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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Old Stone by Nellisoft
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Old Stone

November 13th, 2009

The stone arch gate in the woods East of St John's University, built in 1931 for a purpose I haven't been able to track down. It's oftentimes confused for the entrance to the original monastery site (moved in 1867 to where campus is currently located).

Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD, Apple Aperture, Tiffen DFX.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: BlackGary
about 4 years, 10 months ago
Why the fake tilt shift effect? Otherwise, it's a neat picture!
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: RichardE
about 4 years, 10 months ago
stunning picture
Posted By: Beginning
about 4 years, 10 months ago
I like!! :) Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: lerch84
about 4 years, 10 months ago
Very nice!
Posted By: odkkoma
about 4 years, 10 months ago
The fake depth blur ruins it. Great shot, though!
Posted By: vivek
about 4 years, 10 months ago
heaven's gate
Posted By: fantaxy
about 4 years, 10 months ago
I sort of liked the fake tilt-shift effect, it makes the picture stand out among hundreds of autumn leaves wallpapers.
Posted By: jrronimo
about 4 years, 10 months ago
The fake tilt shift is a little too pronounced, I think. If it were a little less-so, it might not be as harsh on the eye.

That said, I love the colors and composition. What a great subject to shoot, too! *saved*
Posted By: darthvinyll
about 4 years, 10 months ago
any chance of uploading a version without the tilt shift (preferably 1280x1024)?
about 4 years, 10 months ago
Fake tilt shift ruins a great picture.
Posted By: niask
about 4 years, 10 months ago
well, I love the picture, but I with it would be much better without this effect.
Posted By: Stretix
about 4 years, 10 months ago
I agree with the others. The fake depth doesn't do anything to aid this already beautiful picture.
Posted By: kk4074
about 4 years, 10 months ago
I have to somewhat agree with the others regarding the lens-shift, but as an alum of SJU, I love the subject matter! Any others up your sleeves, maybe some autumn pictures of lake Sag or the bell banner? Thanks! Kevin '06
Posted By: lucasmpinelli
about 4 years, 10 months ago
stunning picture. get rid of the tilt shift!!!
Posted By: animeinme
about 4 years, 10 months ago
Picture is not ruined at all, I think it's beautiful, thanks for the upload!
Posted By: christianbest
about 4 years, 10 months ago
great photo. Was looking for a good autumn one and this is it.
Posted By: Nellisoft
about 4 years, 10 months ago
Wow, I didn't think a simple blur effect could be so controversial :P
I added it because I thought it was a little boring as-is, and it had the benefit of drawing the viewer's attention more toward the middle half of the image, fixating on the arch and the path without going to more extreme measures like radial exposure or a super-wide crop.
That, and the idea of a tiny forest is very satisfying to me.

You guys are lucky I don't have the dough for a real TS-E lens, otherwise I wouldn't be able to remove it so easily:
http://web.me.com/earendilthemariner/old-stone-no-blur-2560x1600.jpg
Hack it to a different size as you see fit.
Posted By: acidphosphatase
about 4 years, 10 months ago
I quite like this photo - including added lens-blur, but I would use even more feathering, if possible, and perhaps less blur initially, especially at the top.
Fake tilt-shift certainly does help on occasion - it just depends whether the subject is already in complete contrast to the rest of the image, and in this case it is, so is not wholly needed. Though, it doesn't detract, especially since it's nice to be able to see any icons in the blur, rather than them disappear in the leaves.
Thank you x
Posted By: PoopChef
about 4 years, 10 months ago
Nellisoft: I just took a look at the non-blurry one and I must say that I like the submitted one better. You were right, without the blur it doesn't stand out very much.

Thanks for great work!
Posted By: chickenwire
about 4 years, 10 months ago
There is a nice blog post about this image by the photographer here:

http://nellisoft.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/week-26ish-old-stone/
Posted By: darkblue
about 4 years, 10 months ago
wow... I'am speakless - great shot!
Posted By: teeoh717
about 2 years, 7 months ago
Great shot, and a good representation of SJU!

@chickenwire

This photographer updated his blog, here's the original post, but on the new site:
http://nellisoft.posterous.com/?page=5
Posted By: chickenwire
about 2 years, 7 months ago
@teeoh717, the permalink is the following:

http://nellisoft.posterous.com/2009/11/09/week-26ish-old-stone

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