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War memorial

By Djemde
Now, I walked into this strange little building in Berlin which was now a memorial to the war dead. The interior is modelled on the Pantheon in Rome. No one was there apart from a security guard and felt a bit conscious taking a photo in such a setting of calm. Very suprised by the results, technically bad as the light (sunlight from the hole in the ceiling) has completely bleached out, however I really like the effect it gives, kind of lighting up the rest of the scene. No manipulation, and funnily enough I think if I'd've used correct exposures times it wouldn't have the same results. Hope you like it, best viewed large.

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Tags: War Architecture Memorial Berlin Pantheon Landscape and travel

Voters: nessa, kinfatric, willbrealey and 27 more

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eddieali1961 17 97 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2006 5:15PM
Good lighting.
Great image.
Fujiconvert 17 1.3k England
3 Oct 2006 6:06AM
Very unusual and striking image.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
3 Oct 2006 10:57AM
Very unusual. With good lighting.

helenam 15 21
4 Oct 2006 1:29AM
marvelous image am not sure I agree with you about the light, but I do get areal sense of serenity and sadness from the shot.
12 Oct 2006 4:43PM
this is probably one of my favourites.
excellent job!!
electricsoup 15 30 England
20 Oct 2006 12:00PM
great mood, and sense of space, love it!
curlyfilm 16 139
23 Oct 2006 6:51PM
i like it, great

MDaniel 15 3 3 Ghana
26 Oct 2006 6:04AM
Excellent composition to the one Jem. In reality its is the lighting that is the winner, making the simple composition possible.
nessa 14 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2006 12:33PM
Lovely image and great lighting ..nessa
thorn 17 124 2 Scotland
11 Nov 2006 12:26AM
Hi Jem,one of those photos that needs this kind of atmosphere,dense,morose and yet giving and so thick you could cut it with a knife.Wonderfully composed and the feeling of lonliness and being at one with his thoughts and the feeling of just being is a brilliant one.I think it has been really well done.Take care.AnnSmile
13 Jan 2007 10:36AM
strange shot, awkward

willbrealey 17 253
17 Jan 2007 10:49AM
Excellent lighting, good shot. The little flowers humanise the memorial.
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2007 8:59PM
Superb lighting,makes this image great,agree with Ann,absolutely a brilliant shot well done.

sjatkinson 16 1
20 Feb 2007 8:19PM
When I saw the thumbnail I thought that light was a large spot lamp in the foreground.
If you had wanted to keep the exposure balanced between in and out youd prolly have had to bracket a bit. Not wise in a place of mourning unless you can work fast and realise this is what you needed to do at the time. Then combine the images in some High Dynamic Range software. I like this how it is. Blue sky and clouds in that window may have brought an optimistic mood to the image, which probably wouldnt have been the right thing. So the exposure here is perfect. Its hard to tell what that light source is though at first...
Lonely and isolated, with a white halo of light. Great shot.
Djemde 18 1 Tuvalu
20 Feb 2007 9:07PM
Thanks for your comments, I'm considering doing some further work on this, just to clone some of the stonework behind the light reflection. The light is from a hole in the ceiling, so i guess that means it's about 4.30pm. I agree with you, technicalities apart i love it. It's about mood.
ElmsArt 15 82 1 Scotland
21 Feb 2007 11:07PM
Superbly powerful image. The light from the hole in the ceiling looks like a free floating spotlight set there on purpose to iluminate the statue.
Excellent work.
Bowline 14 28 England
5 Mar 2007 9:37PM
It does it for me. Lovely meaningful image.

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