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By HelenaJ
Ok, I confess, this is peiced together a bit to conceal some houses in the background. I wonder whether it is obvious? I also wonder if the sunshine and lighting is at odds with the atmosphere of the place and the theme of the photo. It would be great to see another interpretation of it if anyone wants to have a go. Please let me know how you get the effects then I can learn. Many thanks. Helena

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19 Nov 2011 10:33AM
the concealment wasn't obvious to me, and i think the background lighting isn't at odds with the overall shot as you can get these types of dappled lighting in graveyards like this, so i think you have done a pretty good job disguising it

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fentiger 16 916 23 England
19 Nov 2011 1:40PM
This is a well thought out fun image but I think that it would work better if you allowed the eye to concentrate on the main subject by a tighter crop and blurring the background ~ see my mod.

RichardN00 11 432 1 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2011 4:30PM
I know it's a cliché but graveyards do seem to cry out for the moody mono, agree with Albert, it does need a slightly tighter crop to concentrate on the model, I've added a mod
Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
19 Nov 2011 5:10PM
I like this.
I've also gone with a crop, very similar to Albert's but I've removed a little more from the bottom which I think, tidies it up a bit.
I've also increased the exposure, just using levels as it's a tiny bit under exposed.
And finally, I sharpened it.
No doubt someone will be along later and tell you that it's not straight.

Hope this helps,

banehawi 13 1.7k 3747 Canada
19 Nov 2011 5:27PM
Looks like you dont believe in Ghosts!

Youve filled in the background well.

Another mod loaded to add to the list.

I toned down the hazy light by increasing contrast; cropped to a 10 X 8 format; brightened her eyes and added tiny catchlights, - so she looks more "alive", then sharpened. I also corrected lens barrel distortion, - you can see the bottom of the stone is bowed downwards. To fulfill Brens prophesy, this is what makes it look it needs a slight straighten

One prop you might add to make it more realistic, - add a phone wire from the phone base that runs down the side of the tomb, - just tape it under the phone. DONT plug it into the ground, - it might ring!


HelenaJ 6 3
19 Nov 2011 7:03PM
This is so helpful THANK YOU all very much. You have given me some ideas of how to tackle this image and some new techniques to try out. I think the idea to add a phone wire is interesting as I watned it to seem more integral to the scene and not just plonked on the grave so that might work well. Nah, dont believe in ghosts, but who knows, I might try that as my next photo challenge... Smile
Lynamick 15 2 31 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2011 11:08PM
There has been a lot said already, I think that this photo would be a lot better in mono, possibly with the girl in colour, or maybe the other way around making her a spirit trying to get in touch. The only real problem that I have is the way that you have made the concealment. The large tomb to the right of the photo is surely pointing the wrong way. I always thought graves were set east to west. The scope of the shot is really good, If it was my photo I would really consider a re shootGrin bearing in mind what people have said combined with your own thoughts.
Well done,
HelenaJ 6 3
20 Nov 2011 8:34AM
Ah, so the orientation of the tomb is wrong! I knew it was difficult to fool people with all the photoshopping! I might try the reshoot, but my model is not over keen. She wants to move on to other things - she is the one with imagination and creativity, I just try to get the photo. This is all very encouraging and I am glad the photo has sparked off so much interest. Best wishes to you all. Helena
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2011 8:00PM
Connected to the after world. I rather like this and the idea is original. The lighting is against you and results in some flare on the model looking like flatness. Just darken a little and boost contrast with a ouch of local burning in and this is rather good.


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