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To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil...


I wanted to use very shallow depth of field to convey nightmare, menace. I see this as the face pressed against the window, trying to get in. I'm not sure if it's worked.
Black & white conversion, with a hint of tint. It gives much the same tones as the original, but more evenly.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50.0 mm f/1.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 May 2012 - 12:35 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/1.8
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:To sleep, perchance to dream...
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:11 Oct 2012 - 8:16 AM
Tags:Black & white, Sculpture, Specialist / abstract
Votes:59

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 8:27 AM

Works for me Moira - The poem goes well with the image too
I am sure I have seen him before somewhere!!!!

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41025 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 8:28 AM

I like your quote from the 'Dead Parrot Sketch' WinkGrin. The face is well captured but does look more sad than frightening.

Dave

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nonur
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11 Oct 2012 - 8:41 AM

I think it works so well, the framing is what I like most. Also goes well with the poem and to me it looks frightened, if not frightening.

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CarolG
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11 Oct 2012 - 8:42 AM

Definitely couldn't sleep after spotting him, Moira Smile Carol

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 8:50 AM


Quote: does look more sad than frightening


Quote: to me it looks frightened, if not frightening.

Interesting. I see this as the face pressed against the window, peering in, trying to get in.
Thanks folks,
Moira

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Richsr
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11 Oct 2012 - 8:51 AM

Should have saved this one for Hallowen Moria, quite scary.
Regards Richard

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 8:53 AM

I'm interested that Dave thinks he looks sad - I can see that too now, although I'd thought him scary to start with. It's all in the imagination.
Ann

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franken
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11 Oct 2012 - 9:01 AM

It works for me Moira, you've captured it well.

Ken

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 9:03 AM

Well as to your first point I'll let you know tomorrow morning Moira.

Shakespeare had a way with words and you have a way with that camera.

Dougie

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11 Oct 2012 - 9:04 AM

oh yes! ... its worked

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 9:22 AM

Wonderful shot, great textures and tones, I like this a lot

Hugh

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NDODS
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11 Oct 2012 - 9:54 AM

Beautiful yet haunting prose, supported by a rather macabre image, however wonderfully worked.

Regards Nathan

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gingerdelight
11 Oct 2012 - 10:48 AM

It works, and it would make a great Halloween image!
Carol

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 10:48 AM

looks sad to me...and given the rain we're having at the moment I don't blame him for pressing his nose against a window to get in!! GrinGrin

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 11:57 AM

The tight crop/close up and tones worked well and I could really feel his faces presses against the window.
regards
Yung

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 12:46 PM

A very unsual image.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 1:24 PM

The face of a tortured soul here Moira.
An EPZ member perhaps,who is wondering about a nice comment he can make on another members SHEEP upload ?
Been there,done it,and bought the tee shirt too !!
Mick.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 1:48 PM

Mick, Bill tells me that you are in a sheep-hating mood today. Have I missed something? Wink
Thanks everyone, having a busy day and the internet connection is playing up.
Moira

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Daisymaye
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11 Oct 2012 - 3:09 PM

Asleep with one eye open. Always on guard .......Sandy

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 3:12 PM

Eeek, that would make a good Halloween horror.
Very well done.

B.

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pamelajean
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11 Oct 2012 - 3:42 PM

I'm not surprised that someone turned him to stoneTongue!

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TrevBatWCC
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11 Oct 2012 - 3:49 PM

A bit scary this - especially opening on my default setting of View Large! Wink A great shot, Moira, with lots of detail, and yes, it does look like the face is squashed up against a window Smile
Trev Smile

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 278 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 5:36 PM

You have made a wonderful image out of something most people would miss, a great pov.
Nice one, Moira.
Darryl. xSmileSmile

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lifesnapper
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11 Oct 2012 - 6:33 PM

A nicely twisted piece of Shakespear Moira.

John Smile

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SandraKay
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11 Oct 2012 - 6:42 PM

Yes, the dof does make it more menacing. I can almost feel the rough textures too.
Sandra

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danbrann
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11 Oct 2012 - 7:03 PM

I thought i saw her her in Tesco this morning but I could be wrong.An interesting close up and I am not sure whether it is tinted or just the weathering on the stone.

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oldgreyheron
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11 Oct 2012 - 7:06 PM

My goodness - "dream" or "nightmare" Moira? Excellent work.

Mike

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vickyf
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11 Oct 2012 - 8:24 PM

What a nightmare! You've achieved your intention perfectly.

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213hardy
213hardy e2 Member 5539 forum posts213hardy vcard England
11 Oct 2012 - 8:47 PM

Works for me, Nice work Moira.

And now for a bit more.....

Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time...

DenWink

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RockArea
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11 Oct 2012 - 10:09 PM

You've certainly got me spooked there, Moira. It's a very convincing bogeyman.

David

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pluckyfilly
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11 Oct 2012 - 10:52 PM

apologies for not commenting earlier Moira but I simply ran out of time, club night and I had to dash - out most of today so you can imagine things got pretty desperate - the picture presented today shows good tones and textures and is well sharp. I rather like the treatment you have used and prefer it to some of the other similar shots you have shared.

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frz67
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13 Oct 2012 - 4:41 PM

he (?) looks like is suffering an external pressure rather than having an active role.
great conversion and processing

francesco

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14 Oct 2012 - 2:55 PM

A very hideous and grotesque close up Moira, at first I thought this was the Big O after one of his sleepless nights!Wink

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