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Challenge: Image Grain II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Places
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Laurel Grove Baptist Church, Franconia, VA
Date: Mar 7, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2007

This church actually burned 3 or 4 years ago ... maybe more. It was around 120 years old and had been founded by freed slaves in the 1800s, whose descendants were still worshipping there at the time of the accidental fire. They have not yet raised enough money to rebuild. The ruins are open to the sky and looked especially poignant in the snow. Hopefully it's not too blatantly obvious I was shooting through a chainlink fence. Might have been less obvious with a longer zoom but I didn't have one with me.

PP - rotated slightly, cropped, added a little monochrome noise, increased contrast and lowered curve in increments, USM several times, resized, sharpened again

Place: 40 out of 399
Avg (all users): 6.1726
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
Avg (participants): 5.7719
Avg (non-participants): 6.7229
Views since voting: 1344
Views during voting: 286
Votes: 197
Comments: 15
Favorites: 8 (view)

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06/16/2007 01:20:03 AM
Very touching scene, and nice title to go with it. The snow is an excellent touch, too.
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05/09/2007 11:51:46 PM
Amazing collection of elements (!) to set an interpret what you will scene. The story is poignant.
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03/25/2007 02:45:10 PM
very cool shot! the snow really adds a lot to the scene. nice work!
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03/25/2007 11:52:05 AM
nice one!
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03/25/2007 11:38:00 AM
Fabulous shot. You did a great job on this. I think everything about is very good.
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03/21/2007 10:15:41 AM
Mary, this is an AMAZING PHOTO! AMAZING! I love everything about it. The ruins. The snow. The grain! What excellent photography. I'm disappointed that it only scored 6.17 -- that's a good score -- but not nearly as good as this one deserves!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/19/2007 06:28:46 PM
i really like this photo a great deal - the snow (i assome) is quite poignant 7
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03/18/2007 11:42:32 PM
Okay... whoah! This is an absolutely brilliant image. Please tell me that the snow is real and not an added effect. Coming back to bump this up now that the image has been validated. You have a great eye. Graining is subtle, but effective and enhances the mood. - 10
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03/18/2007 11:20:29 PM
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03/17/2007 02:42:33 PM
great photo. where's the grain?
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03/16/2007 10:52:41 PM
I'm bumping from a 9 to a 10. This is simply sublime.
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03/15/2007 02:46:29 PM
thanks for that
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03/15/2007 06:49:19 AM
Nice picture put wher is the GRAIN???????
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03/15/2007 02:23:58 AM
Very hard to pick out the grain...5
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03/14/2007 08:38:11 PM
I love the shot. Wish I could see some noise. Can't go higher than 6.
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