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world war II cemetery

By caisiimao
Partial view of Kohima World War II cemetery is seen on a clear day at Kohima, the capital city of India’s north eastern state of Nagaland. There are about 1378 headstones of the fallen Allied soldiers at the Kohima War cemetery which commerates the Battle of Kohima, a critical battle of the Burma Campaign in World War II. The famous battle of Kohima which fought around the Indian eastern state capital Kohima from 04 April-22 June 1944, marks the limits of Japanese advance to India in 1944 was described as the 'Stalingrad of the East'.

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2011 8:48PM
Interesting picture and narrative. I like the symetrical composition which suits the solemn subject.
Some people might like a little more brightness and maybe colour satuation but I like it as it is.

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
4 Jun 2011 1:21AM
I agree with all of that Ian.

The only change I'd make would be to crop the top to just above the trees. It's not a "thirds" thing, you know by now that I'm not bothered by all that kind of nonsense, I just think it looks better with a bit less sky.

Just my opinion of course.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
4 Jun 2011 3:28PM

Quote:I know you better than to mean that RoT is nonsense Bren.

I think you'd be wrong Frank!

I don't really have much truck with any of the perceived rules of composition.
I agree thst the RoT has its uses but it's not something that I apply with any vigour in my own work and I don't very often suggest that others do. Likwise, I'm not concerned with converging verticals most of the time and I'm not bothered if a person is looking/walking out of a shot, or if they're facing left or right.
If an image looks OK (to me), despite being full of preconceived "faults," I'll leave it alone.
I suppose the closest I get to applying a rule is that I prefer to see level horizons. And even that can be open to interpretation where several lines might be crossing a shot.

Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
5 Jun 2011 12:57AM
I love the way you've exploited the exact symmetry of the scene, and I think for that reason also the sky should stay the way it is so the tip of the cross is in the exact centre - it's one of those instances where rule of thirds doesn't need to apply.

I also think the cloud top left balances the rest of the cloudy area on the right - it's important IMO that there's balanced composition in the sky itself.

I've done a mod where I applied acurve just to bring out some of the detail in the shadow areas - hope that's some help

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
5 Jun 2011 1:03AM

Quote:crop the top to just above the trees.

I'll withdraw that suggestion.
When I said that I wasn't able to see the smalller version (because of some issues that were taking place on here and with Virgin Media) of the image and I thought that what was on my monitor was the whole thing.
Now I've seen it all, I eralise I was wrong and agree with what Stephen has said er. the composition with the crioss at the center.
My apologies.


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