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We were at a talk given by a representative from the Woodland Trust recently, and he showed a slide of this sculpture. So the next day we went and found it.
It resides in Low Burnhall Woods, just west of Durham. (For northerners, it's close to the Honest Lawyer pub, near the site of the old **** of the North).
It sits on a (steep, slippery) ridge, and it's not easy to get a decent angle. But I like the way grass is growing up through it, Nature is reclaiming her own.
Two different Lensbaby shots, exploring different formats. These were always going to be b&w, I didn't even save processed colour versions.
There is a theme to this week's uploads, though it may not be apparent...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Lensbaby composer / double glass optic /f4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Oct 2012 - 12:33 PM
Focal Length:50mm, allegedly
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Trial and error
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Wicker Man
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:21 Nov 2012 - 8:06 AM
Tags:Black & white, Lensbaby composer, Photo journalism, Sculpture, Specialist / abstract
Votes:58
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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RysiekJan
RysiekJan e2 Member 8149 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 - 8:14 AM

Prefer V1, a bit too much LB effect for me in V2.

Richard

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mrswoolybill
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21 Nov 2012 - 8:16 AM

Thanks Richard, I started off preferring V2 for the square crop, but there's a bit too much sky for me, I decided I liked the breadth of V1.
Moira

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 8:34 AM

If you're not careful the wicker man will get you.

Dougie

good use of the LB lens.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7433 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1019 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 8:37 AM

Thanks Dougie. I have a more conventional picture of the whole work to upload some time, but I'll save that for a bit. I also have a very film noir portrait, that might carry forward to next Hallow'een.
Moira

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morpheus1955
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21 Nov 2012 - 8:48 AM

Super shot Moira, both versions work for me Smile It sort of brings to mind the movie 'The Wicker Man'

Hugh

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 8:50 AM

Like your use of the LB here Moria, both work well but going with V1 today as the space around the sculpture seems to work better
Regards Richard

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frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 8:55 AM

good morning neighbour
v1 for me Moira, it is that dark region in the bottom right part that makes the picture work for me.
It seems his gaze is directed there, leaving us with the curiosity of what he is seeing

francesco

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cats_123
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21 Nov 2012 - 9:03 AM

Edward Woodward would be impressed WinkGrinGrin

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mrswoolybill
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21 Nov 2012 - 9:29 AM


Quote: v1 for me Moira, it is that dark region in the bottom right part that makes the picture work for me.

You noticed, Francesco... Smile
Thanks everyone,
Moira

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rontear
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21 Nov 2012 - 9:42 AM

Excellent Moira, it lives !! with your interpretation.
Ron.

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WhiteRose1
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21 Nov 2012 - 10:01 AM

v2 is more 'up close and personal', far more disturbing, v1 the distance makes it safe.

Dave

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mrswoolybill
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21 Nov 2012 - 10:20 AM


Quote: v2 is more 'up close and personal', far more disturbing, v1 the distance makes it safe.

Yes. I think my preference for V1 is compositional, I found that the closer I got to the subject the more disturbing the results. (See above re Hallow'een!)
I guess V1 is about him and his surroundings, V2 is about him and us.
Moira

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barbarahirst
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21 Nov 2012 - 10:28 AM

works well .... V1 is my favourite

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gary_d
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21 Nov 2012 - 12:15 PM

Just looking at Bills image, the lens baby looks fun with great effects. - gary

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franken
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21 Nov 2012 - 12:16 PM

Excellent use of an LB, has to be version 1 for me Moira.

Ken

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 12:45 PM

V1 for me also - the use of black and white gives this image a very sisnister aura - Supberb.
Mrs B

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Joline
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21 Nov 2012 - 1:30 PM

Definitely v1, he looks much more natural in that one.
I like these twig sculptures, and the fact that they are able to be returned to whence they came.

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pluckyfilly
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21 Nov 2012 - 1:50 PM

Has to be V1 I think Fransesco has hit the spot with his comment re the black blob bottom right

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TrevBatWCC
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21 Nov 2012 - 2:11 PM

An excellent film that! Wink And an excellent piece of work here with your LB (or is it Bills?!) V1 for me Smile
Trev Smile

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21 Nov 2012 - 2:15 PM

Trev, we are a two-Lensbaby household. We double up on a couple of other lenses too. And I have my eye on a couple more of Bill's...
Thanks everyone.
Moira

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Sezz
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21 Nov 2012 - 2:24 PM

I find V1 more sinister - excellent work Moira!

Sarah *

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twelvemegs
21 Nov 2012 - 2:27 PM

Super LB work Moira. I thought Bill was the King, I’m not so sure now. Grin
V1 works for me with the wider view.

David

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AnnChown
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21 Nov 2012 - 2:39 PM

I'm going along with your first choice too of v1 Moira - they're both excellent tho'! Smile
Ann

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danbrann
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21 Nov 2012 - 3:17 PM

Once you get his bottom part sharpened it'll be fine Moira...A good thoughtful crop to and intersting piece of art/sculpture/messing about.

