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End of the track

By Delg999
I took this shot to try and portray the sheer size of the death camp at Birkenau. The building which the train passed through to enter the camp can just be seen in the distance (about a Kilometre).
It shows where the railway track ended just prior to the four massive gas chambers & crematoriums.

Comments and critiques welcomed


Tags: Architecture Auschwitz Birkenau Black and white Landscape and travel Death camp

Voters: Buffalo_Tom, redstag, Hanners and 20 more

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
13 2.3k 11 Wales
21 Mar 2008 7:00PM
Super mono and you have captured the bleakness of the place really well.
Well taken.

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redstag 14 100 15 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2008 7:03PM
When you realise what this shot is about, this gorgeous image takes on a whole new meaning.

Both versions work really well. Fantastic composition.

Hanners 14 875 10 Ireland
21 Mar 2008 7:04PM
yep, I agree, you've captured with superb sensitivity too Smile
sawdust 14 72
21 Mar 2008 7:07PM
Wow just Wow sent a shiver down my spine
photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
21 Mar 2008 7:08PM
Great mono, lead in composition.
James_G 13 166 5
21 Mar 2008 7:10PM
Excellent shot. The mono has the most impact, I think...
thetriguy 15 23 12 United States
21 Mar 2008 7:10PM
Del, this a is a powerful shot. I agree with Jon above about the meaning. Both images are strong. I would have liked a third: The B&W version with a color pop of the flowers by the side of the track. I think that would have been special.
Best, Bill
crookymonsta Plus
12 842 10 England
21 Mar 2008 7:11PM
B/W really conveys the message. Sandra
ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2008 7:21PM
Powerful image, good treatment.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
21 Mar 2008 7:24PM
Powerful indeed, this is an image with impact. Clearly conveys the intended feeling. And the b&w emphasises the bleakness. Although the colour version does also have an advantage, because in that version it is more obvious that there are flowers lying on the left-hand side of the tracks. I suppose no. 3 is a good way of combining the two.
Delg999 12 9 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2008 7:25PM
On Bills suggestion I have uploaded a B&W version with the flowers unmasked. I agree with him it does add a certain poignancy.

Thanks Bill

Mikey_S 13 England
21 Mar 2008 7:45PM
Excellent mono shot - makes you think ......

Vicalli 12 Scotland
21 Mar 2008 7:52PM
Love this mono shot,very powerful!
sidaorb 14 3.9k 2 England
21 Mar 2008 8:54PM
I liked version 1, the thumbnail stood out.

Funnily though I actually prefer V2, the colours are quite soft, for the flowers and the gravel, then the angry skies remind you of what you are really looking at.

A very powerful image.
Sweep 13 43 England
22 Mar 2008 8:21AM
No3 for me, it made me shudder, very stong image the tiny bit of colour in the flowers works well.
24 Mar 2008 3:50PM
Unbelieveably striking image.

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