Conversation piece 2

By mrswoolybill
Arthur Lowe/Captain Mainwaring and Bill enjoying a quiet chat on a bench in Thetford, where Dad's Army was filmed. Truly, a meeting of kindred spirits...
A previous version of this was V2 in the first upload. A lot of people liked it several made the comment that it looked more like a real conversation than V1. I wasn't happy with the background so I've done a bit more work on it, to tone it down. I was trying the get a satisfying balance between three planes, it was an interesting exercise.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Sculpture Black and white Humour and fun

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RobinF 11 83 1 England
20 Jan 2013 8:22AM
I'm trying not to shout "Don't Panic Captain Woolybill!" - too late, I've done it now.
Lovely shot Moira - what were they discussing?
kind regards,

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20 Jan 2013 8:24AM
What a fabulous picture, Moira!
The likeness is uncanny!Grin

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
20 Jan 2013 8:27AM
Simply wonderful, Moira, I wonder what it is like to live with a double, does Bill get stopped in the streets? I remember once my ex-husband was asked for his autograph, he had been mistaken for Norman Wisdom Grin I couldn't see any likeness whatsoever, strange what some people see and some don't. Carol
20 Jan 2013 8:28AM
These shots work so well Moira, has to be Mono of course for this one sided conversation.

John Smile
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
20 Jan 2013 8:28AM
Great image ~ they could be brothers! Wink

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 8:54AM
Brilliant image Moira lovely focusing could almost be brothers .
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 9:08AM
Bill could almost BE Captain Mainwaring what a terrific picture Moira, had me fooled for a momentSmile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
20 Jan 2013 9:09AM
well spotted Tongue
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
20 Jan 2013 9:09AM
Another fine study in comedy Wink Moira.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 9:19AM
Good to see it as a v1 here Moira Smile
First sign of madness - talking to yourself - perhaps Bill can be excused on this occasion WinkWink
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
20 Jan 2013 9:37AM
Brilliant image of what appears to be a conversation between, dare I say it two relatives. The resemblance is uncanny.
The mono works perfectly bringing th whole image to the same level which has removed any distracting coloured areas.

Tibetan 5 3 England
20 Jan 2013 9:45AM
Good resemblance but the expression on Mannering's face does not look as if he approves of what's being said, lol. like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
20 Jan 2013 9:46AM

Quote:A.R.P. Warden Hodges: Who do you think you are?
Cpt. George Mainwaring: We're the Local Defense Volunteers, and I'm their appointed commander, Captain Mainwaring, and I must ask you to keep your hands off my privates!

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
20 Jan 2013 9:49AM
I remember this...classic. The Captain giving Bill the silent treatment and Bill trying to figure out why Grin

I've just been looking back and forth and you've toned down the background really well, Moira. Good use of subtle vignetting too!

Zydeco_Joe 11 84 England
20 Jan 2013 10:37AM
Like this a lot,great mono image works very well good tonal range.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
20 Jan 2013 10:40AM
Soul mates.
Top shot.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
20 Jan 2013 10:48AM
Definitely an improvement but I would go a step further and clone out those little circles and lines above Bill's head
Jellyfire 6 41 4 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 10:58AM
This is great, love the way the statue could be interacting with Bill, very clever
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 11:03AM
Thats one to keep for sure, love it.Smile

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
20 Jan 2013 11:07AM
I already liked the first versions very much, but the finishing touch you've applied makes it perfect; I love it!
20 Jan 2013 11:10AM
Great eye! And I watched Dad's Army last night- takes me back to the 70s and my Dad watching it. There's always an argument that statue or monument photographs are merely images of someone elses art,however, the addition of the gentleman viewing the bust makes this a fantastic image. The gentlemans age personifies a passing time I think too which merges well into the scene. Mono works perfectly and I imagine that was your first thought as a talented photographer.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 11:52AM
Blimey! We've just come in from helping to dig the road clear, it's quite a social event here (and a regular one... ) This has taken off! Thanks to everyone who has called in, and particularly to Rende for his UA, that's made my day.
I really hadn't considered the facial similarities until I was taking these, and then I realised that it was something that I could play on. So far as character similarities are concerned, I shall remain discreet. I know that I am merely a Stupid Girl, after all... Wink
Thanks for some great comments.

