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No 27867 by ash No 27867 by ash
This was shot on Agfa Scala after I ran out of Neopan 400.
Highgate Cemetery, London, December 2002
Canon EOS 300, Agfa Scala rated 1000 dev 1600, scanned slide
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complex-a Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2003
Awesome... Dark, foreboding, grungy... Very moody shot. The anonymity of the grave adds to a certain feeling of despair. Great job on this!
stevesm Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2003
Yeah, I go with *acrophile Excellent shot! :-) (Smile)
ash Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2003
Yes it's a black and white slide film, the only one I've heard of. It seems quite well respected but I only know of one place in London that can process it (Joe's Basement, for anyone in London).
acrophile Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2003   Photographer
Screw the rules. This shot is great. :) (Smile)

I take it that scala film is positive?
pwca Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2003
i like it as is...
the memory of a spirit has been strained to a number...
the focus is on the number, and the technical aspect of centering.. really matters only because... imo, we lose track of memories, get distracted, forget who we are... who they were...
yup... me likes!! :) (Smile) it lends so much to my imagination.
ash Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2003
I kind of agree with you -- I think it would be better with the center of the gravestone on the right thirdline; at the moment it's slightly too far to the right. I guess the unsettling feel might be considered useful ... maybe :) (Smile)
amphex Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2003
Wow..this shot is really...good =P (Razz) lol
I love the contrast and DOF, makes for a very interesting, "in your face" shot =) (Smile)
The lighting and texture on the tomb (?) look great, and the only thing in this photo that Im not too quick to praise is the composition.
When I first looked at this, I was immediately hit with a feeling that Im only seeing half of a picture or something..the composition left me searching for something more in the shot. On the other hand, it does give this shot a bit of uniqueness, and the high-contrast background is interesting..
I guess its all up to preference, eh?
Well keep up the great work =) (Smile)
firlondion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2003
this is amazing!! really like the contrasts and the focussing on the tombstone!
misteriddles Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2003   Photographer
Such sharpness and tech skills I can only envy!
You've done Highgate proud, m' lad. :) (Smile)

ash Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2003
I think the high contrast is due to the Agfa Scala. Although it's notionally a 200 ASA film it can theoretically be rated anywhere from 100 to 1600 -- but it gets very contrasty and grainy at the 1600 end, apparently. I figured that would probably work well with the subject matter and it was getting quite dark (being almost 3pm and all) so I needed a pretty fast film. In some cases the contrast is a bit too much but in this shot it worked out ok.
king-kong Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2003   Photographer
i'm a bit tired to type out a thoughtful comment, so excuse me

i like it.. looks nice

the end

:) (Smile)

HybridProcess Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2003
this comes off as wooden and metallic at the same time, so cool... tonal range just is beyond comprehension for me.
redux Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
the strong tonal range and the sheer simplicity amaze me...the depth of field is just right, and the composition is just wonderful. i'm running out of superlatives here, my friend ;) (Wink)
incidentally, i've spent some time at a graveyard while i was up in scotland (the day after commenting on your shot of the angel statue) inspired me, without a doubt. let's hope that some of those shots came out ok...
+fav , btw ;) (Wink)
talamia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2003   Photographer
I agree on the angle, very nice shot Ash :) (Smile)

Heart I'm a sucker for cemetery shots... I really like the blurred effect along the sides...
ash Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2003
wow I've just noticed that this shot looks quite different in photoshop from how it does here. I suspect it's time I gave in and paid attention to photoshop's colour profile settings.
spoco2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2003
Great sharpness, fantastic detail in the texture of the headstone... and a great 'message' to the shot... we are all but numbers... or something. :) (Smile)

Hope your new year is turning out well.
SeaFairy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2003
I think that this is very original & a strangely chosen shot/angle, but that is what makes it so beautiful & special :) (Smile) Well done :) (Smile)

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