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These are 2 dance students I met today, Holly and Dan, they were after a photographer for their 3rd year projects and got my name, so as I was off I thought I'd give it a go.

It's a protest piece about being blinkered and restrained in their art, thes photos are going to form part of that in the performance,

This is in Chappel Allerton Graveyard, Leeds in the rain.

F3.2 @ 1/200th, ISO 400 and 135mm (ish)

A departure for me, but one I really enjoyed - given them lots of cards so may well get to photograph more arts students.

It's certainly a change from the dreary world of IT and banking I can tell you.

Off to kill me liver on the

EPZ North West Weekender number 5!!!!!!! now

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:80-200
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Awakenings
Username:ade_mcfade ade_mcfade
Uploaded:11 May 2007 - 1:34 PM
Tags:Digital art, Flash / lighting, Grave yard, Lighting, Modern dance, Portraits / people, Project, Protest, White flowers
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Tandberg
Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 1:37 PM

Not bad at all fella!!
Different to what i imagined you were talking about anyway..

Like the point of fucus here ade it works well mate
Dave

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Vee_Enn
Vee_Enn  9100 forum posts England
11 May 2007 - 1:40 PM

Very imaginative, one can feel the tension in the characters.

Like this a lot.

Vince

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 1:47 PM

very good work Ade, I'm sure they will be bangin' on ya door

CLIXSmile

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Fishnet
Fishnet  104976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 1:50 PM

I like this a lot, the DOF is wonderful, it's crisp and sharp and with lots of emotion.

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Nelly_77
Nelly_77  11 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 - 2:12 PM

I like it, well composed.
Neal

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webjam
webjam  10292 forum posts Netherlands11 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 2:21 PM

The photograph is great. Personally I think that the message would come across stronger if you turned the picture into B&W. The flowers on the foreground are getting the attention and contradicts (IMHO) the seriousness of the message that the students were trying to say.
When you covert the image (which is obviously very well taken) to B&W, or maybe even to a blue toned version, the sweetness of the flowers will be gone and the surroundings will strenghten the tension.
How do you feel about this idea?
Jacqueline

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Morpyre
Morpyre e2 Member 91622 forum postsMorpyre vcard Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 3:55 PM

great image - i'm sure these two were most happy with your photographic help.

i was inspired by jacqueline's words so uploaded a mod i did in ps - usually i would spend hours, days or weeks - i rushed this in about 45 mins - hope it is ok =)

peter "morpyre" turner

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MarkT
MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 4:24 PM

Different to your normal work but still quality photography, congrats on the EC btw.

Mark.

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2007 - 6:28 PM

Ade, this is an eye catcher even as a tumbnail. Beautiful work, I like it very much. Hope I didn't offend you with my stupid bletter yesterday. Smile
Johanna

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dazzaman
dazzaman  8570 forum posts England
11 May 2007 - 7:48 PM

this is quality ade,
its very different,bit i love it mate.
i bet they will be pleased with it.

well done pal
daz.

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MediumSizeUnavailable

quite good. the dof is magic (especially those out of focus flowers in the fg)

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Ig2509
Ig2509  7 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 - 9:44 PM

I think only 15 votes for this is crazy next to some of the stuff I've seen with 50+ ... there's no accounting for taste. Good idea, well executed. I like Morpyre's mod too. Well deserved EC.
Ian

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Steveman
Steveman  8 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 - 9:55 PM

An image with bite and depth. Congratulations on the EC.
Stephen

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RobD
RobD  725 forum posts United Kingdom
11 May 2007 - 10:36 PM

Well done on the shot & the ec
Rob

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2007 - 12:32 AM

The dof is spot on and I like the limited colours. Well done on your EC. (Imagine the liver damage if you'd seen your EC before setting off!)

