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Just another in a series I'm working on titled 'The Bureau' A much simpler lighting than the previous one.

Hope you're all good.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 50mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:DEAR JOHN
Username:keithh keithh
Uploaded:10 Feb 2012 - 6:49 PM
Tags:Books, Bureau, Candle, General, Hidden meaning, Letter, Poison, Still life
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1004 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 6:55 PM

I like the balance between the present and the past in this. I first registered the books, the crucifix, the hour glass. Then a moment or so later the whisky, pills, smoking pipe. Last of all the bullets. Layers of association, thought-provoking.
Moira

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
10 Feb 2012 - 7:14 PM

Full of matching details

Peter

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tigerminx
tigerminx  10237 forum posts South Africa
10 Feb 2012 - 8:16 PM

Very intriguing Keith, I like it.

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1022921 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 8:47 PM

Cheers guys

Very few views but there yer go

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John_Horner
John_Horner e2 Member 8John_Horner vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 9:11 PM

Long time no see Keith. A lovely set up. Great.
Hope ur keeping well.

John

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73852 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 9:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very poignant Keith. The implications are all there, not sure on the pills - they look too contemporary - the poison/medicine bottle would suffice (tho change the placement).

I like the pano crop (tho the cliped sides of the bureau fight the harmony). Its a shame images like this don't grab the attention of more - they don't know what they are missing.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1004 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 9:46 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I've come back a time or two, thought more and more about this. I'm interested in what I noticed first, the well thumbed old books, Les Misérables coming in two volumes, the keys, the warm, cosy nostalgia (plus the bottle... ). The modern pills came as a real shock. I think they work and they're important, they're the here and now. They convey pain.
I'm with Nick on the clipped sides of the bureau though... That doesn't spoil the image, it just gives me something to niggle about.

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 10 Feb 2012 - 9:51 PM

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1022921 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 10:00 PM

cheers guys

we'll have to see what people make of the final version when its ready

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73852 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 10:01 PM


Quote: we'll have to see what people make of the final version when its ready

Can't wait ! But whats with the D70?

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1022921 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 10:10 PM

LOL - no idea, the software decided that I had one. Wink I'm having to work on the pills digitally as Edwardian ones are pretty scarce.

Oh and thanks for the GE - my first ever I do believe.

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rontear
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10 Feb 2012 - 11:08 PM

Detailed and descriptive image Keith, beautiful tones.
Ron.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 10:59 AM

Like the details but just wonder if there is too much to look at Wink
Regards Richard

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matmonty
matmonty  9120 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 - 11:58 AM

I also think it is a well balanced image, especially like the wisp of smoke.

Mat.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 3:59 PM

Love the books & that wisp of smoke from the pipe.
Great content except the pills & they do jar a tad for me too.Bullets are good so what about a nice ole pistol to go with them instead of the booze & pills ?
Very Sherlock Holmes.
Fancy clipping the edges off...tut tut Mr H Wink

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1022921 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 8:51 PM

Some good points which will help me form the final shot.

I have to chop the edges off if I show the bureau as they are sloped Smile

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BillyGoatGruff
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13 Feb 2012 - 10:26 AM

Lovely image, Keith.

If/when you re-shoot this I think that actually including the sloping sides of the bureau would be a good thing, especially if you also include a little more of the surroundings.
They, along with the top and writing desk, would form a "world away" from what's outside, giving a kind of detachment and sense of pivate intimacy to the thoughts and feelings and identity implied and contained within the bureau itself.

My twopenneth worth, and an RC to add to your other acronym Smile

Bill

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Jamieson86
14 Feb 2012 - 10:59 AM

I love this style, althought it's a bit cliche-saturated, fantastic picture! Smile

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1022921 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2012 - 2:11 PM

I agree with the cliche point but we blokes are a bit straight down the line when it comes to photography and suicide.
Wink

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14 Feb 2012 - 8:09 PM

I'd like for the front corners to be in shot too, that would probably give space either side of the spine reflections. The jarring bit for me is the candle, too clean and white, too sharp and high, no shadows cast from such a bright flame ....

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