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The Oak Chapel
The Oak Chapel
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Challenge: Urban Nature (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L MF
Date: Mar 13, 2011
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100 sec
Galleries: Nature, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 13, 2011

This Oak Tree is located in France, in a Normandie's town called "Allouville-Bellefosse". It is one of the oldest tree in the country, with around 1200 years. Its hollow trunk hosts two chapels, which were built there in 1669: Notre Dame de la Paix ("Our Lady of Peace") and the Chambre de l'Ermite ("Hermit's room"). A spiral staircase around the trunk provides access to the chapels.

As for the photo itself, I do agree that an obvious crop would not include the right wall, nor the left house. However, I wanted to meet the challenge the best I could, and wanted to show some urban related things, hence this angle. As for the distortion, the shot was made with a tilt-shift lens, which is supposedly used to *correct* parallelism problems... but I actually had fun using it the other way: I liked the special atmosphere it gave to the location. It is quite a fun piece of gear!

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Post challenge edit:
Thanks all for the great comments and votes!
In all honesty, I would probably never have found this place if it wasn't for DPC: I love how these challenges open your mind and knowledge to new things.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 105
Avg (all users): 6.7987
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.4098
Avg (non-participants): 7.0408
Views since voting: 3424
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 159
Comments: 37
Favorites: 11 (view)


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07/04/2011 03:23:03 PM
Interesting, but phallic as all hell.
03/23/2011 02:47:41 PM
This is a truly fantastic location, evoking all kinds of creative thought. Thank you so much for sharing this and the location. If I ever make it to France, this will definitely be a stop for me.

Message edited by author 2011-03-23 14:47:55.
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03/22/2011 01:17:50 AM
trees are awesome.
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03/21/2011 10:56:15 PM
What a fun image and story!
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03/21/2011 08:06:57 AM
Very cool stuff indeed. The composition and distorted shift you used works so well for this shot.
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03/21/2011 06:51:20 AM
Awesome! Congrats on the HM. Face it -- everything you touch becomes gold. :D
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03/21/2011 03:54:59 AM
What a strange place! The skewed perspective and desaturation work well. Congrats on the HM.
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03/21/2011 12:50:38 AM
I kind of thought this might be yours :-) Congrats on HM!
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03/21/2011 12:25:25 AM
How incredibly quirky. And as 21.gif bvy said, funky. Congrats on your HM, Christophe.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/20/2011 11:04:51 PM
What an interesting story (I searched on the web to find out more about this tree.) You've captured the textures well.
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03/20/2011 07:17:41 PM
Wow! Straight out of a fairytale.
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03/20/2011 11:04:33 AM
love it
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03/20/2011 09:53:10 AM
That's unreal!
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03/19/2011 06:10:28 PM
This looks like something out of a twisted novel or painting. Wonderful!! Fully expect to see this on the front page! Wish there was a tighter crop though...the slanty building on the right is very distracting. Nonetheless, a 7 from me.
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03/18/2011 06:42:07 AM
I think it would have been better without the bench and with the correction of the lines, but in any case for me it's an 8
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03/18/2011 12:18:59 AM
I imagine this was a tricky thing to shoot. Visually, I don't know how much I like how prominently the building on the right factors into things, but I know if you got much closer to the subject it would lose a lot of sense of what it was.
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03/18/2011 12:12:49 AM
Wow! What a great subject for this challenge!
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03/17/2011 09:54:05 PM
This is an amazing chapel with an equally interesting history. Nicely captured as well.
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03/17/2011 05:09:40 PM
A funky scene enhanced by the funkiness of the wide angle lens. It's a funky word, funky. I don't mean to overuse it. Great shot.
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03/17/2011 02:24:03 PM
Where was this when we had the Bizzarchitecture challenge!?
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03/17/2011 01:12:17 AM
Congrats on your Blue! Amazing structure
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03/16/2011 10:00:46 PM
Well that's different!
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03/16/2011 04:56:11 PM
This better get first place.. or ima be P.I.S.S.E.D.!
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03/16/2011 12:23:43 PM
wow, that is so cool - and your image is nice too ;-)
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03/15/2011 10:26:28 PM
Interesting find and good fit for the challenge
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03/15/2011 08:07:19 PM
That's a supremely cool "building."
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03/15/2011 06:51:20 PM
Great Photo,I think this one will be getting a ribbon..
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03/15/2011 12:41:27 PM
That is amazing! Great shot of a great subject
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03/15/2011 12:35:54 PM
Interesting place.
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03/15/2011 07:45:36 AM
interesting.Im mising some more drama in the sky..
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03/14/2011 09:36:56 PM
This is the most fascinating thing I have seen in a long time 10
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03/14/2011 06:46:42 PM
What a great uh thing! =) I'd love to know more about this building. I think a tighter crop would give me more info as well.
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03/14/2011 04:51:31 PM
That is the coolest *building?* I have ever seen. Where is this?
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03/14/2011 10:27:48 AM
Cool building
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03/14/2011 10:16:23 AM
weird & wonderful tree, maybe the composition could have been slightly better, still a nice photo, is it in France ?.
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03/14/2011 01:14:29 AM
What - amazing, good find, top 5.
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03/14/2011 12:44:56 AM
About time this place showed up in a DPC Challenge :-)
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