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Should've Gone to Specsavers Mark 2

By Otinkyad
This is a cut down modification of an early post. (I'm adding the earlier picture as a version to this post.)

The question is do you think this cut down modification is a better composition than the earlier, wider version.



Note Specsavers is a chain of UK opticians. "Should've gone to Specsavers" is their advertising slogan.

Tags: Soldier Tank Digitally manipulated Humour and fun

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4138 Canada
24 Sep 2017 3:31PM
Yes, - look a bit more sneaky, dangerous.

Either way, a real caulk up!
kojack 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2017 4:35PM
I like the wider version better .
Jeff. Smile
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1666 England
24 Sep 2017 5:04PM
The revised version holds together better - the original version has a split right down the middle, between the tank and the wall. I'm nto into digital manipulation, and if you want to recompose, my feeling is that the best thing to do is to step sideways. (If this is just an exercise in cutting and shutting, that's fine, and I didn't spot the join: equally, if it's all about the composition, that's fine as well, though you put a lot of effort into it.)

Military images like this are always slightly problematical, to my mind. Re-enactments are fine, reportage is fine: but there's a category we occaionally see where there's soem sort of equivalence to a video game... War for fun? Maybe not.

Interpreting the picture - what's going on? I don't know, and can't work it out. The tank looks rather WW II, but the soldier's clothing seems a bit more modern. That may be me, but there's a need for some sort of coherent story, I reckon.

I'm afraid that all comes across as rather negative: maybe I'm missing something?
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2141 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2017 7:18PM
I prefer your new version, Richard.
It shows that we don't always need to see the whole of something in order to understand what it is, but it also makes the image more "sneaky", as Willie says, because the tank is not so obvious, and also appears to be further away.
I like the humour of the "gun", and yet the intent appears to be the same.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 676 England
24 Sep 2017 8:01PM
The new version for me.
The tank also looks better blended together with the rest of the scene.
Otinkyad 17 2 7 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2017 3:20PM
Thanks to everyone for the comments.

Dudler - the picture of the soldier was taken at a WW2 enactment (American uniform) and the tank is an early WW2 tank, so historically they are of a similar era. Unfortunately the tank was British because I couldn't find a German tank outdoors to take a picture of - but I think the idea stands. I understand your doubts about making a joke in a war context - put it down to the urge to create, I feel a bit guilty now.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 676 England
26 Sep 2017 4:15PM
No need to feel guilty, you're exploring creativity.
That said, what about war comedy films for example. Satire too. All could be said to be making fun of war. Humour is a great morale booster in times of adversity.
You could have a bank robbery scene, 'stick 'em up' and out comes the glue gun rather than a revolver. I may now have given away an idea...
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1666 England
27 Sep 2017 10:05AM
Thanks for the extra info...

Thnking again, I'm reminded of a short-sighted squaddie in the Monty Python Funniest Joke in the World sketch...

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