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Gregory R. Gaskin May 17, 2011

Very nice treatment of a very interesting subject. There is something about old graveyards which most people find fascinating. Reading the headstones kind of gives you a glimpse into the past and reveals the stark reality of how lucky we are to have been born in a time of great advancements in medicine as there are far too many old graves with people who had never lived a full life. Had I been born in the 1800's I would not have lived through infancy. #1377594

Michelle Alton May 17, 2011

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terrific DD work on your old photo, still interesting after all these years, must say I loved visiting these sites while over in the UK in September 2010
5/17/2011 2:36:44 AM

Jack Gaskin May 17, 2011

Very appropriate treatment.
The sheep are your first form of perpetual care keeping the grass down.
Ref: Greg's comment. I would not have factored in to HIS NOT SURVIVING, HONESTLY !!!

JAck #9408155

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe May 17, 2011

I'm with Greg..It fascinates me to see some of the old graveyards around here. Many aren't kept up so well and the wildflowers take over in the spring, making for some really interesting shots. I think I have one coming up soon. #9408194

Gord MacEachern May 17, 2011

Makes for a beautiful scene Michelle!
Like the fxs and comp here! #9408201

Ron McEwan May 17, 2011

This is amazing Michelle well done in every way. They used sheep years ago to graze the lawn of our National Capitol #9408273

Kim Andelkovic May 17, 2011

Wonderful image Michelle....I always love to read the story behind the image :-) #9408302

Alan L. Borror May 17, 2011

What a great find and treatment, Michelle! #9408306

Courtenay Vanderbilt May 17, 2011

Nicely preserved digitally, Michelle! Beautiful image and treatment. And the sheep are such an eco-friendly solution! #9408428

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic May 17, 2011

This is such an intriguing shot Michelle. I love the tones of it and the emotion the image brings with it. Wonderful capture and excellent treatment. #9408498

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe May 17, 2011

This is an interesting one Michelle...and a win win situation (except for the dead people I guess!) #9408574

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic May 17, 2011

A neat idea indeed, Michelle. It's like they belong in this peaceful place. #9408637

Mary Timman May 17, 2011

Truely is a great idea putting them out there. You got a great shot here and your work with it is beautiful! I really like this alot! #9408727

Martha R. Mazon level-classic May 17, 2011

Wonderful shot Michelle! I think your composition is excellent, with the large stone in the foreground leading the eye further back into the graveyard. Terrific effects too. #9408816

Jessica Jenney May 17, 2011

Fabulous capture, gorgeous tones, composition and treatment, Michelle! #9408862

Kay Beausoleil level-deluxe May 17, 2011

Great choice of effects, Michelle -- gives just the right mood to the image. #9408878

Patrick Rouzes level-classic May 17, 2011

Love the tones, textures, perspective & mood you captured here, Michelle! Always enjoy your captions....brilliant MT entry also! WTG, my friend! #9408952

Jeffrey R. Bange May 17, 2011

Beautiful shot Michelle, love the composition, POV and tones of the picture along with the sheep and various angles of the headstones. #9409048

Candice C. Calhoun level-deluxe May 17, 2011

I love this one, excellent that the sheep do their part too!

ccc #9409084

JudyAnn Rector level-deluxe May 17, 2011

Great find and capture, Michelle... love the post. #9409119

Mike Clime May 17, 2011

Excellent capture and tones, Michelle! They will crop it better than a mower and fertilize it at the same time. #9409171

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe May 17, 2011

Wow, so artistic and eye catching. Beautiful imagery Michelle! #9409296

Carol L. Fowler May 17, 2011

Wonderful treatment of this amazing scene #9409329

Kaye Burazin May 17, 2011

stunning presentation. I think maybe back then, your talent was beyond reproach. You really had that magic eye. #9409568

Tammy Espino May 17, 2011

Glad you found this, a great capture!! :) #9409615

Terry Cervi level-classic May 17, 2011

What an interesting and unique shot, Michelle! I love how they allowed the sheep to graze. Very cool! #9409630

Tamara K. Walker level-classic May 17, 2011

It came out great. I let the horse and pigs mow and fertilize my lawn. #9409712

Jean Lechleiter level-classic May 17, 2011

I love this shot Michelle, having come from U.K. myself. The graveyards hold a wealth of social history there, but I've not seen sheep doing the upkeep before! #9409719

