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Arthur Lowe/Captain Mainwaring and Bill enjoying a quiet chat on a bench in Thetford, where Dad's Army was filmed. Truly, a meeting of kindred spirits...
A previous version of this was V2 in the first upload. A lot of people liked it – several made the comment that it looked more like a real conversation than V1. I wasn't happy with the background so I've done a bit more work on it, to tone it down. I was trying the get a satisfying balance between three planes, it was an interesting exercise.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Sep 2012 - 12:30 PM
Focal Length:38mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Conversation piece 2
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:20 Jan 2013 - 8:19 AM
Tags:Black & white, Humour / fun, Photo journalism, Sculpture
Votes:75

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RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 8:22 AM

I'm trying not to shout "Don't Panic Captain Woolybill!" - too late, I've done it now.
Lovely shot Moira - what were they discussing?
kind regards,
Robin

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DicksPics
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20 Jan 2013 - 8:24 AM

What a fabulous picture, Moira!
The likeness is uncanny!Grin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 8:27 AM

Simply wonderful, Moira, I wonder what it is like to live with a double, does Bill get stopped in the streets? I remember once my ex-husband was asked for his autograph, he had been mistaken for Norman Wisdom Grin I couldn't see any likeness whatsoever, strange what some people see and some don't. Carol

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lifesnapper
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20 Jan 2013 - 8:28 AM

These shots work so well Moira, has to be Mono of course for this one sided conversation.

John Smile

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 8:28 AM

Great image ~ they could be brothers! Wink

Albert

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 8:54 AM

Brilliant image Moira lovely focusing could almost be brothers .
Rob

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 9:08 AM

Bill could almost BE Captain Mainwaring what a terrific picture Moira, had me fooled for a momentSmile

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pascalg
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20 Jan 2013 - 9:09 AM

well spotted Tongue

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rontear
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20 Jan 2013 - 9:09 AM

Another fine study in comedy Wink Moira.
Ron.

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helenlinda
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20 Jan 2013 - 9:19 AM

Good to see it as a v1 here Moira Smile
First sign of madness - talking to yourself - perhaps Bill can be excused on this occasion WinkWink
Helen

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Hop-A-Long
Hop-A-Long e2 Member 752 forum postsHop-A-Long vcard England
20 Jan 2013 - 9:37 AM

Brilliant image of what appears to be a conversation between, dare I say it two relatives. The resemblance is uncanny.
The mono works perfectly bringing th whole image to the same level which has removed any distracting coloured areas.

Andy

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
20 Jan 2013 - 9:45 AM

Good resemblance but the expression on Mannering's face does not look as if he approves of what's being said, lol. like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104253 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 9:46 AM


Quote: A.R.P. Warden Hodges: Who do you think you are?
Cpt. George Mainwaring: We're the Local Defense Volunteers, and I'm their appointed commander, Captain Mainwaring, and I must ask you to keep your hands off my privates!

GrinGrinGrin

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ChiliMan
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20 Jan 2013 - 9:49 AM

I remember this...classic. The Captain giving Bill the silent treatment and Bill trying to figure out why Grin

I've just been looking back and forth and you've toned down the background really well, Moira. Good use of subtle vignetting too!

Andrew

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Zydeco_Joe
Zydeco_Joe e2 Member 877 forum postsZydeco_Joe vcard England
20 Jan 2013 - 10:37 AM

Like this a lot,great mono image works very well good tonal range.
John

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SlowSong
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20 Jan 2013 - 10:40 AM

Soul mates.
Top shot.
x

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 10:48 AM

Definitely an improvement but I would go a step further and clone out those little circles and lines above Bill's head

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Jellyfire
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20 Jan 2013 - 10:58 AM

This is great, love the way the statue could be interacting with Bill, very clever

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capto
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20 Jan 2013 - 11:03 AM

Thats one to keep for sure, love it.Smile

ivor

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Rende
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20 Jan 2013 - 11:07 AM

I already liked the first versions very much, but the finishing touch you've applied makes it perfect; I love it!
Rende

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desborokev
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20 Jan 2013 - 11:10 AM

Great eye! And I watched Dad's Army last night- takes me back to the 70s and my Dad watching it. There's always an argument that statue or monument photographs are merely images of someone elses art,however, the addition of the gentleman viewing the bust makes this a fantastic image. The gentlemans age personifies a passing time I think too which merges well into the scene. Mono works perfectly and I imagine that was your first thought as a talented photographer.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 11:52 AM

Blimey! We've just come in from helping to dig the road clear, it's quite a social event here (and a regular one... ) This has taken off! Thanks to everyone who has called in, and particularly to Rende for his UA, that's made my day.
I really hadn't considered the facial similarities until I was taking these, and then I realised that it was something that I could play on. So far as character similarities are concerned, I shall remain discreet. I know that I am merely a Stupid Girl, after all... Wink
Thanks for some great comments.

