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Challenge: The Sacred (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-330 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital ED
Location: Elwood, Illinois
Date: Aug 17, 2007
Aperture: 4.9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape, Military
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2007

I shot this at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The peacefulness out there really made me think of the stark contrast between that and the chaos that ensues in the combat that many here went through.

Place: 73 out of 166
Avg (all users): 5.2819
Avg (commenters): 5.2857
Avg (participants): 5.0984
Avg (non-participants): 5.3701
Views since voting: 783
Views during voting: 252
Votes: 188
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2007 10:12:43 PM
Since all my photo equipment was stolen and I am camera-less, I will spend time now voting...
Interest - 2
Theme Interp - 3
Technical Merit - 3
Personal Bias - 2
TOTAL - 10
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08/26/2007 10:33:16 AM
It's funny how human society works: (trying to paraphrase Dawkins) the worst crime is killing, the highest honour is fighting. I wish a picture with this motive could convince me why fighting deserves the highest honours. This picture doesn't.
08/25/2007 08:39:48 PM
Grand, scary, adding to my favs. - 6
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/25/2007 11:21:09 AM
Good subject. Would perhaps be better if you went in closer to one of the headstones, with the others trailing off into the distance, filling the frame with headstones.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/23/2007 06:04:02 PM
You've done a nice job of capturing the rows & symmetry. Making the back top line of tombstones parallel with the top / bottom of the photo, and toning down the stark white of the markers (and if you could pick up some detail of the inscriptions as a bonus) would improve this shot. You might also consider cropping out some of the grass in the foreground and adding some sky. The other think that works against you here is the top line of the tombstones is just about the middle of the photo - typically you want such a strong horizontal line to be 1/3 from the top or from the bottom. It would even work to shift the photo down so you have top 1/3 trees, middle 1/3 tombstones, and bottom 1/3 grass.

Too quickly in the U.S. we forget that our freedom was bought and is kept at the highest cost. Thanks for the reminder.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/22/2007 01:45:52 PM
I would have straighten the horizon and cropped off some of the foreground grass.
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08/22/2007 02:38:44 AM
The horizontal line through the middle of this photo makes a potentially interesting shot a little flat. You also have "dead space" in the foreground (the grass in front of the tombstones). A change of angle would have helped.
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