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Stonehenge

That Saturday (February 24) when we were in London, Donica and I signed up for an all-day excursion that took us to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath.  IT WAS FABULOUS. 

Our time at Stonehenge was only 30 minutes in cold, windy rain.  Knowing my umbrella would blow inside out, I held my coat up over my head and snapped away as I circled the stones.  I have purposely left people in this pic so that you can get the feel for how huge these stones are.  Some are over 40 tons and the highest is 24 feet (7.3m).

This pic is so similar to one Monika posted last Friday, that I decided to add a PhotoShop watercolor filter to make it just a tad different.



Stonehenge

That Saturday (February 24) when we were in London, Donica and I signed up for an all-day excursion that took us to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath.  IT WAS FABULOUS. 

Our time at Stonehenge was only 30 minutes in cold, windy rain.  Knowing my umbrella would blow inside out, I held my coat up over my head and snapped away as I circled the stones.  I have purposely left people in this pic so that you can get the feel for how huge these stones are.  Some are over 40 tons and the highest is 24 feet (7.3m).

This pic is so similar to one Monika posted last Friday, that I decided to add a PhotoShop watercolor filter to make it just a tad different.



comments (29)

Love this photo, Ginnie! I'm glad you left the people in the shot. We can see how big those stones really are. Good job!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kay. I had many pics without people but I realized you really can't tell just how big these stones are without them.
Well, I can see that you would want to change it a bit just to differentiate from Monika. But you do have the people in your shot, which makes it different too.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're so sweet, Karen. Thanks.
  • alex
  • 14 Mar 2007, 02:18
i like this interpretation...good effect with the watercolor editing. this is a good crop, too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Alex. This is one of those places that would have similar shots from everyone, except for the placement of the stones as you circle around them. It's hard to come up with something unique apart from a filter effect like this. Glad you like it.
Very well framed Ginnie. I think this would have been better if you would have increased the intensity of the watercolor filter.
Ginnie Hart: I never once thought of that, Thomas. I'll have to go back and see what difference it would make. Thanks for the suggestion.
  • madretz
  • SF Bay Area
  • 14 Mar 2007, 04:09
Very fun! I've been playing around in photoshop this evening, too!
Ginnie Hart: It's fun, isn't it, Mad! smile
c'est très beau. les vestiges du passé apportent toujours une touche artistique émoouvante
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, O-P. Thank you kindly.
  • paul
  • 14 Mar 2007, 07:02
I think the watercolour filter works well on this - now there is something else for me to play around with!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love how we all inspire each other! smile Thanks, Paul.
I like the watercolour effect and it was good that you left people in it to add scale. It's still a mystery how the stones got there...
Ginnie Hart: You are so right about the mystery of this place, Shakara!
Should be an impressive place ? The sky looks like a painting. Great effect Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Very impressive, Florence. It's really hard to imagine how it all happened so many years ago! Thanks for commenting.
  • Amy
  • 14 Mar 2007, 11:49
I like the watercolor effect, Mom! And so cool that you were actually there to get the shot!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I love it when you comment here, Amy. Thank you so much. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 14 Mar 2007, 12:08
The effect is fun and gives it a painterly feel (obviously), which helps it feel unique and not just documentary. I agree the people give it perspective, so glad you included them. In your short visit did you feel any special vibes? smile

In 1975 I had 10 minutes to whiz through the Sistine Chapel before leaving to catch a ferry in Brindisi. It was almost worse than not seeing it.
Ginnie Hart: No, Ruth, I didn't feel any vibes because I was too concentrated on getting around the circle in time to take pics at each angle before the coach left. Donica is the one we should ask (and I will!).

I can't imagine having only 10 minutes at the Sistine Chapel! Talk about frustrating!!!
  • Louis
  • 14 Mar 2007, 13:28
In the olden days there was a king who had a queen by the name of Ginniefred who liked clocks. So he ordered one built. As they didn't have any contact with the Swiss they didn't know how to make Swatches and Tagg Heuer. Using old technology they built this sun driven model. Many years later when the brits came around, they found some remnants of this clock and started weaving faerie stories of pagan rituals around it, they even named it Stonehenge (how original).

I love the shot and the watercolour you have made of it. I also have a watercolour coming up.
Ginnie Hart: Louis, I can't tell you how many times you make my day!!! smile I just laughed and laughed when I read this. I'm quite glad and honored whenever I can give you a good story line.

