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Doesn't matter how old you get; bills are as inevitable as death. Some of you might recognize my uncle in this image. It was taken about 1 1/2 years before his passing.

When I took it I was struck by the headline on the newspaper (he read 2 different papers every day); Slik Var Deres Liv, which loosely translates to This is What Their Life Was Like.

For those who check the EXIF you may be surprised at the use of f/2.0 here. The living room is extremely narrow, and I was trying to get a shallow dof to set my uncle off against the background of the bookcase.

Processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software. Grain added Smile

Now, thanks for the encouraging response to The Art Critic, for an incredible amount of modifications - I had such a good time looking at them all. Most especially thanks to Pete for giving an HC to the image. I was very pleased to receive it.

Make it a great day,

Anne

Camera:Olympus E-620
Lens:Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm F2.0 Macro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/2.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
ISO:200
Metering Mode:CenterWeighted Average
Title:Those Pesky Bills
Username:AnneWorner AnneWorner
Uploaded:12 Apr 2012 - 1:44 PM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
Votes:70
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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 1:49 PM

Wonderful tones in this one Anne.
A good character study here.
Super shot.
Mick.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 1:50 PM

An excellent candid portrait of your uncle. I love these natural type poses, especially as time goes by and this is all we are left with is memories.............Sandy

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jarendell
jarendell e2 Member 795 forum postsjarendell vcard Spain2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 1:53 PM

And I suppose your filling in your IRS forms as well?

Thanks for you comment earlier on The Boxer, much appreciated

James

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6605 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 1:56 PM


Quote: And I suppose your filling in your IRS forms as well?

Thanks for you comment earlier on The Boxer, much appreciated

James

The tax return has already been filled out and sent out - since we were awaiting a rather hefty refund, we were incentivized Smile

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PetaL55
PetaL55  2 Australia
12 Apr 2012 - 1:59 PM

With a 92 year old father, this attracted me straight away - sometimes black and white is the only way to tell the story of a moment.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 2:00 PM

An excellent image, Anne. Carol

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 2:03 PM

wonderful detail and tones anne a stunner top shot Wink
andy

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 2:08 PM

A great portrait shot Anne
Lillian

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
12 Apr 2012 - 2:09 PM

So well taken and processed in mono 10*****
Cor.

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pentaxpete
12 Apr 2012 - 2:16 PM

Great Pictorial Photo -- should be entered into some Photography Exhibitions .

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Jonny5874
Jonny5874  5 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 2:29 PM

Such a wonderful image! Great details and tones.

Jon

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6605 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 2:46 PM

John, thanks for the GEA! Appreciated greatly.

Anne

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 3:01 PM

A beautiful quality mono portrait, Anne, and well deserving of the GEA Wink
Trev Smile

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 3:09 PM

Great portrait.
KateGrin

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 3:25 PM

it is a great character portrait.
I often look at pictures of my dad and it is saddening. your uncle may have been frail but he seems to be of very sound mind. Sadly that is not the case with my dad.
Put the pose is so much the same... Well that is where we are going.

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pascalg
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12 Apr 2012 - 3:42 PM

great portrait : I like the expression captured
congrats on the GEA Smile

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2798 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 3:44 PM

YOuve captured a very good mood and atmosphere with this, - the pose, the expression, all great.


W

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luceombra
luceombra  227 forum posts Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 3:56 PM

Excellent capture and processing. really love it! Congrats for the GE award!
Al

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 3:57 PM

'Superlative rendered monochrome Image & wonderful toning & processing' ~ Peter Wink

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lonely_oryx
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12 Apr 2012 - 4:26 PM

Excellent study

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carmenfuchs
12 Apr 2012 - 4:48 PM

wonderful image. i like this alot. =)

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SlowSong
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12 Apr 2012 - 4:57 PM

A beautiful study of the man and surroundings.
Chris

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 5:00 PM

Anne, this is a wonderful portrait and I really liked reading the commentary you included. The B&W processing is superb.
-=\Walter

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 5:00 PM

It's a minor point, but the first thing I noticed was that he is holding the pen correctly. We invigilate exams at the High School, I spend a lot of time watching young people write. The contortions they manage with their hands beggar belief - almost none of them can hold a pen properly. That's been lost.
He was of a generation that did things properly. Held their pens, paid their bills. Careful and correct.
The newspaper headline was, I guess, fortuitous but it's a happy accident.
Oh yes, and the image is wonderful. A gentle, very personal memory.
Moira

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Herge88
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12 Apr 2012 - 5:04 PM

A great gritty portrait.

Best Matt

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Growmore
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12 Apr 2012 - 5:36 PM

i remember this gentleman's face a lovely portrait and so sharp. Gary

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12 Apr 2012 - 7:17 PM

VERY nicely done Anne.

John Smile

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danbrann
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12 Apr 2012 - 7:50 PM

An excellent portrait. I do hope he managed to see it.

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Michaela_Solway
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12 Apr 2012 - 10:21 PM

A wonderful capture... Captured sympathetically.. Lovely exposure and sharp details. Thank you for sharing

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taggart
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12 Apr 2012 - 10:36 PM

Excellent in all ways, as mentioned above! Thanks for this quality view!

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2012 - 4:24 AM

What a beautifully detailed image, and at f2.0 !! Learn something everyday on here.....Smile

Barry

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13 Apr 2012 - 10:30 AM

A beautiful composition, superbly captured.which stands along with images of the highest possible quality in your magnificent portfolio.

Regards Nathan

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Kim Walton
Kim Walton  10144 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2012 - 11:26 AM

Lovely image,well processed .One to treasure
Kim

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Andree_Borrel
13 Apr 2012 - 12:47 PM

Pleasure to vote

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agednovice
13 Apr 2012 - 2:00 PM

A wonderfull photograph.
Something we all can't avoid ,bils, old age and of course the Tax man.

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morpheus1955
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13 Apr 2012 - 2:10 PM

Wonderful candid portrait, really works well as a mono.

Hugh

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SickChit
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13 Apr 2012 - 2:31 PM

Got to love everything about this image, the tones and lighting are great.

Ian

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2012 - 4:59 PM

right up my street...love it

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6605 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2012 - 6:48 PM

Thanks for the mod Willie - I was wondering what took you so long Wink

I thought about cropping the bottom, but something wanted me to leave it. Tried fixing the seam in the table but that was just about impossible.

Anne

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14 Apr 2012 - 10:57 AM

My goodness...this has the most wonderful tones of black and white, Anne. This is such beautiful candid portraiture and I would consider it a "black and white great". Congrats on the well-deserved GEA Smile This is definitely HC or EC calibre too, in my opinion.

Andrew

PS Fingers crossed the moth emerges healthy!

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