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Danse Macabre

By WhiteRose1  
My other outing last weekend was to an 'open gardens' day at Essendon Village in Hertfordshire (just NW of London).
Maybe not the first image you would imagine to see but the blacksmith's workshop was one of the 'open' gardens
and invited people to look around (and buy!). This skeleton (made of solid metal) was in the junk part of the yard
with various other pieces of 'art'.

The title refers to an artistic genre of a late-medieval allegory on the universality of death...... and also the theme tune to
Jonathan Creek GrinGrin

Iso400, 1/800sec, f4 (all manually set), no tripod this time.


Tags: Specialist and abstract Skull Dark side Abandon hope

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
20 Jun 2013 8:21AM
Not quite what one might expect to find in a blacksmith's premises, Dave, so an unexpected find but one that makes for a great subject: and so well captured and presented by using the wide aperture, throwing the b/g OOF and allowing the eye to settle on the subject with no distractions.

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20 Jun 2013 8:21AM
think you may just have overdone that diet Dave looking a tad thin here and the jury is stil out on the rugged good looks part!!!TongueTongueTongue clever bit of blacksmithing mefinks nice to see something different

mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 8:26AM
Extraordinary, particularly as the sculpture (I assume it's not a real girl) in the background looks to be so full of vitality and fun. Mind, this is a very lively, talkative skull.
Danse macabre wall paintings are one of my odd passions. The best I know is in the Abbey of La Chaise-Dieu, in the Auvergne. Death there is witty, sympathetic, teasing. See here .
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 8:35AM
A very interesting and unusual mono image Dave, as you say not quite what you exspect to see in a blacksmith shopSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 8:38AM
Rather macabre - but not regretful???

Excellent shallow dof and mono.

Phil_L 7 19 1 Wales
20 Jun 2013 8:45AM
Macabre indeed. Great contrast with the soft sculptural presence behind.
20 Jun 2013 8:47AM
The scene made more macabre by the assortment of out of focus limbs just visible in the background.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
20 Jun 2013 9:11AM
Macabre is the word ~ an excellent well observed capture.

Like the juxtaposition of the macabre in sharp focus against the OOF limbs.. Excellent different study in mono..
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
20 Jun 2013 9:26AM
Unusual, interesting and well composed!! Nice image!! I like it a lot!!
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
20 Jun 2013 9:40AM
A smashing B&W shot, Dave. Super DOF.
7 10 10 England
20 Jun 2013 9:45AM
Certainly an unusual find and oof bg is an added interest - those limbs really do look macabre.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
20 Jun 2013 9:47AM

Quote:Macabre is the word ~ an excellent well observed capture.


I agree.

20 Jun 2013 9:50AM
Alas, poor Yorick... Although the ancient talked - Memento Mori!, I would hardly bought to myself such a reminder...Smile
Regards Valery
20 Jun 2013 10:02AM
excellent choice of DoF & comp. Si.
20 Jun 2013 10:11AM
Great title and composition . Love the "dancing "figure to the right -makes for a thoroughly goulish picture !!!
( daughter up here .She's just back from Ibiza with the girls and can't cope with mum telling her to get out of bed to visit Granny !!!Just said she can't wait to get back to London !!!)
Tish1 Plus
3 16 2 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 10:17AM
Was it you or the subject who was late for the portrait session Grin

Credit to the blacksmith, nice piece of work, credit to the photographer.

20 Jun 2013 10:17AM
Top draw love the mono realy works fab detail
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 10:20AM
Fascinating study of the human skull - we don't imagine we look like that underneath!
Good subject for the mono conversion - good title and I like your word 'universality'.
20 Jun 2013 10:27AM
I wouldn't mind one of these.

Death. Witty? ... Oh yeah, I'm pissing myself here.


P.S. I sometimes do colour, so it's only fair you should sometimes do mono GrinWink
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 11:13AM
Clever image, clever title. It works well in mono and I thought it would work sepia toned too, but when I had a play with it I found that a blue duotone worked best. You haven't enabled mods so I can't post it to show you, but suffice to say there is a lot more potential to this fascinating image.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
20 Jun 2013 11:17AM
Oh,he does not look too bad Dave.
I looked like that when I was in the hospital !!
Good shot.
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
20 Jun 2013 11:27AM
Not a bad set of teeth on him Dave, like the processing and DOF.


20 Jun 2013 11:41AM
The OOF figure in the BG looks like she is falling over in fright!
20 Jun 2013 11:55AM
You've been to A & E as well..............GrinGrinGrinGrin
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
20 Jun 2013 12:17PM
Excellent composition and DOF Dave; works very well in B&W.
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
20 Jun 2013 12:52PM
That has brightened my Day Dave. Expertly photographed.
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
20 Jun 2013 1:23PM
A talkative skull. Well composed image.......Sandy
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
20 Jun 2013 1:24PM
He doesn't look too healthy! Sad Great shot though, Dave, wonderful tones and textures Wink
Trev Smile
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 1:32PM
Works well in mono - I guess he had 'no body' to chat with!! Wink

20 Jun 2013 2:02PM
Great mono Dave, and brill dof, great subject for conversion but think he might need a feed....or at least a cup of tea......very nice.

