Wasted

I am fascinated by World War 2. Not sure why, but it just touches something inside of me. So when we went to Normandy we obviously had to visit a few D-Day sights. The American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer was high on my list. This cemetery holds the remains of 9,387 American military men and women who died in World War 2, mainly during the D-Day landings. It is sight to behold, I don't think it is possible to grasp the magnitude without actually seeing it. It was difficult for me to find a composition that is both artistic and gives an idea of the magnitude. This was the best I could come up with. I purposefully decreased the luminosity on the green grass and bushes to give the strong contrast of the crosses. To me, the lives lost in any war are wasted lives, hence the title. We don't learn from history, we just find different ways to repeat it in different places.

Nikon D750
f/14
1/160
ISO-110

Edited in LR and Silver Efex Pro 2

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Comment by Nadia de Lange on October 26, 2016 at 17:46
Thanks Ashleigh :-)
Comment by Ashleigh Pienaar on October 26, 2016 at 17:33

Beautiful... love the title and your story behind the image

Comment by Nadia de Lange on October 25, 2016 at 19:17
Hahaha, dankie Leon.
Susan ek is bly dit dra die regte boodskap oor. Dit het my 'n rukkie gevat om net als in te neem voordat ek kon fotos neem. Dis 'n storie van verdriet en onnodige opofferinge.
Comment by Susan van Wyk on October 25, 2016 at 19:12

Absolutely stunning Nadia. We also visited that graveyard and there is no way to tell of the waste of lives that happened on D-day. Your photo says it all!

Comment by LEON PELSER on October 25, 2016 at 18:09

Ek hou so baie van jou foto, ek bou sommer a graveyard met lego en skiet die foto!!

Comment by Nadia de Lange on October 24, 2016 at 20:31
Thanks everyone :-) really glad that you like it!
Comment by Corinna Tannian on October 24, 2016 at 20:03

Stunning image, well done!

Comment by Ken Jennings on October 24, 2016 at 19:11

Hi Nadia, congrats with SOTW - the order and symmetry of the crosses reflects the uniformity and anonymity of the soldiers who died. Well done on the composition and the editing.

 

Comment by Danie Coetzee on October 24, 2016 at 17:46

Hierdie is 'n wow vir my .... baie geluk

Comment by Shawn Marran on October 24, 2016 at 14:32

Love the title and a very good composition. Congrats with SOTW!

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