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Collection: Everything Else
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Date: Jul 30, 2012
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2012

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Comments: 7
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I was thrilled that this lady chose to sit here, as I wanted some human scale to the formation. When she took out a plastic bag, it took me a moment to realize she was saying goodbye to a loved one, and spreading their ashes into the sea.

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08/09/2012 09:18:18 AM
What a great image! I think this is a classic case of non-visible context. You know what was going on, but it is not clear in the image, but you want it to be. I think the title hurts this. I too thought of a suicide attempt. Perhaps "Quiet Reflections", "Remembering", or something along that line would work better.

I love the lines in this image. The background couple adds perspective as to distance / size - plus you couldn't crop them out without losing the wonderful dark spot about 1/2 way down.

The placement of the seated woman provides a feeling of distance from the viewer - rather than drawing the viewer in to share the scene, it almost pushes them away.

To me, one of the best things about this image is that it is difficult to use words to critique it - which, for me, is a strong indication that its appeal is almost entirely on the emotional level.
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08/03/2012 07:54:28 PM
I agree with the others that you need to read the story to appreciate this. (A very poignant moment once you know.) Actually I thought that the title suggested she was going to jump. I also think that the couple on the left are a distraction (even after the story). Cloning them out would be great for personal use but would have been going too far in a fs. Perhaps you could have cropped to eliminate them, maintaining the dimensions by reducing the sky. I really like the way the rock formations lead to, and wrap their arms around, the woman.
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08/02/2012 12:35:14 PM
I really like the image -- the lines, color tones and textures. I initially thought there was a mist on the water, and I did not understand the title. Then, I read your comments and it really struck home with me. We spread my mom's ashes in the ocean off the coast of Maine in May.

In a Free Study challenge, where the comments could not be read during voting, a more literal title such as Spreading His Ashes might serve to better communicate what is happening.

Thanks for sharing the image.
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08/02/2012 02:44:17 AM
Loved the story, it really is very touching once you realize. When I was in Ireland a while back there were lots of formations like this, I tried and tried to get a decent shot of them but was never very successful. You did rather good here but it would have scored mediocre in the FS.
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08/01/2012 10:13:31 PM
I agree with some of the other comments. It is a touching image, but only once you understand the story behind it. I thought she was trying to wash a garment or something. The ash cloud only looked like sea spray. Maybe a telephoto could have given us a better picture of what was going on? Glad I read the caption.
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08/01/2012 09:18:12 PM
so glad you took the time to tell the story, and so glad i took the time to read it. thank you.
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08/01/2012 09:00:24 PM
What a moment captured. It almost makes you want to cry, watching her watch the ashes returning home to create something new.

The image is remarkable subtle and her actions are almost imperceptible without your text above.

On the image itself, your placement is not perfect, but clearly you are limited to the ground you have at your disposal and the timing. Also, I am not convinced that the couple in the background is helping or hurting the scene. They seem to pull my attention away from her. Had she been alone (or made alone through post processing), I think her actions would be more apparent.

Touching image. Thanks for sharing.
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