4 3 7 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 2:33PM
Even though he looks like he has had better days he still makes a great image! A great find and a great mono, excellent work!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
20 Jun 2013 3:02PM
Fun shot. I like all the limbs waving about in the background. Grin
20 Jun 2013 3:02PM
You really can surprise us, or at least me ! Its very interesting to open your pages,like today . No tourist postcards here.GrinSmileGrinSmileGrin The Way To Go Dave ! Smile ---- Jukka.
20 Jun 2013 4:41PM
A cracking B&W Dave I really like this
Humblebee 4 1 England
20 Jun 2013 5:02PM
Now that is different, Dave,and excellent image, but have to say looks like he is having a jolly good laugh - wonder what my blacksmith x 3 ancestors would have made of it Wink ... Carol Grin
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 5:27PM
This is way ahead in the macabre stakes, and the blacksmith obviously only had a skeleton staff, but also the brains to produce something other than horseshoes, so he was no bonehead or numbskull and no lazybones either, but obviously got up to a bit of skullduggery.
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
20 Jun 2013 5:35PM
well captured and presented, cracking detail and DOF.
sable 8 9 7 England
20 Jun 2013 6:30PM
Awesome image which works beautifully in mono xx
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 6:39PM
Bizarre - but well captured
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
20 Jun 2013 6:57PM

Quote:This is way ahead in the macabre stakes, and the blacksmith obviously only had a skeleton staff, but also the brains to produce something other than horseshoes, so he was no bonehead or numbskull and no lazybones either, but obviously got up to a bit of skullduggery.

pick the bones out of that! GrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 6:59PM
I think he needs to change his butcherTongueTongue........ and a good old yorkshire pudding wouldnt go a miss!
Bit of a party going on in the bg?Grin
carper123 Plus
4 927 8 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 7:20PM
Nice work, Dave, perfect subject for a black and white image, works really well, very informative description as well.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
MalcolmS Plus
11 1.2k 13 England
20 Jun 2013 7:22PM
Very powerful Dave, like the textures and the selctive focussing enhanced by the mono treatment

AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 7:24PM
One of my favourite pieces of music! So no diamonds encrusted in the skull a la Damian Hurst?
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 7:47PM
Excellent image, the bg is an important part of the whole.Smile

widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
20 Jun 2013 8:22PM
He obviously finds something funny Blush

20 Jun 2013 9:33PM
I think it is telling you to go awayWink great capture Dave..Lin
xwang 7 55 8
20 Jun 2013 9:36PM
Wonderful shot, beautiful DOF and clarity.. I always want to buy one of these, but never have done, no hurry, I'll be one of these soon...GrinGrin
20 Jun 2013 10:10PM
Interesting subject and the dof and mono suit the idea very well indeed. A
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 10:14PM

Quote:This is way ahead in the macabre stakes, and the blacksmith obviously only had a skeleton staff, but also the brains to produce something other than horseshoes, so he was no bonehead or numbskull and no lazybones either, but obviously got up to a bit of skullduggery.

He he... Nothing left to say Dave apart from a fab shot! Nice one matey!
moiral 6 12 Scotland
20 Jun 2013 11:08PM
Tut, I wanted to do the Yorick joke SadSadSadSadSad. Now distracted and can't think of one. But a good mono shot. Moira
21 Jun 2013 8:05AM
Beautifully macabre, Dave.

jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
21 Jun 2013 8:49AM
A scary composition

21 Jun 2013 9:00AM
Excellent image! Quite spooky!!
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 11:19AM
Works superbly in mono!
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
21 Jun 2013 1:16PM
Very "Terminator 3", Dave. Excellent shot Grin

Makes me wanna get the Stephen King book now Smile

User_Removed 6 48 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 2:16PM
Super image Dave, looks like me in the morningGrinGrinGrin.
Regards, Alf.
22 Jun 2013 1:09PM
Wow different, Dave! Nice one.

LexEquine 10 19 United States
22 Jun 2013 7:17PM
Superlative {A++++} Monochrome Imagery ~ Peter
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2013 7:57PM
excellent capture
22 Jun 2013 9:03PM
A very interesting and unusual mono
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 9:48AM
Captured perfectly Dave and excellent choice of mono .
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
24 Jun 2013 11:54AM
Death is very much black snd white.
well spotted, well chosen DOF ( Death of field)
25 Jun 2013 5:55AM
An extraordinary sculpture, but a little bit scaryGrinGrin Dave.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2013 12:30AM
I wouldn't like to find him in a dark alley... GrinGrin
I think he will have to change his job!!!!!!.Grin

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