Shots from Yesterday ( Graveyard )

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  1. BmDubb

    BmDubb TPF Noob!

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    Here a couple photos I took at a local graveyard, there are so many old graves from the 17 and 1800s. Alot of stones read like " 1821 - 1822 ". Very sad, but a neat place. Im thinking of cropping some of these. But I do like the Black and White. I think it suits the feel of these pictures... Looking for some CC and opinions. ( also, some ducks from the pond there as well ).

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    Interesting; C&C per req:

    1. I think this just misses as a really dramatic image. The distant background is too bright in contrast to the trees and draws the eye to the back of the image. As well, while I do like selective colouring, I'm not sure it works in this application. I think a change of position to include just the older gravestones would have been better. As well, consider using longer rather than wider glass; this will result in a shallower DoF and a softer, less distracting background.

    2. This is a tough shot; a more "frontal" view of the headstone would have been better, but would have made it harder to see the flag. I'm not sure if the flag adds anything; it's rather new and clean looking, and contrasts sharply with the age of the headstone.

    3. This would have been much zoomed in more tightly on the ducks and just a few of the sticks I think.

    Overall, some nice work and interesting ideas. Keep at it.

    Just my $00.02 worth - your mileage may vary.

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    Thanks man. Like I said, Im thinking about cropping the first tombstone picture. Where it showcases the older stones only. I got a front shot of the headstone with the flag, but I liked that angle better. Again I might crop it to get rid of some of the un-needed grassy space, and the reason I loved this shot was because the new flag, just lying there next to the old, deteriorating headstone seemed cool. The tombstone belonged to a soldier who died in the civil war. And the flag was just laying there. I thought it was cool.

    Thanks for the CC. What do you think about cropping them? Yay or nay?
     
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    Agree, but the problem is while you know about the civil war connection, the viewer doesn't. All we're seeing is an old tombstone.

    I think a reshoot would be better than a crop; looking at the image you've posted, I don't see a really good way to crop it as composed.
     
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    Right on man. Thanks alot. Its just a few minutes away.. So the next nice day I get, I will probably head out there. Some real cool stuff there.
     

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