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Location: St Helena Island National Park (penal colony 1867-1932), Queensland, Australia. Before I bought my first DSLR I had a little point & shoot camera, which served me well on my first trip to Australia. Among many adventures on that trip, I enjoyed a special outing to this island park that was once a penal colony, an event planned by my sister’s camera club. Best of all, we had special permission to enter parts of the ruins that are restricted. As sunset approached, I envisioned an image of the sun setting through a barred window. I staked out my spot, set up my tripod and waited, and this was the result. Post-processing: split processing in Adobe Camera Raw plus touch-ups in Topaz Adjust and Detail. (Olympus C4000Z point & shoot on tripod)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 1 year ago

    Location: St Helena Island National Park (penal colony 1867-1932), Queensland, Australia. Before I bought my first DSLR I had a little point & shoot camera, which served me well on my first trip to Australia. Among many adventures on that trip, I enjoyed a special outing to this island park that was once a penal colony, an event planned by my sister’s camera club. Best of all, we had special permission to enter parts of the ruins that are restricted. As sunset approached, I envisioned an image of the sun setting through a barred window. I staked out my spot, set up my tripod and waited, and this was the result.

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on being able to show detail in the stone and brick of the convict’s cell, while capturing the golden light outside. You’ve made something beautiful out of something that was harshly cruel.

  • Thank you, Bette. I double-processed the original jpeg from the camera in Adobe Camera Raw to create two Smart Objects (one for the window, one for the rest of the image). I thought a lot about the life and conditions there as we toured the island, and especially while I waited for the sun to drop.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 1 year ago

    Excellent work. Love the way your eye is drawn through the window.

  • Many thanks, Joy! I saw the potential in my mind, and I was fortunate that the sunset turned out to be a good one.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Thank you very much, Lynn!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 1 year ago

    Excellent framing of that sunset! What a great capture, such an intriguing venue! Mysterious!

  • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment, Joanne!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago

    cool shot

  • Thanks very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Innpictime
    Innpictimeover 1 year ago

    Ooh, that’s nice.

  • Thank you very much, Howard!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 1 year ago

    Gosh, this is cool ! Looks amazing framed!!

  • Kristi, thanks very much! It was a special afternoon and evening.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 1 year ago

    The setting sun makes this image work so very well !!!!!! Great colors and the title to go with it:)))))

  • Thank you, Thomas! I had been making photos all around the ruins of a cell block. When I went inside and saw that it would be possible to capture the upcoming sunset through a barred window, I decided it was time to claim my spot and be patient. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Oh,…What a awesome idea,……Beautiful image,…..Love it,…

  • Thank you very much, John! It was a capture very much suggested by the setting.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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