Quote:Definitely an improvement but I would go a step further and clone out those little circles and lines above Bill's head

I've toned them down a lot. But I have a weakness for this type of bokeh, when tiny dots of light are magnified. It's difficult to bring myself to clone it out...

Quote:First sign of madness - talking to yourself

I thought the first sign was seeing faces... If it's the second sign then I'm a long way down the road to insanity!

Quote:love the way the statue could be interacting with Bill

I judge the success of public sculpture installations by the way the public interacts with it. Anything that people can relate to, that makes them stop and think, is worthwhile in my book.

Quote:There's always an argument that statue or monument photographs are merely images of someone else's art,however, the addition of the gentleman viewing the bust makes this a fantastic image.

Photographing sculpture is a passion of mine. I regard it as a valid art in its own right. It's a matter of conveying someone else's creativity faithfully but in one's own style. And of conveying three dimensions in two...
cooky 14 6 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 11:57AM
Now that is good!!!!!!!!!!!

Love it.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
20 Jan 2013 11:58AM
Thats why he was familar,,great idea including ur man,,lol.
Lovely detailed shot.

MalcolmM Plus
12 910 5 Scotland
20 Jan 2013 12:04PM
Liked the original but this works so well in mono. Much more than just a picture of a statue - congrats to both....
Herge88 11 40 4 England
20 Jan 2013 12:35PM
Good work here Moira, very effective and yes it does look very much like they are having a real conversation.

Best Matt
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
20 Jan 2013 12:44PM
The two expressions side by side are priceless.

Nicely worked on muting that background. Works very well.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
20 Jan 2013 1:15PM
"Don't tell them your name, Bill!" Grin A fine re-working of this super image, Moira, comparing it to the original the background does look less distracting Smile
Trev Smile
20 Jan 2013 1:37PM
An excellent capture Moira. Indeed looks like a real conversation
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 1:42PM
An image which lends it self to so many previously heard classic one liners "Don't tell him your name Pike" comes straight to mind.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 2:05PM
If your Bill just kept his moustache, there may well be a similarity there.

Lovely image Moira.

Gareth SmileSmile
20 Jan 2013 2:27PM
Looks like one of those 'Twins separatedf at birth' shots. Like it.

20 Jan 2013 3:39PM
Brilliant capture and what a remarkable likeness.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 4:22PM
Many thanks to Alan for his UA, and to everyone else.
As I noted above, I really wasn't aware of the similarities until I came to take the picture...
It's a class capture and Bill sure has done his bit, so it's half each I feel, It's a well done image.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
20 Jan 2013 5:15PM
This is first class....and I can almost hear the wheels turning in this lively discussionGrin
20 Jan 2013 7:26PM
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 7:46PM
A wonderful composition Moira that works so well in mono!
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 10:06PM
Nice to see the twins are having a conversation in harmony, Peter..
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
21 Jan 2013 12:07AM
Little environmental intrusion didn't bother me then, still it doesn't, of course, but I like your improvement, Moira.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
21 Jan 2013 4:17AM
Nicely done, Moira -- now the bg does not distract, keeping us focused on the conversation.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
21 Jan 2013 5:29AM
Looks like an interesting duell

Richsr 11 91 223 England
21 Jan 2013 10:31AM
Well worked with these two Moria
Regards Richard
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 5:20PM
Once again, something well seen and very creatively put together, quite superb, Moira.
Well done.
Darryl. x SmileSmileSmile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
22 Jan 2013 11:15PM
So pleased to see this one have its own outing, it's brilliant Moira, the expressions priceless! I think you've processed it perfectly too, an excellent mono!

Sarah *
YorkshireSam 8 110 3 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2013 1:27AM
Bloomin brilliant ! made me smile Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jan 2013 10:02PM
Who do you think you are kidding Mrs Woolybill if you think they look like Brothers?!Grin In fact the resemblance is uncanny apart from the fact that Bill does not have ginger hair!Wink

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