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Good morning to my great EPZ friends.

I have jumped right out of my comfort zone by uploading this series of shots taken at Anglesey Abbey nr Cambridge.

They were taken last July and were my first attempt at alternative views and different angles - my husband had been teaching me to use my new DSLR and I was a very raw photographer at the time.

V2 is a stylized version worked on in paint.net and V3 is the statue as it looks to the passer by the other versions are my interpretation and view of a great statue using odd angles to see what I came up with Smile

The mod added as V4 is my first attempt at removing backroung in an image not sure but kind of like it

Camera:Pentax Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Hope
Username:DebbieBMP DebbieBMP
Uploaded:18 Dec 2008 - 5:41 AM
Tags:Anglesy abbey, Cambridgeshire, General, National trust
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maratsuikka
18 Dec 2008 - 5:45 AM

excellent compo here our friend there,just looking Autumn Jewels,pic u always remember says wife

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Sahyadri
Sahyadri  661 forum posts India2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 5:47 AM

execllent shots. while V1 and 2 is a treat in terms of perspectiev and angle, v3 completes the picture.

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goso
goso e2 Member 7goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 5:49 AM

Well taken trio Debbie - particularly like the composition in vers.1......Bill

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 6:23 AM

Good angles of capture, Debbie. Carol

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madbilly
madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 7:38 AM

Hiya D, thanks for your very nice comments on my dramatic sky shot. If any help I prefer version 3 of this one.

regards

Bill

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Adrian_Reynolds
Adrian_Reynolds e2 Member 9201 forum postsAdrian_Reynolds vcard Scotland
18 Dec 2008 - 7:48 AM

Good for you Debs, its always good to try different things, I like the angles you've chosen for this subject, no 1 shows great abstract form, fine work, Adrian

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DebbieBMP
DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 7:50 AM

Thanks Adrian it took a lot of guts to upload such raw stuff from my first real photo shoot and all of the comments here are so reassuring thanks guys - Debs

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom884 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 7:53 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

V1 tells the real story here for me, I almost feel I don't need any further information. But with V1 I do think that removing the sky and foliage would focus attention on the intimacy within the sculpture, just replacing the background with a pale neutral grey (as V2 but lighter) would work for me - I wish you'd put this up for mods!
Photographing sculpture has become a passion for me - I think there are two challenges, to convey three dimensions in two; and to convey someone else's artistic vision faithfully but in your own way. The composition in V1 does that for me.
Moira

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 8:02 AM

Nice angles Debbie - where about is the statue for interests sake?

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DebbieBMP
DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 8:18 AM

Thanks Moira is there anyway I can change it to accept mods

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jdenman
jdenman  5 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 8:32 AM

These are excellent, really like the first two with their great angles.
John

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 8:38 AM

Really like V1 best

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 6135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
18 Dec 2008 - 8:40 AM

Version 1 for me as well, love the close up, great quality and detail

Nicky

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DebbieBMP
DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 8:41 AM


Quote: Nice angles Debbie - where about is the statue for interests sake?

Anglesey Abbey nr Cambridge as above in info Smile

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JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 8:47 AM

Three super images - love the angle in V1 and 2 - Jude.

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koka
koka e2 Member 5koka vcard United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 - 9:40 AM

I love V2 Debbie - I think it is so dramatic..well shot katie

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 11Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 9:57 AM

Debs, the angles you have shown the shots is very artistic and gives "feel".

Rock

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anthhope
anthhope  8 England
18 Dec 2008 - 10:22 AM

Debbie, I think the composition in 1 and 4 is spot on, I think 4 is better than 1 as the background is a little distracting in 1. But they are very good.

Have a great Christmas and all the very best for 2009.

Cheers

Anthony

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 10:51 AM

Good set of images - version one has the most impact for me - well captured.
Regards Richard.

