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By DebbieBMP  
Good morning to my great EPZ friends.

I have jumped right out of my comfort zone by uploading this series of shots taken at Anglesey Abbey nr Cambridge.

They were taken last July and were my first attempt at alternative views and different angles - my husband had been teaching me to use my new DSLR and I was a very raw photographer at the time.

V2 is a stylized version worked on in and V3 is the statue as it looks to the passer by the other versions are my interpretation and view of a great statue using odd angles to see what I came up with Smile

The mod added as V4 is my first attempt at removing backroung in an image not sure but kind of like it

Tags: General National trust Cambridgeshire Anglesy abbey

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18 Dec 2008 5:45AM
excellent compo here our friend there,just looking Autumn Jewels,pic u always remember says wife

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Sahyadri 10 61 2 India
18 Dec 2008 5:47AM
execllent shots. while V1 and 2 is a treat in terms of perspectiev and angle, v3 completes the picture.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
18 Dec 2008 5:49AM
Well taken trio Debbie - particularly like the composition in vers.1......Bill
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Dec 2008 6:23AM
Good angles of capture, Debbie. Carol
madbilly 9 1 4 England
18 Dec 2008 7:38AM
Hiya D, thanks for your very nice comments on my dramatic sky shot. If any help I prefer version 3 of this one.


18 Dec 2008 7:48AM
Good for you Debs, its always good to try different things, I like the angles you've chosen for this subject, no 1 shows great abstract form, fine work, Adrian
DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 7:50AM
Thanks Adrian it took a lot of guts to upload such raw stuff from my first real photo shoot and all of the comments here are so reassuring thanks guys - Debs
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 7:53AM
V1 tells the real story here for me, I almost feel I don't need any further information. But with V1 I do think that removing the sky and foliage would focus attention on the intimacy within the sculpture, just replacing the background with a pale neutral grey (as V2 but lighter) would work for me - I wish you'd put this up for mods!
Photographing sculpture has become a passion for me - I think there are two challenges, to convey three dimensions in two; and to convey someone else's artistic vision faithfully but in your own way. The composition in V1 does that for me.
Ray42 10 3 England
18 Dec 2008 8:02AM
Nice angles Debbie - where about is the statue for interests sake?
DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 8:18AM
Thanks Moira is there anyway I can change it to accept mods
jdenman 10 18 5 Spain
18 Dec 2008 8:32AM
These are excellent, really like the first two with their great angles.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 8:38AM
Really like V1 best
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
18 Dec 2008 8:40AM
Version 1 for me as well, love the close up, great quality and detail

DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 8:41AM

Quote:Nice angles Debbie - where about is the statue for interests sake?

Anglesey Abbey nr Cambridge as above in info Smile
JudeC 11 6 3 England
18 Dec 2008 8:47AM
Three super images - love the angle in V1 and 2 - Jude.
koka 9 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 9:40AM
I love V2 Debbie - I think it is so dramatic..well shot katie
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
18 Dec 2008 9:57AM
Debs, the angles you have shown the shots is very artistic and gives "feel".

anthhope 12 1 England
18 Dec 2008 10:22AM
Debbie, I think the composition in 1 and 4 is spot on, I think 4 is better than 1 as the background is a little distracting in 1. But they are very good.

Have a great Christmas and all the very best for 2009.


Richsr 11 91 223 England
18 Dec 2008 10:51AM
Good set of images - version one has the most impact for me - well captured.
Regards Richard.
whiteswan01 10 13 England
18 Dec 2008 11:02AM
great set nice angles
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 11:24AM
4 Great images.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
18 Dec 2008 11:24AM
I did some shots of statues at a cemetary not long ago, can get some interesting results as they are effectively models that don't complain, get bored or get cold!

V1 - I like the framing idea, you're peering into the shot and almost feel like you're spying on something you should not be. I think cropping in a bit more would strengthen it a bit. Try initially choping away quite a lot of the left for starters. Keep a dark slither to the left for a frame effect, do it bit by bit - crop, look at it, assess whether it needs more or feels right.

maybe do the same with the top too - may or may not need that. Keep the hand though, that works well and lets you know it's a human statue we're looking at.

V2 - the solarisation effect makes it look like something from Dr. Who! interesting angle, but try to avoid letting his head touch the other statue - it's better to have a bit of free space between your subject and things surrounding it where possible - so a quick move to the right would have done that here.

V3's fine - maybe benefit from a little more room at the feet as they're almost on the foot of the frame, but other than taht, yeah, it's fine. the composition is less creative than 1 and 2 of course, so this is more of a "record" shot in style.

V 4... I'd keep the tree myself, that large expanse of white looks cold and empty and it begging for some clouds to add interest. So you could nick some clouds from another shot if you wanted.

The crop for V1 would make a revered N shape - the arm being the slanted bit of the N
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 11:35AM
Super Four
HuntedDragon 9 118 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 11:45AM
V2 for me
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
18 Dec 2008 1:31PM
Great study shots Debbie, fascinating statue.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
18 Dec 2008 1:46PM
Great composition
18 Dec 2008 1:59PM
Hi Debbie, great comp...again something intresting...
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
18 Dec 2008 2:13PM
Yes you have done well Debbie especially with your firsr attempt. You have some very good advice on here already so I will refrain from adding my two pennorth.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
18 Dec 2008 3:10PM
A great series Debbie, love the angles and post processing
18 Dec 2008 4:38PM
What a great set of shots well done.
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 5:25PM
do admire how you see images in such a wide range of subjects angles and colours.

eclectic p.f , keep the vision !

Techno Plus
9 2.7k 8 England
18 Dec 2008 5:51PM
Excellent work on this Debbie.....

RTDS 9 Cyprus
18 Dec 2008 6:54PM
These are excellent captures Debbies.
Great details and angles.
sergedlm 9 9 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 9:08PM
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 9:57PM
I'm glad you've added further versions, V4 works for me (though I suspect that all or most of these would work better against the black background.)
Once you've uploaded I don't think you can add the Mods button, and it's something I don't think of as often as I should. It takes a certain amount of courage to let other people loose modifying your vision... !
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
19 Dec 2008 9:54AM
5 or 6 are abot right I think
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2008 5:24PM
well first its nice to round it off to a clean 40
V1 i like the framing of the head in the inverted v shape left by the arm and the fingers on the hand i like,
i would perhaps crop in tighter on the lh and rh in an attempt to try and make it nearer a square, even if it means unticking constrain proportions and squeeze it up to square, much as i like the subject and composition it suffers from a weak sky leaving large bare patches which can be a bit stark, since i see in variations you have had a go at removing the background, what about trying to put a new one in, The thing that suprises me is that the one mod you havnt tried above would be a mono conversion of V1 which i think would be the strongest image.
so its a good image which blows away the other versions, it has attracted a lot of attention which is brilliant, but i would go back on a blue sky day or similar and get it perfect if possible.
intesting shot and full marks having the balls to shove it up front.
Nice close-up. Good angles.

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