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  #124 Monochrome (Gray Scale or Toned)
Entry 19 of 40
   
 
Memorial Carving       ©2013 mrsawyer
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       19th place, 52 points
1/200s, f5, ISO 100, 134mm, Normal Program, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Adjusted in ACR - exposure, blacks, recovery, brightness, clarity, saturation

PSE- resized
      Extra Info: This memorial is carved into the side of a monadnock. The entire carved surface measures 3 acres (12,000 m2), about the size of two and a quarter US football fields. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet (120 m) above the ground, measures 90 feet (27 m) by 190 feet (58 m), and is recessed 42 feet (13 m) into the mountain. The deepest part of any figure in the carving is 12 feet (3.7 m) from the mountain's surface.
It is said that at a 1924 unveiling, breakfast was served for guests on the center figure's shoulder!
 
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tvsometime
Mar 11, 2013
    Incredible bit of carving and this image shows it better than anything I found on line. According to the stonemountainpark.com website, it wasn't completed until 1972, although your breakfast story may relate to the first version of Robert E Lee which was all that had been done in 1924 by the originally contracted carver, Gutzon Borglum, who left the project in 1925. His work was destroyed by the next carver, Augustus Lukeman. Borglum later did the Mt Rushmore carvings.

johncomyn
Mar 11, 2013
    That's quite the impressive carving, almost seems unreal. Would have been nice if you got some sense of scale.

mrsawyer
Mar 11, 2013
    Thanks all for the comments/critique!

Jade O. - I guess if it's big enough, it is OK! (There are signs now prohibiting carving initials and such.)

Mepo - Glad the extra info helped. (Someone recently proposed hiding the extra info during voting.)

Forkcandles - The man you thought looked like Abe Lincoln was his Civil War enemy, the president of the Confederacy!

Lo - I am flattered!
Edited on Mar 11, 2013

Lo
Mar 10, 2013
    This carving is absolutely incredible. I looked it up on the internet and was amazed that I had never heard of it before. The photo you have taken far surpasses anything I saw on the internet. The monochrome treatment really gives it presence.

forkcandles
Mar 9, 2013
    the information adds to the picture as there is nothing to indicate size. look like daniel day lewis in guise of Abraham LIncoln sat for the carvers

SpecialGuestJudge
Mar 9, 2013
    First Impression - 3/5
Contrast - 4/5
Composition - 3/5
Tone / Texture - 3/5

Wow, this mush have been a difficult image to capture. Great contrast.

Mepo
Mar 8, 2013
    Thanks for the extra info. It's impossible to appreciated the scale of this but you have presented it well. Will have to see it in person.

Jade O.
Mar 8, 2013
    Impressive in scale, I sense none of that from the image itself and dislike the scarring of natural landscapes. Nicely finished and otherwise well presented.

mrsawyer
Mar 7, 2013
    Thanks LaRee! The carving is on the side of Stone Mountain in the state of Georgia. The three men depicted are Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. I live only a mile and a half from this, so I often take it for granite!

LaRee
Mar 7, 2013
    This is awesome. I like the way you converted it. I would love to visit this. Where is it located? It must be famous but I don't know of it.
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