Tom Brassil  

Loss by Tom Brassil

September 2020 - Loss

September 2020 - Tom Brassil


About the Image(s)

A recent outing this week with photographic friends was to one of Sydney largest cemetery, also one of the oldest, as such a wide variety of graves from 200 plus years ago and still in use today. While I'm not morbid I do find cemeteries very interesting, the history of the area the history of the times mixed with the sadness (particularly grave of young children) of loss mixed with the respect given to the departed by various communities. Also the changes in monuments from early times to the current minimalistic style, the comparison between the ethnic and religious groups. The decay of some area to the well-kept recent graves, two of my friends took it upon themselves to clean up the grave of a child aged 3 or 4 who died in the 1930s, such was the sadness felt.

This image ISO 250. 1/250, F10 at 70mm. I was close in attempting to achieve the light rays through the tree and behind the monument head, which necessitated the aperture of f10. Most of the work was done in Photoshop with a colour grading and liberal use of dodge and burn to emphasize where I believe the main point of the image is and to create leading line and to improve the contrast, I used a luminosity mask to lift the sun’s rays and cropped in to balance the image. I started with the intention of a low key Black and White but was not comfortable with the way that was progressing and started again with this outcome believing the colour tone applied made for a better image and perhaps more sympathetic while a very dark toning B&W may have made the image more of an architectural or gothic feel.
Thank you for viewing and commenting

6 comments posted

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Visiting and photographing old cemeteries indeed is not for everyone. I know some who have gone and photographed in cemeteries at night. Having said that I have visited old cemeteries in Paris, Santiago de Chile and Lwow and found many sculptures on the graves to be real pieces of art depicting the deep sorrow and emotions felt at the loss like in the image you have posted. I like your composition and I think you have worked on the image quite well to bring out the details and highlights. The play of light and shade is very interestingly captured.
If it were mine I would further adjust the lighting, remove few of the bright spots and adjust the bright area around the starburst.
  Posted: 09/04/2020 11:43:06
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Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you for that input Arun, I will play further with the image   Posted: 09/04/2020 20:01:29

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Tom - Cemeteries hold some true works of art especially with some of the older monuments or markers that have incredible attention to detail and design. Yours is a beautiful and compelling image. I believe you made a good choice in changing the color tone as it helps set the overall mood of the image and evokes such emotion and passion. To me, the lighting is a bit confusing as it seems that the statue is both front and back lit. Overall a nice composition and good solid image.   Posted: 09/05/2020 00:20:17
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you for that Darcy I see what you mean with the lighting, I may tone it down in a number of areas   Posted: 09/05/2020 05:36:15
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you for that Darcy I see what you mean with the lighting, I may tone it down in a number of areas   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:11:17

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
A very nice composition. I also agree with Darcy that you made a good choice with your tone coloring.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 09/13/2020 16:50:59


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