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Are you in a rut? Do you need some inspiration, some ideas about what to shoot next? Well, how about joining the Weekly black and white challenge group?

This was an image shot for last week's challenge.

I finally got the shot I wanted. This is from an old historic cemetery in my town. It is slowly being reconstructed and old graves are being found, marked by the white crosses.

When the sun rises there is a slice of light on Nancy's grave - it lasts for less than a minute.

This speaks of love and loss for me: a rough limestone marker, hand engraved.

Thanks for looking,

Anne

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-510
Lens:Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm F2.0 Macro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Mar 2013 - 8:03 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/2.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Nancy A Johns
Username:AnneWorner AnneWorner
Uploaded:14 Mar 2013 - 2:26 AM
Tags:Black and white, Cemetery, General, Grave stone, Historical, Photo journalism, Photojournalism
Votes:59

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gonzalito
gonzalito e2 Member 4gonzalito vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2013 - 2:24 AM

I am sure she is resting in peace.
You be at peace too my friend!

Nice shot!

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
14 Mar 2013 - 2:30 AM

Hay un respeto en esta fotografía..Excelente..

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gajewski
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14 Mar 2013 - 3:30 AM

You caught that short lived light at just the right moment.
-=\Walter

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
14 Mar 2013 - 3:37 AM

This is a lovely image and thought Anne !

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originalgum
14 Mar 2013 - 3:42 AM

Anne, I love this shot. I love the way you captured the light, making the headstone standout as your main subject apart from the rest of the group. The fact that it is in B&W lends to the feelings you've expressed. Excellent.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2013 - 6:05 AM

A very crude headstone, Anne, but no doubt lovingly carved by someone who missed her. A fine b&w presentation. Carol

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LynneJoyce
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14 Mar 2013 - 6:25 AM

Super, evocative image.

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2013 - 7:45 AM

A well thought through composition which creates the ideal effect in classic black 'n white.

Albert

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NDODS
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14 Mar 2013 - 8:12 AM

A beautiful composition with an emotive slant.

Nathan Grin

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2013 - 8:28 AM

A great mono image Anne( As Nathan says with an emotive slant.) and well thought out and capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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mrswoolybill
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14 Mar 2013 - 8:44 AM

Love and loss. Graveyards carry so much emotional weight because of the very intimate glimpses into real lives in the distant past. A sort of line of contact with the past.
Awkward, amateur inscriptions are always moving. The family themselves produced that, not a trained stone-mason.
Lovely light, sympathetic processing. I do suspect the Burn tool has passed through here, but it did so very discreetly.
Moira

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woolybill1
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14 Mar 2013 - 9:00 AM

Even if I competed in challenges and competitions doubt I could match this.
Beautiful composition, perfect light, top-notch use of shallow dof, excellent b&w, all conveying appreciation and understanding of this simple monument.
Nothing else in my shortlist can compete either.
Regards
Bill

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ChiliMan
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14 Mar 2013 - 9:14 AM

This was so made for BW and you've shot it perfectly, Anne. There is something so sweet, touching and sad about how handmade the gravestone is. Never seen anything like it.

Andrew

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AnnChown
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14 Mar 2013 - 9:27 AM

It is a touching image - sympathetically taken in that brief moment when the sun shines on the stone. Lovely work Anne!
Ann

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rontear
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14 Mar 2013 - 9:36 AM

Very good mono Anne, making the point about using monochrome as a medium ( I do belong to the mono group too)
Ron.

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TyChee
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14 Mar 2013 - 10:36 AM

Excellent light.
Ty

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scrimmy
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14 Mar 2013 - 10:43 AM

a worthy winner to this weeks challenge ..... a sublime image .............not sure i understand the concept of sunrise though Wink

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Joline
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14 Mar 2013 - 11:43 AM

There is something lovely and intimate about a cemetery. How the person is represented gives hints about his or her life. You have caught some of that here so well.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7613 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2013 - 11:44 AM


Quote: Love and loss. Graveyards carry so much emotional weight because of the very intimate glimpses into real lives in the distant past. A sort of line of contact with the past.
Awkward, amateur inscriptions are always moving. The family themselves produced that, not a trained stone-mason.
Lovely light, sympathetic processing. I do suspect the Burn tool has passed through here, but it did so very discreetly.
Moira

Thanks for your comment Moira. Burn tool was not used here at all. Just Nik, and a vignette. Pretty straight forward for a change Smile

Anne

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14 Mar 2013 - 11:47 AM


Quote: Even if I competed in challenges and competitions doubt I could match this.
Beautiful composition, perfect light, top-notch use of shallow dof, excellent b&w, all conveying appreciation and understanding of this simple monument.
Nothing else in my shortlist can compete either.
Regards
Bill

John told me I was there at the right moment to catch this. We've been down to this graveyard before (5 minutes from the house) and I've seen the light come through the trees to this spot - this time of year, the sun must be in the right spot to really hit this gravemarker. Funny how you know you have the shot once you've taken it - the whole scene is profoundly moving for me.

I'm so glad you like it and very happy to have your UA.

Anne

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lonely_oryx
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14 Mar 2013 - 11:52 AM

Excellent lighting, composition and DOF

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WhiteRose1
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14 Mar 2013 - 12:02 PM

Spot lighted perfectly, Anne, and the white crosses add to the poignancy. Beautifully and sympathetically captured.

Dave

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AnneWorner
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14 Mar 2013 - 12:32 PM


Quote: Excellent lighting, composition and DOF

Thank you John and a great big thanks for your UA.

I hadn't expected this one to get such a reception, but am very pleased that others find this moving too.

Anne

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helenlinda
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14 Mar 2013 - 2:04 PM

That wonderful light caught for just a moment is an amazing sight Anne - gets my UA too SmileSmile
Helen

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AnneWorner
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14 Mar 2013 - 2:06 PM

Thanks so much Helen - very much appreciate your UA Smile

Anne

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TrevBatWCC
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14 Mar 2013 - 3:13 PM

A super composition and capture of this unusual headstone, Anne, very nice mono presentation Smile
Trev Smile

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14 Mar 2013 - 3:49 PM

Beautiful. Like it very much.
Johanna

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SlowSong
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14 Mar 2013 - 4:51 PM

I'm so glad you won the challenge with this one. Very touching and gentle.

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14 Mar 2013 - 6:40 PM

The love shown by the person who took the time and trouble to make this shows the love they felt and shared.
Evocative, Anne.

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14 Mar 2013 - 6:58 PM

A wonderful thought provoking shot Anne.

John Smile

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jaktis
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14 Mar 2013 - 7:37 PM

I just love the simplicity in the grave stone, very emotional

Peter

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Phil_L
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14 Mar 2013 - 7:54 PM

The minimal dof perfectly isolates the stone yet the white crosses remain quite prominent and seem to me to be an important part of the image. You've caught that fleeting moment of light. What more can a life be in the grand scheme of things.
Phil

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14 Mar 2013 - 11:06 PM

A touching and beautiful image
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14 Mar 2013 - 11:07 PM

Great light and contrast.
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14 Mar 2013 - 11:50 PM


Quote: A touching and beautiful image
-source

Thank you source, and thanks so much for your UA!

Anne

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15 Mar 2013 - 7:23 AM

Absolute perfection! Love it!

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Meheecho
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15 Mar 2013 - 5:13 PM

A poignant and beautifully captured image
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:15 PM

Thanks to all Smile

Anne

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