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Cemetery shots for C&C

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My opinion, #3 is best. The other 2 though ok exposure wise just seem plain or missing something compositionally.

In # 3 the Flag stands out and the depth of field works.
 
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I agree with Sharkey on #3 on the original post.

Johnny's touched up photo is great and I like it better than #3.


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#1 and #2 aren't doing much for me.... Comp-wise, I see the flag, but I'm drawn away - up the hill and gone.

But #3 keeps my attention. I think it's a tossup between the shallow DOF and crispness of the US Flag that works (for me at least) combined with the trees that provide a more 'solid' background instead of broken up in the first two examples.
 
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Picasa is all I know and use. Free too ;-) Love the graveyard pics. Seems like I've done more than my share due to helping kin folk out with their Genealogy Files. Sigh!
 
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very nice, Johnny. Thanks :thumb:

I'm no uber expert, and I'm not sure I'd ever want to be considered one. Let me tell you in very simple terms what my theory & method for a shot is.

I determine what really captures the essence of the scene, the thing that tells the story. What is it in the scene that invoked enough of a response in you to stop and want to shoot a scene. THAT is your subject. THAT is your focal point.

Then I think about a way to capture the subject in an interesting or unexpected way.

Then I take several shots using the ideas above. I often find that I like secondary ideas better than my primary ones.

Probably the best (recent) example of me exercising this theory is in my 'car show' album. I love cars and everything about them, but I gave myself a challenge to only shoot the 'essence' of the car design, the indiividual elements that made those cars more than just people transporters; the thing that evoked an emotion in people and set those cars apart from their peers and made them unique. Sometimes it was just a single detail, other times it was a whole car but in a way that presented the idea of the car as a whole (specifically the rat rod).

PLAY with your camera. You will be happy you did.
 
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