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Those Pesky Bills

By AnneWorner  
Doesn't matter how old you get; bills are as inevitable as death. Some of you might recognize my uncle in this image. It was taken about 1 1/2 years before his passing.

When I took it I was struck by the headline on the newspaper (he read 2 different papers every day); Slik Var Deres Liv, which loosely translates to This is What Their Life Was Like.

For those who check the EXIF you may be surprised at the use of f/2.0 here. The living room is extremely narrow, and I was trying to get a shallow dof to set my uncle off against the background of the bookcase.

Processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software. Grain added Smile

Now, thanks for the encouraging response to The Art Critic, for an incredible amount of modifications - I had such a good time looking at them all. Most especially thanks to Pete for giving an HC to the image. I was very pleased to receive it.

Make it a great day,


Tags: Photo journalism General Black and white Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
12 Apr 2012 1:49PM
Wonderful tones in this one Anne.
A good character study here.
Super shot.

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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
12 Apr 2012 1:50PM
An excellent candid portrait of your uncle. I love these natural type poses, especially as time goes by and this is all we are left with is memories.............Sandy
jarendell 11 95 2 Spain
12 Apr 2012 1:53PM
And I suppose your filling in your IRS forms as well?

Thanks for you comment earlier on The Boxer, much appreciated

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
12 Apr 2012 1:56PM

Quote:And I suppose your filling in your IRS forms as well?

Thanks for you comment earlier on The Boxer, much appreciated


The tax return has already been filled out and sent out - since we were awaiting a rather hefty refund, we were incentivized Smile
12 Apr 2012 1:59PM
With a 92 year old father, this attracted me straight away - sometimes black and white is the only way to tell the story of a moment.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
12 Apr 2012 2:00PM
An excellent image, Anne. Carol
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 2:03PM
wonderful detail and tones anne a stunner top shot Wink
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 2:08PM
A great portrait shot Anne
Cor 9 Belgium
12 Apr 2012 2:09PM
So well taken and processed in mono 10*****
pentaxpete 13 641 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 2:16PM
Great Pictorial Photo -- should be entered into some Photography Exhibitions .
Jonny5874 9 14 5 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 2:29PM
Such a wonderful image! Great details and tones.

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
12 Apr 2012 2:46PM
John, thanks for the GEA! Appreciated greatly.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
12 Apr 2012 3:01PM
A beautiful quality mono portrait, Anne, and well deserving of the GEA Wink
Trev Smile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 3:09PM
Great portrait.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Apr 2012 3:25PM
it is a great character portrait.
I often look at pictures of my dad and it is saddening. your uncle may have been frail but he seems to be of very sound mind. Sadly that is not the case with my dad.
Put the pose is so much the same... Well that is where we are going.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
12 Apr 2012 3:42PM
great portrait : I like the expression captured
congrats on the GEA Smile
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
12 Apr 2012 3:44PM
YOuve captured a very good mood and atmosphere with this, - the pose, the expression, all great.

luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
12 Apr 2012 3:56PM
Excellent capture and processing. really love it! Congrats for the GE award!
LexEquine 12 19 United States
12 Apr 2012 3:57PM
'Superlative rendered monochrome Image & wonderful toning & processing' ~ Peter Wink
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
12 Apr 2012 4:26PM
Excellent study
12 Apr 2012 4:48PM
wonderful image. i like this alot. =)
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
12 Apr 2012 4:57PM
A beautiful study of the man and surroundings.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
12 Apr 2012 5:00PM
Anne, this is a wonderful portrait and I really liked reading the commentary you included. The B&W processing is superb.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 5:00PM
It's a minor point, but the first thing I noticed was that he is holding the pen correctly. We invigilate exams at the High School, I spend a lot of time watching young people write. The contortions they manage with their hands beggar belief - almost none of them can hold a pen properly. That's been lost.
He was of a generation that did things properly. Held their pens, paid their bills. Careful and correct.
The newspaper headline was, I guess, fortuitous but it's a happy accident.
Oh yes, and the image is wonderful. A gentle, very personal memory.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
12 Apr 2012 5:04PM
A great gritty portrait.

Best Matt
12 Apr 2012 5:36PM
i remember this gentleman's face a lovely portrait and so sharp. Gary
12 Apr 2012 7:17PM
VERY nicely done Anne.

John Smile
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
12 Apr 2012 7:50PM
An excellent portrait. I do hope he managed to see it.
A wonderful capture... Captured sympathetically.. Lovely exposure and sharp details. Thank you for sharing
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Apr 2012 10:36PM
Excellent in all ways, as mentioned above! Thanks for this quality view!
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 4:24AM
What a beautifully detailed image, and at f2.0 !! Learn something everyday on here.....Smile

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 10:30AM
A beautiful composition, superbly captured.which stands along with images of the highest possible quality in your magnificent portfolio.

Regards Nathan
Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 11:26AM
Lovely image,well processed .One to treasure
13 Apr 2012 12:47PM
Pleasure to vote
13 Apr 2012 2:00PM
A wonderfull photograph.
Something we all can't avoid ,bils, old age and of course the Tax man.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 2:10PM
Wonderful candid portrait, really works well as a mono.

SickChit 11 29 England
13 Apr 2012 2:31PM
Got to love everything about this image, the tones and lighting are great.

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
13 Apr 2012 4:59PM
right up my it
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
13 Apr 2012 6:48PM
Thanks for the mod Willie - I was wondering what took you so long Wink

I thought about cropping the bottom, but something wanted me to leave it. Tried fixing the seam in the table but that was just about impossible.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
14 Apr 2012 10:57AM
My goodness...this has the most wonderful tones of black and white, Anne. This is such beautiful candid portraiture and I would consider it a "black and white great". Congrats on the well-deserved GEA Smile This is definitely HC or EC calibre too, in my opinion.


PS Fingers crossed the moth emerges healthy!

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