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whiteswan01
18 Dec 2008 - 11:02 AM

great set nice angles
Dawn

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 - 11:24 AM

4 Great images.
Dave

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014554 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 11:24 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I did some shots of statues at a cemetary not long ago, can get some interesting results as they are effectively models that don't complain, get bored or get cold!

V1 - I like the framing idea, you're peering into the shot and almost feel like you're spying on something you should not be. I think cropping in a bit more would strengthen it a bit. Try initially choping away quite a lot of the left for starters. Keep a dark slither to the left for a frame effect, do it bit by bit - crop, look at it, assess whether it needs more or feels right.

maybe do the same with the top too - may or may not need that. Keep the hand though, that works well and lets you know it's a human statue we're looking at.

V2 - the solarisation effect makes it look like something from Dr. Who! interesting angle, but try to avoid letting his head touch the other statue - it's better to have a bit of free space between your subject and things surrounding it where possible - so a quick move to the right would have done that here.

V3's fine - maybe benefit from a little more room at the feet as they're almost on the foot of the frame, but other than taht, yeah, it's fine. the composition is less creative than 1 and 2 of course, so this is more of a "record" shot in style.

V 4... I'd keep the tree myself, that large expanse of white looks cold and empty and it begging for some clouds to add interest. So you could nick some clouds from another shot if you wanted.

The crop for V1 would make a revered N shape - the arm being the slanted bit of the N

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videotec
videotec  5 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 - 11:35 AM

Super Four
Pete

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HuntedDragon
18 Dec 2008 - 11:45 AM

V2 for me

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photophantom
18 Dec 2008 - 1:31 PM

Great study shots Debbie, fascinating statue.
Dennis

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England53 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 1:46 PM

Great composition

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Dimitre_P
Dimitre_P  5 Bulgaria
18 Dec 2008 - 1:59 PM

Hi Debbie, great comp...again something intresting...
Dimitre

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9462 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 2:13 PM

Yes you have done well Debbie especially with your firsr attempt. You have some very good advice on here already so I will refrain from adding my two pennorth.

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 646 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
18 Dec 2008 - 3:10 PM

A great series Debbie, love the angles and post processing

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 - 4:38 PM

What a great set of shots well done.
peter

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Eviscera
Eviscera  71093 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 5:25 PM

do admire how you see images in such a wide range of subjects angles and colours.

eclectic p.f , keep the vision !

Dave

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Techno
Techno  5932 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 5:51 PM

Excellent work on this Debbie.....

Mal

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
18 Dec 2008 - 6:54 PM

These are excellent captures Debbies.
Great details and angles.
Robert

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sergedlm
sergedlm  5 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 - 9:08 PM

lovely

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom884 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2008 - 9:57 PM

I'm glad you've added further versions, V4 works for me (though I suspect that all or most of these would work better against the black background.)
Once you've uploaded I don't think you can add the Mods button, and it's something I don't think of as often as I should. It takes a certain amount of courage to let other people loose modifying your vision... !
Moira

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014554 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2008 - 9:54 AM

5 or 6 are abot right I think

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2008 - 5:24 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

well first its nice to round it off to a clean 40
V1 i like the framing of the head in the inverted v shape left by the arm and the fingers on the hand i like,
i would perhaps crop in tighter on the lh and rh in an attempt to try and make it nearer a square, even if it means unticking constrain proportions and squeeze it up to square, much as i like the subject and composition it suffers from a weak sky leaving large bare patches which can be a bit stark, since i see in variations you have had a go at removing the background, what about trying to put a new one in, The thing that suprises me is that the one mod you havnt tried above would be a mono conversion of V1 which i think would be the strongest image.
so its a good image which blows away the other versions, it has attracted a lot of attention which is brilliant, but i would go back on a blue sky day or similar and get it perfect if possible.
intesting shot and full marks having the balls to shove it up front.
regards,
Phil

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pankaj_dutta
8 Sep 2010 - 5:46 AM

Nice close-up. Good angles.
PANKAJ

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