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Requiem

By Heligars
Production photography for Requiem – prayer for the Baltic Sea.

Tags: Black and white Documentary behind the scenes

Comments


Spkr51 5 United States
18 Nov 2016 2:12AM
Superb shot *** SmileSmileSmile
Split 7 4 2 Croatia
18 Nov 2016 4:40AM
Great!Grin
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2016 5:05AM
Thought provoking.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2016 8:08AM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery Aigars, this is your first upload here. I wonder if you intended to tick for critique though? By doing so you waive the chance of votes and awards - and this would get my User Award in the main gallery.

It's superb photo journalism, it gives enough information to present a scene and leaves enough mystery to engage the viewer's imagination. It also allows space, for the imagination to fill.

I did a bit of googling, and found your images here. There have been a number of events, involving prayer, music and drama, held by environmentalists concerned about the state of the Baltic. I don't really need the background though. I see humans half way between the the tangible world and the infinity of water and sky. It's beautifully composed and proportioned to convey that, with the cross tilting into the corner, the strong shadows, the dark sea horizon. And I see anxiety, isolation.

I might want to lift shadows in the central figure a little, but otherwise I wouldn't dream of altering this. I would strangle fluffy kittens to have taken this. Get it uploaded for votes and awards, please.
Moira

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2016 9:09AM
Interesting. You state it is a production still, so you know the story. As a stand alone shot it is a bit difficult to interpret. Two men looking to the left, a bike and a cross. The link?

As a mono, a bit contrasty for me with blocked up shadows and some detail loss. A bit of careful dodging should help that.

Paul
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2016 11:25AM
Uploading to the Critique Gallery enables modifications - I have uploaded one, if you click on the blue Modifications button below your upload, then on the number 1 you will see it. All I have done is to reduce contrast very slightly and lift the shadows in the central figure, again very slightly. No big change but for me it gives the man more physical presence. It's just a suggestion.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
18 Nov 2016 4:15PM
I like this.

I uploaded one with the shadows lifted to compare, but prefer a darker, softer, less sharp and contrasty version which Ive also uploaded as mod2. I think darker best suits the title of Requiem.


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Otinkyad 18 2 7 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2016 5:43PM
I can't add much to what has been said already, but I would like to say how much I like this image. I slightly prefer MrsWoollybill's Mod, but to some extent one's preference is an aesthetic one.

I know conventionally it is not quite right, but I like it that the figures are on the left of the frame looking left out of the frame - it adds an element of mystery to the story - "what are they looking at?". I like it that the horizon is just visible above the top of the sea wall. I also like the composition

Overall the image has a somewhat disturbing quality - which is good. Excellent work.

Richard
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
18 Nov 2016 6:02PM
And welcome from me, too.

Really fripping image: it intrigues, it challenges.

For me, a bit of a lift to the central figure - tending towards blocked blacks - and it's perfect.

It really has the look of a still of the kind I remember outside the cinema when I was a teenager: the neavy monochrome, the orange or red-filtered sky...

I'd vote, just like Moira. (Though I wouldn't strangle fluffy kittens to have taken any picture. Nor, in reality, would Moira, I think!)

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