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Stormy Skies at Belmont

Stormy Skies at Belmont
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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: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Nature, Architecture, Event
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos by K.W. Beall [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-04 5:10
Viewed: 2244
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Recently my husband and I attended a retirement dinner for Dr. Judith A. Crissman, one of my former chemistry professors at Mary Washington College, now University of Mary Washington. The combination retirement/centennial celebration dinner was held at Belmont, the 26-acre estate and home of American artist Gari Melchers from 1916-1932. The skies were darkening a bit, threatening rain, but the evening remained unspoiled. At the left of the shot, I was surprised to have captured Dr. Crissman arriving for her event.

PP Work--just bumped the contrast enough to bring out the darkening sky, using the figure on the left as a guide, so as not to have it melt into its surroundings.

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Hi Karen
Beautiful composition,beautiful place,nice atmosfera,congratulation.
Best regards,

Hi Karen,

All I can say is "wow"!! Talk about getting all of the elements in a photo. The estate is very beautiful. You have captured it very nicely with the flowers in the foreground, the darkening sky, and having her arriving at the event, is just the icing on the (retirement)cake! :D

She would probably love a copy of this one! I know I would.

Thanks for sharing this milestone of her life.


hi Karen
a very good shot of the house facade. lovely tulips at frontground. splendid colors.
well composed. nicely framed.

Beautiful capture.
Excellent sharpness, composition and details.
That is one beautiful house.

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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 11 N: 211] (3730)
  • [2008-05-04 23:53]

hi karen;
tulips' dark colors and the mansion's white made a grat contrast..soft tones are amazing.tfs.

Hello Karen,

I like very much the foreground with these beautiful yellow tulips!
I like very much the house and its colors!
I like very much the gray sky!
What a beautiful photograph!
Very well done and framed!
Congratulations and TFS,

on monday

Hello Karen,

I like this pOV alot well composed and captured photo excllent details very well presented photo

TFS Kyle

Hello Karen,
Beautiful pov and colors in this photo.
Very nice details. TFS

A lovely residence Karen and the surrounds look very pleasant. Excellent PP work to bring out the clods and tyhe colours in the tulips. Well composed adn lovely detail. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Four Repetitions’

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-05-18 8:04]

Hi Karen...

Wonderful capture and note - lovely scene, beautiful colors!
It's a great job!

Hello Karen,
I wouldn't seen her unless you told me!
But then the tulips are the eye-catchers before my eyes go to the fine piece of architecture...
A well balanced composition with sharp fine details!
Pablo -

Holy jiggers
Hi Karen .. what a pleasure to see your new photo!
And.. TULIPOS in front :-)
A well taken and well balanced shot with excellent sharpness
A pleasure


Lots of things to like in this one, Karen: the foreground tulips, the contrast of the darkening skies, the path, the well-conveyed sense of scale and form. This will be a fine keepsake for both you and your esteemed prof to commemorate this night.


Hi Karen
Excellent composition , good perspective.
beautiful place and beautiful firing..Well done.TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2008-05-25 13:57]

Hi Karen

Nicely composed scebe with the lovely FG details of the flowers. The exposure is good as well and the sky adds interest. Very nice



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