Bob Patrick  

Richard Thorpe by Bob Patrick

June 2020 - Richard Thorpe

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This one is a 3 shot blend at -2, 0, and +2. HDR effex Pro 2 with some adjustments.
I spent some time at local cemeteries decorating Veterans' graves with flags for Memorial Day. Yesterday, I went back to Thorp to replace a flag broken by the wind. Saw this guy. The Thorp family have been in this area since 1844.

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5 comments posted

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
You HDR process worked well for this image. What I'm having a problem with is you angle of view and composition. Anything beyond the gate is not supporting the image. I took the liberty of a severe crop and I pulled back the Clarity to soften the green grass.   Posted: 06/06/2020 17:00:33
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Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
For me, two different stories between your version and Bill's. His is a testimony / memorial to someone who served our country. Your speaks to a different set of emotions. The fence and gate cause me to feel like this is the final "containment", a soul no longer free to roam as it might, but now constrained to a singular place. Not all that sure I'm happy with that perspective on eternity, but I suppose the open gate says there is still a way out. The technical side looks good to me. I noticed you spelled Thorpe with an e ala Jim Thorpe, but the headstone lacks it. Were they related?   Posted: 06/08/2020 19:56:09

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Spelling is a typo. The Stone rules.
I cropped this too much and lost my message. I lost the vastness of the environment. This guy's G. G. Grandfather was the first white man to settle in Kittitas County, coming from the Oregon and Yakima region originally after the 1844 trip here from Missouri.

This land is challenging. Farmers can survive here, but only if they are tough and smart. It was more challenging in the centuries past, before Irrigation Systems. The old Thorps were "open range" ranchers. Their experiences trying to earn a living are the stuff Hollywood Western Fictions are based on.

My apologies for the defects in my work.   Posted: 06/08/2020 20:53:14

Max Burke   Max Burke
There is a story here as with grave markers of our deceased citizens. I compromised on the open gate - no gate situation and simply reduced the size on three sides to leave the open gate and as to show more or enough of the countryside to indicate the agriculture and beauty of the country where this hero was buried. I also took out using content aware, the yellow post to eliminate one distraction. It sounds like you did a good patriotic service for this years Memorial Day.   Posted: 06/10/2020 18:27:05
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Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
I think I prefer Max's cropping and that might be a little too tight on the left. Certainly a timely image when it came to memorial day.   Posted: 06/29/2020 11:13:18