Paul McLaughlin  

Two Painted Stones by Paul McLaughlin

August 2022 - Two Painted Stones

August 2022 - Paul McLaughlin


About the Image(s)

I took this photo several years ago and I have always been attracted by it. I could never figure out what to do with it and finally decided that this month I would try and create something that I could submit.
There is an old farm near my house, and I often go there at the change of seasons and look for something different to photograph On one occasion I saw two decorated stones on top of a stone gatepost. I took several images and thought nothing of it, over the next nine months the stones remained, sometimes moved, but never removed. Whenever I stop there, I am never alone, there are other photographers, walkers, or individuals looking at foliage. It is safe to say that there were several hundred people who saw the stones and left them in place. Here they are.

Nikon 5300
ISO 100
Lens 50mm
Topaz DeNoise and Sharpener

3 comments posted

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
How could you not be attracted to all that color? It seems to me the stones are also different from those you typically find because the painting is so abstract. All that amounts to a fair amount of impact for the image.
Technically, I'm not seeing any flaws. I like the way the focus drops off from the post and the composition.
I have only two fairly minor suggestions to make. The first is to add more space at the bottom of the frame to keep from cutting off that bottom rock. The second is to reduce the highlights on the right of the bottom rock, which - to my eyes - appears to be right at the edge of being blown out. (Although I have a sensitivity to bright light, so that may just be me.)   Posted: 08/07/2022 23:03:36

Nigel Dalton   Nigel Dalton
The kind of image that we as photographers are instantly drawn to. Something unusual that gives, colour, form, texture and composition. I agree with Theresa's suggestioons about the blown highlight and more space at the bottom. Good Spot.   Posted: 08/09/2022 04:56:32

John Zhu   John Zhu
I like the color and detail of this image. After viewing your original, I felt the scale of the stone (comparing with tree) and the texture of the base stone. The original is more close to the nature state.   Posted: 08/09/2022 10:27:04
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