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Little church on a hill
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Little Church on the Hill
Little Church on the Hill
Taken with Tamron SP AF200-500mm. I had attended a wedding at this church about 15 years ago. Traveling this highway most of my life and never noticing this church sitting between two hills on highway 46 in Ca. just outside Paso Robles. I had taken many pictures of this church over the years but none to my satisfaction. This year (2009) Ash Wednesday, the gates were open. While my friends sat in the car I climbed this hill and finally captured this circa 1800 church. It was very satisfying that my persistence paid off. Merna Nobile
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Melissa A. Olsen
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    Well from my monitor...I am looking at a winner. Fantastic capture!

3/3/2009 12:10:00 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Fantastic composition and light, Merna. Beautiful image.

3/3/2009 12:52:35 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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So unique and beautiful Merna. Very moody!

3/3/2009 3:45:11 PM

 
Rachel Esterak
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Great job Merna. I like the different shades in the clouds along with the different colors on the ground.

3/3/2009 5:44:56 PM

 
Walter H. Wiesbeck
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Beautiful capture,ex detail and lighting,Merna!

3/4/2009 3:59:14 PM

 
Toni Riggs
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This is beautiful!

3/6/2009 12:30:28 AM

 
Remi Trepanier
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Beautiful capture Merna!

3/16/2009 12:41:46 PM

 
Jean Lechleiter
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This is great in all respects. hope it goes far. Congrats on the EP, Merna!

3/30/2009 4:28:28 PM

 
Patricia Seidler
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Beautiful Merna. I love the POV. It was worth your climb.

8/7/2009 10:06:21 AM

 
Tori A. Gonzalez
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Absolutely beautiful! The lighting, composition, detail and pov flow together perfectly. Wonderful capture and well worth the effort :)

8/14/2009 10:53:17 PM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Hi Merna... everyone sure took the words out of my mouth above...ha! Love this image you made...the colours and lighting are beautiful! Please tell me what exactly are the rows of little thingys..? Are they some type of trees?

Christine
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PS congratulations on your EP!!!

8/25/2009 5:57:55 PM

 
Dr Silly
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Beautiful capture. :O)

8/27/2009 2:08:47 PM

 
Robert Jensen
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beautiful image Merna

12/14/2009 12:37:05 PM

 
Misty Blue
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Congrats Merna! Love this Photo :)

12/15/2009 5:23:07 PM

 
ROLAN NARMAN
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Congratulations on your fantastic Finalist Merna!

12/15/2009 7:48:18 PM

 
Jean Lechleiter
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Wow Merna, it finally got recognised. GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well done!What a Christmas present!

12/15/2009 8:21:38 PM

 
MELODIE C. ROBERTS
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Huge Congratulationd Merna
An Excellent Finalist That Deserves to Move On!!

12/16/2009 2:48:04 AM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Merna, CONGRATS MY FRIEND... A lovely FINALIST SHOT... BEST OF LUCK TO YOU IN THE NEXT ROUND!!!!

CHRISTINE
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12/16/2009 4:47:21 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Oh, Merna! Huge and sincere congrats on this magnificent Finalist! WTG!! Best of luck in the upcoming rounds! ~Val

12/16/2009 6:16:03 AM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Merna!!!

12/16/2009 5:26:15 PM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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Merna, much deserved congratulations are in order then... bravo for sticking with your gut that this little church was still a great subject... beautiful image m'dear! Congrats!

12/16/2009 6:55:33 PM

 
Dawn M. Schneider
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Merna I am so happy for you on this finalist, I cannot find this one in your gallery!! you should post to your front page!!! Good luck in the next round!!!

12/17/2009 9:42:00 AM

 
Kim Andelkovic (Kovic)
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congratulations on a wonderful finalist.

12/17/2009 5:06:58 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Big congratulations on your Second Place win, Merna!

12/17/2009 8:16:51 PM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Congratulations again Merna on your Winning photo!!!

12/17/2009 8:39:09 PM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Congrats to you Merna... WTG!! A lovely WINNER!!!

CHRISTINE
SMILING WITH YOU

12/17/2009 8:54:06 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Congratulations, Merna, very well done!

12/17/2009 9:03:10 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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WTG Merna. CONGRATZ. on your outstanding Second Place GOLD Win. Seasons Greetings too!

UB.

12/17/2009 10:50:46 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Beautiful work Merna!! Congratulations on this wonderful winner!!

12/18/2009 12:57:44 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Merna on your Win!!!

Dominick

12/18/2009 1:32:20 AM

 
Aimee S. McMaster
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...congratulations on this wonderful winner Merna....Aimee

12/18/2009 3:54:18 AM

 
Julie Burnett
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Congratulations on this winner, Merna!! I don't know how I missed this, but it's fantastic!!

12/18/2009 5:24:15 AM

 
Misty Blue
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Oh My Goodness Merna you won!!!! I’m so happy for you…What a deserving photo! Congratulations My Friend & Merry Christmas :)

12/18/2009 5:39:19 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations, Merna. Fantastic photo.