Quote: Definitely an improvement but I would go a step further and clone out those little circles and lines above Bill's head

I've toned them down a lot. But I have a weakness for this type of bokeh, when tiny dots of light are magnified. It's difficult to bring myself to clone it out...

Quote: First sign of madness - talking to yourself

I thought the first sign was seeing faces... If it's the second sign then I'm a long way down the road to insanity!

Quote: love the way the statue could be interacting with Bill

I judge the success of public sculpture installations by the way the public interacts with it. Anything that people can relate to, that makes them stop and think, is worthwhile in my book.

Quote: There's always an argument that statue or monument photographs are merely images of someone else's art,however, the addition of the gentleman viewing the bust makes this a fantastic image.

Photographing sculpture is a passion of mine. I regard it as a valid art in its own right. It's a matter of conveying someone else's creativity faithfully but in one's own style. And of conveying three dimensions in two...
Moira

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cooky
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20 Jan 2013 - 11:57 AM

Now that is good!!!!!!!!!!!

Love it.
Kath

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 11:58 AM

Thats why he was familar,,great idea including ur man,,lol.
Lovely detailed shot.

Aidan,,

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MalcolmM
MalcolmM e2 Member 991 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 12:04 PM

Liked the original but this works so well in mono. Much more than just a picture of a statue - congrats to both....
Malcolm

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Herge88
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20 Jan 2013 - 12:35 PM

Good work here Moira, very effective and yes it does look very much like they are having a real conversation.

Best Matt

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AnneWorner
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20 Jan 2013 - 12:44 PM

The two expressions side by side are priceless.

Nicely worked on muting that background. Works very well.

Anne

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TrevBatWCC
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20 Jan 2013 - 1:15 PM

"Don't tell them your name, Bill!" Grin A fine re-working of this super image, Moira, comparing it to the original the background does look less distracting Smile
Trev Smile

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leontari
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20 Jan 2013 - 1:37 PM

An excellent capture Moira. Indeed looks like a real conversation
Effrossini

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NDODS
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20 Jan 2013 - 1:42 PM

An image which lends it self to so many previously heard classic one liners "Don't tell him your name Pike" comes straight to mind.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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UrbaneMagick
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20 Jan 2013 - 2:05 PM

If your Bill just kept his moustache, there may well be a similarity there.

Lovely image Moira.

Gareth SmileSmile

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RysiekJan
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20 Jan 2013 - 2:27 PM

Looks like one of those 'Twins separatedf at birth' shots. Like it.

Richard

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Philip_H
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20 Jan 2013 - 3:39 PM

Brilliant capture and what a remarkable likeness.

P.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 4:22 PM

Many thanks to Alan for his UA, and to everyone else.
As I noted above, I really wasn't aware of the similarities until I came to take the picture...
Moira

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JohnChambersPhotography

It's a class capture and Bill sure has done his bit, so it's half each I feel, It's a well done image.

John

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Joline
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20 Jan 2013 - 5:15 PM

This is first class....and I can almost hear the wheels turning in this lively discussionGrin

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20 Jan 2013 - 7:26 PM

24/7
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gingerdelight
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20 Jan 2013 - 7:46 PM

A wonderful composition Moira that works so well in mono!

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pdcche
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20 Jan 2013 - 10:06 PM

Nice to see the twins are having a conversation in harmony, Peter..

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nonur
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21 Jan 2013 - 12:07 AM

Little environmental intrusion didn't bother me then, still it doesn't, of course, but I like your improvement, Moira.

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gajewski
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21 Jan 2013 - 4:17 AM

Nicely done, Moira -- now the bg does not distract, keeping us focused on the conversation.
-=\Walter

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jaktis
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21 Jan 2013 - 5:29 AM

Looks like an interesting duell

Peter

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Richsr
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21 Jan 2013 - 10:31 AM

Well worked with these two Moria
Regards Richard

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 3120 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2013 - 5:20 PM

Once again, something well seen and very creatively put together, quite superb, Moira.
Well done.
Darryl. x SmileSmileSmile

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22 Jan 2013 - 11:15 PM

So pleased to see this one have its own outing, it's brilliant Moira, the expressions priceless! I think you've processed it perfectly too, an excellent mono!

Sarah *

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23 Jan 2013 - 1:27 AM

Bloomin brilliant ! made me smile Smile

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28 Jan 2013 - 10:02 PM

Who do you think you are kidding Mrs Woolybill if you think they look like Brothers?!Grin In fact the resemblance is uncanny apart from the fact that Bill does not have ginger hair!Wink

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