Little Church on the Hill

© Merna L. Nobile

Little Church on the Hill

Melissa Olsen 3/3/2009 12:10:00 PM

Well from my monitor...I am looking at a winner. Fantastic capture! #1092083

Bojan Bencic 3/3/2009 12:52:35 PM

Fantastic composition and light, Merna. Beautiful image. #7238770

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/3/2009 3:45:11 PM

So unique and beautiful Merna. Very moody! #7239107

Rachel Esterak 3/3/2009 5:44:56 PM

Great job Merna. I like the different shades in the clouds along with the different colors on the ground. #7239539

Walter H. Wiesbeck 3/4/2009 3:59:14 PM

Beautiful capture,ex detail and lighting,Merna! #7244085

Toni Riggs 3/6/2009 12:30:28 AM

This is beautiful! #7249545

Remi Trepanier 3/16/2009 12:41:46 PM

Beautiful capture Merna! #7292211

Jean Lechleiter 3/30/2009 4:28:28 PM

This is great in all respects. hope it goes far. Congrats on the EP, Merna! #7353855

Patricia Seidler 8/7/2009 10:06:21 AM

Beautiful Merna. I love the POV. It was worth your climb. #7826818

Tori A. Gonzalez 8/14/2009 10:53:17 PM

Absolutely beautiful! The lighting, composition, detail and pov flow together perfectly. Wonderful capture and well worth the effort :) #7849304

Christine Lobsinger 8/25/2009 5:57:55 PM

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?

PS congratulations on your EP!!! #7887623

Dr Silly 8/27/2009 2:08:47 PM

Beautiful capture. :O)

Robert Jensen 12/14/2009 12:37:05 PM

beautiful image Merna #8215676

Misty Blue 12/15/2009 5:23:07 PM

Congrats Merna! Love this Photo :) #8219534

ROLAN NARMAN 12/15/2009 7:48:18 PM

Congratulations on your fantastic Finalist Merna! #8220464

Jean Lechleiter 12/15/2009 8:21:38 PM

Wow Merna, it finally got recognised. GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well done!What a Christmas present! #8220666

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 12/16/2009 2:48:04 AM

Huge Congratulationd Merna
An Excellent Finalist That Deserves to Move On!! #8221728

Christine Lobsinger 12/16/2009 4:47:21 AM


SMILING BIG #8222098

Val Feldman 12/16/2009 6:16:03 AM

Oh, Merna! Huge and sincere congrats on this magnificent Finalist! WTG!! Best of luck in the upcoming rounds! ~Val #8222465

Agnes Fegan 12/16/2009 5:26:15 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Merna!!! #8224637

M.Christine Duncan 12/16/2009 6:55:33 PM

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! #8224982

Dawn M. Schneider 12/17/2009 9:42:00 AM

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!!! #8226693

Kim Andelkovic 12/17/2009 5:06:58 PM

congratulations on a wonderful finalist. #8227679

Sam Britt 12/17/2009 8:16:51 PM

Big congratulations on your Second Place win, Merna! #8228270

Agnes Fegan 12/17/2009 8:39:09 PM

Congratulations again Merna on your Winning photo!!! #8228383

Christine Lobsinger 12/17/2009 8:54:06 PM

Congrats to you Merna... WTG!! A lovely WINNER!!!


Barbara Waldoch 12/17/2009 9:03:10 PM

Congratulations, Merna, very well done! #8228464

Usman M. Bajwa 12/17/2009 10:50:46 PM

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

UB. #8228660

Renee Doyle 12/18/2009 12:57:44 AM

Beautiful work Merna!! Congratulations on this wonderful winner!! #8228855

Dominick M. Dimacale 12/18/2009 1:32:20 AM

Congratulations Merna on your Win!!!

