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"A Sermon in Stone"  Historic New England Stonewall
"A Sermon in Stone" Historic New England Stonewall

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Challenge: Rocks, Stones, Pebbles (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Barnstable, MA
Date: Jun 9, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2009

Shot in RAW on a rainy morning

Processed in ACR with considerable curves tweaking in 2 directions to gain luminosity and mid-tone detail enhancement, exported to CS3, thence shadow/highlight to finish the pseudo tone-mapping, and hue/saturation (primarily a red boost and a larger yellow boost) to set the colors.

Adamus sharpening, resized, border, save for web (a lousy 52 quality, sheesh, can't do this stuff at 150 Kb, no way)


There are organizations devoted to preserving our New England stone walls, which are fast disappearing in modern times. They are a big part of our history, and have been tabbed (with a nod to our Puritan forbears) as "sermons in stone". This one's at least 150 years old, maybe older, though it's hard to pin down because of course they tend to fall down every winter with the frost heaves and have to be rebuilt, at least in part, every spring.

Place: 69 out of 147
Avg (all users): 5.3318
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.2542
Avg (non-participants): 5.3613
Views since voting: 1471
Views during voting: 309
Votes: 214
Comments: 6
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06/17/2009 09:35:58 AM
I saw the preaching tree like someone else did. The processing is a little subtle here for you - and I like how this looks! I really loved seeing the stone textures and their varying shades and colors.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2009 11:44:47 AM
great shot of the preaching tree
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06/15/2009 07:03:39 AM
who threw the first rock?8
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06/14/2009 03:13:28 PM
windy title doesnt help this one.
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06/13/2009 09:00:50 AM
That's cool, wish I could see more of the wall.
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06/12/2009 01:24:32 PM
Very nice textures and good lighting!
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