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Brompton Cemetery again, a very lively place.
Is there any reason why animals shouldn't be b&w?
Chris complained at the lack of a robin in yesterday's upload. I didn't actually see any there. But I did see a lot of squirrels.
I am not and never have been a wildlife photographer. I regard this as primarily photo journalism, an account of life in a rather special environment.
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:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Apr 2012 - 2:16 PM
Focal Length:85mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Questions of life and death 2
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:8 May 2012 - 7:58 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Wildlife / nature
Votes:65

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franken
franken e2 Member 113053 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:03 AM

Brilliant capture Moira.

Ken.

ps, no reson what so ever as to why animals shouldn't be in B&W!Smile

Deep_Bhatia
8 May 2012 - 8:07 AM

Moira very nice pic. But this could have been better if the more space at the LHS for the squirrel was given. Deep

saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:17 AM

Lovely capture indeed.
saeid

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:34 AM

lots of places to hide his nuts!! WinkGrinGrin

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:34 AM

Thanks early birds. Deep, I wanted to concentrate on the space that the squirrel is looking into. When you watch them, they all have their own little territory where they know every inch of the grave stones, I wanted to show that.
Moira

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:46 AM

Wildlife is abundant in London, Moira as seen here. And a very good one too, mono is perfectly suited to wildlife. Balanced image of quality.
Ron.

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:46 AM

Another one telling stories about life and death, present and past.
Johanna

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:52 AM

Thanks again. The original image is 90% natural mono, with just a couple of very annoying little patches of bright grass. B&W seemed the sensible way to go to avoid distractions ...
Moira

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:52 AM

Certainly think mono is well suited to wildlife and works well with this one Moria
Regards Richard

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
8 May 2012 - 9:02 AM

another nice interpretation of your subject!

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32911 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 9:06 AM

A lovely pre-narrative supported by a really beautiful monochromatic photograph.

Regards Nathan

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54226 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 9:11 AM

This is a lovely natural composition Moira, and much better in b/w showing squirrel's home patch. The b/g is beautifully unfocussed.
An opportunity you didn't miss despite perhaps you not being particularly interested in wildlife and nature as such. I love it. Smile
Chris

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 9:17 AM

Chris, I am interested in wildlife, it's just that I don't share the British obsession with photographing it as soon as it sits still for long enough. For me, most wildlife photography says nothing more than 'This is what a nuthatch looks like, aren't I good at focusing sharp'.
Now pictures that actually say something about the natural world, that's a different matter...
Moira

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 9:35 AM

This reminds me a poem by a Turkish poet. Roughly translated, it goes like, "When you manage to adjust yourself to the reality of his death / you see a sparrow perched on his coffin." Great timing and capture!

gingerdelight

Superbly composed, captured and presented Moira!
Carol

reflectionsinlight

like the DOF nice mono and the wee fella makes it

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 11:19 AM

I guess there are a few nuts in there. The textured headstone gives us a good focal point which allows us to concentrate on the star of the image.

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 12:31 PM

I get a lot of squirrels in my garden Moira,and it is only since then I realised how destructive they can be.
They must think their nuts are buried under Jans plants and they try and dig them out.
It is getting so bad that they have overtaken sheep on my hate list !!
It makes a good shot here though.
Mick.

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 12:42 PM

A grey squirrel in black and white... whatever next! TongueGrinGrin

Not so much photo-journalism, more wildlife candid to me. I'm not sure how much cropping of the original you have done, Moira, but the composition is excellent, and the dof spot on. The squirrel is grey, gravestones are normally imagined to be grey, they give such a harmonious feel to the image. I love the graveyard feel you've given to this and your last (compared to my happy snaps from the same place). Excellent.

Dave

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

What a beautiful quote by Nonur.
It matches this beautiful image to a tee. I love this.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 1:26 PM


Quote: This reminds me a poem by a Turkish poet. Roughly translated, it goes like, "When you manage to adjust yourself to the reality of his death / you see a sparrow perched on his coffin." Great timing and capture!

I am repeating Nezih's comment in case anyone missed it. It's so beautiful. I know it reminds me of a verse on a grave in Père Lachaise, I shall have to hunt through pictures to find it.
Dave, this is quite a severe crop, mainly because my standard lens only goes up to 85mm and the squirrels here are not at all tame - they were very shy.
Thanks again everyone.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 8 May 2012 - 1:28 PM
taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 2:05 PM

Squirrels are survivors-- I think a cemetery works as well as any garden or forest, especially if there are trees for sustenance.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 3:08 PM


Quote: ...I am not and never have been a wildlife photographer...

Me neither, Moira! After a day out in Roundhay Park in Leeds, and 'Tropical World' yesterday, I think I'm abandoning the idea of trying to photograph butterflies, insects and any other animals that move about! Sad
This is a great shot, though, love it Wink
Trev Smile

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 4:04 PM

'Great photo-op & Superb photographic execution & monochrome conversion' ~ Peter

twelvemegs
8 May 2012 - 4:13 PM

Works well in BW Moira.

David

jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 5:40 PM

A solemn squirrel, and a lively debate.
jon

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 6:01 PM

I like this Moira, a great image for the theme.

John Smile

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
8 May 2012 - 7:48 PM

Excellent

Peter

RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
8 May 2012 - 9:04 PM

Really like this one a lot...the mono works very well.
Robert

NobbytheNobster

Super capture and works very well in b & w.
Nice one Moira Smile
Ricky.

Michaela_Solway
Michaela_Solway e2 Member 3Michaela_Solway vcard
8 May 2012 - 10:36 PM

This is wonderful.. The squirrel is perfectly placed and the textures of stone and squirrel seem to compliment each other.. I didn't find any squirrels in my cemetery jaunt.. In fact, no wildlife at all
Thank you for your comment on my three crosses submission today.

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2012 - 10:42 AM

They are always beautiful with red, grey or monochrome.

Dougie

UrbaneMagick
9 May 2012 - 11:04 AM

great theme..... great image.

Gareth

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2012 - 2:20 PM

A lovely combination of life and death here SmileSmile
Helen

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2012 - 2:41 PM

Ooo...good timing and capture here! And nope, no reason why animals can't be in BW Smile

Andrew

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2012 - 4:01 PM

Works extremely well in mono and really captures the mood.

Albert

ChrisOs
ChrisOs e2 Member 9ChrisOs vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2012 - 5:34 PM


Quote: Is there any reason why animals shouldn't be b&w?

Never did zebras any harm – or are they w&b?

I like the contrast between the curvy squirrel's tail and his perch and the mostly straight lines of the rest of the pic. Mono works fine, The squirrel contains most of the dark tones and stands out for all sorts of reasons from the grey OOF background.

Chris

Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
9 May 2012 - 7:21 PM

TOP *****Smile
Cor.

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2012 - 10:46 PM

I love this. the mono helps to blend the squirrel in with the old stone.

ragmansriches
11 May 2012 - 7:29 PM

Moira
This is perfect in monochrome and the composition is excellentGrin

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2012 - 11:39 PM

The mono suits this subject so well Moira. I see that you are dabbling into nature photography now, what next from you a bird on a stick perhaps?Wink

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 8:08 AM


Quote: what next from you a bird on a stick perhaps?Wink

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 8:34 AM

like it. lesley

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