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Shelbyville's Veterans Mem. statue version #4

Located at the Bedford County Courthouse in Shelbyville, TN. I wish I had been to this statue one week earlier so that I could have used it somehow for Veteran's Day. There's always next year. There's always next year. This statue was dedicated on Mar. 11, 2006 and was sculpted by Russ Faxon of Bell Buckle, TN. There are 1,111 bricks honoring donors of the project. There are 4 benches, one at each corner, to represent the 4 continents that the Veterans have fought in.


I think these four versions are in a way a testament to my maturing as a photographer over the last couple of years. That is not to say that I think I'm great with a camera, when I compare myself to several of the fabulous photographers I see on flickr. However, a couple of years ago, I probably would have taken only Version #1 which is a standard straight ahead look at the statue. Also I've added a couple of standard filters to my camera to try and get what I want while taking the picture so there is little to no need to use photoshop when I get home, unless I need to.


Now, I try to compose the shot in various ways to see what else I can come up with that I like. My wife's favorite version was #2 which has the majestic courthouse in the background. I can't decide which is my favorite between version #3 and #4 which have an American flag and fall-colored tree in the background. Version #3 has the boy and version #4 does not and zooms closer to the Veteran.


If you have an eye for such things and are willing to share your opinion, which version is your favorite?


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Adult day program services offered to qualified vets


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Taken on November 16, 2007