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I got to Winchester early on Friday, before the Cathedral had opened. So after a few exterior shots and a coffee I got into the cathedral.
As I was taking this I noticed I had been shooting at 1600 all morning, D'oh!
So this was the first shot I took at 100 ISO, had to retake the Gromley statue. It was an all together disappointing visit, I felt a little uninspired, especially as the building was been cleaned so there was an army of faithful polishers and cleaners around making grand shots awkward.
I tried a couple of approaches with this to get it right, there is some HDR, a straightforward conversion and a really underexposed shot to make this work. Did a bit of tone-mapping too.

I toyed with making this an adult shot, the subject is a little disturbing. I know nothing about the sculpture or the sculptor, but it struck me as a powerful subject.

I hope you enjoy the shot.

Jon

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:10-20mm sigma
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Macabre
Username:redstag redstag
Uploaded:24 Jun 2007 - 5:40 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel, Sculpture, Side aisle, Skeleton, Winchester cathedral
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VintageRed
24 Jun 2007 - 5:55 PM

Well exposed and ever so slightly weird - gets my vote!

Nick

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2007 - 6:01 PM

That sculpture is weird.Makes you think whats going on in the heads of these people.
Great shot Jon and I agree very powerful.
Tom.

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2007 - 6:18 PM

Very nice work Jon.

Alan

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p100
p100  9 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2007 - 6:45 PM

nicely controlled in post production, good composition, well presented and what a great little sculpture, love it.


mal

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2007 - 6:51 PM

These images are well worth taking because they are only there fora short time. Unusual maybe but great lighting and image Jon. Ron.

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2007 - 7:08 PM

Striking and surreal.

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Ganto
Ganto  8769 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2007 - 9:12 PM

Nice lighting and a painted look to the walls at the rear.

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2007 - 9:43 PM

One of the joys of Winchester are the superb wall paintings. Thanks Ganto for the comment.
Jon

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11thearlofmar
24 Jun 2007 - 11:12 PM

I'm gonna have to look into HDR and tone mapping. This is just great - and the rest of your portfolio for that matter. Think I'll try the 'techniques' section and see what it's all about

Alan

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Mounters
Mounters  784 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2007 - 9:05 AM

Jon,
So pleased that even the master has days like the rest of us however our bad days end up in the bin yours are superb. is that the mark of genius?
well done superb shot

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2007 - 10:31 AM

John,
You are making me blush!
Thanks for the comment.
Jon

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wamp  8276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2007 - 12:44 PM

Very strange! But grabs the eye

Sean

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2007 - 7:12 PM

Altogether bizarre, Jon. Unsettling, too.

Not visited for some time as internet access is somewhat patchy, but you have some excellent work in your PF.

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shortski
shortski  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2007 - 8:57 PM

Bizarre and slightly disturbing, but very appealing, a great shot and powerful image...jojo

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2007 - 10:43 PM

Yes, there is some genius in it...
Great composition alltogether.
Johanna

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Eviscera
Eviscera  81097 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2007 - 5:48 PM

love it jon , master tec composition and macabre.the underexposed blend just adds to the question , who , why , would be interested to know who the poor soul was!

Dave

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glenalva
glenalva e2 Member 8324 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
8 Jul 2007 - 9:53 AM

Slightly disturbing, but totally fascinating! Seems like such an unusual sculpture to be in that setting. Love all the detail in/on the floors and walls in this.

Ali

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