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  #124 Monochrome (Gray Scale or Toned)
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Rows of Fallen       ©2013 LaRee
Panasonic DMC-LX1       4th place, 119 points
1/800s, f3.6, ISO 100, 34mm, Aperture Priority, Center Weighted Average, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Topaz black and white conversion       Extra Info: None
 
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Lo
Mar 12, 2013
    Congratulations - so glad this did well.

Mepo
Mar 12, 2013
    I'm glad you entered it - the subject matter is very imporant to me as I have an enormous respect for veterans everywhere. I had so much trouble trying to figure out what I might change in this shot - it was so impressive in one way but the horizon kept drawing my attention away. I think the better photo might e aiming to the left side of your shot where the horizin is broken up my the headstones giving them even more emphasis. There are a lot of trees there too and I think their silhoutette helps the mood a lot.

I'm with you on the LCDs - I've bought a miniature flip up screen for both of our point and shoots - they work well.

LaRee
Mar 11, 2013
    I am glad to see you all placed this higher than our special guest Dave. It never occurred to me to crop it tight against the top of the headstones. You are right that it probably would be stronger that way. I'll have to give that a try, although I'm afraid I wouldn't like the proportions that way. I will admit that this cemetery always intrigues me with the way the headstones are lined up. I'm sure there is a better image here and one day I'll capture it if I keep visiting. I have yet to capture what I see with my eyes which is an endless row of neatly aligned headstones. Thank you all for the comments and votes. I'm amazed this did as well as it did as in the past my cemetery submission have sunk to the bottom of the bucket. I was really tempted not to enter but then figured why not. I took my old lx1 out for a spin just for this challenge. I'll tell you one thing for sure, I'm not used to looking at an lcd to compose after using my DSLR so much. It's tough to see with these old eye on that screen!

mrsawyer
Mar 11, 2013
    Wow! A double top 5 for you! (Imagine if you had more time!)

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Mepo
Mar 11, 2013
    Not sure why but the horizon of level gravestones is distracting across the middle - it seems to work better on the left where the sky breaks up the rows. Love the subject matter, perfect choice for the challenge.

Steven Sobel
Mar 11, 2013
    The foreground on this is very nicely done, I think the background just has too much contrast for the scene as a whole, competes too much with the graves and hurts the lines of composition that the rows have so well developed.

Lo
Mar 8, 2013
    This is a beautiful shot -so sad to see all that loss, yet it's a wonderful memorial to those who served. Love the composition and the exposure. I find the brightness of the sky draws my gaze upward away from subject. I tried cropping the top a bit, and IMO the picture had more impact.

rulerofheck
Mar 8, 2013
    I like the layout and composition. One of my favorites.

pap
Mar 8, 2013
    Very well framed. The receding lines of the markers is attractive. The trees add a nice touch.
Pap

forkcandles
Mar 8, 2013
    i wonder if the photographer had thoughts of making the headstone in the front row as the main object and the others running behind in a straight lines to the horizon.

SpecialGuestJudge
Mar 8, 2013
    First Impression - 3/5
Contrast - 4/5
Composition - 3/5
Tone / Texture - 4/5

A picture of two halves. The composition and contrast of the grave stone is great, but trees and sky in the background don't seen to sit right. Maybe it would work better by cropping the sky out.

hifi
Mar 8, 2013
    This is a great picture - my #1 vote!

One change I would suggest, is to darken the clouds to bring them out more. As it stands, this is superb, but the darker sky would add to the dark theme and overall mood.

Jade O.
Mar 7, 2013
    Not just a sentimental favourite, this has real punch in composition and perspective. My one critique - clone out the trees! They are distracting. This will be at or near my top picks.
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