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  #104 Other People's Art
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Universal Soldier       ©2011 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       2nd place, 102 points
1/50s, f11, ISO 80, 35mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: 2 photos, 3 layers, base tree, layer 1 soldier darken only, duplicate soldier, layer 2 soldier multiply, selective clone, smudge, and erase, resize.       Extra Info: Upon their sacrifice grew a nation...

(Statue from atop a Cenotaph, in honour of the fallen who did not return from the Great War. Artist unknown.)

(Out of interest, I would appreciate knowing if the grass does not appear green or the fog is not visible on your monitor.)
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May 31, 2011
    Congratulations Jade on two excellent submissions - loved them both.

Jade O.
May 31, 2011
    Michael, the actual Camp X site on the shores of Lake Ontario is right down the street so to speak, on the lake on the Oshawa-Whitby border. The site is marked with a plaque. The tunnels used for training and other commando stuff was still there until the site was redeveloped wiping out another good part of our Canadian heritage. The shoreline though is still pretty much as it was then. For those not aware, you can google Camp X. Many agents who passed through and were lost behind enemy lines, and unlike their uniformed colleagues, passed during the war without public fanfare or recognition.

May 31, 2011
    Thanks Jade. I will make a point of stopping next time I'm in the area. That is certainly a well designed statue. I note the memorial to Camp X across the road.

Jade O.
May 30, 2011
    Michael, you can see some shots and the unique nature of this particular Cenotaph in this flickr site. I don't know the photog.


May 30, 2011
    Congrats Jade. Loved it from the start - one of your best. Where is the cenotaph? It's a really fine sculpture.

Jade O.
May 30, 2011
    Thanks, Bill for an interesting Challenge. When I come up with double two's, I'd only have cause to complain if it were poker...

I'm grateful for your votes and comments.

May 30, 2011
    Congratulations on the 'double 2nd'. This is a fine piece of work and was my favorite of the lot.

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Jade O.
May 30, 2011
    Thank you all for your comments. The Cenotaph figure is quite remarkable, and the trick to the shot was getting the same angle on both figure and background. I stood well back from the figure mounted high atop a stone monument and used a long lens to get a shallow enough angle and then took the background shot far from the Cenntaph but on an equivalent upward angle to match. One problem lies in the light which is more predominant on the figure's left side while the sun is angling in from his right but I guessed that it would not be that noticeable. I do agree with Mepo, the large monitor version really brings this image to life and it does lose considerable impact on a smaller screen. BTW the ground fog was in the background and I appreciate the feedback. Some images work equally well on non-calibrated monitors but this is not one of them, hence, I wanted to ensure the proper colour range, light, and tonality was visible.

I should add it was Lawrence Binyan's poem, For the Fallen, which inspired me as I moved about the Cenotaph grounds and this memorable stanza which inspired this shot:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The full poem and a brief note on the poet may be found here:
Edited on May 30, 2011

May 29, 2011
    This is a haunting and wonderfully effective interpretation of this work. (On my computer, that is color adjusted, the green is very dark and muted and the fog looks more like light mist.)

May 29, 2011
    This is really creative!! I love it. Good luck.

May 29, 2011
    I'm just blown away by this one. I love the sadness in the eyes of the soldier - and the way that you have given him heroic stature, as he walks the land that he is trying to defend. I get the sense that he is in the background because that's where most people would prefer him - rather than deal with the fact that wars go on despite our best efforts, and someone has to pay the price.

The green is beautiful on my monitor, and the fog is there, but very minimally.

May 28, 2011
    A sunrise or sunset and not a smigen of blue in the picture - hard to believe :-) The green and the fog are visible on four monitors here.

Fantastic image - very moving. Brilliant composition to make the soldier so huge, as well they all should be. It's a real treat to see this on a big sceen (8 ft wide). WOW!

May 28, 2011
    Very unusual effect.
Ther grass appears green, but cannot see much fog

May 28, 2011
    The grass is green but I see no fog !

May 27, 2011
    The grass is green, but I see no mist.

May 27, 2011
    Green and fog ok. Great idea for the competition . Top ten
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