I came to notice that this is my #700th post at TE and had the idea to use a photo from the same day and place as my first post; A little valley, Hedalen, along E16 north of Oslo.
My first post in sep 2003 was a detail from the house used by the local priest (..and my first critic to recieve was from my friend DIDI (Said) whom I later on have met two times for small photosessions down in South of France).
Also later in the year I used another photo displaying the whole building.
Today I present the old Hedalen Stave Church of the place - one of the smaller ones, but with an interesting history/legend:
There is a legend about the church; during the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century Hedalen was depopulated, and the valley became a wilderness. A hunter one day shot an arrow after a bird, but instead of hitting his prey, it missed and struck the bell. Then, there he found the church, standing in the middle of the dense forest.
As the hunter believed this must be a church for huldra or other supernatural beings, he took his flint and steel and threw it over the church. This was something believed to seize property from huldra, and so he wanted to prevent the church from disappearing. On the place where the steel fell, a farm was later built which still has the name Ildjarnstad (Firesteel).
In the church the hunter shot a bear which had made its lair by the altar. The skin from this bear still hangs on the wall of the sacristy.
Truth or tale? In a neighbouring valley, Vassfaret, there is a small national park, and this national park is made specifically as a breeding ground for bears, although in recent years the bears prefer to do business in other landscapes.
Added material: The interior of the Stave Church
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barrufeto_77 (28886) 2006-12-11 5:30
Double compliments!!! Firstly for your 700th post and finally for the picture itself.
The superb sky is, from my POV, the best in the picture.
PixelTerror (0) 2006-12-11 5:31
Congratulations on joining us the happy few above #700, welcome !
A nice idea to use this opportunity to get back to the roots, you have here an atrractive subject, it gets quite dramatic here with those grey clouds that have nearly the same color than the tombstones, overall there is a rich palette of greys in this image !
Have a nice day,
isabela_sor (47748) 2006-12-11 5:31
Congratulations for your choice for 700th posting....Excellent PP work for a great picture, perfect your note...I just love all legends :)
Have a nice week
jasmis (58481) 2006-12-11 5:32
Congratulations. It is really amazing jubilee. And this photo is absolutely proper for this ocassion. Well done, indeed. Thanks for sharing. Regards.
ChrisJ (117715) 2006-12-11 5:36
Congratulations on your 700th! I like the partial desaturation, which makes the graveyard & steeple look more like Transylvania than Norway. Needless to say, spooky & atmospheric. Superb sharpness & repetition of the tombstones. Tfs!
Lix (0) 2006-12-11 5:36
good, another beautiful shot!
I like the contrast between the green and this grey sky, well done!
bantonbuju (51815) 2006-12-11 5:42
congrats on your 700th!
the effect of the sky here is spectacular, this is a great scenery for some historical movie about worriors, first years of christianity in scandinavia, or so...
very interesting effect,
alentejo (1954) 2006-12-11 5:55
Hi Jack !
Great picture indeed and congratulation for your 700th post.
It is a bit scary and dramatic view but I like it a lot. Clouds are impressive as well as the contrast.
klik (301) 2006-12-11 5:55
great picture. it looks like Tim Robins movie
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-12-11 6:08
Very powerful shot, excellent, the quality is top class, with excellent composition and framing.
Thanks for sharing
jemaflor (103049) 2006-12-11 6:12
nice Stavkirkke with the cimetery and interesting effect with this pp, great sky, well done.
jinju (14265) 2006-12-11 6:17
incredibly strong and dramatic shot, that sky is a stunner. I think that this could work well in b/w as the modo is there to carry it off.
Oh, congrats on 700!
carper (96) 2006-12-11 6:22
congratiolation with your 700 th photo. It is very nice to know you as a photographer. Thats so nice here on the side. I have seen a lot good photo's from your hand. Like this on a good oldy, well taken, good pov and nice effect with the colours, well seen and well done.
maltese (22907) 2006-12-11 6:47
Les églises en bois debout sont des monuments merveilleux, tu donnes à celle-ci un superbe écrin avec ta compostion et le pp. Bravo pour ce 700ième post!
papagolf21 (109160) 2006-12-11 7:29
Bonjour, mon ami Jack,
Que de chemin parcouru depuis votre venue sur TE ! La qualité photographique est indéniable, l'on pouvait deviner qu'un oeil pointu se cachait derrière la caméra.
Le résultat est remarquable pour Nikon 885 (très bon appareil au demeurant).
J'aime beaucoup cette réalisation.
Bravo pour cette 700ème publication.