I'm eager to see YOUR watercolor coming up.
you're a painter...
Ginnie Hart: If I could do that in real life, Nicola, maybe I'd be famous! smile
  • Mia
  • 14 Mar 2007, 13:58
Good thinking on the water-colour effect, Ginnie. It makes the shot like no other I've seen of the Stonehenge before. Very well composed too smile I likey!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You are very kind, dear Mia. So glad you likey! smile
I like the stone in the forground, it kind of drags/pulls the pic together...Hard to explain...sorry...
Ginnie Hart: That stone actually means something, Aksel, but for the life of me I can't remember what and my book is in Hannover! I'll ask Donica if she remembers what it represents (unless someone else explains it first!). Thanks for drawing attention to it.
Hi Gramma Ginn. Very impressive, both the base image and the photoshopped version you have here, you have done the water colour filter work very nicely indeed.Enjoy your day there in Atlanta. Many regards, Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Neil. Adding the filter, of course, was nothing but clicking OK once I pulled it up and liked what I saw. I like that kind of easy. smile
how beautiful! Just amazing.. I love the photoshop touch you added! Definitely somewhere I want to visit one day.
Ginnie Hart: I hope you get the chance some day, Jen. You and P would love it.
great shot! looks like a painting Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: So glad it DOES look like a painting, Dafredo. smile
Well done! The water colour effect goes really well with the picture. smile
Ginnie Hart: So glad you think so, Julia. Thanks. smile
I like it that you put your personal touch on it. I would love to see the original anyways. Great choice in leaving that people there; they show that the rocks are bigger than I thought after seeing Monika's photo!
Ginnie Hart: Some things just HAVE to have perspective, Samira, and this place is definitely one of them. Glad you like it.
This place is just amazing, never been there but i would love to go.
Nice job with the filter
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Magnus, and I do hope you can go there some day.
  • Ron S
  • Worcester UK
  • 14 Mar 2007, 20:26
Ginnie, this works really well. Anywhere is hard to photograph when the light is flat but the filter has compensated and given it a slight air of mystery - so right for Stonehenge.
I'm glad your playing with Photoshop; as I'm finding, there is so much to discover.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right about PS, Ron. As I always say, it's a high learning curve! But thank God, this watercolor filter was easy! Thanks for your kind comment.
Really fantastic Ginnie ! I feel my old celtic roots echoing from so far....
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I love it when that happens, Roland! Thanks for saying that.
  • mal
  • 14 Mar 2007, 22:29
It always rains there Ginnie!! Hee hee, lovely image. mal
Ginnie Hart: Why does that not surprise me, Mal! Thanks for commenting. smile
  • Ellie
  • 14 Mar 2007, 22:34
Very, very good Ginnie. The filter has helped produce something rather special.

It's always windy at Stonehenge, at least "one overcoat cooler" than the surrounding area.
Ginnie Hart: You are so kind, Ellie. It was definitely windy but with only light rain. It could have been much worse, so I feel quite lucky. Thanks.
Hio Ginnie, thanks for linking to my photo, you are a sweetheart! smile Your picture got slightly different perspective but indeed it's similar! Using a filter made it look as painting rather that picture, good job!
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad everyone got to see what it looked like without the filter, so thanks, Monika. smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 2 Apr 2007, 15:28
Ah, now this is nicely done. I especially like the rock in the foreground for added interest, and the swirly grey sky. That's an overcast Wiltshire day for you.

Stick a wind turbine up nowadays and there's an outcry about "blots on the landscape". I haven't yet heard that about Stonehenge. I mean really... one day a gorgeous view, the next some idiot has constructed a stone age conservatory. I bet the neighbourghs were chuffed to bits.
Ginnie Hart: Awww, you're too kind, Colin. That rock in the foreground means something but right now I don't have time to check my book. I still can't believe you live so close to here that you can see it, albeit from afar, whenever you want!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 2 Apr 2007, 16:53
When I was a lad all those years ago I remember my grandparents building this, their retirement home. When they went it passsed to my parents. When they go I will inherit it. I might make some changes though - some net curtains maybe, and a roof perhaps.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA! I'm afraid you'll have a lot of peeping Toms, Colin. I'm just preparimg you. grin
Nice watercolour effect Ginnie. I have driven past Stonehenge many times but have never photographed it. Did you know that just round the corner from Stonehenge is Woodhenge? Much less impressive as it consists os little concrete markers showing what was there once! It's much less crowded and easier to park though.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Bill, I did find out about Woodhenge while researching Stonehenge. It's all very fascinating to me! In the end, after all the excitement of seeing this place, it was raining and we were given only 30 minutes to circle the stones and take our pics. I'd love to go back on my own and just take my time to feel the History of that place!

Thanks again for backtracking to this part of my archives. That really means a lot to me.

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