Virgin Mary vs. new technology - or: never give up on a picture

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Virgin Mary vs. new technology - or: never give up on a picture
3 months ago

On the Cerro San Cristobal in Santiago de Chile - one of the beautiful hills of the city - there is a large, 14 meter high statue of the Virgin Mary, standing on a pedestal 8 meter high. This "Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception" includes a chapel that is an important place of worship that was built in 1904-1908.

More then 100 years later the statue of the Virgin Mary - one of the most famous symbols of Santiago, visited by the Pope in 1987 - has gained some companions. And thus there seem other, more technology oriented forms of worship dominating the hill nowadays:

This is a rather unique view of the statue taken from another hill of the city, the Cerro Santa Lucia. Taken with a K5-II and Tamron 18-250@250mm, also severely cropped and post processed. Why the latter? Because the typical, on this day prevalent city smog made the original, unprocessed picture appear like that:

That's why I said "never give up on a picture" in the title of this post - especially if it's a K5-II's RAW file. There always may be a hidden gem in it.

BTW: Want to know where the picture was taken? From the hill Santa Lucia, a real oasis of nature in the midst of modern city buildings, here photographed from a few meters below the Virgin Mary on San Cristobal; this time the Tamron was at 130mm:

And the original shot - unprocessed and uncropped - was also taken in the usual smog, and this is what it looks like:

Never, never give up on those RAW files.

Phil

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