Silvio1953 (152823) 2006-12-11 9:11
Hi Jack, compliments for your 700th wonderful photo, great sky, lovely delicate colors, interesting note, very well done, ciao Silvio
nwoehnl (122) 2006-12-11 12:21
Hi Jack. Congrats on your 700th TE anniversary, it is an impressive milestone that few have passed yet. Good idea to go "back to the roots" with this one, and a nice post-work to accentuate the mood provided by the cloudy cover above the church and quiet graveyard. This is a fine example of where a centered framing works ideally, and I quite like the photo. I appreciate your contributions to TE, and I am sure that the Rotterdam meeting was not the last time that we saw each other and got the chance to shoot some photos together.
gilou530 (34) 2006-12-11 12:50
pour une 700 em bravo l'effet de la désaturation est top, belle ambiance pleine de mystére, le ciel y est pour beaucoup, en route pour les 700 suivantes
Photo65Net (43120) 2006-12-11 12:57
First congrats for these 700 pîcs : amazing number !
And this 700th is very nice, I really like the tones and colors (nice PP).
Very nice, and I wait foir the next 700 !
dkeus31 (27735) 2006-12-11 13:43
Congrats for #700, high score :o)
Well light seems average here, centered subject and nice desaturated sky.
Didi (60590) 2006-12-11 13:55
Ha ha ! I was your first customer when you posted your first picture.
Congratulation for the 700 one.
I am sorry to not having enough time to post more.
Nice dramatic sky on this one.
Goos sharp composition.
xavshot (69835) 2006-12-11 15:13
félicitations pour cette 700ème : belle idée que de nous poster cette vue. Je suis impressionné par ta galeire : 700 photos, c'est du très bon travail. Bravo et bonne continuation
Philippe (11836) 2006-12-11 16:29
Hi, Jack. You're a real pillar of TE. 700 pictures, added to your more than 10,000 critiques, that's a milestone. Congratulations on that.
I like the composition very much here with the tombstones that lead us in a kind of triangle to the church. The only part of green is in the churchyard and I think it provides excellent contrast with the rest of the picture. The sky is very dramatic and allows the church spire to stand out very well against it.
I've got a question here: how much of the picture is desaturated?
cessy (13647) 2006-12-11 19:03
wow... 700th post !! congrats
and this one is great picture
so gothic and dramatic
hitesh (594) 2006-12-11 22:37
Congrats for your 700th post.I like the gray tones here and the green grass field.The composition and framing is superb.Tfs and regards,
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-12-11 23:05
The dark sky and the green grass are nice together.
Emile (20352) 2006-12-12 0:44
Congratulation for your 700th picture posted at TE and for this occasion you chose and excellent shot, Very good composition with this impressive grey clouds. Amazing composition. Good PP.
Thank you for your note.
kittyhawk (1800) 2006-12-12 1:37
First of all, congratulations on your post #700.
This is a very nice photo, I really like the way you captured the church and the surroundings. I allso like the way you made this cloudy situation more interesting. Very nice work. TFS.
Gregtom (7169) 2006-12-12 2:03
Congratulations for Your 700th post! You have put a really big work to achieve such a number of photos! I like Your idea to return to the roots and roll a big circle in your journey! Very nice place and fine, almost monochrome graphic. Good job!
miuky (3335) 2006-12-12 3:02
Nice drama above, and silent ground...
As I'm living on the Adriatic coast, with mild temperatures in winter, with the snow every 20 years, I'm afascinated by those very much leaning roofs, mostly covered on this kind of fish skin(sorry for my english), that you show perfectly here...
vincz (19113) 2006-12-12 3:31
Congratulation on your 700th! This is a great picture with a dramatic sky. Almost all black and whit except for the grass and a little bit of the sky! There is definitely a very personal touch in this picture.
Paolo (41230) 2006-12-12 4:03
Hi Jack, a great image for the 700th picture!
excellent view, with a dark mood and excellent quality, light and a great PP work.
mortijo (12828) 2006-12-12 4:48
A good choice for your 700th posting Jack. Very interesting to to compare it with your first. This is a moody pictuire with a threathening sky. Almost monochrome. The accompanying note is of top quality.
Have a nice day,
teutza (10590) 2006-12-12 5:17
congratulations for your 700th!!wow!!it's a great number!!:)
this is a good PP !!good choice!
cbrman (21675) 2006-12-12 7:05
Félicitations pour ton 700ème post ! La note est très intéressante ! Je trouve ton image très impressionante. Presque effrayante ! la dominante sombre fais presque peur !
Bravo pour cette photographie !
kevinos (7517) 2006-12-12 9:37
Congratulations on your 700th post, Jack. You work seems to me to have developed a strong sense of authoity and certaintiy, since your earl days.You have developed a recognisable personal style.I like the sharness, cleaness and geometic precission of this one, all this is reinforced by the lovely ecconomy of color.
