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By Kali
Slight ethical dilemma about making this image, I was in our rather wonderful highgate-esque gothic cemetery at sunset (waiting til thee light faded so I could emerge from my coffin) when I saw this very young chap deep in prayer before a grave. At first I thought it must have been a recently deceased mate,but - check the dates,its old. The sun threw his shadow perfectly on to the headstone and I rather indelicately Took my I shot.The 20d has a real clunker of a shutter and at times like this I want my ole silent sony f717 back. Sill For a one off grab shot,I was quite chuffed.I adjusted the levels to get rid of background youthink the large area of darkness works...? its usually a wha' think?

Tags: Flash and lighting

Voters: nickelstix, Chocwendy, Dave_Collier and 15 more


francisg 16 705 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 10:19AM
Well spotted and an almost perfect capture. If anything I would be inclined to put the subject Centraly in the frame. But all the ingredients are working very well.
Chocwendy 14 8 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 10:30AM
I like this shot! Agree about putting him central
12 Apr 2006 10:41AM
Great image, I agree with it being more to the centre, love the contrasting colours
joseph 14 England
12 Apr 2006 10:41AM
Super pic. Make a great book cover for James Herbert!
Hanners 14 875 10 Ireland
12 Apr 2006 10:43AM
What do I think??

Flippin' marvelous that's what.

JuliaB 15 110 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 10:58AM
the sort of grab shot I pray about, ease your conscience that he might have been doing the same, alternatively you could do something really nice and unprompted for someone else and the good christian in him will be proud. Julia
TaKing 15 2
12 Apr 2006 11:06AM
Very effective!
12 Apr 2006 12:20PM
it works, the composition is just right i think
Kali 15 75
12 Apr 2006 1:05PM
Utterly impossible to put him central, his body is JUST out of the frame, he was so close to the headstone...I just had to take what was given, which was quite generous I thought! I nearly had A heart attack when I saw the know that feeling you have think QUICKabout the expsoure and just grab it.Cartier bresson compared these kind of shots to a mugging in his later years when he turned against 'togging...but hey I can live with it!
noseprints 17 576
12 Apr 2006 3:08PM
very interesting. nicely done.
sjatkinson 15 1
12 Apr 2006 4:31PM
What a find P! If anything, the stone might be better on the left. Certainly not central. However you could only do what you have done as the maker of the shadow was so close. The composure here works, facing out of the frame, to me, highlights an air of low optimism, or of regret, or of looking reflection. His prayers might well be of that nature. So the composition, although you probably didnt have time to consider these things at the time, is quite right.I like its originality. It was certainly eye catching at the thumbnail stage where composition is often more readily apparent. I first thought it was posed until I read your descriptions. The fact that its a candid makes this shot all the more fascinating! A perfect shadow.Dontcha just love that low level light. Brill Smile Si x
tonymarq 15 1 United States
12 Apr 2006 4:36PM
Laura well done and the golden colour is perfect with the dark shadow!

stay well
Gray22 15
13 Apr 2006 4:43PM
Wonderful work... Beautiful stuff... Am I being too soft tonight?!!... Kinda in love with a miserable world?!!... Top drawer.. 5 x
Paree 15 616 3
13 Apr 2006 10:41PM
woooow this is a wonderful photo, you have a great style, and an original approch to your work, just ben looking at your portfolio,, dont know how I have missed your work before, very well done
redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2006 6:48AM
Not staged? Must admit when I first saw it, I thought that it didn't seem to fit in your portfolio, but, if this is a real moment caught, congratulations, spot on.
Kali 15 75
18 Apr 2006 11:32AM
No,not staged! thats the beauty of this shot I guess.I nearly died when I saw it,trying to gues the right time....fortunately I shot raw!

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