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Death & Loss
Death & Loss

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Challenge: D&L (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Sheen Cemetry
Date: Aug 27, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2005


Place: 87 out of 200
Avg (all users): 5.6471
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.5285
Avg (non-participants): 5.7576
Views since voting: 884
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 255
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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09/07/2005 06:04:08 PM
**Critique Club**

Revisiting this photo I am again impressed. I remember this one well and thought that it would place better than it did. I had stated during voting that it might "do better in B&W with higher contrast". Typically when you see cemetary shots, they are higher contrast and in black and white. Your image would probably have appealed more to the masses had you taken this route, but you chose a different take on the "norm" and here I think it works.

The colors of the gravestone give it an almost sepia tone, but the greens in the grass add an interesting element of color. I really like the muted colors and personally feel that they add to the overall feel of the image. IMO the tilted perspective on the gravestone adds to the feeling of Loss in the image. The composition is good, but may be improved a little by off centering the gravestone to the left just a tiny bit.

Personally the only thing I can find that I don't like about the image is the blown out sky. Maybe some creative burning of the "hot spots" would have helped, but honestly I think that had you have taken the exact same shot just a few minutes later with a little different cloud cover, it would have placed much better.

Overall I do like the image and I stand firmly by the well deserved 7 I gave you during the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2005 11:48:21 PM
Beautiful shot. I like your use of pastel coloring . Very soothing and peaceful. Good luck!
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09/04/2005 07:23:39 PM
Very studios and deftly use of color to add character and feeling. 8
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09/04/2005 05:13:44 PM
Very nice shot (except for the sadness of the subject :( )
Well captured! :)
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09/04/2005 03:33:51 AM
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09/03/2005 08:38:49 AM
A first glance, I would say the camera was tilted, but as I look, the headstone must be leaning. Still, that does detract from the photo. The flatness of the lighting works in your favor given the subject.
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09/02/2005 06:21:01 PM
Great capture! I love the composition. I think it may do better in B&W with a little more contrast. The blown out areas of the sky could use with a bit of work also.
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08/30/2005 08:38:14 PM
Wonderful composition. I think darkening it would help set more of a mood, IMHO.
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08/30/2005 09:59:14 AM
Wonderful shot, well composed and interesting. It is maybe a bit too flat for my taste, I would have liked to see a bit more contrast in it, but despite that a very good photo that meets the challenge in my opinion.
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08/30/2005 12:04:36 AM
nice perspective
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08/29/2005 06:41:04 PM
Powerfull photo, a bit blownout in the sky
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08/29/2005 06:26:59 PM
nice image...., a bit less of a harsh crop at the bottom and slightly more dramatic 'burnt' sky would turn this into a really 'moody' image - good luck
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08/29/2005 05:39:10 PM
I like the angle you decided to take on this shot, but because the cross is a little crooked (due to the base) it looks a little off. I just wonder if a front on shot might have made it look more "even"? I do like the muted tones with this type of setting.
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08/29/2005 10:12:23 AM
Now this is a beautiful cemetary shot. I usually hate them but here it really has a different and lot better appeal. Normally cemetary shots are linked to death, to drama, to poser if you wish. But here it's just about the beauty of it. I really love the lack of contrast that made the foreground blend into the background magnificently, yet the dodging just seems to contredict that by bringing the tombstone forward and accentuating the details. I'm a sucker for the greens here as well, really neutral greens not too bright, just perfect. The only thing that bothers me is the sky, sure it's dull but that what creates the magnificent lighting, the thing that bothers me is the blue in the sky, what could be done about that is desaturating the blue and cyans in photoshop. But that's quite a minor detail that still doesn't change the fact that the image is just beautiful.
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08/29/2005 12:58:00 AM
I'd like to see this straightened a bit. A slight lean might work a bit better. I like the perspective and the overall composition though.
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