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Challenge: The Letter B (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7
Location: Gettysburg, PA
Date: Jun 29, 2003
Aperture: F/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Black and White, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2003

This photograph was taken at the scene of the attack on Devils Den. The confederate infantry attack of July 2nd swept from Seminary Ridge and struck the left of Sickles' line. For two terrible hours one reinforced Union brigade and two batteries of artillery took the full shock of a three brigade attack. The survivors finally fell back to Cemetery Ridge. (description taken from historical marker)

Place: 64 out of 151
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Views since voting: 927
Votes: 131
Comments: 9
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07/10/2003 08:21:22 PM
Critique Club:

Composition: I like the composition of your shot. The two cannons are nicely framed and they make me wonder what is out to the left of the frame. They do, however, blend heavily into the background and are relatively hard to see. I like the aspect ratio of this shot and it looks like the shot was taken from low down, which I also like.

Technical Quality: The black and white conversion let's your shot down. It looks like you might have had exposure problems with a very bright sky as well. It may have been possible to convert different colours to grey differently to provide more contrast between the cannons and the trees.

Meeting Challenge: I like your approach at meeting the challenge. It's not the most literal interpretation, which is actually nice.

Overall: I really like the composition and content of this shot. Personally I would try to convert to grey scale again - I'm sure there are some people who could help out with creative ways of doing the conversion (or search the web). Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2003 10:02:55 PM
Great idea! I'm not sure B/W is the best choice as the grays of the cannons are more difficult to distinguish from the grays of the trees behind. The grass in front does make a nice foreground presentation, though. Nice work.
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07/04/2003 11:09:45 AM
Nice picture, nice positioning (of yourself) to take the shot though it's a little difficult to make out the complete shapes because of the similar tones of the shadow and trees, how did it look in colour?
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07/02/2003 05:34:16 AM
Gettysburg? I think I've taken the exact same shot when I visited there last year.
Great choice of subject for the challenge, and the duotone works well
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07/01/2003 11:37:57 AM
Original Shot and good comp..
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07/01/2003 01:09:54 AM
Nice shot! The black and white works really well with this.8

Message edited by author 2003-07-07 02:07:14.
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06/30/2003 09:29:31 PM
You met the challenge, even though canon and tree would've been the first two words to come to mind for me. B&w / duotone often works well for battlefield / canons / old kind of photos, I'm not sure it works here. The canons are merging too much into the background for me, but I think with color the sky would've probably been too blown out and gray. A tough choice. Maybe even come back in different light (if possible). I do like the composition and framing.
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06/30/2003 06:40:37 PM
a bit too contrasty for my taste
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06/30/2003 01:42:18 PM
I like the coloring on this, but it may be just a touch dark, I think. The "smaller" cannon blends a touch to easily with the trees.
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