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Just couldn't leave the Isle of Man without grabbing a shot of a Manx Cross.

Found this one in the grounds of St Judes Church.

I thought it would be perfect for a black and white conversion which I processed in Topaz Black & White Effects.

I wondered if maybe the image would benefit from a bit of canvas added to the LHS to move the cross a bit more off center to the RHS. I think the cloning would be reasonably easy.

But what do you all think?

Thanks for looking.

Elaine Grin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jul 2013 - 12:25 PM
Focal Length:26mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.1
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Manx Cross
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:30 Jul 2013 - 11:40 AM
Tags:Black & white, General, Landscape / travel
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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 - 11:53 AM

Excellent image....

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mashwood10
mashwood10 e2 Member 2mashwood10 vcard United Kingdom
30 Jul 2013 - 11:58 AM

Very powerful.GrinGrin

Pam

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
30 Jul 2013 - 12:35 PM

Thanks Jim and Pam,

It's very encouraging to get a great reaction, thanks for taking the time to view and comment on my shot.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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Danial
Danial  5 Iran, Islamic Republic of
30 Jul 2013 - 2:48 PM

Nice texture Smile

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1019 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2013 - 3:27 PM

It's the two tombstones background left, leaning in towards each other conspiratorially and watching you, that make the image for me. Plus the arc of cloud above. Without those elements I'd be looking for a landscape composition featuring the Manx Cross elegantly placed to one side. As it is, it's about height, it reads up/down, portrait works. Wouldn't change this in any way.
Moira

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2013 - 5:03 PM

Totally agree with Moira this image isn't just the Manx Cross, but also the headstones to the left and the sky / cloud arrangement. I can't see how you could improve this and yes B+W is perfect as it makes you concentrate on the shape and form of the objects and not just some pretty colours.

Erik

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
30 Jul 2013 - 8:20 PM

Hi Danial,

I'm glad you like the texture as that is one aspect of the image I hoped to show.

Thanks

Elaine Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
30 Jul 2013 - 8:26 PM

Hi Moira,

I walked round and round the beautiful cross looking for the best composition. As it's such a wonderful monument to those very brave men I wanted to shoot it at the optimum angle and do it some justice.

It's great that you like how I've portrayed the scene.

Thanks a lot.

Elaine Grin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2013 - 8:28 PM

I like this. Strong and near infra red in tones. Well done. Didn't need this topaz thing to do this. I'm not a fan of these effects programs, but that's just me. Very rooted in the old darkroom ways.

PAUL

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
30 Jul 2013 - 8:31 PM

Hi Erik,

Thanks for your smashing crit. I'm glad I've managed to show the cross in it's lovely surroundings including the great sky and clouds. I'm pleased I decided to convert to black and white - the colour version is nice but this has more impact.

Cheers Erik,

Elaine Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
30 Jul 2013 - 8:36 PM

Hi Paul,

Thanks very much for your congratulations on this image - it's much appreciated. I do think you have a point about Topaz processing........I've ruined a few reasonable images by going over the top with some of the effects. I'm learning to use it with a bit more restraint now though.

Cheers and thanks for your comment Paul.

Elaine Grin

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whatriveristhis e2 Member 164 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England75 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 10:12 AM

Moira and Erik have said it really. Can't add anything. Smile

Alan

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
31 Jul 2013 - 7:19 PM

Thanks Alan GrinGrin

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10867 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2863 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2013 - 6:30 PM

On the contrary, you should do the opposite, add space to the right, and have the cross dead centre. (no pun)

I have to say the quality of the conversion done by your software is quite poor. You used ISO 100, and you have a load of noise in the sky, courtesy of Topaz. I have never seen any image, colour or mono that has been improved by this software, so it seems to be very easy to go overboard. The whole think looks fake, the sky, the clouds, the over sharpened cross.


Ive uploaded a mod with that idea for space on the right, and did everything possible to remove all evidence of Topaz!

Hope you like the idea, you can do better if you spend more time than I did, rant is now over.


Regards



Willie

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