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Unlock The Monastery

By pamelajean
Whilst in Spain, I went on a coach trip to see a Franciscan Monastery in Jumilla, high up in the mountains of Murcia's northern sierras. The guide could not promise us admission, sometimes the monks just don't answer the door. But we were in luck. The church was full of atmosphere, and very small, but beyond it, through a small door, there was a treasure trove of memorabilia collected by the monks over many years during their travels, called the Museo Jeronimo Molina. Room after dingy room revealed delights of bygone years. These rusty old keys were against a wall. I haven't replaced the background, this is the way it was, complete with its own grot and texture.
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Tags: Spain Museum Monastery Keys Flash and lighting Jumilla

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saltireblue Plus
7 7.8k 33 Norway
4 Jul 2011 6:21PM
I think the key to this image is the detail, especially in v2, however I love the old bits of wall and wallpaper (?) with nail heads in v1. Fabulous textures which would make a great texture layerSmile


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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Jul 2011 6:30PM
I bet those keys unlock some magnificent doors somewhere in the monastery, Pamela, it must have been a wonderful visit. I'm sure it gave you some excellent photo opportunities, unless the monastery was like most here, no photography allowed. Carol
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2011 7:13PM
I just love gritty rusty shots!

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2011 7:15PM
v1 for me Pamela - fabulous textured background Smile
great texturing in ths frame- nice work
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
4 Jul 2011 7:20PM
Lovely textures

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
4 Jul 2011 7:22PM
V1 for me, love the textured wall as much as the rusty keys..........Sandy
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2011 8:37PM
V1 - just perfect. And it tells so much about the place as a whole with just a few details, I love images that do that.
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2011 10:13PM
just lost myself in the patterns in the background.. brilliant, keypit up
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
4 Jul 2011 10:14PM
You were right to leave the background natural as it shows the old rusty keys off perfectly. - gary
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Jul 2011 11:11PM
I see plenty rusty padlocks Pamela, and often wonder what the keys would look like.
Good to see this collection here,and I bet everyone still has it use !!
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
5 Jul 2011 7:59AM
Well observed and captured.

Ray42 9 3 England
5 Jul 2011 9:08AM

Quote:V1 - just perfect...
- I quite agree - caught the textures on the keys and wall well - intrigued as to why there are a couple of Yale keys amongst them!!Wink
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2011 2:26PM
Sounds like a right treasure trove of artifactsGrin

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
5 Jul 2011 3:05PM
A great set of rusty keys, Pamela, well seen and captured - definitely V2 for me Wink
Trev Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2011 4:09PM
What an image ... gives me lots to think about .. Love the mystery of keys
lobski 6 2 1 Philippines
5 Jul 2011 4:45PM
very creative shots and superb detail and texture!

Fred Grin
xwang 8 56 8
5 Jul 2011 5:40PM
Excellent capture, I think that I prefer V1. I like the contrast of the colours, and the light gives it a boost as well.. Believe it or not, I'm still using one of the 'looks like'...Grin
BTW,thank you very much for your kind comments, I've learned a great deal from youWink
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
5 Jul 2011 8:23PM
Superb detail in the keys Pamela. I go for V1 - I like the space and the textures and patterns make for a great background.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
5 Jul 2011 8:40PM
The grot and the texture add so much to this shot - nothing is as wonderful as the found still life.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2011 9:49PM
really well captured and interesting shot of the keys and the textures, they make a lovely image, most would not notice and photograph this small detail

crookymonsta Plus
10 835 10 England
6 Jul 2011 10:32AM
Both work equally well for me Pamela, the colours and textures are glorious.
JustDucky 7 8 Canada
7 Jul 2011 2:22PM
great textures and light Pamela, superb set - V2 for meSmile
Suehh 11 39 6 England
7 Jul 2011 9:52PM
How wonderful you saw this with your "photographer's" eye Pamela - most folks would have not taken a jot of notice. What history must be held in those keys. Lovely light and tones - I prefer the whole of V1 - it just settles with my eyes better - wonderful capture.

And the only thing I have in common with the monks is that sometimes I don't answer the door either but..shh! don't tell anyone..
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
8 Jul 2011 12:29AM
Definately a bg for mr Bee,Thought it was Florida that had the keysTongue
PhillipMinnis 7 94 4 Australia
8 Jul 2011 4:48AM
A well-spotted and captured image, Pamela! Wonderful shapes, textures and light! Nice one!


Maiwand 11 3 73 England
8 Jul 2011 3:19PM
Why do I never see shots like this ?? A great capture. Well spotted.
snappersue 9 11 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2011 6:52PM
V2 I like the better....hides all that grot etc lol Grin
17 Jul 2011 12:15PM
I love the colors and textures of this shot - well seen. I think I would have cropped square. A
User_Removed 11 407 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2011 10:38AM
Great image, like this a lot

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