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“Pointe du Hoc” by Gloria Fine

August 2019 - “Pointe du Hoc”

August 2019 - Gloria Fine


About the Image(s)

The picture is called “Pointe du Hoc”. It is the commemorative statue in Normandy. The color picture is how it looked that day. It was sunny and you could see the cliffs that the soldiers climbed high, steep and craggy. I decided when I changed to monochrome that I would have it on a black background to symbolize the gravity of the situation on the one hand and the sadness of loss of life on the other hand. While I kept the texture of the statue to symbolize the craggy cliffs I kept it as white as I could to hopefully show what the statue really symbolized to me ” the ultimate defeat of the enemy and sacrifice of so many brave soldiers … I took it with my Sony A6300 and 18-105 f.4 new lens.

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8 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I am very fond of solid black as a background color, also running deep shadows in some shots to pure black rather than bringing out the shadow details. So this shot appeals to me very much. You have made it very stark, appropriate to the subject matter. I think the details on the shadow side are good. Perhaps you might darken the base a bit--I don't think you should eliminate it--I like the composition of forms as it is.   Posted: 08/03/2019 10:26:41
Gloria Fine
Thank you so much for your critique. I will try out your suggestion.   Posted: 08/03/2019 10:42:57

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree that this works for this monument. I also think what Stephen has said is right -the base could be darkened somewhat. The only thing which might change it entirely would have been a dramatic sky on the day instead of a gorgeous blue one. We are never satisfied are we, with the weather? Perhaps you could import a stormy sky behind to emphasise the dreadful wartime conditions which were the background to the Normandy landings.   Posted: 08/08/2019 03:59:15

Gloria Fine
Last night we were caught in a storm while eating dinner outside-- It would have been a perfect picture, but to tell you the truth, I did not have my camera with me and even if I had I would not have used it -- it was so dangerous that we were lucky we didn't have plates, glasses and umbrellas hitting us... one young woman was as lucky but, while she did get hit with something over her eye she escaped without catastrophic damage.   Posted: 08/09/2019 15:35:34

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Very stark and interesting image. One thing about this type of image is that the viewer does not know what it is until you tell them. That said, it is an interesting abstract and you did handle the shadow area very well.   Posted: 08/10/2019 14:55:56
Gloria Fine
Thanks so much for your critique.
Gloria   Posted: 08/10/2019 18:24:41

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I find the starkness appealing and that you changed the background from pure blue to black seems appropriate. Importing dark ominous clouds would have given the image more severe impact, but the pure black does work.   Posted: 08/10/2019 17:09:05

Gloria Fine
I will have to try that on another photo that I submit.
Thanks for your critique,
Gloria   Posted: 08/10/2019 18:26:08