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Nancy A Johns

By AnneWorner  
Are you in a rut? Do you need some inspiration, some ideas about what to shoot next? Well, how about joining the Weekly black and white challenge group ?

This was an image shot for last week's challenge.

I finally got the shot I wanted. This is from an old historic cemetery in my town. It is slowly being reconstructed and old graves are being found, marked by the white crosses.

When the sun rises there is a slice of light on Nancy's grave - it lasts for less than a minute.

This speaks of love and loss for me: a rough limestone marker, hand engraved.

Thanks for looking,

Anne

Tags: Photo journalism General Photojournalism Cemetery Black and white Historical Grave stone

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Comments


gonzalito Plus
6 32 13 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 2:24AM
I am sure she is resting in peace.
You be at peace too my friend!

Nice shot!

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14 Mar 2013 2:30AM
Hay un respeto en esta fotografía..Excelente..
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
14 Mar 2013 3:30AM
You caught that short lived light at just the right moment.
-=\Walter
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
14 Mar 2013 3:37AM
This is a lovely image and thought Anne !
14 Mar 2013 3:42AM
Anne, I love this shot. I love the way you captured the light, making the headstone standout as your main subject apart from the rest of the group. The fact that it is in B&W lends to the feelings you've expressed. Excellent.
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
14 Mar 2013 6:05AM
A very crude headstone, Anne, but no doubt lovingly carved by someone who missed her. A fine b&w presentation. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 6:25AM
Super, evocative image.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
14 Mar 2013 7:45AM
A well thought through composition which creates the ideal effect in classic black 'n white.

Albert
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 8:12AM
A beautiful composition with an emotive slant.

Nathan Grin
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 108 14 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 8:28AM
A great mono image Anne( As Nathan says with an emotive slant.) and well thought out and capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 8:44AM
Love and loss. Graveyards carry so much emotional weight because of the very intimate glimpses into real lives in the distant past. A sort of line of contact with the past.
Awkward, amateur inscriptions are always moving. The family themselves produced that, not a trained stone-mason.
Lovely light, sympathetic processing. I do suspect the Burn tool has passed through here, but it did so very discreetly.
Moira
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 9:00AM
Even if I competed in challenges and competitions doubt I could match this.
Beautiful composition, perfect light, top-notch use of shallow dof, excellent b&w, all conveying appreciation and understanding of this simple monument.
Nothing else in my shortlist can compete either.
Regards
Bill
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
14 Mar 2013 9:14AM
This was so made for BW and you've shot it perfectly, Anne. There is something so sweet, touching and sad about how handmade the gravestone is. Never seen anything like it.

Andrew
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 9:27AM
It is a touching image - sympathetically taken in that brief moment when the sun shines on the stone. Lovely work Anne!
Ann
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
14 Mar 2013 9:36AM
Very good mono Anne, making the point about using monochrome as a medium ( I do belong to the mono group too)
Ron.
TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
14 Mar 2013 10:36AM
Excellent light.
Ty
scrimmy Plus
8 388 5 Scotland
14 Mar 2013 10:43AM
a worthy winner to this weeks challenge ..... a sublime image .............not sure i understand the concept of sunrise though Wink
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
14 Mar 2013 11:43AM
There is something lovely and intimate about a cemetery. How the person is represented gives hints about his or her life. You have caught some of that here so well.
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
14 Mar 2013 11:44AM

Quote:Love and loss. Graveyards carry so much emotional weight because of the very intimate glimpses into real lives in the distant past. A sort of line of contact with the past.
Awkward, amateur inscriptions are always moving. The family themselves produced that, not a trained stone-mason.
Lovely light, sympathetic processing. I do suspect the Burn tool has passed through here, but it did so very discreetly.
Moira



Thanks for your comment Moira. Burn tool was not used here at all. Just Nik, and a vignette. Pretty straight forward for a change Smile

Anne
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
14 Mar 2013 11:47AM

Quote:Even if I competed in challenges and competitions doubt I could match this.
Beautiful composition, perfect light, top-notch use of shallow dof, excellent b&w, all conveying appreciation and understanding of this simple monument.
Nothing else in my shortlist can compete either.
Regards
Bill



John told me I was there at the right moment to catch this. We've been down to this graveyard before (5 minutes from the house) and I've seen the light come through the trees to this spot - this time of year, the sun must be in the right spot to really hit this gravemarker. Funny how you know you have the shot once you've taken it - the whole scene is profoundly moving for me.

I'm so glad you like it and very happy to have your UA.

Anne
14 Mar 2013 11:52AM
Excellent lighting, composition and DOF
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
14 Mar 2013 12:02PM
Spot lighted perfectly, Anne, and the white crosses add to the poignancy. Beautifully and sympathetically captured.

Dave
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
14 Mar 2013 12:32PM

Quote:Excellent lighting, composition and DOF


Thank you John and a great big thanks for your UA.

I hadn't expected this one to get such a reception, but am very pleased that others find this moving too.

Anne
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 2:04PM
That wonderful light caught for just a moment is an amazing sight Anne - gets my UA too SmileSmile
Helen
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
14 Mar 2013 2:06PM
Thanks so much Helen - very much appreciate your UA Smile

Anne
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
14 Mar 2013 3:13PM
A super composition and capture of this unusual headstone, Anne, very nice mono presentation Smile
Trev Smile
14 Mar 2013 3:49PM
Beautiful. Like it very much.
Johanna
SlowSong Plus
8 6.6k 29 England
14 Mar 2013 4:51PM
I'm so glad you won the challenge with this one. Very touching and gentle.
saltireblue Plus
6 6.2k 33 Norway
14 Mar 2013 6:40PM
The love shown by the person who took the time and trouble to make this shows the love they felt and shared.
Evocative, Anne.
14 Mar 2013 6:58PM
A wonderful thought provoking shot Anne.

John Smile
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
14 Mar 2013 7:37PM
I just love the simplicity in the grave stone, very emotional

Peter
Phil_L 7 19 1 Wales
14 Mar 2013 7:54PM
The minimal dof perfectly isolates the stone yet the white crosses remain quite prominent and seem to me to be an important part of the image. You've caught that fleeting moment of light. What more can a life be in the grand scheme of things.
Phil
Source 6
14 Mar 2013 11:06PM
A touching and beautiful image
-source
paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 11:07PM
Great light and contrast.
Matt
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
14 Mar 2013 11:50PM

Quote:A touching and beautiful image
-source



Thank you source, and thanks so much for your UA!

Anne
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
15 Mar 2013 7:23AM
Absolute perfection! Love it!
Meheecho 4 275 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 5:13PM
A poignant and beautifully captured image
Steve
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
15 Mar 2013 9:15PM
Thanks to all Smile

Anne

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