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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

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Recording media:RAW (digital)
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:7 Apr 2010 - 8:09 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract


bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:12 AM

strong !!!

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

oliver Smile

7 Apr 2010 - 8:21 AM

Superb shot Bill, beautifully taken and converted.


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

Wow What a nightmarey piccy

Buffalo_Tom Plus 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.

danbrann Plus Member 10521 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:30 AM

A strong and powerful image Bill with spell binding quality.

metro074 Plus Member 5metro074 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

woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 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  6 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:45 AM

Looks like Jack Nicholson!!!!

mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 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 !!


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

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Apr 2010 - 9:14 AM

Almost scary close up


goso Plus 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


Excellent image Bill


tigertimb  740 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!


A Booth
A Booth Plus 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 Plus Member 8Joline vcard United States52 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 Plus 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.


Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 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  5 India
7 Apr 2010 - 1:50 PM


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

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

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

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

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

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


pamelajean Critique Team 9899 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1713 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 6:30 PM

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

wyatturp  9 England
7 Apr 2010 - 6:44 PM

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

Roly  7 Wales
7 Apr 2010 - 8:04 PM

Looks great in mono.Well captured Bill.

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

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


brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent 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,

Glostopcat Plus Member 9250 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 Plus Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
1 May 2010 - 7:57 AM

excellent grin !

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