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Callanish standing stones

By AnnChown
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

Tags: Scotland Architecture Standing stones Lewis Landscape and travel Outer hebrides

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Comments


26 Oct 2011 8:19AM
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 9 3 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 8:21AM
Superb shot Ann, I love the pov and composition, and that sky is awesome, interesting write up too.

Hugh
hobbo Plus
5 961 2 England
26 Oct 2011 8:29AM
A wonderful capture and fantastic processing.........................a shot with great mood, texture and tone:

Hobbo
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
26 Oct 2011 8:30AM
Great capture and it works so well in black and white,
saeid
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 8:40AM
A super mono image - very dramatic
Helen
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
26 Oct 2011 8:51AM
It works really well in mono.

Ken

ps, interesting write up to go with it.
paulknight 6 2 7 New Zealand
26 Oct 2011 8:53AM
Marvelous image! What a great sky to add to the atmosphere.
26 Oct 2011 9:00AM
Superb image. You were very lucky to get such a great sky and the image is perfect for monochrome. Great work.
CaroleS Plus
6 415 3 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 9:13AM
A very dramatic image in mono Ann! Carole
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
26 Oct 2011 9:17AM
Superb and classic black 'n white image with an amazing sky.

Albert
marktc 5 85 14 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 9:22AM
Absolute stunner Ann... Sorry didn't mail you back lat night, but struggled a bit for time.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
26 Oct 2011 9:27AM
Good pov for a strong arrangement, and lovely tones and textures. The sky looks great, making for a dramatic image.
Dave
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
26 Oct 2011 9:59AM
Works well in mono especially with that sky
Mike_Young 9 12 9 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 10:10AM
A very strong mono image that suits the subject really well
marktc 5 85 14 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 10:51AM
Featured Photo too at the mo!
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
26 Oct 2011 11:31AM
This gives it all the reverence it deserves. What ever it's use might have been, it's definitely spiritual.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
26 Oct 2011 12:08PM
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.
danbrann Plus
11 616 17
26 Oct 2011 1:12PM
Well suited to mono Ann and what a good conversion. Pleased to be no30.
posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 1:30PM
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
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 2:14PM
Oh Yes, quite agree this is outstanding due to the mono
wonderful capture Ann and so well worked
Lillian
AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 2:20PM
Special thanks today to Mikbee and posty57 for their insights into this age old mystery! A smiley face each for your efforts! SmileSmile
Ann
gobby 12 56 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 3:30PM
Cracking shot, very moody.
fraser 12 631 14 Scotland
26 Oct 2011 5:28PM
Very dramatic Ann, I like it!

Fraser
jonwebber 8 4 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 5:38PM
Mono for certain. A great reminder of a place I had forgotten.
jon
26 Oct 2011 6:18PM
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
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
26 Oct 2011 7:00PM
An interesting image that seems to work well in color--
JustDucky 5 8 Canada
26 Oct 2011 8:26PM
very dramatic sky Ann, strong mono image
Tammy
corfs 9 11 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2011 8:36PM
A lovely 'strong' image. Perfect for Mono
Caroline
Anjantoo 8 7 1 England
26 Oct 2011 8:46PM
I think the mono is perfect for this capture. I think these standing stone formations are amazing, why and how were they made?
Jann
xxx
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
26 Oct 2011 8:57PM
A good composition Ann - mono looks the way to go.
You have some strong shadows - might be worth lifting the light a little.
Brian.
27 Oct 2011 12:56AM
A great mono image and works really well, but agree I might lift the light just a tad, but so effective..Jo
Anna62 5 1 Australia
27 Oct 2011 12:17PM
Its the sky that really makes this image Ann..very dramatic. It works very well in mono Smile
ugly Plus
8 5 57 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2011 1:02PM
Great image...
Love the tones and contrast...
Magical in mono..
Dave
Dave87 9 42 5 England
27 Oct 2011 7:07PM
Excellent choice of mono. The dramatic sky and lighting brings out the best.

Dave.
AshTree 6 1.7k 6 England
28 Oct 2011 10:36PM
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
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
29 Oct 2011 10:48PM
Works superbly well as a mono. They always remind me of a group of elders in deep discussion!

Ann
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2011 10:33AM
An excellent mono!
Carol
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2011 5:24PM
This is a dramatic and beautiful image Ann with excellent mono tones.

Phil.

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