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The Forgotten Sailor

By Ade_Osman    
Another shot from Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol and deliberately processed in a low key, high grain, pin-hole style as it was how I envisaged the shot when I took it.
In a sea of over-grown memorials, this cross and anchor seemed to stand out amongst the others as it had very little growth on it, I've no idea as to why this was as the memorial was as old as all the others, but I think it may have been down to the kind of stone used.
I'm not sure if I've done it justice or not, but in all honesty at the moment I'm playing around with different styles of photography not because I've given up or gotten bored with natural history images, but more to try and broaden my horizons a little, they do say a change is as good as a rest. Personally I quite like it and that's all that matters, but any comments or criticisms good or bad would be welcomed, so long as they are constructive of course.
Thanks for the comments on yesterdays image, regards to all......Ade

Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Gravestones Black and white Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Flash and lighting Arnos Vale Cemetery

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Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 11:20AM
This is by far my fave so far Ade................. you have done a great job in the processing, so much mood, it looks like a stage with a curtain of trees as a back drop.......................... Cracking work!!

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zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
1 Dec 2012 11:26AM
great shot Ade, nicely processed, i do like the vignette. a subject for mono.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 Dec 2012 11:32AM
You certainly are taking a different route, Ade, though no doubt there are plenty of critters in the cemetery to be found Smile. I like the presentation of this very much. Carol
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
1 Dec 2012 11:56AM
Epz's anchorman is on top form today, I think this is the best in the series taken at Arnos Vale so far. It works perfectly in mono, however it would be interesting to see a colour version sometime
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
1 Dec 2012 12:06PM
Very moving
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
1 Dec 2012 12:07PM
This is excellent Ade !! love the mono-tones !
Lydia 6 4 Greece
1 Dec 2012 12:36PM
I don't have a superduper monitor but an advantage in that is that loads of 'imperfections' can sometimes show up. I can only see the the small version (which epz tends to do horrible things to with compression, as opposed to smaller 600px uploaded images which have not been attacked by epz reduction methods.... if indeed this is a large picture which I can't see as I'm not E2). Anyway, I've spent some time comparing various similar black and white plus a few colour images because I find now on a cheap digital rather than my old state of the art now defunct CRT monitor, that many images now show up so oversharpened that they hurt my eyes!!

I do in fact like this composition and image...but would point out that this is one of the worst images I've seen on my particular monitor (and presumably others who can't afford professional level ones) for oversharping and jagged edges and general feeling of I have to get away from it before I get a migraine. It does however look fine if I look at it frrom about eight feet away!

This isn't a criticism but an observation of what I am actually viewing, and generally I find when I make 'observations' that no-one else ever agrees with me, but heigh ho Smile
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 1:24PM
Another superb moving image - love the mono tones - it really suits the mood of the subject matter.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 2:23PM
What I admire in the most about this particular set of images Ade is firstly. You have stepped away from your comfort zone, and embraced something new and completely different, for which I take my hat of to you. Secondly not only have your tried something completely different, but you have succeeded it what you hope to achieve, and in turn I strongly believe that work is exceptionally good, " Others may or may not agree with this ?" Being a 'stuckist' is all well and good, but being able to dip in and out of differing styles and genres makes in my eyes a more rounded and certainly more interesting photographer. Having a feeling for what you are doing, or trying to achieve is for me and sure many others can be the hardest part of photography. "We can all take photographs, however how many of us can actually create the image in or head before actually pressing the shutter?"
Keep doing what you are doing Ade, and I am confident that you will become not only a very good photographer, but an extremely accomplished photographer.

Regards Nathan
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
1 Dec 2012 2:45PM
I agree with Nathan's comments completely, Ade: I think you have captured the subject and scene here very well and your processing has resulted in an image to be proud least, I would be were it mine.
Full marks for broadening your horizons.......and I wish you all success as you proceed to explore new subjects.
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 3:15PM
This caught my eye as a thumbnail. Opening up was not a disappointment, the vingette has done its job keeping the interest on the main subject. All in all a fine image, glad I found it.

AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
1 Dec 2012 3:18PM
Works very well in mono. Ann.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
1 Dec 2012 4:05PM
I am usually not too keen on ''mono grot'' Ade,
but have to say,this works rather well !!
A fine shot.
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 5:00PM
Really super photo Ade, the processing adds to the photo rather than takes away. Beautiful work
1 Dec 2012 5:38PM
Superbly crafted Ade, excellent work with this mate Smile Yawn Wink
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 6:28PM
Could be a scene from a Hammer film

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 6:59PM
I see a cold, ghostly look. This has a detached, objective feel that I like. Cemeteries are inspirational but very personal locations, I think everyone experiences and sees them differently. This works for me.
2 Dec 2012 8:17AM
I applaud your efforts in a new field of interest Ade. I have battled to find something to criticize - maybe the vignette is a bit dark on my monitor. On the other hand maybe not. A
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 8:29AM
the anchor and chain draw me into this picture, is somebody trying to say there you are and there you stayWink the picture is full of atmosphere and intrigue for meSmile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 11:13AM
Well done in branching out into another area Ade - this works for me and evokes the atmosphere of the cemetery. I think one of the comments above is overly critical and not a little unhelpful. I'm not an expert in mono conversions but the comment - "general feeling of I have to get away from it before I get a migraine. It does however look fine if I look at it frrom about eight feet away!" - doesn't help anybody imho.
Very well done Ade - and I hope to see more.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
2 Dec 2012 5:49PM
Were all entitled to an opinion, whether we agree with it or not is our right. I'm so thick-skinned it doesn't bother me anyhow, it's the bumpkin in me I'm afraid, very stoical about life us carrot crunchers!

Points have been made good and bad, some are valid, other's perhaps not so......The key to EPZ is not read too much into it Tongue One man's cup of tea, is another man's poison...

Special thanks to all that have commented and to Dave and Rons UA, means a lot guys Wink

Lydia 6 4 Greece
3 Dec 2012 3:45PM
Ade, the point I was trying to make and which Ann took exception to, was an observation on how images can appear on different monitors. I very much like the image and it works very well in mono, all I was trying to say was that on certain monitors, oversharpening of images with a lot of texture in, added in the factor of epz aglorithm adjustments, can end up not looking as perhaps intended. I did say this was on observation and not a criticism of your image. In my opinion certain images just do not work at close range on a digital monitor. I think this picture would be superb printed.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
3 Dec 2012 4:48PM
Ade, the point I was trying to make and which Ann took exception to, was an observation on how images can appear on different monitors

No worries honestly.....GrinGrinGrin

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 10:54PM
I think the treatment you have given this works very well indeed Ade - its a really interesting subject and you have focussed attention right where it counts

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