I suppose you might call this shot a bit of photographic therapy. I’d had a hard and hectic day and I decided to take some photographs for the sheer joy of it. After driving around, I once again gravitated to the local cemetery. Even though the place was right up against a busy street, somehow it still seemed peaceful. And while most of the stones and monuments seemed rather uninspiring, a tiny stone angel with a broken wing lay on the ground. Since it was magic hour, I had a feeling the shot would prove to be an interesting one.
But I didn’t actually notice all the shadow’s effects until after I brought it up for post-processing. Imagine my curiosity when I saw a the shadow of a chain cast on the little cherub’s neck! There was a small family plot sectioned off with chains nearby and it was no doubt one of those series of links that the sun was catching. But the irony was amazingly high. Biblical imagery to be sure.
Whenever possible, I like to compose my shots so they need a minimum of cropping. This mostly involves placing the subject at the right off-center spot in the viewfinder (rule of thirds and all that). Cropping is fine in many cases, but it can often be problematic and prone to removing previously desired elements. In the case of this shot, I was able to eliminate distracting elements both through composition and a little artificial vignetting.
Topaz Adjust was used to add some extra-special effects toward the end.
Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/8, 1/80