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Patriarch of the Ancestral Grounds
Patriarch of the Ancestral Grounds

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Family (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S3000
Location: Austin, Tx
Date: Jul 9, 2005
Galleries: Vintage, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Jul 9, 2005

This is a cemetery several miles from our house. It is overgrown and despite one woman's effort to keep it up, it has fallen on disrepair and some of the headstones are broken or fallen over. This one stood out amidst the others of his family. I played with filters and lighting effects to create this nightime/spotlight shot.

Place: 118 out of 159
Avg (all users): 4.8730
Avg (commenters): 5.8182
Avg (participants): 4.4878
Avg (non-participants): 5.0679
Views since voting: 758
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 244
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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09/06/2005 02:48:29 AM
Excellent somber feel to this image reminds me of an old cowboy movie, well done.
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07/30/2005 02:55:05 PM
great picture. I like the tones which give the image an almost eerie atmosphere (PS thank you for comment on my picture Jim)
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07/25/2005 09:37:35 PM
I didn't enter or vote on the family challenge, but I think that this is a really fine shot. I like the moody and dark feeling...seems to fit the subject very well.
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07/18/2005 10:59:47 AM
Judy what a great image. I love the softness ans quiet feel of this one. I agree, one of the best gravesite shots that I have seen in a while. Shows a great deal of respect.
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07/18/2005 10:53:54 AM
I loved this photo Judy! I think the moodiness fit the picture beautifully. I almost wish it were a cemetery challenge because I think it would have ribboned in that challenge! I think you did a great job!!!

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07/18/2005 12:08:48 AM
Thanks to everyone who got this photo. The complaints were mostly about things I did intentionally but I was quite pleased with it, so that's all that matters, right??? I knew it was risky being so dark and moody, but I hope it created a mood for at least part of you, which was my intent.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/16/2005 11:35:37 PM
This looks underexposed and unevenly lit. The framing of the headstone feels uncomfortable. I think that you'd be better off centering the image, or placing it about a third of the way from the edge; some additional breathing room above the tombstone would be nice too. Rendering this in B&W was a good choice, but the low contrast muddies the textures (which look like they might have otherwise been a strong compositional element). Adding some noise would have given this image a more nostalgic feel, which I think would have reinforced the mood.
07/16/2005 05:39:24 PM
What a wonderful feeling this photo generates! A very Victorian flavor, imho. It may be my favorite of the contest so far!
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07/16/2005 11:51:08 AM
Has to be explaned by the title. imho the image have to be able to stand for the subject bye itself without any explanation. Also the image dont excite me visually.
07/14/2005 09:41:07 PM
I think a closer crop on the bottom and left side would strengthen this image quite a bit
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07/12/2005 03:58:16 PM
great moody shot ... to me a little too much darkness along the bottom especially bottom left ...
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07/12/2005 11:39:42 AM
ya need at least two graves for a family.

Okay, ya got me, I won't change the score, that was based on the shot, but, yes family can be one. I was looking at the old grave, and thinking family plot (all of my ancesters graves I have visited are family plots back to 1810s. Yes families visit or try to find graves of family. So it fits better now.
07/11/2005 08:04:30 PM
I will not mark a great effort like this down, to me it is just one of the most beautiful shots of such a somber topic.
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07/11/2005 11:22:27 AM
This image is very dark. It gives the shot a moody feel, but robs sharpness.
07/11/2005 08:35:45 AM
Nice shadowing and interpretation of the challenge. Excellent work!
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07/11/2005 07:40:27 AM
This is one of the best grave pictures I've ever seen. I like the simple, uncluttered look that a lot of cemetery pictures don't have. I love your use of tones and texture. 10
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07/11/2005 02:19:01 AM
bit too dark and lonely for a "family" challenge

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