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The Callanish standing stones (on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides) are about 5000 years old. Theories as to the meaning and purpose of the stones abound - many believe they were used in rituals relating to the moon, stars and the position of the distant hills. There are at least a dozen sites of interest around Callanish but this is the most impressive. The main stone complex contains about 50 stones in a cross-shaped setting and the inner circle (here) comprises 13 stones, the tallest of which is 4 metres high and a small chambered cairn.
Thank you for looking in and for your time - comments and criticisms are always welcome. I've convered to b&w with Lightroom preset B&W Creative Look 1 (with a few tweaks) as I think the image lends itself to this treatment more than colour.
Ann

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 17-70 mm Macro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Callanish standing stones
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:26 Oct 2011 - 8:16 AM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel, Lewis, Outer hebrides, Scotland, Standing stones
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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 8:19 AM

I would love to see these. Thanks for your write up.
And I agree with you ....mono is a must here for me

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 8:21 AM

Superb shot Ann, I love the pov and composition, and that sky is awesome, interesting write up too.

Hugh

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hobbo
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26 Oct 2011 - 8:29 AM

A wonderful capture and fantastic processing.........................a shot with great mood, texture and tone:

Hobbo

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 8:30 AM

Great capture and it works so well in black and white,
saeid

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 8:40 AM

A super mono image - very dramatic
Helen

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franken
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26 Oct 2011 - 8:51 AM

It works really well in mono.

Ken

ps, interesting write up to go with it.

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paulknight
26 Oct 2011 - 8:53 AM

Marvelous image! What a great sky to add to the atmosphere.

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bryan26
bryan26  4 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 - 9:00 AM

Superb image. You were very lucky to get such a great sky and the image is perfect for monochrome. Great work.

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CaroleS
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26 Oct 2011 - 9:13 AM

A very dramatic image in mono Ann! Carole

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 9:17 AM

Superb and classic black 'n white image with an amazing sky.

Albert

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 9:22 AM

Absolute stunner Ann... Sorry didn't mail you back lat night, but struggled a bit for time.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41033 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 9:27 AM

Good pov for a strong arrangement, and lovely tones and textures. The sky looks great, making for a dramatic image.
Dave

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 9:59 AM

Works well in mono especially with that sky

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Mike_Young
26 Oct 2011 - 10:10 AM

A very strong mono image that suits the subject really well

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 10:51 AM

Featured Photo too at the mo!

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 11:31 AM

This gives it all the reverence it deserves. What ever it's use might have been, it's definitely spiritual.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 12:08 PM

The mono gives it a more dramatic look Ann.
My own theory about all these standing stones sites,
is that whenever the shadows were in a certain position,
it was time to do whatever it was they did !!
Mick.

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 1:12 PM

Well suited to mono Ann and what a good conversion. Pleased to be no30.

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 1:30 PM

Wonderful photo Ann, but I think the stones were the start of a rock garden, but they either ran out of money, or someone nicked the rest and took them to Wiltshire. Wink
Well done you.

Barry

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Lillian
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26 Oct 2011 - 2:14 PM

Oh Yes, quite agree this is outstanding due to the mono
wonderful capture Ann and so well worked
Lillian

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 2:20 PM

Special thanks today to Mikbee and posty57 for their insights into this age old mystery! A smiley face each for your efforts! SmileSmile
Ann

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gobby
gobby  1055 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 - 3:30 PM

Cracking shot, very moody.

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fraser
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26 Oct 2011 - 5:28 PM

Very dramatic Ann, I like it!

Fraser

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 5:38 PM

Mono for certain. A great reminder of a place I had forgotten.
jon

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lifesnapper
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26 Oct 2011 - 6:18 PM

I love the ancient standing stones Ann, and this is a VERY lovely picture of this wonderful circle.
The mono's brilliant too, such a great image.

John Smile

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taggart
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26 Oct 2011 - 7:00 PM

An interesting image that seems to work well in color--

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JustDucky
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26 Oct 2011 - 8:26 PM

very dramatic sky Ann, strong mono image
Tammy

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26 Oct 2011 - 8:36 PM

A lovely 'strong' image. Perfect for Mono
Caroline

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Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2011 - 8:46 PM

I think the mono is perfect for this capture. I think these standing stone formations are amazing, why and how were they made?
Jann
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bricurtis
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26 Oct 2011 - 8:57 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A good composition Ann - mono looks the way to go.
You have some strong shadows - might be worth lifting the light a little.
Brian.

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Joeblowfromoz
27 Oct 2011 - 12:56 AM

A great mono image and works really well, but agree I might lift the light just a tad, but so effective..Jo

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Anna62
Anna62  3 Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2011 - 12:17 PM

Its the sky that really makes this image Ann..very dramatic. It works very well in mono Smile

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ugly
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27 Oct 2011 - 1:02 PM

Great image...
Love the tones and contrast...
Magical in mono..
Dave

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Dave87
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27 Oct 2011 - 7:07 PM

Excellent choice of mono. The dramatic sky and lighting brings out the best.

Dave.

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AshTree
AshTree  41702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2011 - 10:36 PM

Stunning image, Ann, and an interesting write-up. I would love to be able to visit these islands, but if not then it's good to be able to share in your experiences Smile.
Theresa

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29 Oct 2011 - 10:48 PM

Works superbly well as a mono. They always remind me of a group of elders in deep discussion!

Ann

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gingerdelight
31 Oct 2011 - 10:33 AM

An excellent mono!
Carol

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viscostatic
31 Oct 2011 - 5:24 PM

This is a dramatic and beautiful image Ann with excellent mono tones.

Phil.

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