To sleep, perchance to dream...

By mrswoolybill
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil...

I wanted to use very shallow depth of field to convey nightmare, menace. I see this as the face pressed against the window, trying to get in. I'm not sure if it's worked.
Black & white conversion, with a hint of tint. It gives much the same tones as the original, but more evenly.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Sculpture Black and white Specialist and abstract

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Ray42 10 3 England
11 Oct 2012 8:27AM
Works for me Moira - The poem goes well with the image too
I am sure I have seen him before somewhere!!!!

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
11 Oct 2012 8:28AM
I like your quote from the 'Dead Parrot Sketch' WinkGrin. The face is well captured but does look more sad than frightening.

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
11 Oct 2012 8:41AM
I think it works so well, the framing is what I like most. Also goes well with the poem and to me it looks frightened, if not frightening.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
11 Oct 2012 8:42AM
Definitely couldn't sleep after spotting him, Moira Smile Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:50AM

Quote:does look more sad than frightening

Quote: to me it looks frightened, if not frightening.

Interesting. I see this as the face pressed against the window, peering in, trying to get in.
Thanks folks,
Richsr 11 91 223 England
11 Oct 2012 8:51AM
Should have saved this one for Hallowen Moria, quite scary.
Regards Richard
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:53AM
I'm interested that Dave thinks he looks sad - I can see that too now, although I'd thought him scary to start with. It's all in the imagination.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 9:01AM
It works for me Moira, you've captured it well.

Well as to your first point I'll let you know tomorrow morning Moira.

Shakespeare had a way with words and you have a way with that camera.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 9:04AM
oh yes! ... its worked
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 9:22AM
Wonderful shot, great textures and tones, I like this a lot

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 9:54AM
Beautiful yet haunting prose, supported by a rather macabre image, however wonderfully worked.

Regards Nathan
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 10:48AM
It works, and it would make a great Halloween image!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
11 Oct 2012 10:48AM
looks sad to me...and given the rain we're having at the moment I don't blame him for pressing his nose against a window to get in!! GrinGrin
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 11:57AM
The tight crop/close up and tones worked well and I could really feel his faces presses against the window.
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 12:46PM
A very unsual image.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
11 Oct 2012 1:24PM
The face of a tortured soul here Moira.
An EPZ member perhaps,who is wondering about a nice comment he can make on another members SHEEP upload ?
Been there,done it,and bought the tee shirt too !!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 1:48PM
Mick, Bill tells me that you are in a sheep-hating mood today. Have I missed something? Wink
Thanks everyone, having a busy day and the internet connection is playing up.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
11 Oct 2012 3:09PM
Asleep with one eye open. Always on guard .......Sandy
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
11 Oct 2012 3:12PM
Eeek, that would make a good Halloween horror.
Very well done.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 3:42PM
I'm not surprised that someone turned him to stoneTongue!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
11 Oct 2012 3:49PM
A bit scary this - especially opening on my default setting of View Large! Wink A great shot, Moira, with lots of detail, and yes, it does look like the face is squashed up against a window Smile
Trev Smile
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 5:36PM
You have made a wonderful image out of something most people would miss, a great pov.
Nice one, Moira.
Darryl. xSmileSmile
11 Oct 2012 6:33PM
A nicely twisted piece of Shakespear Moira.

John Smile
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 6:42PM
Yes, the dof does make it more menacing. I can almost feel the rough textures too.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
11 Oct 2012 7:03PM
I thought i saw her her in Tesco this morning but I could be wrong.An interesting close up and I am not sure whether it is tinted or just the weathering on the stone.
11 Oct 2012 7:06PM
My goodness - "dream" or "nightmare" Moira? Excellent work.

vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:24PM
What a nightmare! You've achieved your intention perfectly.
11 Oct 2012 8:47PM
Works for me, Nice work Moira.

And now for a bit more.....

Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time...

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 10:09PM
You've certainly got me spooked there, Moira. It's a very convincing bogeyman.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 10:52PM
apologies for not commenting earlier Moira but I simply ran out of time, club night and I had to dash - out most of today so you can imagine things got pretty desperate - the picture presented today shows good tones and textures and is well sharp. I rather like the treatment you have used and prefer it to some of the other similar shots you have shared.
frz67 8 10 32 Italy
13 Oct 2012 4:41PM
he (?) looks like is suffering an external pressure rather than having an active role.
great conversion and processing

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Oct 2012 2:55PM
A very hideous and grotesque close up Moira, at first I thought this was the Big O after one of his sleepless nights!Wink

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