Here's to your next 700
evanrizo (456) 2006-12-12 12:50
Woooh it is soo impressive photo! It is very good composed with htis sky.
In few words: Very very good work.
Muse (34962) 2006-12-12 13:06
Congratulations for your 700th post Jack!
A very beautiful one. I like it very much.
The BN and the green is a very good work.
The sky is superb and the pov very good.
Very well done!
danyy (0) 2006-12-12 13:44
une ancienne photo avec des traitements modernes, cela donne un résultat extraordinaire.
On commence lentement à te reconnaitre un style qui t'est propre avec ces contrastes puissants dans le ciel et des couleurs vives.
Une compos soignée et bien cadrée.
Alors comme on dit, rendez-vous à la 800th.
Bien à toi.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-12-12 14:59
Congratulations on your 700th post.
Really beautiful, the environment is quite haunting with this menacing sky. Excellent contrast, nice greyish tones. While I understand the use of the leaves as a framing tool, however I think that without them it would look very interesting too.
JCG (35129) 2006-12-12 15:57
Congratulations for this 700th publication. It is superb, I like very much the image processing used. Qualities of the photograph are undeniable. A very beautiful composition, still cheer.
balatrek (7455) 2006-12-12 17:19
Excellent work, the intensity of the sky creates an incredible light, a great image where there are treatment the colour of a very creative form, I like the composition and the note that is very interesting, good shot!
Congratulations by your photography 700!!
TeresaT (10806) 2006-12-12 18:05
congratulations for yor 700 post on TE (so many beautiful photos).
And you've choose a great one to celebrate this ocasion.
What a dramatic atmosphere you got here...the stormy sky and the graves.
I like the desaturated colours here.
dsidwell (9783) 2006-12-12 23:53
Having some fun with your 700th, eh Jack? Very nice use of desaturation here, and a dramatic photo indeed!
syd1946 (18663) 2006-12-13 3:24
Great celebration for the 700th post with this fantastic image!Well composed,atmospheric a really eye catcher!
Cricri (125786) 2006-12-13 9:07
Félicitations pour votre 700éme images sur T.E.
beau travail de désaturation sur une partie de l'image, bon cadrage, belle réalisation
pat0500 (21561) 2006-12-13 9:53
Sorry jack, I was going almost to forget..!...:)
....Congratulations for 700post..and beautiful galerie..!
A good choice of picture for this day..! Good POV and good sharpness.
Still 300 to make 1000....good luck...:)
Pat & Emmy
fayeulle (27827) 2006-12-13 22:16
Congratulations on your 700 th. The desaturated sky give here a great impact to this shot.
berek (50508) 2006-12-14 0:07
I just say , congratulations for 700th post.
this one is great picture. have a nice day
my overall evaluation -> ****
pablominto (53746) 2006-12-14 1:56
Being your image #700 I think this one deserves to pass the 100 points line!
But also because it is an interesting image, the fact it is dating back a few years shows in tech stuff but the composition is very attractive!
Congratulation on the achievemant!
sebcz (2345) 2006-12-15 8:34
Wonderful shot! I also read the note attentively, 700, wow. Some time has passed, hasn't it?
Keep up good work!
bakes888 (18499) 2006-12-15 14:12
Hi Jack. Great photo, great story (true or otherwise). I love the POV and the framing although the spire does disappear into the tree. Your PP of the colour has given the shot a sombre mood which suits the subject well. Thanks for sharing.
dorte_s_t (2287) 2006-12-17 3:55
Hello . Jack .
Very interesting photo . My eye can hardly tell me if it is in colours all over or if it is both coloured and black and white .
I was really fascinated by the tale !
Again it is up to one's imagination to decide : is it true or a tale ........?
All the best to you !
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2006-12-21 14:06
This must be a very nostalgic. I mean 700 posts in 3 years, thats incredible, a feat that would be hard to beat. And to top it all, you have made such valuable contribution to the site. The desaturation simply works wonders here. Great job.
With Greetings from India
premels (2400) 2007-01-07 9:27
Very impressive, threathening greys for this color picture. It seems the sky is painted with coal. Congratulation and many thanks for the many wonderfull pictures you post on TE.
I wish you the best for 2007
pady (4800) 2007-01-07 10:43
Congratulations for your 700th post and I wish all my best for the new year.
A long presence here on TE and your production is stellar.
Very good composition
cherryripe (21033) 2007-01-08 10:24
Godt nytt år !
Very spectacular stavkirke which stands out so well against the dramatic cloudy sky. I like the idea of the leaves making a border although I would have just separated the top of the spire from the leaf.
- Copyright: Jack R Johanson (jrj) (34843)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-07-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 885
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- Date Submitted: 2006-12-11 5:28
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