Assignment #4: Stone

NikolaiNikolai Darth SLRPosts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
edited April 22, 2016 in Assignments
Shooters, rejoice! :-)

Number Three turned out to be our best class ever (given we had three of them only, but who counts :-), with a lot of neat ideas, some really great entries and many new and old participants.

It really set a bar rather high. Let's see if we can raise it with our new subject: stone.

As before, the idea is to produce an image that would - unambiguously - deliver the subject (stone, in this case) as its primary target.

Fresh pictures only, please (few days off is fine), remember the mantra: "go and shoot!"

Moderate post processing is OK, but no "smoke cloning", you know what I mean..:-) :wink
Or, at least, do it in a way that nobody would call you on it...:rofl

OK, let's get stoned!:thumb

Rules, index, etc.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 8,190Registered Users moderator
    edited August 26, 2006
    You played right into my hands...I shot this today. The granite of Chicago's Union Station.

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 26, 2006
    And we'er ON!
    truth wrote:
    You played right into my hands...I shot this today. The granite of Chicago's Union Station.
    Congrats, nice first entry to #4, you *did* set the bar right off the bat! thumb.gif
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  • TomaSTomaS If it moves, shoot it Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 26, 2006
    Can I play?
    I shot this a couple of weeks ago at a place called "tent rocks'. This was taken in a slot canyon in the area.

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    BTW - I used my demo version of Capture NX to bring out the colors from the original RAW file. Really like the software - I never could get the hang of PS.
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 26, 2006
    Absolutely!
    TomaS wrote:
    I shot this a couple of weeks ago at a place called "tent rocks'. This was taken in a slot canyon in the area.

    BTW - I used my demo version of Capture NX to bring out the colors from the original RAW file. Really like the software - I never could get the hang of PS.

    Welcome to the class! thumb.gif

    What area are those "tent rocks" are residing?

    Now, to make it more fun, do you think you can try to get us some fresh stones? ("isle four, customer needs assistance..." rolleyes1.gif :-) mwink.gif

    Cheers! 1drink.gif
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  • TomaSTomaS If it moves, shoot it Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 26, 2006
    The area is about an hour drive north of Albuquerque.

    I will see if I can find some NEW rocks to shoot. 11doh.gif
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    TomaS,
    TomaS wrote:
    The area is about an hour drive north of Albuquerque.

    I will see if I can find some NEW rocks to shoot. 11doh.gif

    Unless it ruines somebody's privacy, can you post a link with location from Google Maps or MS Live?
    Thanks! thumb.gif
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    S Filipe's Fortress Setubal Portugal
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  • TomaSTomaS If it moves, shoot it Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    Unless it ruines somebody's privacy, can you post a link with location from Google Maps or MS Live?
    Thanks! thumb.gif

    Here is a link to more info, photos, and a map:

    http://www.nm.blm.gov/recreation/albuquerque/kasha_katuwe.htm
  • TomaSTomaS If it moves, shoot it Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Antonio,

    You sure know your 'stone' and how to shoot it.clap.gif

    I especially like #3. Perhaps a bit of adjustment would make the door and stone floor pop.
  • SwartzySwartzy Right Brained Scientist Posts: 3,293Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Stones....stones...hmmmmm
    Ok, shot some stones. I like how smaller stones are part of something bigger. Am on the lookout this week for great stone shots. Too bad I didn't take shots of my buddies in the 70's...Laughing.gif rolleyes1.gif

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    OK, guys,
    I'm very glad you like the idea, and the entries are all wonderful pictures... But allow me to reiterate (I highlight the key words):
    Nikolai wrote:
    ...
    the idea is to produce an image that would - unambiguously - deliver the subject (stone, in this case) as its primary target.
    ...

    Thus far most of the entries, while definitely being nice pictures having some stony subjects, were not concentrating on the stone as their main goals.

    We need "da stone". Not the man, not the clock, not the cat, not the door, not the lake... You picture must cry "stone".

    As before, I suggest you ask some of your not-too-much-into-photo friends and relatives what could be the title of the picture (no cheating, like "does it remind you of a stone" mwink.gif ;-).
    If the title carries something like "rock" or "stone" (or any other related names) - you're in :-)

    I know, it's harder than taking a picture with a stone in it, but this is what the assignments are for. No need to rush. Soak the idea of the stone into your brain. Look. Look harder. Become a stone, imagine what it feels like to be one...

