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Well this is the result of a couple of converstaions recently..

I was discussing with a respected member of EPZ about the types of images on EPZ.. I said I do a lot more that never see the light of day on EPZ because they will bomb..this being one.

The other was with my wife, who said that she would like to see more of my work capturing our family, not in posed moments but a more representative format, more typical of a time gone by.

This is my Aunt, she runs the family farm along with my Dads brother. They are a truelly amazing and friendly couple.

This is in their shed on the farm, an old railway carriage, Joyce is captured watching my daughter playing with the farm cats over Christmas. The light is so poor this is ISO1600 1/80 Sec at F2.8

Let me know what you think.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 24-70 f2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Wonderful Life..
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:15 Jan 2009 - 12:48 PM
Tags:Black & white, Candid, Farmers wife, Joyce, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
Votes:53

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
15 Jan 2009 - 12:52 PM

Excellent, The lights in all the right places.


Ian

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shaks
shaks  12561 forum posts Tokelau1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 12:58 PM

Wonderful natural light falling on the face and the conversion is ace.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 12:59 PM

Like the tones in this Nick - however for me the bright window draws you away from the face of your Aunt.
Regards Richard.

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 1:04 PM


Quote: who said that she would like to see more of my work capturing our family, not in posed moments but a more representative format, more typical of a time gone by

Great thinking tell her Smile


Excellent capture....not just the person but the moment.


ATB


~Alley~

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Wibbles
Wibbles  7 England
15 Jan 2009 - 1:07 PM

I really like B&W portraits. This is a superb photo...

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73848 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 1:11 PM

Richard, aestheticallly you are right, the project I've set myself is to capture the family in a natural environment, warts and all, yes I could have toned down the window, but it was there it was integral to why Joyce was looking out - this was not staged at all she didn't know I took the picture. As I said this normally wouldn't make EPZ, but as time goes by people will think the photos they see of their ancestors they were all flawless with plastic smiles, I want to show a different side to tie in with my other hobby, that of family history.

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konu
konu  631 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 1:29 PM

Super shot, keep up the good work.
Konark

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Andrew_Hurley
15 Jan 2009 - 1:30 PM

Lighting wise, this scene is a nightmare for any photographer, you don't want to use flash but stick to natural light yet you'll want to get the shot right first time so that she doesn't suspect a candid shot has been taken.

Although you've explained what you aunt was looking at without the explanation you are left wondering, is she looking at a bird feeding, a child playing in the garden....

Keep photographing your family, they sadly won't be with us forever...

Andrew.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 2:21 PM

I'm so glad you have uploaded this. What a beautiful expression and natural shot
Helen

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MilanaG
MilanaG  8 Bulgaria
15 Jan 2009 - 3:22 PM

Very good natural portrait with a perfect light and exposure!
Milena

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angej
angej  9477 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 3:52 PM

very good in my eyes Nick, it makes you wonder what she is looking at. The lighting is good tooSmile

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 3:57 PM


Quote: as time goes by people will think the photos they see of their ancestors they were all flawless with plastic smiles

Very, very true. And depressing. I do believe there's space on the site for true, real, natural faces and this is a superb piece of work.
The light on the right explains the light on your Aunt's face, which for me is strong enough to draw the eye to where it should go. I've tried holding a sheet of card up to the screen to crop off part of the window, it destroys the balance. So I wouldn't change a single thing abut this. And please upload some more.
Moira

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Dimitre_P
Dimitre_P  5 Bulgaria
15 Jan 2009 - 4:08 PM

Fantastic BW...great balance...
Dimitre

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73848 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 6:21 PM

Thanks everyone, I didn't expect this to do well in terms of votes, however the comments recieved both here an in the PM's has made the upload worthwhile so thankyou.

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Blenkinsopp
15 Jan 2009 - 6:42 PM

love the way the light is catching her

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014786 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 7:44 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

candid family moments provide so many great shots, some amusing, some touching, some embarassing - the whole gamult of capturing people.

