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'Lest We Forget'

By flatfoot471    
100 years have passed since the start of the Great War...They shall not grow old, As we who are left grow old..Age shall notweary them, nor the years condemn..At the going down of the sun and in the morning.We will remember them.

This was just an experiment in blending two images together to create something poignant for Remembrance Day.
Quite pleased with how it worked out.

Tags: Scotland Poppy Montage England Monument Digitally manipulated Flag Ben nevis Bamburgh Spean bridge

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9 Nov 2014 11:55PM
Really strong memoriam.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4264 Canada
10 Nov 2014 12:23AM
Its well done.

PhilT2 Plus
11 561 32 England
10 Nov 2014 8:14AM
Nicely worked image.......a fine tribute
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2014 8:27AM
Very well done indeed. Neat and well composed with superb composition. The only negative, and it is trivial as the sentiment remains the same, is that the silhouetted soldiers appear to be in WW2 commando battledress. I don't think those forage caps were WW1.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2014 11:08AM
Technically not in my territory - but composition, visual story-telling and conveying emotion are very much my area.

First of all, Remembrance Sunday is about remembering the dead of all the conflicts of the last century. The more modern uniforms are a reminder that it's not just the very distant past. Yesterday's wreaths included tributes to the local lads who died in the Gulf and Afghanistan. One of the former was in the same year at school as my daughter. So the figures are fine for me.

This is well done, and carefully composed. I like the fact that the figures are looking over the poppies, towards the distance. Having them looking towards the left gives a down-beat, reflective mood - flipped horizontally this would be very different in feel.

It's all about the planning, and a few things jar slightly.

Firstly, I would prefer to see wild poppies used, these look like a rather more sophisticated garden variety.

Second, and far more important - the inclusion of the flag is wrong for me. It gives a triumphal, nationalistic note. Yesterday was about lowering flags not flying them.

Third point. I like the way the textures of the poppy buds overlay the sculpture, I'm less sure about the hints of red overlaying some areas. And I assume that you placed that circle of lens flare deliberately over the head, but it does look like a space helmet to me!

Rather than including your signature, I would suggest placing the dates bottom right to balance the text top left. It's about emotional balance as well as visual.

I shall try a few adjustments and maybe upload a modification.
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2014 11:35AM
Not my territory either, apart from the emotive feel. Like Moira, the flag is a jarring element for me and I agree about the dates being in the bottom right corner instead, to balance the text top left.

I don't mind the lens flare 'space helmet' at all, although it may be better placed in the top right corner so it encompasses all three figures of the sculpture, rather than just the one.

I think that the main thing for me is that the opacity of the poppies is competing for attention with the figures too much. It may be more emotional to lower the opacity of the figures a bit to give that sense of fading 'distance', and to really reinforce the feeling of the passing of time. The poppies being more present in the image is good for me, as that's such a visual reminder of how we remember those who lost their lives fighting for what we have and take for granted today.

I like the large dark hump of the mountains (?) in the bottom of the frame, as it provides a solid base for the rest of the image, but on one level I'm wondering if it's too far up the frame? Have you tried lowering it a bit so that it doesn't overpower the plinth of the sculpture that the figures are standing on?

Other than that, I think it's a powerful, emotive image that's very well put together.

Sooty_1 11 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2014 12:22PM
Most of it has been said above. I'd prefer to see wild poppies too, but it hangs together pretty well as it is. In the interests of uniformity, I'd prefer to see the same font used for all the text, I'd prefer to see the figures look more like archetypal "Tommies" and I also think the flag is superfluous. Otherwise, the sentiment is right there, and the blending looks ok, especially on a small screen.


Ps: they aren't forage caps, they are wool cap comforters...this looks like the commando monument at Spean Bridge, Scotland. And yes, the service is to commemorate all those that have died in the service of their country, military and civilian. The fact that this year is the anniversary of the start of the First World War is incidental.

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