    All in all, as it's been said in the very beginning, let's get stoned! rolleyes1.gif
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Corner Stone
    I know, it's not gonna get any prime spots at Getty, but - hey:
    it's a stone, and, being in a corner, it deserves a proud name of a
    Corner Stone: :D

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  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Well ive been wanting to get some photos of this for awhile, and this weeks assignment gave me the insentive I needed. Not sure how well it fits in catagory maybe I shoulda cropped out the truck.

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    Some other stone scenes I noticed on the way.

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    I need to learn how to put things in perspective in PSP for this wall.

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    1 more same wall, closeup.

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    Best regards,
    douglas
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Douglas,
    douglas wrote:
    Well ive been wanting to get some photos of this for awhile, and this weeks assignment gave me the insentive I needed. Not sure how well it fits in catagory maybe I shoulda cropped out the truck.

    Some other stone scenes I noticed on the way.

    I need to learn how to put things in perspective in PSP for this wall.

    1 more same wall, closeup.

    You continue to amaze with each new series of yours! clap.gif

    No, I don't think you should've cut the truck out. It's pretty obvious what is your point (not the truck rolleyes1.gif ) and it creates such a nice visual scale.

    I also like how you get that single "uneven" rock to be a "center" of your composition in #4.

    Great entries, thank you very much! thumb.gif
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  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    You continue to amaze with each new series of yours! clap.gif

    No, I don't think you should've cut the truck out. It's pretty obvious what is your point (not the truck rolleyes1.gif ) and it creates such a nice visual scale.

    I also like how you get that single "uneven" rock to be a "center" of your composition in #4.

    Great entries, thank you very much! thumb.gif

    Thank you Nik, It was nice getting out of the kitchen...rolleyes1.gif
    Best regards,
    douglas
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Douglas posted very nice shots and very well observed.

    BUT - sorry, I have to say this - doesn't the 2 last pictures have more connection with texture than to stone ?! ... eek7.gif


    Have a nice working week, all of you.:):
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Antonio,
    Douglas posted very nice shots and very well observed.
    BUT - sorry, I have to say this - doesn't the 2 last pictures have more connection with texture than to stone ?! ... eek7.gif
    Have a nice working week, all of you.:):
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    It's a stone. Stones usually have textures. It's kinda hard to get one without getting the other ne_nau.gif
    I'd say: instead of worrying about Doug's stones why don't you bring some more of yours to the plate, your area seem to have plenty... mwink.gif
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    It's a stone. Stones usually have textures. It's kinda hard to get one without getting the other ne_nau.gif
    I'd say: instead of worrying about Doug's stones why don't you bring some more of yours to the plate, your area seem to have plenty... mwink.gif

    I posted, I was going to sleep and I returned back here to say that I have not been polyte.
    I did not say how good the 2 first photos are.
    Maily the 1.st one.
    The photo is good, curious and appealing.

    Nikolai. I'm not woried about other people's stones... eek7.gif or photos ... eek7.gif
    Yes, stones usually have textures.

    I can think of some with texture and without ...

    OK. I'll get some tomorrow.
    :): thumb.gif
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  • LamarzLamarz grinz Posts: 7Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited August 27, 2006
    I'm confused, Which Stone?
    I googled 'stone' and top listing is "1 stone = 6.35029318 kilograms"





    So should I shoot something that is 14 pounds? Does that include something that cost 14 pounds?

    If I shoot something 28 pounds would that be something that is too stoned?

    If I shoot pebbles, wouldn't Fred and Wilma get mad? (flintstones grin)


    Help, Lamar

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    Stone (weight)

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    The stone is a unit of weight and mass. It is part of the Imperial system of weights and measures used in the United Kingdom, and formerly used in Ireland and most Commonwealth countries. It is equal to 14 pounds avoirdupois, or 6.35029318 kilograms. Eight stone make a hundredweight in the Imperial system. The plural form of stone is usually also stone, though stones is sometimes used. The abbreviation is st.
    Though no longer an official unit of measure—kilograms are used in medical and other technical contexts—the stone remains almost universal as a means of expressing human body weight in the UK and Ireland. People in these countries normally describe themselves as weighing, for example, "11 stone 4" (11 stone and 4 pounds), rather than "158 pounds" (the conventional way of expressing the same weight in the United States and Canada). Stones may also be used to express body weight in casual contexts in other Commonwealth countries.
    The stone was also frequently used in the past for weighing agricultural commodities. Potatoes, for example, were traditionally sold in stones and half-stones (14-pound and 7-pound quantities).




