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Keeping Love Alive
Keeping Love Alive

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Challenge: Romance (Basic Editing III)
Collection: goofy/spooky
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Tranquility Cemetery
Date: Jan 31, 2006
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Persuasive
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2006

desat, curves, contrast, shadow/highlight, noise manipulation


Post: So there are wonderful old cemeteries near me, and when I stroll through them, I make up ghostly little fantasies for the graves upon which the 'died' date is unentered... pretend the person is still alive.

All of you who commented - you gave me the best gift, the best response I could hope for in submitting an image: You made up the story to fit.

I give you all 10's on your creative comments. Thank you so much.

Place: 48 out of 131
Avg (all users): 5.4207
Avg (commenters): 6.7222
Avg (participants): 4.8462
Avg (non-participants): 5.5532
Views since voting: 1079
Views during voting: 482
Votes: 347
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2006 11:14:20 PM
Evocative. I really like it. I just think the red flower adds that not so good 90's feeling. Without it I would get it a 9.
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02/07/2006 10:23:23 PM
Sometimes you just have to carry on...and on, and on and on and on..

Super shot, great find.
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02/07/2006 05:20:29 PM
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02/07/2006 04:21:00 PM
Wow, was this an unfinished one, or did you clone the date out?
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02/04/2006 07:19:07 PM
oh that's great; i like it
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02/03/2006 11:01:43 AM
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02/03/2006 12:41:28 AM
My first reaction was to rate this as an average shot and move on, but for some reason the wife's birth year caught my attention. That combined with your title and the still vacant space to the right of the hyphen mad me pause to wonder for a moment. Is this woman still alive? Does she still have strong feelings for this man? Has she remarried? Would she still like to be buried with Alfred (presumably her first husband)?

I like the selective desat on the flower. If the grass was green I think that leaving a hint of that color might have been nice; if it was dead then this was definitely the way to go. I like the noise that you added to the image, even though it turned a little too blocky when you saved it to DPC size requirements. The streaks on the bottom of the headstone drew my attention almost immediately, and I've got mixed feelings about them. If they're going to be there, the image would certainly be stronger if they somehow visibly tied into the thematic content of the image. The legible name on the tombstone in the background is somewhat distracting; recomposing the shot to have only illegible writing in the background would probably have been an improvement.

I almost gave this an average score. Thanks for making me stop and think. It's not often that images here at DPC make me do that. I wonder, does that say more about me or the images here?
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02/03/2006 12:01:10 AM
Nice use of selective desaturation. This usually comes out badly but it fits well here. Nice dop, too.
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02/02/2006 10:37:51 PM
She prob'ly got remarried and is buried with the 2nd husband. :) Nice pic, though.
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02/02/2006 01:51:44 PM
so what, she's 135 years old!? otherwise the idea's gr8
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02/02/2006 11:19:46 AM
Whoa, interesting that they didn't update her date...wonder if she remarried. Because of that I'm not sure I'd consider this romantic since he basically was forgotten. Would've been better with the flower and dates that weren't so long ago.
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02/02/2006 10:01:47 AM
Content, composition and the use of red combined with sepia makes this a fine image and concept. The clear message that Alfred is NOT and will never be resting eternally with Margaret is powerful. Are they life long lovers torn asunder by circumstance? Did Margaret find another love after Alfred was gone? Was Alfred the only one carrying a torch? We will never know.

The distracting thing about this image is the letters in the names are obscured by the ravages of time.
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02/01/2006 11:16:57 PM
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02/01/2006 10:06:41 PM
Poor Alfred died in 1908, but his wife isn't beside her, but is presumably dead after 135 years. You probably should have picked another tombstone, but I think it is a good idea and the desaturation of all but the red (flower) is touching.
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02/01/2006 02:32:33 PM
Nice choice of subject matter and selective use of colour, very emotive.
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02/01/2006 02:30:48 PM
Lovely shot, unusual for a "romance" challenge. Very interesting to note there is no date of death for the wife. Since she didn't live to be 135, i wonder if she married again and was buried elsewhere. Kinda kills the enduring love angle...
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02/01/2006 08:35:34 AM
This is a good idea and picture. IMO opinion, if Margaret is not there, it's simply because she did fall in love with somebody else, she was only in her 30's when Alfred passed away. Good luck.
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02/01/2006 03:17:00 AM
Keeping Love Alive ... for 97 years past his death? (1871-). I guess she was buried elsewhere.

Not a fan of selective desat, but I can't hold that against the picture.
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