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Lydia
Lydia  3 Greece
21 Nov 2012 - 6:43 PM

I've been away too long, comments seem to have risen a notch!!! May i just say when it comes to lensbabies, that in my opinion, 'less is more'. I shall continue to lurk for the time being.... Smile

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mrswoolybill
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21 Nov 2012 - 6:46 PM

Welcome back Miss Clock! Even if simply lurking...

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MacroMeister
21 Nov 2012 - 6:54 PM

I don't see Christopher Lee anywhere!

I think this one of your better shots, Moira. Your more artistic and nuanced side has obviously comes to the fore here. I'm forced to vote (argh!) but partly for the 'trial and error' metering method - it shows a contempt for technology in the pursuit of art.

Voted (as the say on FLICKR)

Rob

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Lydia
Lydia  3 Greece
21 Nov 2012 - 7:02 PM

I may occasionally say something besides lurking (although obviously not in too much depth which requirements engagement of brain, and usually gets me at total odds to everyone else as i rarely agree with them!).

You have an 'alleged focal length' that's a bit too technical for me (I don't do technical, I just like pressing buttons and see what happens LOL).

Who is this Mr Meister and who is Rob and does it matter. Wink

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mrswoolybill
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21 Nov 2012 - 7:15 PM


Quote: I'm forced to vote (argh!) but partly for the 'trial and error' metering method - it shows a contempt for technology in the pursuit of art.


Quote: You have an 'alleged focal length' that's a bit too technical for me (I don't do technical, I just like pressing buttons and see what happens LOL).

Well the Lensbaby is supposed to be 50mm, but looking through it is so weird that it is difficult to make a direct comparison.
It is entirely manual, aperture is changed by means of magnetic rings that stick on the front (Waterhouse stops), and the lens is on a ball and socket joint so that once you have focused you can move the sweet spot around. I don't do technical either, I like the wackiness of this.
Moira

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lifesnapper
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21 Nov 2012 - 7:17 PM

A spooky kind of image Moira, and a great Film with a great character part for Edward Woodwood.

John Smile

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MacroMeister
21 Nov 2012 - 7:25 PM


Quote:
Who is this Mr Meister and who is Rob and does it matter. Wink

Meister is, as I'm sure you know German for 'Master'. And as Leonard Woolf (Virginia's hubby) so accuratley pointed out - 'nothing matters' WinkWinkWink

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AnneWorner
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21 Nov 2012 - 7:40 PM

Nature's process of reclaiming - I see how quickly this happens in the garden if I let things go for just a few months - plants grow where they will, vines twine up trees. Nowhere do I see it as obviously as on some of the old abandoned farm houses in the area - after the roof caves in it's a free for all.

V1 appeals much more to me.

Anne

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21 Nov 2012 - 7:41 PM

An interesting phenomenom the lensbaby made

Peter

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Lydia
Lydia  3 Greece
21 Nov 2012 - 8:11 PM

Mrs Wooly, apologies for using your upload to converse with another ..... Mr Meister, that was slightly rude of me (I am usually an extremely polite young(ish) lady but was rather intrigued to find a 'new person' with a slightly offnorm commentary style. Anyway, I am afraid i have no knowledge at all of German and had no idea that meister means master in German .. but I do have to agree with mr Mr Woolf, that (basically on the whole) nothing matters..... I do have to agree with the statement that showing contempt for technology in the pursuit of art is something to be encouraged.

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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 - 8:18 PM

Two nice shots Moira, but i will agree with others that V1 is the one, great shot with the lensbaby, Peter..

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21 Nov 2012 - 8:23 PM

Coming to this late in the day there doesn't seem anything original to say. I prefer No. 1 as there is space to the right for the subject to "look" into, your crop has made it too tight in the frame.

Albert

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aniamoore  2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 - 10:24 PM

Do you come here often?TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
AniaWink

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21 Nov 2012 - 11:35 PM

A powerful mono image, Moira. V1 works even better for me as the face takes more attention than the whole in V2.

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22 Nov 2012 - 12:01 AM

Go for the tighter crop of V2 Moira.
And on that note,V2 of the actual film The Wicker Man was a big disappointment !!
Mick.

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Tibetan  2 England
22 Nov 2012 - 11:04 AM


Quote: Edward Woodward would be impressed WinkGrinGrin

that is exactly what I thought! V1. for me Moira, interesting idea. regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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22 Nov 2012 - 5:42 PM

V1 is the standout shot for me

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ChrisOs
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4 Dec 2012 - 10:26 AM

Coming to this far later than others, my immediate thought was that this was a Jarrow Marcher, from a very bleak period in the history of the north.
Chris

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mrswoolybill
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4 Dec 2012 - 12:59 PM

Chris, thanks - we are sure that he is intended to be a miner, and he has the look of the 1930s, although the work is much more recent.
Cheers,
Moira

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