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By kilo363
At the end of July I attended a memorial event at the National Arboretum Alrewas, Staffordshire. This set of 3 shows the different aspects of the place, which is well worth a visit

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NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
2 Sep 2010 12:35AM
the wife really likes the set,for me 3 is most poignant.good set. must visit soon .Neil and family. The only thing i would alter is some of the frameing/cropping , but that is a personal choice.

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kilo363 6 3 Scotland
2 Sep 2010 12:50AM
I've uploaded a furthe shot converted to mono showing a wider view of version #1 at 90 degrees. this memorial was built to contain the names of all Service Personel who have died since the end of World War 2
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
2 Sep 2010 7:48AM
nice set...think V1 deserves a squarer crop...a lovely tribute..haven't had chance to get up there yet
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 7:58AM
And they should be remembered. A good powerful set of images, well done.
davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
2 Sep 2010 9:49AM
Some very well shot & poignant images.

Without exception they all have a slight lean to the left which needs correcting. Don't worry too much, your modders didn't notice either. Smile
CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 10:59AM
A good set Al, quite different from your bike series.

For me V1 works well as a pic with the contrast between the red of the poppies and the grey of the wreath and figures. I like the composition too with the out of focus figure in the background.

It does need a bit of attention though. Just a touch more zooming out would have enabled you to get the whole of the wreath in the pic and the person on the right hand side at the back. As Davey_griffo points out the pic is slightly leaning to the left.

V2 is quite intriguing in that I am unsure whether the open door is built like that - I guess it must be. Perhaps the significance of the soldier pointing towards the opening is more appparent when you see the whole of the memorial (I've not been yet).

V3 is very striking. I think I would have gone for a portrait format to get the whole of the statue in.

V4 gives you a better idea of the layout but I would have cropped a bit off the foreground.

Lots of potential here, Al

Best wishes

Philo Plus
6 99 83 England
2 Sep 2010 3:14PM
Hi Al, I did a couple of mods this morning but then didn't get a chance to comment. I agree that this is a good set of images that is quite thought provoking. V3 is my personal favourite but I also find V2 intriguing. V4 has great potential but I feel it needs something; just can't put my finger on it! V1 definitely needs the straightening and could have done with the whole wreath being included but the concept works well.
Can't wait for your next offering.
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 4:22PM
A moving set of images. We have been right ********* to our fighting men in the past, and these images tell a story. OK, a few things could be changed - I particularly like the crop for V3, which is a particularly good image - but I really like what you have recorded.

My grandfather fought on the first Somme in 1916 and was taken prisoner. He thus had nearly 2 years as a prisoner with a wife and three young kids at home. When he was repatriated, our wonderful Government of the time sent him to Ireland for two years to pay the country back for the 2 years he was a prisoner instead of fighting, or being dead!

He told my father he was more frightened in Ireland than on the Western Front!

I'm really with you, Frank. Modern kids are not taught what they should be at all. Too many do gooders and not enough common sense.

kilo363 6 3 Scotland
2 Sep 2010 6:50PM
Thank you all. A few points reference your comments. Dead right, the shots are all leaning the same way. No excuse. I must have one heel lower than the other Smile

The crop on v1, that is it as I shot it and it's my fault that I clipped the bronze wreath. I have another version of that shot with the focus on the bronze wreath that is slightly wider, but I prefer the focus being on the poppies. Another lesson learned.

#2 I like, when I saw it I thought it was the soldier in shadow looking into the light through the door. I like the mod of this, I will have another look at thr RAW as i'd like to consider that one for competition use.

#3 I have various versions of. I was trying to get the posts lined up in a regimented fashion. I used some fill flash in this one.

#4 was a quick and dirty mono conversion just to give some perspective to the other shots. I would be happier with it if I spent more time with it.

My uncle was a Sgt Pilot in the RFC in WW1 and his brother, my dad, landed in Normandy in 1944 and was in action throughout NW Europe. from the battalion he joined in 1939, 3 survived until 1945. I quite agree these 'REAL' heroes need remembered .

I'll post some other shots from there after midnight. Then I'll be away for the weekend drinking Guinness at a castle in Fife Smile

Thank you all again

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