I came across this grave marker in the grounds of a little sandstone church in rural Tasmania, a couple of hours out of Hobart. Some kind of red lichen had spread over the stonework of the cross, seeping down the masonry like liquid stains. The combination of colour, textures, the power of the subject and the visual metaphor really spoke to me.
Photo Notes: Shot taken with a wide angle (16mm) and shallow depth of field (f/5) to cast the background out of focus, shooting slightly upwards from a lower vantage for a sense of perspective. The sun was high (mid-afternoon) behind my left shoulder. In processing the RAW image, selective desaturation was used to remove colour from all but the red and orange channels (note residual red/orange hues on tree bark) and a layer mask used to further darken, desaturate and soften the background to make the red stand out.