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The stone feature in Mountain Ash is a fine work yet scarcely comfortable viewing. Several reviewers yesterday found it 'creepy', which I accept without reservation, but it is also a fine representation of a tough way of life now gone but not forgotten. Seen below a leaden sky under persistent drizzle the effect is staggering in its power; I hope I might have captured at least the essence of the work.

Converted to b/w, clearly, though fairly close to the craggy original. A few more faces will follow in due course.

52mm, 1/400th sec. @ f5.6, ISO 800

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Fierce
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:7 Apr 2010 - 8:09 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
Votes:63

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:12 AM

strong !!!

great conversion to mono....like the high contrast

oliver Smile

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:21 AM

Superb shot Bill, beautifully taken and converted.

Hugh

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:23 AM

Wow What a nightmarey piccy

Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:24 AM

Powerful image Bill.What are these faces depicting.They draw you in,can't stop looking at them.
Tom.

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:30 AM

A strong and powerful image Bill with spell binding quality.

metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:33 AM

A powerful statment here! You surly have captured the essence of the work. Well done
Carol

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:35 AM


Quote: What are these faces depicting.They draw you in,can't stop looking at them.

My feelings entirely, Tom. As for your question, I presume they are representations of miners from the Deep Duffryn and other local mines, long closed.

Morgs
Morgs  6 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:45 AM

Looks like Jack Nicholson!!!!

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:49 AM

Reckon they must represent the miners.It would have been a tough old life there.The chap here looks like he might have lost an eye !! As mentioned,a powerful one here Bill !!
Mick.

gingerdelight

It was tough for miners back "in the day", which shows in this chap's face! Excellent capture Bill.
Carol

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Apr 2010 - 9:14 AM

Almost scary close up

Peter

goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 9:17 AM

I'd rather have this fella with me, than agin me Bill...Bill

Imagephotographics

Excellent image Bill

Chris

tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 10:32 AM

Excellent shot Bill and such impact - again I like the effect of the twin faces together - big and angry with the small and smiling.

When I'm focusing on the faces, and catch the dark crack at the bottom in my peripheral vision; I see a small man come to seek council from the gods!

Tim

A Booth
A Booth e2 Member 12A Booth vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 11:48 AM

ageless portrait well captured and presented. good tonal range and detail.

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 12:05 PM

A spellbinding image, and your mono treatment really emphasizes the features. You had to be mad to work the mines, if you weren't when you started you soon would be. My father-in-law was a coal miner, and it's a life I would never wish on anyone.

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 12:48 PM

You definitely captured the essence well, Bill. This is stone cold scaryass.

A.

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 1:02 PM

Works so well in mono details and textures standout well.
Regards Richard

Last Modified By Richsr at 7 Apr 2010 - 1:03 PM
dipsekhar
dipsekhar  4 India
7 Apr 2010 - 1:50 PM

WONDERFUL CAPTURE.

proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
7 Apr 2010 - 5:09 PM

indeed you captured it's essence, I applaud this. I must say I think it could be almost a burden to view under certain atmospheric conditions. This is some powerful work! You caught it well Bill.

davidhu
davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 5:27 PM

Going close-in adds to the impact Bill, good work.
Dave

jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 5:49 PM

Full marks. Indomitable spirit, all those big phrases. Wonderful.
jon

RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 8RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 6:11 PM

A fine bit of imagery, both the sculptor's and yours.

David

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8763 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1591 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 6:30 PM

Powerful work that is so well portrayed by your good self.

wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
7 Apr 2010 - 6:44 PM

These are great to view Bill well seen, and they work well in mono DougSmile

Roly
Roly  7 Wales
7 Apr 2010 - 8:04 PM

Looks great in mono.Well captured Bill.

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
8 Apr 2010 - 8:36 AM

Great shot, thought it was a Politician at first, great in mono

Nicky

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2010 - 10:35 PM

Oh, I love to climb a mountain
and reach the highest peak
But it wouldn't thrill me half as much as
dancing cheek to cheek ...

just came to my mind,
Johanna

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 11:51 AM

A terrifyingly good close up Bill, whatever did you say or do to make Gyndwr that angry?!

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
1 May 2010 - 7:57 AM

excellent grin !

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