Karen Engelbreth May 17, 2011

Wonderful find and capture - great story, Michelle... #9409730

Karen Engelbreth May 17, 2011

Wonderful find and capture - great story, Michelle... #9409731

Ann Coates level-classic May 17, 2011

Excellent story telling image. I really like your treatment, it works really well. #9409767

Robert K. Bemus level-classic May 18, 2011

This is so cool, Michelle!! Very peaceful in an eerie sort of way...if I were buried there I'd rather have sheep grazing instead of lawnmowers...them things are loud enough to raise the dead!! #9409827

Brett Dolsen May 18, 2011

Im with Robert on this one!!Great restoration of this beautifull old cemetary Michelle! #9409867

Karen Celella level-deluxe May 18, 2011

Terrific treatment, Michelle. #9410399

Hayden Cannon level-classic May 19, 2011

Fantastic capture Michelle, great use of effects fantastic work! #9413437

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic May 19, 2011

Awesome capture and post processing Michelle. Wonderful tones and light. #9414784

Bill Houghton May 19, 2011

Michelle, what a great photo. Outstanding work. Thanks for your comment on my barn photo. Have a great evening. Bill #9414969

Debra R. Harder May 22, 2011

WOW, Michelle! I agree with everyone else. This is truly OUTSTANDING! Love the treatment you applied. It's perfect. A winner in my book! Deb #9421813

Emile Abbott level-deluxe May 22, 2011

Archives are treasure troves for sure. Nice work Michelle. #9422021

Renata Gusciora May 31, 2011

Fabulous image,Michelle!Fantastic framing and great mood! #9437912

Nichon L. Thorstrom Smith June 10, 2011

Love the treatment and the capture. It's fun to pull out old photos for a new look! :-) #9453678

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe June 22, 2011

This is a stellar image Michelle. Congrats on making it to the finals. Good luck. #9473567

Joseph T. Pilonero level-addict June 22, 2011

Fun, and lots of interest. The sheep add to it. Congratulations on Finalist. TED #9473682

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic June 22, 2011

Congratulations on your beautiful Finalist Michelle! #9473694

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic June 22, 2011

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9473725

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic June 22, 2011

You did a wonderful job bringing this old photo back to life - and making it look old, but not worn out! The Finalist badge is much deserved. Congratulations. #9473820

Tiia Vissak June 22, 2011

Congratulations! #9473830

Kathy Salerni level-classic June 22, 2011

Congratulations on your well deserved Finalist, Michelle! #9473959

Carol Eade level-addict June 22, 2011

Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Michelle! #9473977

Tomás Widow level-deluxe June 22, 2011

Congratulations on you very deserved finalist. Fantastic work Michelle! #9474339

Tamara K. Walker level-classic June 22, 2011

Congratulations! #9474417

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe June 22, 2011

Fantastic Michelle! Congrats on your wonderful Finalist! #9474447

Nancy (Peaches) Harker June 22, 2011


HUGE CONGRATS on your AWESOME finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!


Amy M. Wilson June 22, 2011

Big congratulations on your awesome Finalist, Michelle!! #9474716

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict June 22, 2011

Great find in your archives, Michelle, and excellent processing! Hardy congrats on your finalist!

Best wishes for the next round!
Debby #9474719

Carol Flisak level-addict June 22, 2011

Congratulations on your Finalist, Michelle... beautiful! #9474798

Kim Andelkovic June 22, 2011

Congratulations on your amazing finalist Michelle, fantastic job :-)

Renee Doyle level-classic June 22, 2011

Awesome treatment Michelle!! Congratulations! #9475117

Millie A. Talarico level-classic June 22, 2011

Congratulations, Michelle! #9475251

JO ANN CLEVELAND June 22, 2011

Congrats on your super finalist Michelle!

Best of luck in the next round!

jo ann c.