When I'm at a party, you'll see everyone gathering people together to get into a shot - then everyone poses and does a false smile... that's a record shot, pretty much be definition. unlike this - you've got a moment here which is so muck more powerful than a posed gurn shot - a natural pose, an enigmatic expression, a longing look to somehting we can't see, but you've left room there so we know it's outside and it's in the light etc.

a really nice piece of work - do a family "blurb book" as a project and give this one a full page Smile

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73848 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 7:56 PM

Thanks Sandra and Ade, this has generated far more in depth analysis than my usual shots, thanks everyone.

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014786 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 8:01 PM


Quote: Thanks Sandra and Ade, this has generated far more in depth analysis than my usual shots, thanks everyone.

....that's probably because people are used to your usual shots, confortable with them, regularly impressed and therefore have little to say about them that they've not said before Wink


throwing this spanner in the works has woken them up, in a nice way - glad you did it then ?

Smile

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TonyFrith
TonyFrith  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 8:03 PM

Good use of natural light which gives us the impression of a very natural & relaxed image
Tony

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GlynnisFrith e2 Member 7GlynnisFrith vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 9:06 PM

Well capture very nice light on her face & good conversion
Glynnis

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dathersmith
dathersmith e2 Member 7549 forum postsdathersmith vcard England12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 9:37 PM

The sort of shot we should all try every now and then Nick. A great candid and nice mono conversion.

Darren.

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73848 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2009 - 8:03 AM

Thanks everyone, I think you may be right Ade, and thanks for being the one to get me to post something different.

It also shows that encouraging comments also get marked as constructive.

Cheers

Nick

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2009 - 8:23 AM

A good candid Nick and thanks for sharing and uploading something different, Ade was right you may have just woken a few up and its not all about votes its about photograhpy.

LesF

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Nick_w e2 Member 73848 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2009 - 9:52 AM


Quote: .... its not all about votes its about photography.

Probably the most succinct statement of them all Les, after all thats what we are all trying to improve, arn't we?

I thought I'd expand on the shot a bit more (I've already done so in a couple of PMs), the metering was a nightmare, so I set it to spot on the face and let the shadows go, I knew when I pressed the shutter it was going to be a low key mono, as there was little colour there in such poor light. What I was trying to achieve in the process was a sense of the unknown, looking out on life - she was watching my 10 YO daughter playing with the farm cats (actually she was photographing them with the old D80 - and I hope she uploads some as a couple are rather good).

When I saw the image properly on screen, what I liked was that she is looking into the open space, and you didn't know what she was looking at.. was it what was there, or was it looking back at a time in the past, or lost dreams asperations. I knew this wasn't going to win any awards, the 24-70 wide open is not the best lens ever made. However I'm sure prints of this will remain in the family long after many of my landscapes have long gone.

Thanks again

Nick

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014786 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2009 - 9:58 AM

you'd like to think so Smile

if you can live with fewer clicks, you can post diverse and experimental stuff and learn far more than posting stuff in an area you're "comfortable" with.

If you look at some of the pros in the PA team, even their inventive stuff gets minimal attention - but it's brilliant Smile

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SlowSong e2 Member 64365 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2009 - 12:05 PM

"my wife, said that she would like to see more of my work capturing our family, not in posed moments but a more representative format, more typical of a time gone by"

I think your wife is absolutely right. If you love what you photograph then it will shine through, as here. I don't think "comfort" should have anything to do with photography, or what you post on EPZ. I love to see the more unusual stuff - there's not enough of it. Keep on going - this is great.
Chris

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Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2009 - 6:52 PM

I'm glad this wonderful candid shot has received more attention than you were expecting Nick.

Nigel

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MrsS
MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2009 - 10:42 PM

I agree with MrsW too, keep posting 'em, Nick, this is a fabulous memory, and a truly thought-provoking image - - wish I had more like this of my Mum (too late for them now Sad)

Fran x

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HowardA  7231 forum posts
13 Apr 2009 - 1:03 PM

Great natural image Nick.
Howard

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24 Apr 2012 - 9:38 AM

Love it. Family candids like this tell such a story.

Neal.

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