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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Fri May 19, 2017 10:16 pm

Here on the Olympic Peninsula. Small ceremony today at our Liberty Park.
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Post by minniev » Sat May 20, 2017 3:33 am

It would be easy to appreciate this as a commemorative image, which it is, but it is also a wonderfully composed image which for me reads from the element in lower right, up through the two elements of stripes (flag and canopy), then exits left compliments of the elongated shadows. As with all of yours that I've seen, there's a richness of tonality that gives so much depth to your images. Well done.
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat May 20, 2017 1:03 pm

Thanks for the comment. Here is my favorite image from the event. A back view. ;-)
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Post by minniev » Sat May 20, 2017 10:16 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:Thanks for the comment. Here is my favorite image from the event. A back view. ;-)

I like the first one better. This one makes me feel too much like I"m in the family section on Law Enforcement Remembrance Day. Since I've been there and done that, it feels uncomfortably familiar. So if you wanted to show what it is like from that side, it is effective. But too much so for me.
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Post by St3v3M » Mon May 22, 2017 5:24 am

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:Here on the Olympic Peninsula. Small ceremony today at our Liberty Park.

I can hear the guns go off, the bark of commands, and the power and presence of the moment. It's never a good thing but a powerful reminder of our hero's lives.

I'm curious, as a photographer do you ever feel awkward at ceremonies like these? Maybe it's a personal thing but I always wonder. S-
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Post by St3v3M » Mon May 22, 2017 5:27 am

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Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:Thanks for the comment. Here is my favorite image from the event. A back view. ;-)

I like the first one better. This one makes me feel too much like I"m in the family section on Law Enforcement Remembrance Day. Since I've been there and done that, it feels uncomfortably familiar. So if you wanted to show what it is like from that side, it is effective. But too much so for me.

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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Mon May 22, 2017 12:53 pm

No I've never felt awkward at all, I'm there to document and I move around alot. I have learned to be more aggressive in where I place myself.
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Post by minniev » Mon May 22, 2017 5:03 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:No I've never felt awkward at all, I'm there to document and I move around alot. I have learned to be more aggressive in where I place myself.


I never felt intruded upon by photographers at these things. They were doing a job I understood and managed the task well. I wanted pictures of all of it, but was in no position to do it myself. I think for most of us, there was huge appreciation for those who thought enough of the ceremonies to come out and make those images, regardless of whether we ever saw them or not.
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Post by St3v3M » Tue May 23, 2017 12:55 am

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:No I've never felt awkward at all, I'm there to document and I move around alot. I have learned to be more aggressive in where I place myself.

I'm still awkward with some, but overly comfortable with others. I'll get there with time. Thank you! S-
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