Emile Abbott level-deluxe June 22, 2011

Hey girl his archive still had legs, Congrats on super finalist, Michelle. #9475375

Lorna Shutter June 22, 2011

Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this super image, Michelle!!!!! WTG!!! :)

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe June 22, 2011

Perfect MT, congratulations! #9475513

Jeffrey R. Bange June 22, 2011

Congratulations Michelle on your double win this month, very well deserved and best of luck in the next round. #9475818

Mukesh Srivastava June 22, 2011

Big congrats on Finalist win, Michelle!!!!! #9475962

Rony Sagy June 22, 2011

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist. #9476015

Phyllis H. Burchett June 22, 2011

Congrats on this fabulous finalist Michelle! #9476102

Terry Cervi level-classic June 22, 2011

Congrats on your wonderful finalist, Michelle! #9476175

Monnie Ryan June 22, 2011

Congratulations, Michelle! #9476269

Tammy Espino June 22, 2011

Congrats on a fantastic finalist! :) #9476670

Graeme yew Chow June 22, 2011

Big congratulations Michelle.! #9476699

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic June 22, 2011

Fantastic finalist Michelle!! Congratulatioins and hope to see it again !! #9476947

Ann Coates level-classic June 22, 2011

This image tucked away in the archives has done you proud Michelle. Congratulations on your fantastic finalist. #9476971

Rona L. Schwarz June 22, 2011

Don't know how I missed this earlier, Michelle, but am glad I caught it now. Terrific treatment and wonderful story-telling image, as only you know how to do them! CONGRATULATIONS on your superb FINALIST and Good luck in the next round! #9476980

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe June 23, 2011

Great Finalist to be tucked away so long! Congratulations! #9477664

MELODIE C. ROBERTS June 23, 2011

Wonderful Mickey
Congratulations!! #9477783

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe June 23, 2011

Congratulations Michelle :) #9478112

Karen Celella level-deluxe June 23, 2011

Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Michelle. #9478168

Mary Timman June 23, 2011

Love seeing this one again. I really liked how you did this. Congratulations Michelle! #9478429

Carla Capra level-classic June 23, 2011

Hi Michelle;
Lov'n this image and the background info.
Congratulations on your Finalist.
;) CC #9478640

Hayden Cannon level-classic June 23, 2011

Congratulations Michelle on your well deserved finalist #9478664

Erica Murphy level-deluxe June 23, 2011

Congratulations on your outstanding finalist Michelle!! What a find!! #9478937

Maria Coulson June 23, 2011

Michelle, very interesting, and great treatment. Congratulations. #9479042

Patrick Rouzes level-classic June 23, 2011

Congratulations, Michelle! WTG! #9479176

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic June 23, 2011

Congradulations on this wonderful Finalist Michelle! #9480545

Rolando Rosito June 23, 2011

Congratulations Michelle!! #9480798

Susan D. Royce level-classic June 24, 2011

Congratulations Michelle on this unusual and outstanding finalist! #9482156

Sharon Sawyer June 24, 2011

WTG, Michelle!!! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved finalist!!! #9483793

ALLEN O. HOWARD June 24, 2011

It has come to a most excellent conclusion! Great image (Even better a scan) Michelle! Congratulations again! #9484101

Bojan Bencic level-classic June 26, 2011

Congratulations on your finalist, Michelle. #9486405

Lydia Williams level-deluxe June 27, 2011

This is a beauty, Michelle...I love the treatment you did to it...Congratulations! #9489530

Merna L. Nobile July 11, 2011

Hi Rita: I am so sorry, I must be late with my congrats. There is only one person that could take and make this image what it is; OUTSTANDING! I am always amazed at what you can do. My best to you, always, Merna #9523098

Merna L. Nobile July 11, 2011

Hi Michelle: I am so embarrassed for the lapse in my ability to get the message sent to the proper person.
However, this message could have been written to you. You are another photographer that has an amazing and winning ability to present an outstanding photo to all of us each month. Sincerely, Merna

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Last night I came across this scan of a 35mm snapshot that I made somewhere in the English Lake District back in 1981.
Back then I had NO IDEA what I was doing with a camera, but I thought it was so fascinating that the sheep were put out to graze in the old graveyard. Seems a wonderful way to share the responsibility of feeding the herd and keeping the burial ground tidy.

Applied some Nik Color Efex Pro filters to give the scene an "old English" look.

Uploaded on May 17, 2011 Photo Contest Finalist

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