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Reap The Wild Wind

By spaceman
A still-life that I cobbled together on the theme of sailing. I know nothing about sailing but a friend is an enthusiast and he loaned me the bits and pieces. The shadow effect was created with a gobo - a metal stencil that fits over the light. A wide-angle lens is unusual for still-life but I thought the perspective effect, with the books looming large in the foreground, worked well.
I got the title from a similarly-themed John Wayne film. The print was toned in Agfa Viradon which, literally, stinks.

Paper: Agfa Classic
Developer: Neutol WA
Toner: Agfa Viradon

Tags: Flash and lighting

Voters: MDaniel, JohnH37, ericfaragh and 41 more

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covey 13 1.7k Ireland
20 Mar 2006 1:12PM
Generally like it, though the fact there is so much writing and almost none of it readable, takes away a bit imo.


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C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
20 Mar 2006 1:23PM
Interesting shadow details...
oppo 12 6 2 Scotland
20 Mar 2006 1:42PM
Good still life. I like the tone.
helenam 12 21
20 Mar 2006 1:45PM
very nice , like the shadowed effect, that with the sepia make it very " forties".
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
20 Mar 2006 2:11PM
Hi Michael,excellent shadows,detail,contrast,lighting,b/w,textures and presentation.Great angles,still life composition and class work.Hope the smell didn't linger too long for you.Take care.AnnSmile
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
20 Mar 2006 2:19PM
Great pic, love the interesting lighting and composition.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
20 Mar 2006 3:25PM
Thank you folks. Tommie, the original print is considerably larger and the text easier to read - I must admit it didn't occur to me that the text would be harder to read on this uploaded version. Anyway, unless you're into sailing it doesn't make for very interesting reading. Smile
It's ok Ann, I worked with the window wide open.
Thanks for the mod Paul, appreciated.
jimthistle73 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2006 3:45PM
Reminds me of 'The Long Way Round' (Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman) and their preparations for the trip. Along with many other travel books. The books in the FG are a reminder of the 3 ps - preparation, preparation, etc.
20 Mar 2006 5:50PM
lovvely. I like it!
JonJ 12 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2006 11:32PM
Nice work and I love the shadow you've created. Nice presentation too.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
21 Mar 2006 7:30AM
Wouldn't do to forget the ipod would it? Smile
Cheers gents.
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
22 Mar 2006 11:36AM
A really superb study Michael - has so much to say. A lot of thought has gone into this (love the shadow trick) and it has truly paid of. Impressive. Bruce.
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
22 Mar 2006 12:56PM
sp. paid off
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
23 Mar 2006 2:30PM
Cheers Bruce. Your typo reminds me of a comedy sketch I saw on TV years ago - It was called "Murder in the Og" - the narrator apologised for the "F in fog" Smile
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 12:51AM
Lovely still-life comp; intriguing 'clues'.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
24 Mar 2006 3:26AM
Thank you Terry.
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
24 Mar 2006 10:36PM
Wink Amusing anecdote Michael
rayne73 12
26 Mar 2006 6:32AM
Very dark and mysterious. I like this.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
26 Mar 2006 7:30AM
Glad you liked it Bruce.
Thanks Yara.
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2006 12:36AM
I like the way everything is striped with shadow from the window shutter. Good exposure and tones.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
2 Apr 2006 4:23PM
Thank you Eric.
gajj 14 32
11 Apr 2006 5:01PM
Cool, love what you've effected with the shadows!
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
12 Apr 2006 3:55PM
Thanks Jan.
beriah 12 1 Canada
22 Apr 2006 7:52PM
love the composition, how the shadow makes you travel to the ships - don't feel you need to read the words - thanks for looking at my portfolio and I like statues too. Your portfolio is incredible - I am so very surprised you didn't receive more clicks on your work
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
24 Apr 2006 3:23AM
Thanks Debbie and a belated welcome to epz Smile
Phoebecat 12 1 Italy
3 May 2006 12:08PM
Great compositon - the wide angle works very well. I spent quite some time looking at all the goodies in there too
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
3 May 2006 1:47PM
Thanks for taking the time Matthys, it's appreciated.
mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
22 May 2006 12:13PM
Nice moody lighting and toning.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
23 May 2006 3:56AM
Thanks Dave. I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing but it turned out ok. Smile
Eden Plus
13 40 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2006 12:20AM
I do like the use of shadows...lovely shot!
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
1 Jun 2006 1:31PM
Cheers Eden.
SandyMiller 12 932 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2006 12:37PM
Love the way you've lit this. A fascinating image
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
27 Jun 2006 3:18PM
Thank you Sandy.
User_Removed Junior Member 12 51
3 Jul 2006 6:26PM
I seem to have missed this one somehow, a really nice image, well produced and great use of light and shadow. A well deserved RC.

spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
4 Jul 2006 11:13AM
Thanks Derek - made my day Smile
kafka 12 86
8 Sep 2006 12:08AM
Cosy Smile
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
9 Sep 2006 11:28AM
Not surprisingly that's the first time any of my photographs have been described as cosy.
deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2006 2:33PM
Nice mood to it.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
25 Sep 2006 4:11PM
Thanks Dave.
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
9 Feb 2007 2:05PM
I like how the shadows have emboldened parts of the text. Nice angles too.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
10 Feb 2007 2:43PM
Thanks Geraint.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 7:25AM
Great use of the shadows here. Very atmospheric shot
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
10 Feb 2009 7:46PM
Cheers Helen.

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