now, Ginnie, this looks really familiar smile
I live 10 min from these towers, which were designed BTW by my boss. A small model of them is still collects dust on the shelf in his office.
Ginnie Hart: Oh wow, Z. I had no idea! I hope I have done justice to the photo as well as the text. I think it's brilliant that your boss (or whoever) came up with this pink-light idea this year! I knew I had to take the time to get a shot at night before I leave for Amsterdam on Tuesday. You can tell you boss that I stood on the top (7th) floor of the parking deck at Northside Hospital to take this photo at 9:30 p.m. this past Thursday evening! Thanks for your comment, Z.
this is a great shot. I love all the sparkling lights. Not to mention representing a very worthy cause. Great capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Gail.
I saw this when we came around but never knew the significance, thanks for sharing the info and shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Dotun, and you're so welcome.
Really nice night shot. Obviously the breast cancer awareness stuff is something I connect with, as I've posted so many of those photos lately, and your take on it is unique and lovely.

I've been starting to play with night shots lately and they are tough! Btw... I noticed in another comment you mentioned you have a cannon powershot too. That's my only camera. Any tips for using it at night?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jewlya. I really like it when companies attempt to be creative in their own attention to the cause.

The PowerShot can do the same thing as this camera, Jewlya. But you need a tripod. I set the aperture on the highest number (22) and put the ISO on the lowest number (100) and that setting said it would take 30 seconds. I used the camera's timer, clicked the shutter, and just waited. The camera did everything else. That's what your PowerShot will do.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 8 Oct 2007, 05:46
The king bldg must be the one in pink. Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Rags, the Queen is the one in pink! PINK = Breast Cancer Awareness. So now I'll always be able to remember which one is which smile
vision de nuit! difficile à faire comme photo, mais tu as su tirer le meilleurs!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you ever so kindly, O-P.
The border really works. Yes great night shot.. must be the pink for girls....thanks for sharing this.
Ginnie Hart: Do you have the Pink Ribbon where you are, representing Breast Cancer? Maybe they DID choose pink because pink is for girls, yes. Thanks, Gale.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Oct 2007, 06:55
A fascinating pic of a millions-city like Atlanta by night, it is really night (with a plenty of darkness), although when going through the streets you could imagine the night has changed to another day. The pnk-coloured tower must be the "Queen", for mostly women are suffering by this terrible but often curable disease. It is a very good -maybe for Europeans a typically American- kind of drawing attention to Breast cancer Awareness!
Ginnie Hart: I didn't know if attention is drawn to Breast Cancer in other countries, Philine. You're making me think that happens only in America??

Thanks for your kind comment, as always.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Oct 2007, 07:25
I love how you explore photography Ginnie! Great nightshot!! Just love it...and YES, so important to pay attention to the breast cancer awareness...Thank you for doing that.
Ginnie Hart: You've just made my day, Petra. Thank you for your words of encouragement!
Great shot, Ginnie. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roz, and WELCOME BACK! smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Oct 2007, 07:55
What a fantastic idea Ginnie. You can never over play this cause and I love what is being done here.Is that building in front called The weston? It caught my eye as thats my surname. No need for me to comment on the King and Queen,its already been said. If I remember correctly you fly home tomorrow,have a safe flight.smilewink
Ginnie Hart: Good eye, Tracy! Yes, indeed, that's the Westin out front. Ahh. Good name. smile

I do fly "home" to Amsterdam tomorrow, so you also have a great memory, Tracy. Thank for remembering.
Thats good to assist in creating awareness and I love pink smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Etomi. Thank you.
Ohh! This is very well, Ginnie. I think that the one of the right side is Queen(pink and round) and the left one is the King (bluish and square) Everything a topic! P.D.: For that we know the tragic results the cancers, special months do not exist. Every month you would have to be of the awareness!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it should be EVERY month, Jose. You're so right. Thank you for your kind words. And yes, the pink one is the Queen! smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 8 Oct 2007, 08:40
Lovely night shot Ginnie. We are having a PINK day tomorrow at work to raise money for breast cancer research. We are paying $2 each to wear pink at work and having a morning tea that only features pink food. The pink will be a lovely change from our usual theatre scrubs. (blue) Later in the month they have a bike (motor) ride for the same cause. I went last year and got some great pics. So will be off again on the 27th.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, how delightfully wonderful and creative, Jose. Glad to hear this is being done in other countries than America! Thanks for letting us know.
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Oct 2007, 09:13
i always like seeing night shots from cities around the world...i really must get into London one evening.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I've been saying all along about Amsterdam at night, David. Now that I've been practicing here in Atlanta, when I go back tomorrow and with darkness coming earlier, I'm hoping to get some night shots of the canals, etc. I hope I can get them to turn out okay! Thanks.
Something we maust always be aware of, and the effet it can have on others close by as well. Great colours and scene that many people would probably pass by without think off photographing.
Ginnie Hart: I have wanted to photograph this King and Queen for at least 2 years now, Les, but you have to get off the freeway to do it. When I realized these pink lights would be only for October, and starting tomorrow I'll be in Europe the rest of the month, I was motivated enough to finally do it! Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 8 Oct 2007, 11:00
This is certainly a great idea to draw the people's attention to the problem...as for your picture it's a real pleasure to look at...it's the hour when the city puts on its light jewels to impress all her lovers... Well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your kind words, Lina. I was so glad to finally "do it." I have wanted to take a photo of these two buildings for 2 years now and finally did it!
What a wonderfull image, it makes me think at a chess game... The King and the Queen...