Dominick #8228905

Aimee S. McMaster 12/18/2009 3:54:18 AM

...congratulations on this wonderful winner Merna....Aimee #8229282

Julie Burnett 12/18/2009 5:24:15 AM

Congratulations on this winner, Merna!! I don't know how I missed this, but it's fantastic!! #8229553

Misty Blue 12/18/2009 5:39:19 AM

Oh My Goodness Merna you won!!!! I’m so happy for you…What a deserving photo! Congratulations My Friend & Merry Christmas :) #8229601

Bojan Bencic 12/18/2009 7:11:13 AM

Congratulations, Merna. Fantastic photo. #8229832

ROLAN NARMAN 12/18/2009 7:24:21 AM

Huge congratulations Merna on your gorgeous winner! #8229893

Margaret R. Barry 12/18/2009 7:59:10 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Merna! #8229957

Carol L. Fowler 12/18/2009 9:29:56 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful Winner! #8230295

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 12/18/2009 9:40:32 AM

Beautiful capture, Merna! Congratulations!!! #8230334

Patricia A. Stalter 12/18/2009 11:57:49 AM

I know where this is and now I must go back! Congratulations on winning this- well deserved... #8230692

Patrick Rouzes 12/18/2009 1:00:15 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible & well-deserved WINNER, Merna! WTG! #8230870

Sharon Sawyer 12/18/2009 1:01:07 PM

Merna, HUGE congratulations on your awesome and well deserved winner!!! #8230873

Kim Andelkovic 12/18/2009 2:05:04 PM

congratulations Merna on a wonderful win #8231020

Amy M. Wilson 12/18/2009 5:10:15 PM

Huge congratulations on your fantastic win, Merna! #8231418

Nancyj E. Hovey 12/18/2009 5:51:23 PM

on your 2nd Place WINNER! 8o)

Photobucket #8231575

Jean Lechleiter 12/18/2009 7:10:29 PM

Huge Congratulations Merna! I'm so happy for you. :) #8231751

JO ANN CLEVELAND 12/19/2009 6:55:03 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on your gold winner Merna!

jo ann c. #8232892

Lana Arcemont 12/19/2009 2:14:12 PM

Absolutely beautiful capture, Merna! #8233745

Rita Hill 12/28/2009 12:08:23 PM

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

Randall J. Scholten 12/30/2009 1:52:31 PM

What an engaging image! Its no wonder it placed in the contest! Keep up the good work! -Randy #8256932

Jeffrey D. Estacio 2/20/2010 7:23:10 PM

Good job on this one. I really like it. #8402682

Amanda J. Tanner 3/13/2010 9:24:38 AM

Congratulation Merna on the incredible winner! This image is so deserving and Beautiful. #8452973

Ruth Grimm 4/1/2010 5:15:55 AM

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! #8502150

Dennis Gay 6/10/2010 5:54:50 PM

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.

Dennis #8687006

Rich Helmer 7/12/2010 5:08:20 PM

This is outstanding!! A definite winner!! #8753536

Chuck S. Frizzell 10/7/2010 5:23:17 PM

Wonderful shot Merna, I really like the angle and perspective you chose. #8954144

Merna L. Nobile 10/7/2010 7:59:57 PM

Hi Chuck: This is one of my favorites. Thank you for making my day. Merna #8954438

Dick Jenkins 12/17/2011 7:46:37 AM

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. #9873940

Merna L. Nobile 12/17/2011 9:29:53 AM

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 #9874071

Karen Bacon 12/23/2011 6:03:58 PM

This is a lovely image Merna. I enjoyed your story very much also,congratulations!Merry Christmas and have a very Happy New Year! #9884382

Robert R. Goodman 12/23/2011 6:27:27 PM

Hi Merna,Big Congratulation on this beautiful win!!!! #9884411

Merna L. Nobile 12/24/2011 5:19:49 PM

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 #9885666

Michael S. Baker 3/28/2012 5:56:54 AM

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! #10062941

Michael S. Baker 3/28/2012 5:57:07 AM

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! #10062944

Merna L. Nobile 3/28/2012 8:51:26 PM

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 #10064123

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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

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 5/10000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 400, FocalLength: 200.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80

Uploaded on 3/3/2009 10:50:05 AM

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Camera: Nikon D80 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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