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Morning everyone, and what a cold, crisp morning it is. I was up at 6 today to get my eldest son who has moved into his own place to work.
I opened the door to find a fairly good scattering of snow on the ground, the dogs were not impressed as I shoved them through the door, I swear they want me to get small wellies for them to wear, the way they appear to tiptoe around whenever the ground isn't dry is ridiculous.
Anyway, I let them out and once they had finished their business I set about slurping down some revival juice, also known as tea. The dogs at this point decided they wanted a cuddle, or just to get me back for forcing them out into the cold. All three of them together jumped on my lap and began trying to give me kisses, very nice indeed as I noted I was becoming covered in wet paw prints whilst gaining a good coating of slather on any part of me they couldn't stand. Once i had had the full treatment they went and lay down to let me enjoy my tea in peace. Thanks a bunch, they say a dogs a mans best friend, yeah right as long as you don't mind being sopping wet and covered in drool.
I do love them to bits though.

Today's upload is of my youngest son, Samuel. This was taken a long time ago when I was doing my degree and portraiture.
I had done alot of work in the studio and wanted to get some shots on location, this being one of them.
I was trying to portray a youth stood, looking up to know good, a very stereotypical sinister feeling that certain people bring with them, in the way they are dressed and their mannerisms.
This to me is the type of scene that would possibly force a passerby to cross the street or even find an alternative route, rather than risk passing.

I hope you like it, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Brand:PENTAX Corporation
Camera:Pentax K200D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Oct 2008 - 9:57 AM
Focal Length:24mm
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/45sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:In the Shadows
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:2 Feb 2013 - 10:28 AM
Tags:Black and white, Lighting, Mono, Portraits / people, Shadow
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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 10:47 AM

Excellent use of shadow Andy , and definitely ominously moody.
Rende

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 10:50 AM

Wow, check this out! It's GREAT! Wonderful mono!

EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 11:00 AM

Seems to tick the boxes! Great shadow too which maybe s even more scary that the youth himself! Grin

Ann

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 11:08 AM

Three dogs on your lap at once, Andy, are you sure they're dogs and not rabbits?Wink. A super shadow capture tody. Carol

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 11:29 AM

A strong shadow which benefits from the separation from the person.

Dave

franken
franken e2 Member 113108 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 11:54 AM

Brilliant!! GrinGrinGrin

Ken

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 12:07 PM

A terrific shadow Andy SmileSmile
Helen

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 1:24 PM

That is one fab shadow, Andy. If Samuel were not in the picture too the shadow would be hard to identify Smile
Regards
Bill

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 1:51 PM

That's one fine shadow image - love it in mono!

I have a friend in Norway who spends a great deal of his time taking similar images. It is amazing how the real person can be so different from his/her shadow, especially when the shots are late or early in the day. A tall think person can be transformed into a hulking muscular giant just be the suns low rays.

Anne

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 2:03 PM

I like the contrast in outline between figure and shadow - I love it when shadows have an identity of their own.
Moira

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
2 Feb 2013 - 3:28 PM

A great mood in this

Peter

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 5:04 PM

You've got it spot on Andy.
Ann

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 8:58 PM

Yes, I think I might cross the street--- It works well as intended!

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 10:02 PM

IMO you have achieved exactly what you set out to achieve with this shot Andy. A powerful shadow full apparent menace.GrinGrin
Ron

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 7:47 AM


Quote: Excellent use of shadow Andy , and definitely ominously moody.
Rende

I agree.

Albert

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