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Cross of ages...

By Mobieus
Have been playing around with my new kit, trying to get to grips with the DOF with the new 50mm 1.8.

Saw this gravestone and loved the lichen that had built up over the years.

ISO 200

Tags: General Graveyard Cross Architecture St mellons

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Lexical 14 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2008 9:15AM
Brilliant DOF
SiColl007 13 7 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2008 10:24AM
Hi - hope you enjoy your new camera. I think you have tried to take this picture in a portrait fashion - it may have been better to have used between a 90mm to 135mm lens to take this style of shot. I think the background could have done with being more blurred as it does intrude slightly onto the subject. Also, the dark leaves of the tree impose on the top of the gravestone, giving a lack of contrast between the two. I would be interested to know if you used a digital lens or an old manual focuse lens - and also did you use auto-focus, or focus it manually yourself? The last thing I would say, is that there is obviously a lot of natural light, and I am guessing that you may have been under a tree when you took the shot - could you have incorporated an natural light into the shot? A great shot nonetheless.
Mobieus 14 48 Wales
8 Aug 2008 11:31AM
Hi Simon

Thanks for the comments, regarding the portrait fashion point...well possibly true that. However, i am trying to get familiar with the 50mm, it is a modern digital version by the way. I can see what you mean about the leaves at the top of the shot, will have to keep an eye out for things like this in the future.

It was about 8am in the morning, yes lots of natural light, i was in the open as was the cross. If i had brought my reflectors then i could have brought in more light, but they were at home lol.

Thanks for the feedback.
Carabosse 18 41.8k 270 England
9 Aug 2008 1:02PM
I think this could work quite well in B/W. I've uploaded a mod for you to consider.
Mobieus 14 48 Wales
9 Aug 2008 3:56PM
Thanks CB, I must admit i was going to post my B&W conversion of this image at first, then i thought that i have already posted a fair few in mono, so i would stick to the original. I like your conversion though, personally i prefer the mono, it just to me suites the subject matter so well.

Thanks for the effort Smile.

Could i also ask by which method do you convert to B&W? Is it the default CS3 converter, conversion via gradient map, calculations or some other method? Thanks for the feedback.
Carabosse 18 41.8k 270 England
9 Aug 2008 6:03PM

Quote:Could i also ask by which method do you convert to B&W?

I use the Convert to B/W function in PS Elements 6, as a starting point - then tweak as necessary.

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