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The Eternal Nonconformist
The Eternal Nonconformist

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Tilted Horizon II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Richmond, KY Cemetery
Date: Apr 10, 2011
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 10, 2011

The Eternal Nonconformist

HDR Image

Ran through Lightroom
Used Silver Efex
Cleaned up with Neat Image

This is at the Richmond, KY Cemetery. This is a group of graves arranged from largest to smallest...the smallest has tipped over.

Post Challenge:
Thank you so much for your comments. Here is the grave site from an alternative view (unedited).

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I went back the other day and looked for a name on the tombstone, but it's so old it has warn off. It looks like a family and this stone being so much smaller implies this was a child or an infant. This cemetery is from around the late 1700's, so this grave could be quite old.
Anyway, thank you to the unknown owner of the tombstone...I can only imagine that person never thought of their tombstone being used to express art in a digital photo contest, seen by those from places this person most likely could never have fathomed.

Place: 33 out of 90
Avg (all users): 5.7923
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.5122
Avg (non-participants): 5.9213
Views since voting: 703
Views during voting: 252
Votes: 130
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/18/2011 08:10:29 AM
Good finish, Tony. It's a great photo - edgy and artsy. The title supports the (dark) whimsy of your work.

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04/18/2011 02:33:08 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

Seeing this for the first time here - unusually for me I never took a look at this challenge in voting.

I find I like this image, it's more than the sum of it's parts - the high contrast, the degree of tilt, the subject matter,the depth of field, the title all fit together really well and communicate intent.

There is much information lost in the shadows, but it is a testament to your choices that we don't miss it, those swathes of background black communicate enough of the form of the trees behind to set the scene and define the wider environment without robbing any attention from the gravestones.

I look at the tilt and wonder if the eccentric stone should be vertical, I can see that if you rotated the image, you clip some of the bottom of your image and mess up the relationship between the stones, we do need to see it going past the one beyond. I also think a straightened shot would lose some of it's power, the slight off kilter would be an insult to the nonconformist.

Nicely made.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/17/2011 03:51:17 PM
Like the high contrast. Lovely in B/W.
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04/17/2011 12:27:36 PM
The idea of the entire earth pivoting around this stone suggests that someone is rolling over in his grave. Or rising again.

Interesting idea. A seven for you.
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04/15/2011 07:40:23 PM
again, love the black and white, dramatic.
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04/14/2011 10:32:28 PM
great shot!!!!
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04/14/2011 02:31:31 PM
Excellent work!
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04/12/2011 05:13:43 PM
Great find and effective use of tilt to alter our perception.
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04/11/2011 11:11:40 AM
Great use of tilt.... i like the title too :)
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04/11/2011 06:36:45 AM
These tones are so rich. How did you do that?
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04/11/2011 12:15:43 AM
great idea! ;-)
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