Great innitiative!

Kind regards,
Lu mik spastiek'
Ginnie Hart: Chess game is right, Lu Mik. These two buildings are also called The Chess Set. smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 11:07
Great picture Ginie - the pink really enhances the subtle greens in the night sky. full marks for you recent night photography ;o)

Excellent cause, although all forms of cancer should be benefitting from the funds our governments divert to other causes in our name.
Ginnie Hart: Breast cancer is in Donica's family, so I'm very cognizant of the effects of this devastating disease, Mike. Here in American we are just as cognizant of other forms, like colon and lung cancer. My dad died of lung cancer and was never a smoker a day in his life! Thanks.
very nice night photo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
Stunning night shot Ginnie ! And the pink border works well with the lights !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ferdi. I knew the border had to be pink the second I knew I would post this. smile
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Oct 2007, 12:06
Great night shot Ginnie (and a fantastic way to raise awareness)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so kindly, Scarlet!

BTW, I leave for Amsterdam tomorrow, with my daughter and her girlfriend on the same flight. They will leave for home on Sunday, the 14th, so it's just a quick visit. I will then be in A'dam till the 23rd, so is there a chance to see you the week of the 15th? Just let me know.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Oct 2007, 12:55
Attention to Breast Cancer is drawn in Germany regularly, too, but more by medical and scientific informations, stories of famous women who have been cured, reports in all newsletters and so on. All women are called for regular "Vorsorgeuntersuchung" (provision...) by the gynaecologists through mammography... Thanks for your information! It is really necessary!
Ginnie Hart: It's recommended here in America that women after age 40 get annual mammograms, Philine. So breast cancer awareness is a big thing here. I'm glad to see that it's having attention in other countries as well. Thanks.
What a great way of raising awareness of this cause.

Thanks for posting it Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're more than welcome, Bernie. It touches some of us closer than others, doesn't it! Thanks.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 14:13
thanks for reminding us Ginnie. Its a great shot also - I like the border!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paul. And you're welcome.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 8 Oct 2007, 14:29
This is a very good night shot, Ginnie! No blown highlights, good colors, detail in the dark parts. Did you run it through some soft of noise reduction?
Ginnie Hart: This means a lot from you Martin, since you're the one I'd like to emulate. No noiseware used at all. In the beginning, I actually had the photo a bit darker but I lightened it just a bit to give these two buildings some definition. I did use the highlights and shadows in PS to give more definition and crispness. Thank you kindly.
Fantastic night shot - well done. The pink really stands out. And well done for making us more aware.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ingrid. That means a lot.
  • chris
  • Somewhere south of the border!
  • 8 Oct 2007, 16:10
What a fine way of drawing attention this cause; good work on this shot Ginnie, well done,
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chris. Your words are very kind.
As members of my wife's family have been affected by breast cancer, we are very aware of this terrible illness. Bravo to the companies concerned. And well done to you publicising it with such a good night shot. Nice touch the pink border!
Ginnie Hart: This disease is in Donica's family as well, Bill, so we've been touched by it. When you lose a woman too young to die, you get a shocking wake-up call! Thanks for your kind words.
Thought provoking and important in many ways Ginnie. Keep them coming.richard.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard.
night shot, risky...but its turned out well...thats a brilliant way to really broadcast the message...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Sam!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Oct 2007, 18:52
Ginnie, very nice nightshot! I know how difficult it can be to get to good 'touch' great to have some 'big' attention for BC. Love the pink lettering and frame and to speak with Moi.....lets go PINK, but not only this month!!!! smile
Ginnie Hart: GO PINK EVERY MONTH! Yes, Astrid. That works for me! Thank you so much.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 19:23
super shot Ginnie, welcome to long exposure loveliness. I like the matching border to. Great message in your words. mal
Ginnie Hart: You are definitely one of the SC mentors, Mal. Thanks for your kind support, as always. smile
Fantastic night shot Ginnie ! I like it ! A wonderful city lights ! Those buildings are terrific, so photogenic ! Well done !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Flo. You're a sweetheart!
Lovely tribute Ginnie....and really good night shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bridge!
Nice nightime cityscape. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Oct 2007, 00:22
Excellent nightscape and a very unusual picture to support breast cancer awareness. Unusual way to colour the queen's top pink for the purpose as well.
Ginnie Hart: I'm just glad they decided to do it after all these years. Makes you wonder who came up with the idea and what all was involved in making it happen. Thanks, Louis.
What a great photo of these Atlanta landmarks, Ginnie. You have done well with the night photography!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen, for your support!
Very interresting and a beautiful city shot !
Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, sir!

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