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I have uploaded details from Colin Wilbourn's sculpture Kathedra before. It is on the bank of the River Wear just below Durham Cathedral, close to Prebends Bridge. But this is the bigger picture.
The work takes the form of an arched stone seat, which represents the safe sanctuary of the cathedral; around the back, demon faces seethe angrily, trying in vain to get in.
V2 – Stepping a bit further back – for those who like a bit more information. I much prefer V1.
We visited the city with our U3A (University of the Third Age) Photography group. The demons observed them carefully – see V3.
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 - 12:40 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Nightmares in stone
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:23 May 2012 - 8:20 AM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel, Specialist / abstract
Votes:61
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 8:30 AM

super mono work Smile

saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 8:33 AM

Fantastic and great set of images,very well done,
saeid

jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 8:38 AM

Impressive, near or far.
jon

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1020 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 8:51 AM

Thanks everyone, this has fared better than I expected. Tomorrow you get the same composition as viewed through the Lensbaby, that will be an interesting comparison.
A busy time at the moment, so my apologies for very little time in the site!
Moira

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 8:54 AM

Those two demons in V3 are priceless.Lifes sculpture has taken it's toll.

RLF
RLF e2 Member 4RLF vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 9:07 AM

Wow it's amazing.
The sort of thing one sees overseas!Grin

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 9:12 AM

Great use of that lens again Moira, V1 is just right for me great detail in the demons and the bridge just soft enough. I would have gone for the 50/50 here and to hell with convention, an image of two halves? Nice work with the ladies and the demons, the demons seem to have taken control of the battery cover of the ladies camera.

Dougie

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 23 May 2012 - 9:13 AM
nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 10:14 AM

I like V1 most, a concentrated image and I love the juxtaposing the bridge, discernible as a beautiful piece of architecture. Super black and white conversion.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 10:23 AM

Just love all those faces - even if some are a bit scary! Wink I do like both V1 and V2, the latter shows more of that beautiful bridge, but V1 does attract the eye more to the faces...I think V1 just wins it though! Wink

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43230 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 10:24 AM

A great pre-narrative, three great images, however the version which really stands out the most for me is Version Number 1.

Have a great Day

Regards Nathan

RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
23 May 2012 - 10:28 AM

Excellent set of captures.
Amazing details.
Robert

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 10:29 AM

V1 is just so right ... but yes nightmares indeed
The contrast between them and that bridge is perfect

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1020 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 11:15 AM

Thanks folks, and particular thanks to Barbs for the UA. We're home on a flying visit, I'll be back again this evening.
Moira

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 11:26 AM

Danny beat me to it with V3 Moira.
A good juxtaposition of stone faces there !!
And all the better for it too.
Nothing worse than these cheesy smiles that some people give to the camera !!
Mick.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1020 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 11:30 AM

Can I please add that the ladies in V3 are good friends of ours...
Moira

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 11:31 AM

The expressions of the demons in v3 seem more expressive somehow!
Ann

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 12:47 PM

There is something about the color with the demon faces that is even more terrifying. I thought I liked the mono until I saw the color. Although I know that wasn't your intent, the colored demons deserve a closer look.

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 1:56 PM


Quote: Can I please add that the ladies in V3 are good friends of ours...
Moira

You can indeed Moira. Thank you for that information.

Last Modified By danbrann at 23 May 2012 - 2:03 PM
franken
franken e2 Member 123126 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 2:23 PM

Version 1 is superb Moira!

Have a UA on me.

Ken

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 3:33 PM

'Superb & interesting set of both monochrome & color reportage Images,...all {3} well rendered,' Moira~

Ciao~ Peter Wink

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41050 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 3:38 PM

v1 for me. Your trademark composition of late, which has produced some excellent images. Please note I have manfully resisted any wit, irony, hyperbole, pathos, or satire on v3, nor even a simple epigram Grin for fear of incurring your wrath.

Dave

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64431 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 3:43 PM

V2 for me Bill. The faces look as if they're cowering a bit more and I prefer the crop.
Chris

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1020 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 4:26 PM

Back home from school - thanks again to everyone who has visited here, and to Ken for his much appreciated RC.
Re colour - there is a problem with this work, in that different blocks of stone have been assembled, and they range from blueish to greenish to pinky beige. When you get two faces of different colour temperatures they don't work together, which is why I tend to use mono. But I do have a colour upload to come some time.
Moira

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
23 May 2012 - 4:59 PM

superb
agree with your choice: #1

pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 - 5:20 PM

Lovely detailed shots Moira, V1 for me.. Peter

Michaela_Solway

Wonderfully composed images.. Like V1 for the cluster of epressions

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 8:03 PM

Can't choose between 1 & 2 Moira, but great subject matter and very well chosen dof.

John Smile

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
23 May 2012 - 8:23 PM

Scary details, especially in V3

Peter

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 9:06 PM

Yes, V1 for me as well. Thanks for including the detailed commentary -- very fascinating and informative.

=Walter

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1597 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 10:09 PM

It's V2 for me, Moira, because I can see the arch shape of the sculpture, which ties in with the other two arches so nicely.

tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 10:16 PM

Those eyes are pretty scary!
Works for me!
Tony

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 10:44 PM

I particularly like V2 - well done

Hop-A-Long
24 May 2012 - 9:06 AM

V1 for me as well Moira. I like the way the arch is mirrored in the bridge.
A good mono conversion as well.

Andy

1881
1881  2 India
24 May 2012 - 6:38 PM

Fantastic work.
SANJEEV

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