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Old Jun 1 2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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for week 24, starting June 8th
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Old Jun 8 2009, 09:41 AM   #2
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After much debate between pictures, I went with this one of a wall in the Holocaust Musuem in Washington DC. Not a cheery place to visit, but then it shouldn't be.
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Something that goes towards reconciliation between the Japanese and Australians:

Japanese Gardens, Cowra, NSW, Australia:

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Wow, spacedog... you may want to re-size that one!



Here's my contribution for this week - a shot from last summer of the Eiffel Tower.
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Here's my contribution. A photograph of a monument somwhere in Irish Connemara:

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Hans, that's terrific

Here is my contribution:

It's the Commando Monument near Spean Bridge in Scotland, photographed on the way back from a trip to the Isle of Skye in 2007.

Spacedog, your picture has disappeared. I think you need to recreate the link to it.
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I will have to find it for him and perhaps photobucket it as he's asleep due to nightshift. I'll attempt it for you when I get home tonight, otherwise if someone beats me to the punch, please go for it.
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This monumental and beautifully sculptured artwork, *The Unbeatable Ship* is in commemoration of the distinguished service of the cruiser U.S.S. San Diego and her crew. It sits looking out to the bay and all the ships that come and go today, in the San Diego harbor.
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I like how you have your hand on a wave, Maelin
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Old Jun 9 2009, 11:28 AM   #10
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Okay, Spacedog gives his appologies for the minor stuff-up (mine was that I picked the wrong photo, apparently it was the wrong angle ) but hopefully we've fixed it:

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This American Sherman tank is at Torcross in Devon (sometimes refered to as being at Slapton Sands) which is where the tank crews rehearsed for D-day.

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Old Jun 10 2009, 12:28 AM   #12
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Hans...you know me I have a hard time keeping my hands
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Peter...is that a real tank park in place...or a sculpture of
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Lady M: it's a real one, not even a replica. Last time I visited the guide even told us its service history (which I've totally forgotten).
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Old Jun 11 2009, 01:39 AM   #14
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Thanks Peter...we have one of the big guns, that got left over from WWII ...that is used as memorials outside of the Veterans of Foreign Wars [the VFW here]meeting hall in our town. I do wish it was a sculpture instead of a real one...it's horrifying to be reminded about it's real use.
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My contribution. . .



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Old Jun 11 2009, 03:51 AM   #16
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Very nice, Weyrlady, that brings back great memories for me!
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After much debate between pictures, I went with this one of a wall in the Holocaust Musuem in Washington DC. Not a cheery place to visit, but then it shouldn't be.
Thanks for the picture. Because of recent events, it has become much more meaningful.

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The firefighter's memorial in Albany. The crew from Albacon that I took around that Friday morning may remember it.
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GH, don't quote pictures, please?
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AnnMarie...what a fantastic sculpture...and a wonderful monument to Firefighter's everywhere.
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AnnMarie...what a fantastic sculpture...and a wonderful monument to Firefighter's everywhere.
Isn't it? ANd the wall behind it is a list of firefighters who died in the service of their communities.
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AnnMarie...It's such a shame that their are so very many brave names on those lists.
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I found it fascinating to see different monuments from all over the world, and to all sorts of different events. Awesome job, all!!
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You have to hand it to the Irish to erect a monument to absolutely nothing! Thanks for sharing that one with us, Hans.
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I like the whole set of photos that were posted, there was a good range of types of monuments. My favorites of the set are Kath's of the Eiffle Tower (which also caught my husband's eye as he walked by; it's exactly the sort of picture he would take), Hans' picture for it's whimsy, and Weyrlady's Monument Valley because geology rocks!
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Thanks Cheryl!

These are the three I liked best:

Hans, I do like yours, for the same reasons as Cheryl. Not only is it a striking, taking-itself-seriously sculpture, but it's totally not taking itself seriously at the same time. I think I'd have liked the combination of sculpture/background more if you'd pulled a little further away... but then I wouldn't have been able to read the plaque, so that wouldn't really have worked at all.

Steven, your shot is fantastic - that's a lovely dramatic sky behind the memorial, and it's so well lit.

Weyrlady - very nice! I'd love to visit that part of the US one day. It's a great shot.
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Kath, it is indeed a cropped picture. As you realised the joke wouldn't work if you can't read the plaque, which isn't that large, a fact that add to the joke as you need to go up to it to read what it says.
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Thank Kath. I was lucky with the dramatic sky and the lighting - the weather just did that. The difficult thing was waiting for all the coach loads of tourists to get out of the way.

I really like your dramatic Eiffel Tower picture too. It makes for a much more dramatic shot than the standard picture with the whole tower filling the frame.
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Er, so did I when I was last there. But you came away with that dramatic shot as well.

Hans, Perhaps we could arrange for the photograph to zoom in whenever someone hovers the mouse over the plaque, so the picture reveals the joke in the same way as the original.
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I liked Weyrlady's because she thought out of the box. I was toying with one or two ideas and then I saw Lady M's and reacted.

The one I wanted to post I don't have yet. It's a memorial in Shojiji, in Japan and my great-grandfather's on it.
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Thanks, all! I was trying to look at the theme a little differently. . . That is actually Yeibichie (sp?) Rock, in Monument Valley. Yeibichei are personifications of gods in the Navajo ceremonials. They dance at the Navajo healing ceremonials; hence the monument to them.

I really likmed the angle on yours, Kath, and as a fan of firefighters (both structural and wildland) yours was awesome, AnnMarie!
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Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming

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This is the Monument Valley picture I was considering submitting when this topic first started:
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That's a great photo, Steven. It has great depth of field. I also have pictures of that particular rock and the others in the vicinity.

Pam, you make beautiful pictures. No wonder with your often fantastic travels, but you really should (consider to) take some of them through a photo editing program. The, in essence great, picture you posted doesn't do the Devil's Tower much justice. It looks like a grey film lies over the photo. A simple photoshop auto colour-auto contrast and a little bit more colour intesity and luminosity gives this:



a huge improvement for the blue sky, clouds and yellow flower that make this picture IMHO. This was just something quick because I do see room for even more improvement.
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Hans, yes mine's the traditional tourist shot of Monument Valley, compared with Weylady's more creative photo of the totem pole and monument to the Yei Bi Chei. I try to take landscape photos with as small an aperture as possible, and Arizona has so much natural light it lets me do that.

I like Pam's photo as well - very dramatic; and even more so after the colour and contrast correction.
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Hans, I could edit, but I'm just too lazy. I'm lucky if I get them cropped
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Well, if you post here (in this thread) I really think you should get the maximum out of your photo You photo's are wonderful and it just seems a shame not getting the best out of them
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Hans, I could edit, but I'm just too lazy.
And devious. If you post a picture here Hans will edit it for you.

Seriously though, do you have any photo editing software? Before I took the plunge and purchased Photoshop I used to use the Nikon software which came with my camera. After downloading the photographs from the camera, I used to select the whole lot and press the "auto correct" button; then walk away and leave the computer to itself for a hour or so. It made a big improvement to about 90% of the photos (ok, it did occasionally do some bizarre things to one or two pictures, but for those I reloaded the originals from the camera). That's the quick way to do it.

Now I spend hours in front of Photoshop wondering which parameter to tweak next. (Don't ask Lanen whether that is a big improvement. )
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