Friday, March 13, 2009

Pause for Reflection


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This was a shot there was no resisting: three panels of polished marble all reflecting the same scene... A fully grown palm tree in metropolitan Adelaide, beyond those planted decoratively around the Main North Road Anglican cemetery. This is one of the elaborate memorials favoured by the Italian community, who have been using this cemetery since 1968, and their tombs are among the most spectacular you might see anywhere. To find the world reflected in stone, especially in the context of a graveyard, where the world of the dead may be seen as a mirror to the world of the living, was the sort of thing that invited the shot: a soft zoom-in to exclude background, then let the automatics handle the exposure, accept the short-frequency colour toning as light is scattered and attenuated by reflection, and capture the tableau. Minimal enhancement was used, sharpening and a little adjustment of colour and contrast. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. February, 2009. Image by Mike.

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