Questions of life and death 2

By mrswoolybill
Brompton Cemetery again, a very lively place.
Is there any reason why animals shouldn't be b&w?
Chris complained at the lack of a robin in yesterday's upload. I didn't actually see any there. But I did see a lot of squirrels.
I am not and never have been a wildlife photographer. I regard this as primarily photo journalism, an account of life in a rather special environment.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Wildlife and nature

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franken Plus
14 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 8:03AM
Brilliant capture Moira.


ps, no reson what so ever as to why animals shouldn't be in B&W!Smile

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Moira very nice pic. But this could have been better if the more space at the LHS for the squirrel was given. Deep
saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
8 May 2012 8:17AM
Lovely capture indeed.
cats_123 Plus
13 4.7k 27 Northern Ireland
8 May 2012 8:34AM
lots of places to hide his nuts!! WinkGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1713 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 8:34AM
Thanks early birds. Deep, I wanted to concentrate on the space that the squirrel is looking into. When you watch them, they all have their own little territory where they know every inch of the grave stones, I wanted to show that.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
8 May 2012 8:46AM
Wildlife is abundant in London, Moira as seen here. And a very good one too, mono is perfectly suited to wildlife. Balanced image of quality.
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 8:46AM
Another one telling stories about life and death, present and past.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1713 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 8:52AM
Thanks again. The original image is 90% natural mono, with just a couple of very annoying little patches of bright grass. B&W seemed the sensible way to go to avoid distractions ...
Richsr 10 91 223 England
8 May 2012 8:52AM
Certainly think mono is well suited to wildlife and works well with this one Moria
Regards Richard
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
8 May 2012 9:02AM
another nice interpretation of your subject!
NDODS 6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 9:06AM
A lovely pre-narrative supported by a really beautiful monochromatic photograph.

Regards Nathan
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
8 May 2012 9:11AM
This is a lovely natural composition Moira, and much better in b/w showing squirrel's home patch. The b/g is beautifully unfocussed.
An opportunity you didn't miss despite perhaps you not being particularly interested in wildlife and nature as such. I love it. Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1713 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 9:17AM
Chris, I am interested in wildlife, it's just that I don't share the British obsession with photographing it as soon as it sits still for long enough. For me, most wildlife photography says nothing more than 'This is what a nuthatch looks like, aren't I good at focusing sharp'.
Now pictures that actually say something about the natural world, that's a different matter...
nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
8 May 2012 9:35AM
This reminds me a poem by a Turkish poet. Roughly translated, it goes like, "When you manage to adjust yourself to the reality of his death / you see a sparrow perched on his coffin." Great timing and capture!
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 9:44AM
Superbly composed, captured and presented Moira!
like the DOF nice mono and the wee fella makes it
danbrann 12 636 17
8 May 2012 11:19AM
I guess there are a few nuts in there. The textured headstone gives us a good focal point which allows us to concentrate on the star of the image.
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
8 May 2012 12:31PM
I get a lot of squirrels in my garden Moira,and it is only since then I realised how destructive they can be.
They must think their nuts are buried under Jans plants and they try and dig them out.
It is getting so bad that they have overtaken sheep on my hate list !!
It makes a good shot here though.
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.8k 150 England
8 May 2012 12:42PM
A grey squirrel in black and white... whatever next! TongueGrinGrin

Not so much photo-journalism, more wildlife candid to me. I'm not sure how much cropping of the original you have done, Moira, but the composition is excellent, and the dof spot on. The squirrel is grey, gravestones are normally imagined to be grey, they give such a harmonious feel to the image. I love the graveyard feel you've given to this and your last (compared to my happy snaps from the same place). Excellent.

Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
8 May 2012 12:45PM
What a beautiful quote by Nonur.
It matches this beautiful image to a tee. I love this.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1713 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 1:26PM

Quote:This reminds me a poem by a Turkish poet. Roughly translated, it goes like, "When you manage to adjust yourself to the reality of his death / you see a sparrow perched on his coffin." Great timing and capture!
I am repeating Nezih's comment in case anyone missed it. It's so beautiful. I know it reminds me of a verse on a grave in Père Lachaise, I shall have to hunt through pictures to find it.
Dave, this is quite a severe crop, mainly because my standard lens only goes up to 85mm and the squirrels here are not at all tame - they were very shy.
Thanks again everyone.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
8 May 2012 2:05PM
Squirrels are survivors-- I think a cemetery works as well as any garden or forest, especially if there are trees for sustenance.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
8 May 2012 3:08PM

Quote:...I am not and never have been a wildlife photographer...
Me neither, Moira! After a day out in Roundhay Park in Leeds, and 'Tropical World' yesterday, I think I'm abandoning the idea of trying to photograph butterflies, insects and any other animals that move about! Sad
This is a great shot, though, love it Wink
Trev Smile
LexEquine 11 19 United States
8 May 2012 4:04PM
'Great photo-op & Superb photographic execution & monochrome conversion' ~ Peter
8 May 2012 4:13PM
Works well in BW Moira.

jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 5:40PM
A solemn squirrel, and a lively debate.
8 May 2012 6:01PM
I like this Moira, a great image for the theme.

John Smile
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
8 May 2012 7:48PM

RTDS 8 Cyprus
8 May 2012 9:04PM
Really like this one a lot...the mono works very well.
8 May 2012 10:06PM
Super capture and works very well in b & w.
Nice one Moira Smile
This is wonderful.. The squirrel is perfectly placed and the textures of stone and squirrel seem to compliment each other.. I didn't find any squirrels in my cemetery jaunt.. In fact, no wildlife at all
Thank you for your comment on my three crosses submission today.
They are always beautiful with red, grey or monochrome.

UrbaneMagick 5 172 1 United Kingdom
9 May 2012 11:04AM
great theme..... great image.

helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
9 May 2012 2:20PM
A lovely combination of life and death here SmileSmile
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
9 May 2012 2:41PM
Ooo...good timing and capture here! And nope, no reason why animals can't be in BW Smile

fentiger 16 916 23 England
9 May 2012 4:01PM
Works extremely well in mono and really captures the mood.

ChrisOs Plus
12 2 1 United Kingdom
9 May 2012 5:34PM

Quote:Is there any reason why animals shouldn't be b&w?

Never did zebras any harm – or are they w&b?

I like the contrast between the curvy squirrel's tail and his perch and the mostly straight lines of the rest of the pic. Mono works fine, The squirrel contains most of the dark tones and stands out for all sorts of reasons from the grey OOF background.

Cor 8 Belgium
9 May 2012 7:21PM
TOP *****Smile
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
10 May 2012 10:46PM
I love this. the mono helps to blend the squirrel in with the old stone.
This is perfect in monochrome and the composition is excellentGrin
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
12 May 2012 11:39PM
The mono suits this subject so well Moira. I see that you are dabbling into nature photography now, what next from you a bird on a stick perhaps?Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1713 United Kingdom
13 May 2012 8:08AM

Quote:what next from you a bird on a stick perhaps?Wink

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
13 May 2012 8:34AM
like it. lesley

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