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The National Shrine (in Old Sepia)

The National Shrine (in Old Sepia)
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Copyright: Karen Beall (kbeall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-04-01
Categories: Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Old Building, Friday theme 2008/02/29 "Old Building Sepia" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-02 18:45
Viewed: 2330
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception--read about it here, if you wish. The day I took this shot I was not a tourist but a daughter, remembering a much earlier trip with my father. That earlier time my dad had taken me to visit his mother, and we stopped here at the National Shrine to see the Christmas decorations, which made a nice backdrop as my dad told me about his catholic upbringing. But the day I took this shot it was Palm Sunday, and I had just left the hospital where my father had passed away.

I hated to lose the blue color in the dome, but I wanted to contribute to the sepia theme this week. I applied a gradient filter to the sky, which was completely blown out.

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  • Noslo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 70 N: 117] (920)
  • [2008-03-02 20:53]

Well done Karen! The sepia treatment here really worked well for this subject.

Hello Karen,
Good point of view and well framed!
Excellent details have been captured in the old architecture...
A pleasant composition with a dynamic feeling!
Pablo -

Beautiful composition.
And good PP work for the sepia.
well done

Nice tones & image.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-03-03 6:12]

Hi Karen...
- It's just amazing shot in sepia!
- It's a great job in any way...
- It's well done, well presented...
Bravo, George

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition, nice tones.


Hello Karen
Good work on this one..
The photo shows nice sharp detailsand the sort of Chapel deserves a posting on it self.
Thanks and have a good day

Greetings from Holland

Hello Karen,

This is really great quility, well presented and excllent details very well done

TFS Kyle

A lovely tone Karen, well composed and the detail impressive. A very similar circular stained glass window to mine. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Holy Trinity - old building sepia’

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-03-06 13:25]
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Hello Karen,
Your heart touching notes really add a feel to this photograph.. I am happy you shared it with us... I do like the tones you created! perfect shot for any day!


Hi Karen,

Impressive Basilica, very good sepia tone conversion and excellent composition.
well done,
P.S. Off to Georgia again see you by the end of the month.

hi Karen

great shot!
good POV,
good details

beatuticful compo in sepia!


Great POV, Karen, and a sharp, clear result that works well with the sepia. An apt choice, by the way, with that sky exposure to battle. A place of poignant memories, well-presented.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2008-03-17 12:58]

Hi Karen

This really is a stunning building and the sepia treatment helps bring out the details and textures. Excellent sharp shot



Hi Karen,
Well done, crisp images, great pov and the sepia treatment adds to the photo. It really looks like an old photo.
My sympathy and prayers are with you, sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad.

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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-03-22 13:30]

Hello Karen,
It's wonderful. Very good sepia. Beautiful Basilica. Very good POV and sharp photo. Great work. Congrat.
Happy Easter to you and Family.
Regards Zsú

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