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One of the centerpieces of Buenos Aires is the amazing Recoleta, a large above-ground cemetery taking up several blocks in the northern area of the city. It is the burial place of generations of Argentinians, including some of the most important political, artistic, and especially military figures in the country's history. One of the more notable graves is that of Eva Peron, the famed Evita, wife of Juan Peron and former first lady of the country.

The Recoleta is a photographer's dream, and I have many shots worth posting from there, but for now, just this one. This statue was one of the last things I came across before leaving the Recoleta, and the pose, along with the delicate cobwebs over the woman's face caught my attention and didn't let it go for a while. I took several images from several different directions; this is the one that strikes me the most in review.

I struggled for a while with the question of color vs. black and white; to me, the simple contrasts and light/shadow interplay, plus the lack of any really vibrant or interesting tones, suggested a black and white, but when I did so, I wasn't happy either with the reduced contrast between statue and sky, or with the loss of subtle but present tones in the statue itself. I've posted in WS both a B&W version and an alternate view of this statue. Please tell me what you think about the question of color vs. B&W here - any conversion tips that are better than what I did would be appreciated!

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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