Last Modified By Dave at 12 May 2007 - 12:33 AM

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stevenb
stevenb e2 Member 11260 forum postsstevenb vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2007 - 1:08 AM

Cracking shot Ade

Bill

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2007 - 6:23 AM

Good work Ade, this could lead to something, a change of pace as they say.

All the very best
Dougie

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TommyStr
TommyStr  8 Norway3 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2007 - 11:38 AM

Very original, congrats on the EC.
Tommy

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2007 - 1:28 PM

Certainly the toning down of the flowers in the mod by Peter presents an image that seems more in keeping with their ideals.

That said, unless the photo was well composed in the first place as this is, a simple desaturation would not have had such a strong impact on the message.

Certainly a departure from your normal work. Hope the future expectations of work materialise.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2007 - 2:29 PM

Blinkered our world is, Adrian. Ron.

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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2007 - 2:46 PM

I think this is fantastic.

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chris-p
chris-p e2 Member 864 forum postschris-p vcard England
12 May 2007 - 3:37 PM

Its a good 'un...well done on the EC...

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ChristopherSmith

Fantastic composition, perfect dof, not sure i get the whole protest thing, but then again they are students bless em. lol.

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2007 - 11:37 PM

A thought provoking image . I really like the mod by Peter.
Penny

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014786 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2007 - 1:06 PM

Just back from the NW weekender... just about alive

I knew this shot (of the 127 I took) was the outstanding shot of the shoot, so glad it's got the hallowed EC! Cheers Pete. Dan and Holly will be chuffed too, they were getting soaked to get these shots!

The edit is nicely done, thanks for taking time. It does give it a more closed in feel, a more oppressed outlook if you will.

I'll post some more from this shoot of course - in the mean time, I've got to unload the car... not often yo go to a photo meet with a piano!

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014786 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2007 - 1:09 PM

oh...

mono...

I've got mono versions of the shots too - they are grittier, some with more grain added later, some very high contrast too.

This one is as natural as you'll get from me, converted with added contrast in CP1 and just framed in PS.

When I was taking this one, I was usign a little artistic liscence and trying to make it look ghostly in a way, by hiding their feet in the garlic flowers and having the cross between their heads

hopefully I'll be getting more jobs like this Smile Get that portfolio growing away from trees at Malham eh?

Smile

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13 May 2007 - 9:46 PM

I like the mono one from today and I like this one but it might be more impressive and tense in mono

di

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stevenj
stevenj  111982 forum posts England
14 May 2007 - 12:50 AM

Bet this was a welcome surprise on your return! Knew this one would look good on here when I saw them on the back of your camera at the weekend. Does the job just fine as it is I reckon.

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Morpyre
Morpyre e2 Member 91622 forum postsMorpyre vcard Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2007 - 5:58 PM

congrats on the EC and the ever growing well deserved compliments =)

glad my mod of your image was appreciated =)

sounds like you had a good weekend away - what was the piano for - did you have elton john or barry manilow serenading the group on his piano while you all snapped away? lol =)

peter "morpyre" turner

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014786 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2007 - 8:09 PM

THE PIANO WAS to add a bit of noise!

it's very quiet up there

I played an awful lot... and drank an awful lot too

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adgvelazquez
22 May 2007 - 7:51 PM

that is a stunning picture.

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ash-sp
ash-sp  1041 forum posts United Kingdom
22 May 2007 - 10:46 PM

Great photo! Are they at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance? (My daughter is a second year student there)

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014786 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2007 - 11:33 PM

yeah - that's the one, in Chapel Town

I gave them lots of cards to hand out at college so may end up photographing her!

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starliz
starliz  101594 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 11:22 PM

would have liked to see this BW interesting shot.

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Mjhearne
Mjhearne  7432 forum posts Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2008 - 7:23 AM

Great concept with this image and well executed! I dont know if you have meant this, but a past comment says that the flowers/bush are distracting, I dont think so. I think the cross in the background brings you attention right to the middle of the shot, and str8 to the models! Great in my opinion!!

Matthew

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