Shelbyville's Veterans Mem. statue version #4

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    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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    1. - johngiovanni 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, Brent. Nice shots here. When I first got in the habit of shooting single subjects from multiple perspectives, I justified it primarily due to my lack of experience and so to learn by trial and error, as it were. Well, I'm either mighty slow on the uptake, or what I've learned is that, to a great degree, no amount of learning in this area will completely suffice to be able to fully anticipate the unexpected wonders that often come from a change of perspective. In your series here, my two personal favorites would be the wide angle one, to frame the complete scene (also simply a fine photo in and of itself), and the close-up with the courthouse in the background - the lighting here is excellent, and I like how you can see the boy's complete facial expression as he looks upward at the soldier. The other photos are fine, too, on their own merits, and make for a fine series of all the photos together, which I sometimes like to do, too, to help tell a story. Anyway, nice work.

    2. halfbreedhalf [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Biblical Advice and Discussion, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
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    3. Peter Serko 86 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Hallowed Ground Project, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    4. bkwdayton 77 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Color Photo Award - PREMIER - **Post 1: Give2. Get 5: Go Bronze, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    5. LVnative 51 months ago | reply

      This photo would look great and be appreciated if added to the group Geotagged: Tennessee. Please stop by and add it to the group.

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