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Not a bird Sang

By SteveMoulding    
I've been toying with uploading this, because of it's subject. I doubt very much if it will do well but I wanted to try something different.
It was taken back in 2008 on a visit to Krakow in Poland. We visited the infamous concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, known as Auschwitz 2. What struck me most was the silence, not a single birdsong could be heard at all, at either site. There was a complete sense of cold and foreboding around every corner.
This image is far from my comfort zone and using some new techniques I have never used before and recently learnt.
I would be interested in any critique about the techniques I have used.
Many thanks for all the votes and comments on my Robin.
Have a great week.

P.S. Taken with my old 300D

Tags: General Auschwitz Birkenau Poland Digitally manipulated Ww2 Landscape and travel Concentration camp

Voters: helenlinda, Pegon, gary_d and 45 more

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gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
22 May 2011 10:30PM
You should not feel bad about uploading this, we must never forget, I want to visit here myself to try and understand the suffering, as for the image it is very well composed. - gary

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helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
22 May 2011 10:32PM
Its good to take on difficult subjects and you have done this well.
Its obviously taken in sunlight, as there are shadows, but there's very little warmth, which is appropriate.
The silence is well portrayed - no movement, no life and seemingly no end to the barbed wire.
I would be interested to know what techniques you have used as you have asked for comments on them
HowieR 9 20 3 United Kingdom
22 May 2011 10:33PM
Nicely composed and produced and a different shot than many that I 've seen of Auschwitz.
I wonder if this might look powerful as a high contrast mono? And I might crop the top a little to emphasize the barbed wire fence

Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
22 May 2011 10:41PM
It has an eerie feel to it. Well composed image, great processing ............Sandy
SteveMoulding 11 3 7 United Kingdom
22 May 2011 10:52PM
After a suggestion I have upload a new version , darker and more menacing.
22 May 2011 10:54PM
Sombre sky works well although you could crop some of it off as mentioned by Howie.
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
22 May 2011 11:01PM
we visited Auschwitz and found the same thing - total silence with no birds singing and if I remember no growth of trees etc. a very strange atmosphere but glad we went, my son in law was posted in Germany with the army his regiment was not far from the camp, as soon as I saw this picture I thought it was this place and feel you show it well. for me it brought back memories
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2011 11:08PM
A difficult subject very well captured, you can really sense the eerie silence. If I might make a suggestion, I think this photo would really work well as a B&W conversion.

SPARROWHALL 11 26 England
22 May 2011 11:13PM
Thank you for sharing this image with us. I think you have caught the feeling of this place very well. Made me think about what went on there etc.
GillyB Plus
14 317 8 United Kingdom
22 May 2011 11:21PM
Excellent work capturing the atmosphere of this place, you can sense the silence ...... also very poignant as the film 'Schindler's List' was shown on tv this afternoon.

JustDucky 9 8 Canada
22 May 2011 11:32PM
great set......if walls could talk - superb work
andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 12:22AM
v2 for me today steve a very powerful image glad you put this up we should not forget briliant work Wink
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
23 May 2011 12:29AM
A difficult subject to tackle but you have conveyed the desolation and continuing despair that seems to hang in the air here so effectively with this shot.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
23 May 2011 1:10AM
Thank you for this image. Having recently read two books that spoke about bothe places, it is interesting to see the place AND to have a first hand comment re: the ambience. A very sad story indecd!

23 May 2011 7:53AM
A stark reminder of times past very well illustrated here Steve.

Dave_Holdham 11 4 1 Wales
23 May 2011 12:48PM
Very well captured and presented
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
23 May 2011 8:24PM
A very poignant and eerie image, you've conveyed the sombre atmosphere so well
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 8:42PM
You certainly have a dramatic and atmospheric image here in V2 Steve, a great shot
SteveMoulding 11 3 7 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 10:19PM
After the suggestions made I have added a mono version, V3.
Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 9:15AM
Love the mono image Steve.
24 May 2011 9:56PM
An image to evoke unsettling images Steve, well captured,
ianrobinson 10 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
26 May 2011 7:33PM
all three are very powerful but the most potent for me is v3 as it looks so authentic.

sparrowhawk Plus
11 279 2 United Kingdom
27 May 2011 10:44PM
a fine portrayal of this reign of terror one race had on his fellow man very powerful stuff indeed !! there is a sand artist who depict this you can find her on utube if you type sand art you can watch it ! very powerful scenes
Stenno 13 11 England
5 Jun 2011 9:24PM
Hard to grasp at times how evil some people have actually behaved toward fellow human beings?
There are those who believe this actually never happened which has to be the single biggest reason for showing it did!
This kind of image is hopefully a constant reminder that this terrible moment in history should never be allowed to happen again, yet all around us in this strange little world, there is the constant fear that it will....and does!

Very poignant images to stir the soul!

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