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Thanks for your suggestions on the original image. This is my second attempt, after taking into account all your suggestions. I tried a tighter crop to concentrate on the cross, but I think it's the clouds that really make this photo special, and I wanted to keep as much sky as possible, so I've added space on the left by stretching some of what was there and slightly cropped the right. I certainly won't be forgetting the 'rule of thirds' again! I did know about it but it completely slipped my mind in the excitement of seeing such a good opportunity.
Processing from original shot:
Crop right, expand left, Neatimage, resize for web, USM. I hope you like it!

Original note:
I took this shot yesterday while out walking in Ampthill Park, near where I live in bedfordshire.
A crow sat on top of a memorial cross while the sun shone through the snow clouds, giving me a super photo opportunity. This is one of several shots I took while experimenting with exposure and aperture values -I'm still practicing. This is my favourite one, it's quite dark but I like it because the clouds have more contrast. I'm quite proud of how it has come out, although I shot it pretty quickly before the crow could fly off (which it did). Fierce criticisms/workshops invited. :)

Ampthill Park Memorial:
Within Ampthill Park, on the brow of a hill, stands a memorial. The memorial has fallen into disrepair and some of the panels are missing, especially two naming the men who died in World War 1. Unique about this memorial is that it tells the story of the park, its use in World War 1 and contains various poetic lines. The history as listed on the memorial can be found below.
[extract:]
The cross overlooks the hollow down which 2235 officers and men passed when, on completion of their training, they left the camp at Ampthill to join the Battle Line in France. The Roll of Honour on the base of this cross shows that seven hundred and seven were destined never to return.

"Death swallowed up in victory"

Credit to www.roll-of-honour.com

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