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A collapesed head stone found in a cemetary struck me as being forgotten & abandoned. So sad to see that someone has been left even though the passage of time means that there are probably few surviving family members left to pay thier respects. There was nothing left of the base and it's inscription to say who lay there......

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Forgotten & Abandoned
Username:wahnsinn wahnsinn
Uploaded:24 Jul 2012 - 11:42 AM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated
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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 12:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

There is a great subject there within the image and i like the composition with the bit of diagonal line but in some ways its a shame because the grass dominates the strength of the image.

i suppose the grass is all part of the story but from a purely pictorial view, id suggest doing a bit of gardening first so as to rivet the attention on the cross and what looks like a puddle within the details. even if it were only the bulk of the grass that crosses the central area and they are not particulary pleasing to the eye anyway.

im jury out on the process treatment and im unsure but it looks like conversion in sepia but i think it may just be a desaturation. id prefer a contrasty mono or even an infrared but thats just down to taste.

regards
Phil

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wahnsinn
wahnsinn  4 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 - 12:51 PM

Thank you Phil, I had pulled a little grass out, it was incredibly thick and overgrown but a little more 'weeding' would have helped even more. You are right.
I did desaturate a little and added some sepia tone with a grungy overlay to darken the image as I wanted a bit of an aged look but I will try out a bit of infrared next time, it hadn't crossed my mind to give it a bash. I am relatively new to photoshop and enjoying the endless possibilites while a little afraid of going too far.
Thank you for your comments, I will experiment a little more next time.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43282 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 1:24 PM

A rather unusual botanical nightmare, however a great composition,. Everything about this asks the viewer 'Why?'

Regards Nathan

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pamelajean Critique Team 8773 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1604 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 3:01 PM

Well done for removing some of the grass before shooting, Natalie, that suggests thinking seriously about the finished result before shooting.
You have set the cross nicely on the diagonal and have filled the frame with it, so the decoration can be seen.
The central part of the cross is an important part, and so I think the grass is misplaced in that area. It would have been better on the right side, sort of framing the cross. But you had to work with what was there.
I think your treatment works, though I'd have liked it a little less rich in tone.
The fallen cross does have a rather sad and neglected atmosphere about it, but it was a good find, and makes a good image.
Pamela.

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wahnsinn
wahnsinn  4 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 - 3:40 PM

Thank you all for your comments. Its a never ending learning curve. I will try to slow down and 'look' properly... really think before pressing the shutter button. I find your comments and critique so helpful, many points to consider and much room for improvement.
Onwards and upwards! as they say Grin
Thank you.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 8:34 PM

This has great potential but you give no info and the image is very warm brown with faint indication of greens? If going for sepia i would have gone for a less red brown think. Well seen and i like the compsition.

Paul

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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2012 - 10:54 PM

love every thing about this

the composition colour and hues

its excellent

paree

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wahnsinn
wahnsinn  4 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 - 10:13 AM

Paul:
I forgot to save a .psd copy of the picture so don't have an exact record of the adjustments I made, it was very much an experiment where I made changes until I liked the effect! Lesson learned though and I will be keeping a copy in future.
The origional image was shot on a:
Cannon 400D
F-stop: f/10
Aperture Value:f/9
ISO: 200
Focal Length 55.0mm
Lens: EF-S18-55mm

Paree: Thank you Smile
Everyone has thier own distinct taste and style, it is interesting and so helpful with the critique feedback to try and improve one's efforts and experiment with some of the suggestions. Always room to learn more and improve!

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