12/18/2009 7:11:13 AM

 
ROLAN NARMAN
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Huge congratulations Merna on your gorgeous winner!

12/18/2009 7:24:21 AM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Merna!

12/18/2009 7:59:10 AM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Congratulations on this beautiful Winner!

12/18/2009 9:29:56 AM

 
Kelly S. Cavanaugh
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Beautiful capture, Merna! Congratulations!!!

12/18/2009 9:40:32 AM

 
Patricia A. Stalter
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I know where this is and now I must go back! Congratulations on winning this- well deserved...

12/18/2009 11:57:49 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible & well-deserved WINNER, Merna! WTG!

12/18/2009 1:00:15 PM

 
Sharon 
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Merna, HUGE congratulations on your awesome and well deserved winner!!!

12/18/2009 1:01:07 PM

 
Kim Andelkovic (Kovic)
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congratulations Merna on a wonderful win

12/18/2009 2:05:04 PM

 
Amy M. Wilson
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Huge congratulations on your fantastic win, Merna!

12/18/2009 5:10:15 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your 2nd Place WINNER! 8o)

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12/18/2009 5:51:23 PM

 
Jean Lechleiter
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Huge Congratulations Merna! I'm so happy for you. :)

12/18/2009 7:10:29 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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CONGRATULATIONS on your gold winner Merna!

jo ann c.

12/19/2009 6:55:03 AM

 
Lana Arcemont
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CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!!
Absolutely beautiful capture, Merna!

12/19/2009 2:14:12 PM

 
Rita Hill
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That's my girl! you go Merna. You may of gotten 2nd place, now time to work on 1st place for 2010 baby. Congrats.

12/28/2009 12:08:23 PM

 
Randall J. Scholten
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What an engaging image! Its no wonder it placed in the contest! Keep up the good work! -Randy

12/30/2009 1:52:31 PM

 
Jeffrey D. Estacio
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Good job on this one. I really like it.

2/20/2010 7:23:10 PM

 
Amanda J. Tanner
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Congratulation Merna on the incredible winner! This image is so deserving and Beautiful.

3/13/2010 9:24:38 AM

 
Ruth Grimm
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Congratulations on this fabulous image, Merna! It is quite lovely! WTG for having your friends wiat while you practiced your craft. Look what it got you: A fabulous image, praise from like minded people, AND a gold badge!! YAY!

4/1/2010 5:15:55 AM

 
Dennis Gay
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G'day *MERNA*!

No wonder this has received an EP, a Finalist and a 2nd Place award, it is such a lovely photograph.
I really like how the church itself stands out so well due to its high contrst whites and the great exposure you made of that.
Another thing that caught my eye was how the arches of the bell niches are echoed by the archway on the path.
The eye is led along that path up into the scene and along the way is regaled by the 'walking stick' shapes of pruned grape vines which make a strong contrast in shape to the smoother lines of the church.
The sky makes a good background and foil for the purity of the church and I can almost hear the bells ringing as they must have done for many years of Sundays.

GB
Dennis

6/10/2010 5:54:50 PM

 
Rich Helmer
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This is outstanding!! A definite winner!!

7/12/2010 5:08:20 PM

 
Chuck S. Frizzell
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Wonderful shot Merna, I really like the angle and perspective you chose.

10/7/2010 5:23:17 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Hi Chuck: This is one of my favorites. Thank you for making my day. Merna

10/7/2010 7:59:57 PM

 
Dick Jenkins
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I enjoyed your story as much as the photograph. How many times do we pass by a great photograph and not realize it? Nicely done Merna, very unusual scene, tastefully placed subject.

12/17/2011 7:46:37 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Hello Dick: It is very nice to hear from you. Your work is always put with my favorites. Thank you for going way back in my gallery and making a comment on one of my first winners. I will always have a warm place in my heart for that image. Merna

12/17/2011 9:29:53 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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This is a lovely image Merna. I enjoyed your story very much also,congratulations!Merry Christmas and have a very Happy New Year!

12/23/2011 6:03:58 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Merna,Big Congratulation on this beautiful win!!!!

12/23/2011 6:27:27 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Hello Bobby: Thank you for going back about a year ago when I received the 2nd place award. Needless to say I was thrilled. I had already entered it several times, but finally got somebody’s attention. You are always so nice with your praise and I appreciate more than you know. I wish you the best and a Happy Holiday Season. Merna

12/24/2011 5:19:49 PM

 
Michael S. Baker
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Really nice capture of this church on the hill, Merna. Photographing is one of my favorite photographic hobbies. And belated congratulations on your second place win on this fine image!

3/28/2012 5:56:54 AM

 
Michael S. Baker
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Really nice capture of this church on the hill, Merna. Photographing churches is one of my favorite photographic hobbies. And belated congratulations on your second place win on this fine image!

3/28/2012 5:57:07 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Hi Michael: Thank you for the blast from the past, that was my very first award other than a Finalist and I am still thrilled. Merna

3/28/2012 8:51:26 PM

 
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