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Macabre

By redstag  
I got to Winchester early on Friday, before the Cathedral had opened. So after a few exterior shots and a coffee I got into the cathedral.
As I was taking this I noticed I had been shooting at 1600 all morning, D'oh!
So this was the first shot I took at 100 ISO, had to retake the Gromley statue. It was an all together disappointing visit, I felt a little uninspired, especially as the building was been cleaned so there was an army of faithful polishers and cleaners around making grand shots awkward.
I tried a couple of approaches with this to get it right, there is some HDR, a straightforward conversion and a really underexposed shot to make this work. Did a bit of tone-mapping too.

I toyed with making this an adult shot, the subject is a little disturbing. I know nothing about the sculpture or the sculptor, but it struck me as a powerful subject.

I hope you enjoy the shot.

Jon

Tags: Sculpture Architecture Skeleton Landscape and travel Winchester cathedral Side aisle

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Comments


VintageRed 11 15 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2007 5:55PM
Well exposed and ever so slightly weird - gets my vote!

Nick

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
24 Jun 2007 6:01PM
That sculpture is weird.Makes you think whats going on in the heads of these people.
Great shot Jon and I agree very powerful.
Tom.
Wooly 11 112 4 England
24 Jun 2007 6:18PM
Very nice work Jon.

Alan
p100 12 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2007 6:45PM
nicely controlled in post production, good composition, well presented and what a great little sculpture, love it.


mal
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
24 Jun 2007 6:51PM
These images are well worth taking because they are only there fora short time. Unusual maybe but great lighting and image Jon. Ron.
ericfaragh 13 132 3 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2007 7:08PM
Striking and surreal.
Ganto 10 769 2 Ireland
24 Jun 2007 9:12PM
Nice lighting and a painted look to the walls at the rear.
redstag 11 100 15 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2007 9:43PM
One of the joys of Winchester are the superb wall paintings. Thanks Ganto for the comment.
Jon
24 Jun 2007 11:12PM
I'm gonna have to look into HDR and tone mapping. This is just great - and the rest of your portfolio for that matter. Think I'll try the 'techniques' section and see what it's all about

Alan
Mounters 10 85 2 England
25 Jun 2007 9:05AM
Jon,
So pleased that even the master has days like the rest of us however our bad days end up in the bin yours are superb. is that the mark of genius?
well done superb shot
redstag 11 100 15 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 10:31AM
John,
You are making me blush!
Thanks for the comment.
Jon
wamp 10 276 8 England
25 Jun 2007 12:44PM
Very strange! But grabs the eye

Sean
SuziBlue 14 16.2k 10 Scotland
25 Jun 2007 7:12PM
Altogether bizarre, Jon. Unsettling, too.

Not visited for some time as internet access is somewhat patchy, but you have some excellent work in your PF.
shortski 10 3 1 England
25 Jun 2007 8:57PM
Bizarre and slightly disturbing, but very appealing, a great shot and powerful image...jojo
25 Jun 2007 10:43PM
Yes, there is some genius in it...
Great composition alltogether.
Johanna
Eviscera 10 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 5:48PM
love it jon , master tec composition and macabre.the underexposed blend just adds to the question , who , why , would be interested to know who the poor soul was!

Dave
glenalva Plus
10 338 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2007 9:53AM
Slightly disturbing, but totally fascinating! Seems like such an unusual sculpture to be in that setting. Love all the detail in/on the floors and walls in this.

Ali

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