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A complete change of direction for me this evening, and a change in which any thoughts you may have on would be most welcome.

The image was taken at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway Wartime Weekend, and shows a member of the re-enactment group portrying the American 101st Airborne Division, entrenched in battle.

I have tried to capture a look of despair and bewilderment at the horror he has seen on the battle field, etched on the face of the actor, who seemed to be really into his role!

I have converted this into mono and then toned with a sepia tint, and added a little grain to give a feeling of age.

As I have mentioned your thoughts are most welcome as always.

Hope you are well, and thank you for taking the time to look.

Phil

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Uploaded:14 Sep 2009 - 7:49 PM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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Image123
Image123  5 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2009 - 7:51 PM

great feel & capture

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 7:54 PM

You have captured the feeling superbly well. Just finished Band of Brothers pretty harrowing time.

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justinpaget
14 Sep 2009 - 7:57 PM

I really like this image. Just had to have a little play. Great stuff.

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 8:00 PM

Great image Phil, nice processing

Steve

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Imagephotographics

Superb capture indeed.

Chris

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phil_j
phil_j  8133 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 8:01 PM

Thank you for the mod Justin, you have managed to achieve the look I was trying to get.

Phil

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phil_j  8133 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 8:01 PM

Thank you for the comments everybody.

Phil

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 8:17 PM

Well seen and captured Phil.
Great image.
Like the mod also.

ATB Smile


~Alley~

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 8:50 PM

He is certainly acting out the part Phil - you have caught it well.
I think you could reduce the brightness of the area next to his face - perhaps a little less toning too - but not go B&W.
Brian.

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Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 8:52 PM

Clever manipulation Phil. Suits the image well.
Ron

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 9:30 PM

Looks to me that you achieved what you set out to do, Phil. A very touching portrait which really does convey a feeling of despair.
Terry

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 9:46 PM

excellent capture, prefer the tones of the mod.lsley

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rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2009 - 11:26 PM

Excellent Phil. Your p/f is a joy to look at. Ron.

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antisilence e2 Member 11antisilence vcard United Kingdom
15 Sep 2009 - 11:21 PM

Excellent image. I'm a fan of the 101st Airborne, especially Easy Company. What they had to endure during the Battle of the Bulge (and others) was just unimaginable.

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Nicolashturner
16 Sep 2009 - 10:09 PM

absolutely brilliant .

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