Brian Swinyard, PPSA  


Battle of Tewkesbury by Brian Swinyard, PPSA

July 2021 - Battle of Tewkesbury

About the Image(s)

Every year there is a re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury, near where I live in Gloucestershire. My offering this month is a sandwich of several images taken at a recent event. The background monochrome layer is a shot of the troops 'marching into battle'. Over that, I have arranged one group of three images and one group of two images facing each other and separated as they would be on the battlefield.


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11 comments posted




Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Brian, I see an interesting image that indeed tells a story. Your creativity is superb, I cannot think of anything to improve your image. Except perhaps the story would be more realistic if some battle horrors were depicted.   Posted: 07/09/2021 17:06:38
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, thank you for your kind words which are much appreciated. I agree that battle horrors and blood would enhance the overall visual story but it might put people off if it was too gory.   Posted: 07/13/2021 13:57:56
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Brian, I should have made it clear that I meant symbolically represented.   Posted: 07/13/2021 14:47:34



Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Brian, I see an interesting image that indeed tells a story. Your creativity is superb, I cannot think of anything to improve your image. Except perhaps the story would be more realistic if some battle horrors were depicted.   Posted: 07/09/2021 17:06:39
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, Ditto above.   Posted: 07/13/2021 13:58:15



Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
(Group 22)
Nice close-ups with the battle in the background. I feel the image of the armor is a little to close to the man's nose in the far left image. I like that you chose the odd number of 5 for your close-up images. Good work!   Posted: 07/10/2021 21:35:35
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Marti, Thank you for your kind words which are much appreciated. I agree with you that it would have been useful to have a bit more space in front of the man's nose in the far left image. At the time I created the composite, I was more preoccupied with positioning the portrait format images rather than the content.   Posted: 07/13/2021 14:05:17



Joan Field   Joan Field
Brian,
I love the concept. Good work. For some reason the sepia background makes it very busy. I understand hat you need to show the actual battle or the details in color would make no sense. Maybe a true black and white would work better, don't know. I love the shine you have shown us on the armored parts. I also like that you have the adversaries facing each other in the close-ups.
  Posted: 07/12/2021 12:01:51
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, Thank you for your kind words which are much appreciated. I think it is important to have a low opacity monochrome background against which the colour images can shine forth. I reduced the opacity to make it appear less busy. I was pleased with the shine on the armour and the colour saturation.   Posted: 07/13/2021 14:15:21



Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Brian, you have created a very interesting way of telling the story of the battle. Some excellent closeup images showing great detail with well handled exposure on the very shiny armour. I feel a need to see more of the detail in the background image of the actual battle which is largely obscured by the small images. This would serve well as an illustration in a history book.   Posted: 07/12/2021 15:31:36
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, Thank you for your kind words which are much appreciated. At the time I created the image, the troops marching into battle was an afterthought as a scene-setter. Having done that, I deliberately reduced the opacity to minimize any distractions   Posted: 07/13/2021 14:27:17