Remembrance

Although none of these photographs were taken on Remembrance Sunday, and two have been posted before, it seems appropriate to post them again now, as a mark of remembrance for our fallen soldiers.
The first was taken just after Remembrance Sunday 2010 in the garrison church of St. Mary de Castro at Dover Castle, and I have tried a crude attempt at a ‘colour popped’ version to follow it.  I’m not sure if it worked.  I know that I need to work on my method for doing this.

Rememberance

Rememberance

The remainder were taken in late summer of 2010 at the Allied War Cemetery at Chania in Crete.  A visit to this, or any other War Cemetery, is a very moving experience and is sure to stimulate sincere feelings for the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the conflicts in which they served their countries.

No poppies I’m afraid, but the way in which these War Cemeteries are looked after really does show how their sacrifice is valued and remembered.

Allied War Cemetery, Crete

Allied War Cemetry, Crete

Allied War Cemetry, Crete

Allied War Cemetry, Crete

Allied War Cemetry, Crete

Allied War Cemetry, Crete

Allied War Cemetry, Crete

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Memorial

Last year I did a couple of posts of images of the War Memorial on Ham Hill, Somerset.  As I was up there again this week, I took the opportunity to take a few more photos of it.

Last time that I visited this spot, I set out to produce an HDR image of the War Memorial.  This can be found here if anyone is interested.  My second post on this subject set out to use one of the bracketed exposures to produce a monochrome silhouette. Continue reading

An experiment in black and white

In a previous post, ‘Why Blog?‘, I mentioned that one good reason for a blogging presence was the inspiration that can come from reading the posts of other blogging photographers.

One photographer that I find inspiring is Adrian Lewis of FATman Photos.  I found him so inspiring that I decided to follow his blog regularly, though I doubt that I will ever be able to match his talent.  One image that he posted recently was a dramatic black and white silhouette of Glastonbury Tor.  I hope he doesn’t mind me referring to it. Continue reading

Thanks for the walkabout.

Thanks to the Camera Club walkabout for getting me up to Ham Hill last Monday.  Although I only live a few miles away, and have been in the area for 50 years, amazingly I’ve never actually been over to the War Memorial before.  There was a nice sky, so I took a few shots of the sunset.  I think that, thanks to HDR, it looks even better here than it did on the night.  I know that not everyone will agree though.

Ham Hill Sunset

I’m still not really happy with the ‘halo’ around the monument.  Perhaps I will try again.  If only I knew how to get the best out of HDR photography.  As with everything, more practice needed.