    Equivalents
    • 1 stone = 14 pounds = 6.350 kilograms
    • 2 stone = 28 pounds = 12.700 kilograms
    • 3 stone = 42 pounds = 19.051 kilograms
    • 4 stone = 56 pounds = 25.401 kilograms
    • 5 stone = 70 pounds = 31.751 kilograms
    • 6 stone = 84 pounds = 38.102 kilograms
    • 7 stone = 98 pounds = 44.452 kilograms
    • 8 stone = 112 pounds = 50.802 kilograms
    • 9 stone = 126 pounds = 57.152 kilograms
    • 10 stone = 140 pounds = 63.503 kilograms
    • 11 stone = 154 pounds = 69.853 kilograms
    • 12 stone = 168 pounds = 76.204 kilograms
    URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stone_%28weight%29&action=edit&section=2"][COLOR=#0000ff]edit[/COLOR][/URL

    In popular culture
    • Everquest 2 also uses stone as a weight measurement, although they do not mention this directly in the player's inventory.
  • SwartzySwartzy Right Brained Scientist Posts: 3,293Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    OK, I get it....Stones it is..I'll be on the lookout all week
    Here's what I found today

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    and another, albeit these are a bit refined by man

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Yay!
    Swartzy wrote:
    Here's what I found today
    and another, albeit these are a bit refined by man
    Now we're stoning! mwink.gif rolleyes1.gif
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  • AndymanAndyman Major grins Posts: 267Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 27, 2006
    Now that's plain scary :-)
    Is this Da Hole in Da Big House? rolleyes1.gif
    Nice shot, A.M.! :): Definitely stoned!
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  • AndymanAndyman Major grins Posts: 267Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 28, 2006
    It's in my basement. It's not as bad as it looks I guess : ).
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 28, 2006
    Nikolai, I shot these photos today in the morning.
    I hope they fit the concept. :):
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 28, 2006
    Antonio,
    Nikolai, I shot these photos today in the morning.
    I hope they fit the concept. :):

    I think they all fit nicely :-)

    Now, do you think you can introduce some new "angle" with those stones?

    These are pretty much "flat in your face", just like any tourist would do. You, OTOH (on the other hand), as a local, can probably bring up something from the same stones that a wandering tourist simply would not notice (or would not know how/where/when to look).
    I'm sure you can do that! mwink.gif
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 28, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    I think they all fit nicely :-)

    Now, do you think you can introduce some new "angle" with those stones?

    These are pretty much "flat in your face", just like any tourist would do. You, OTOH (on the other hand), as a local, can probably bring up something from the same stones that a wandering tourist simply would not notice (or would not know how/where/when to look).
    I'm sure you can do that! mwink.gif
    Nikolai,
    I don't know exactly what you mean but I'll try something more "artist".
    OTOH I post here some old pics that would certainlly fit. From Damaraland, Namibia.
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    http://antoniocorreia.smugmug.com/gallery/1569091/3/43124554
    Regards thumb.gif
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 28, 2006
    #3: bullseye!
    Nikolai,
    I don't know exactly what you mean but I'll try something more "artist".
    OTOH I post here some old pics that would certainlly fit. From Damaraland, Namibia.
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    http://antoniocorreia.smugmug.com/gallery/1569091/3/43124554
    Regards thumb.gif

    Definitely makes the rock its primary goal!
    Wanna take a morning plane and reshoot? mwink.gif rolleyes1.gif
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 28, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    Definitely makes the rock its primary goal!
    Wanna take a morning plane and reshoot? mwink.gif rolleyes1.gif

    Not a bad ideia !... :):
    This rock you see here is a petrified tree.
    I was with my Nikon ...
    Not very good pic... ne_nau.gif
    thumb.gif
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  • anwmn1anwmn1 Wandering the Desert Posts: 3,453Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 29, 2006
    Getting Stoned
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    Stonewalled
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