17 Sep 2011

Memorials, Part 2

Figures are rendered unrecognizable by the passage of time

While we can, we remember those moments we cherish the most.

Just as much as we regret those moments we were never allowed to have.

 

Comments

  • KatiesCameraBlog
    September 17, 2011 Reply

    These are gorgeous photos. A wonderfully tender way to portray these memorials. Thank you for sharing!

  • lifewith4cats
    September 17, 2011 Reply

    That second picture is so peacefull. with the sky and thin branches behind.

  • munchow
    September 18, 2011 Reply

    I have always had a problem photographing memorials. Somehow I don’t seem to be able to do anything but retell what is already there. But you manage to make your own stories with these pictures. They have a lovely graphical quality, but more importantly they bring forward an emotional quality that is both full of sadness and hope. My favourite is probably the last picture in the sequence although I am not sure about the colouring of the flowers.

    • idiotphotographer
      September 18, 2011 Reply

      Yeah, I agree with you on the flowers. What seems like a really good idea at 5 AM doesn’t always work when you’re actually awake.
      Thank you very much for your comment and the compliment.

    • idiotphotographer
      September 18, 2011 Reply

      Fixed. It has been bugging me ever since I hit the publish button, those selectively colored flowers. They are too bright, draw the eye away from the face and distract from the emotion of the photo. In part I suspect that is why I left it like that, because I was getting a little emotional working on the picture and wanted to lessen the impact on myself. Lesson learned, and thank you again.

      • KatiesCameraBlog
        September 18, 2011 Reply

        I’m not sure on the flowers either, only in that it changes the feel of the photo. It brings life back into it and in a bright and jarring way. If that was the intention, it worked, I think. It’s just different from the other photos, which I love for their simplicity.

        • idiotphotographer
          September 18, 2011 Reply

          I think in part that was my intent, if only because I had just woken up and was getting melancholy working on this subject before the sun was even up. That is why I chose to leave this up, as well as publish the other version in plain B&W, for more traditional and sorrowful look.
          My appreciation for my own work waxes and wanes with the time of day, the day of week, how much I’ve played with the cats, and so many other factors I never know if I’m going to like something even by the next day so sometimes I just go with it and wait to see what happens.

  • mewithmycamera
    September 18, 2011 Reply

    excellent shots

  • Sheila Moore
    September 25, 2011 Reply

    I like the idea of coloring the flowers (I still need to figure out how to do that – is it complicated?) Although, if it were me (and I am a bit macabre) I would make them blood red and possibly even dripping blood red OR red and black. Nice work.

  • idiotphotographer
    September 25, 2011 Reply

    Partly depends on on what program you’re using. I am poor therefore use Gimp, and really it is quite simple to selective coloring.
    You just add a layer that is a copy of the image, desaturate the layer, add a white mask to the layer and use the paintbrush (set to black) to return the color. It is more tedious than anything.
    Overall I have mixed feelings about selective color. I think it could be a useful technique but in very limited instances. I was pretty happy with how it turned out with the drag queen photo shoot but the background was already pretty grey there anyway.

    Thanks for the compliment, I love shooting in graveyards so you’ll likely get to see more like this in the coming months.

  • Sheila Moore
    September 27, 2011 Reply

    lol – I use Gimp, too. Thanks for the instructions (I can’t get myself to look in that boring online user manual) I am usually pretty good at figuring out how to work programs by trial and error but not with Gimp. but, hey, it’s free so I won’t complain too much – lol. thanks again.

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