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Another shot from Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol and deliberately processed in a low key, high grain, pin-hole style as it was how I envisaged the shot when I took it.
In a sea of over-grown memorials, this cross and anchor seemed to stand out amongst the others as it had very little growth on it, I've no idea as to why this was as the memorial was as old as all the others, but I think it may have been down to the kind of stone used.
I'm not sure if I've done it justice or not, but in all honesty at the moment I'm playing around with different styles of photography not because I've given up or gotten bored with natural history images, but more to try and broaden my horizons a little, they do say a change is as good as a rest. Personally I quite like it and that's all that matters, but any comments or criticisms good or bad would be welcomed, so long as they are constructive of course.
Thanks for the comments on yesterdays image, regards to all......Ade

Camera:Olympus E-PL1
Lens:Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:The Forgotten Sailor
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:1 Dec 2012 - 10:55 AM
Tags:Architecture, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, General, Gravestones, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
Votes:56

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:20 AM

This is by far my fave so far Ade................. you have done a great job in the processing, so much mood, it looks like a stage with a curtain of trees as a back drop.......................... Cracking work!!
Diane

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:26 AM

great shot Ade, nicely processed, i do like the vignette. a subject for mono.
ant.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:32 AM

You certainly are taking a different route, Ade, though no doubt there are plenty of critters in the cemetery to be found Smile. I like the presentation of this very much. Carol

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 11:56 AM

Epz's anchorman is on top form today, I think this is the best in the series taken at Arnos Vale so far. It works perfectly in mono, however it would be interesting to see a colour version sometime

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 12:06 PM

Very moving

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 12:07 PM

This is excellent Ade !! love the mono-tones !
Ron.

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Lydia
Lydia  3 Greece
1 Dec 2012 - 12:36 PM

I don't have a superduper monitor but an advantage in that is that loads of 'imperfections' can sometimes show up. I can only see the the small version (which epz tends to do horrible things to with compression, as opposed to smaller 600px uploaded images which have not been attacked by epz reduction methods.... if indeed this is a large picture which I can't see as I'm not E2). Anyway, I've spent some time comparing various similar black and white plus a few colour images because I find now on a cheap digital rather than my old state of the art now defunct CRT monitor, that many images now show up so oversharpened that they hurt my eyes!!

I do in fact like this composition and image...but would point out that this is one of the worst images I've seen on my particular monitor (and presumably others who can't afford professional level ones) for oversharping and jagged edges and general feeling of I have to get away from it before I get a migraine. It does however look fine if I look at it frrom about eight feet away!

This isn't a criticism but an observation of what I am actually viewing, and generally I find when I make 'observations' that no-one else ever agrees with me, but heigh ho Smile

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 1:24 PM

Another superb moving image - love the mono tones - it really suits the mood of the subject matter.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom105 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 2:23 PM

What I admire in the most about this particular set of images Ade is firstly. You have stepped away from your comfort zone, and embraced something new and completely different, for which I take my hat of to you. Secondly not only have your tried something completely different, but you have succeeded it what you hope to achieve, and in turn I strongly believe that work is exceptionally good, " Others may or may not agree with this ?" Being a 'stuckist' is all well and good, but being able to dip in and out of differing styles and genres makes in my eyes a more rounded and certainly more interesting photographer. Having a feeling for what you are doing, or trying to achieve is for me and sure many others can be the hardest part of photography. "We can all take photographs, however how many of us can actually create the image in or head before actually pressing the shutter?"
Keep doing what you are doing Ade, and I am confident that you will become not only a very good photographer, but an extremely accomplished photographer.

Regards Nathan

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 2:45 PM

I agree with Nathan's comments completely, Ade: I think you have captured the subject and scene here very well and your processing has resulted in an image to be proud of.......at least, I would be were it mine.
Full marks for broadening your horizons.......and I wish you all success as you proceed to explore new subjects.
Ronnie.

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capto
capto e2 Member 21323 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 3:15 PM

This caught my eye as a thumbnail. Opening up was not a disappointment, the vingette has done its job keeping the interest on the main subject. All in all a fine image, glad I found it.

ivor

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AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 3AnnJ vcard Scotland
1 Dec 2012 - 3:18 PM

Works very well in mono. Ann.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 4:05 PM

I am usually not too keen on ''mono grot'' Ade,
but have to say,this works rather well !!
A fine shot.
Mick.

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 5:00 PM

Really super photo Ade, the processing adds to the photo rather than takes away. Beautiful work
David

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 5:38 PM

Superbly crafted Ade, excellent work with this mate Smile Yawn Wink

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95951 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 6:28 PM

Could be a scene from a Hammer film

Adrian

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1077 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2012 - 6:59 PM

I see a cold, ghostly look. This has a detached, objective feel that I like. Cemeteries are inspirational but very personal locations, I think everyone experiences and sees them differently. This works for me.
Moira

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:17 AM

I applaud your efforts in a new field of interest Ade. I have battled to find something to criticize - maybe the vignette is a bit dark on my monitor. On the other hand maybe not. A

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:29 AM

the anchor and chain draw me into this picture, is somebody trying to say there you are and there you stayWink the picture is full of atmosphere and intrigue for meSmile

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 11:13 AM

Well done in branching out into another area Ade - this works for me and evokes the atmosphere of the cemetery. I think one of the comments above is overly critical and not a little unhelpful. I'm not an expert in mono conversions but the comment - "general feeling of I have to get away from it before I get a migraine. It does however look fine if I look at it frrom about eight feet away!" - doesn't help anybody imho.
Very well done Ade - and I hope to see more.
Ann

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 5:49 PM

Were all entitled to an opinion, whether we agree with it or not is our right. I'm so thick-skinned it doesn't bother me anyhow, it's the bumpkin in me I'm afraid, very stoical about life us carrot crunchers!

Points have been made good and bad, some are valid, other's perhaps not so......The key to EPZ is not read too much into it Tongue One man's cup of tea, is another man's poison...

Special thanks to all that have commented and to Dave and Rons UA, means a lot guys Wink

Ade

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Lydia
Lydia  3 Greece
3 Dec 2012 - 3:45 PM

Ade, the point I was trying to make and which Ann took exception to, was an observation on how images can appear on different monitors. I very much like the image and it works very well in mono, all I was trying to say was that on certain monitors, oversharpening of images with a lot of texture in, added in the factor of epz aglorithm adjustments, can end up not looking as perhaps intended. I did say this was on observation and not a criticism of your image. In my opinion certain images just do not work at close range on a digital monitor. I think this picture would be superb printed.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2012 - 4:48 PM

Ade, the point I was trying to make and which Ann took exception to, was an observation on how images can appear on different monitors

No worries honestly.....GrinGrinGrin

Ade

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4257 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2012 - 10:54 PM

I think the treatment you have given this works very well indeed Ade - its a really interesting subject and you have focussed attention right where it counts
Jason

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