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Awakenings

By ade_mcfade      
These are 2 dance students I met today, Holly and Dan, they were after a photographer for their 3rd year projects and got my name, so as I was off I thought I'd give it a go.

It's a protest piece about being blinkered and restrained in their art, thes photos are going to form part of that in the performance,

This is in Chappel Allerton Graveyard, Leeds in the rain.

F3.2 @ 1/200th, ISO 400 and 135mm (ish)

A departure for me, but one I really enjoyed - given them lots of cards so may well get to photograph more arts students.

It's certainly a change from the dreary world of IT and banking I can tell you.

Off to kill me liver on the

EPZ North West Weekender number 5!!!!!!! now

Tags: Project Lighting Digital art Protest Grave yard White flowers Modern dance Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: Tandberg, Vee_Enn, Hanners and 58 more

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Comments


Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
11 May 2007 1:37PM
Not bad at all fella!!
Different to what i imagined you were talking about anyway..

Like the point of fucus here ade it works well mate
Dave

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Vee_Enn 11 100 England
11 May 2007 1:40PM
Very imaginative, one can feel the tension in the characters.

Like this a lot.

Vince
Hanners Plus
10 875 10 Ireland
11 May 2007 1:47PM
very good work Ade, I'm sure they will be bangin' on ya door

CLIXSmile
Fishnet 12 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 1:50PM
I like this a lot, the DOF is wonderful, it's crisp and sharp and with lots of emotion.
lemonnelly 13 5 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 2:12PM
I like it, well composed.
Neal
webjam 12 292 11 Netherlands
11 May 2007 2:21PM
The photograph is great. Personally I think that the message would come across stronger if you turned the picture into B&W. The flowers on the foreground are getting the attention and contradicts (IMHO) the seriousness of the message that the students were trying to say.
When you covert the image (which is obviously very well taken) to B&W, or maybe even to a blue toned version, the sweetness of the flowers will be gone and the surroundings will strenghten the tension.
How do you feel about this idea?
Jacqueline
Morpyre Plus
11 1.6k 8 Wales
11 May 2007 3:55PM
great image - i'm sure these two were most happy with your photographic help.

i was inspired by jacqueline's words so uploaded a mod i did in ps - usually i would spend hours, days or weeks - i rushed this in about 45 mins - hope it is ok =)

peter "morpyre" turner
MarkT 11 119 2 England
11 May 2007 4:24PM
Different to your normal work but still quality photography, congrats on the EC btw.

Mark.
11 May 2007 6:28PM
Ade, this is an eye catcher even as a tumbnail. Beautiful work, I like it very much. Hope I didn't offend you with my stupid bletter yesterday. Smile
Johanna
dazzaman 10 631 England
11 May 2007 7:48PM
this is quality ade,
its very different,bit i love it mate.
i bet they will be pleased with it.

well done pal
daz.
11 May 2007 7:49PM
quite good. the dof is magic (especially those out of focus flowers in the fg)
Ig2509 9 3 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 9:44PM
I think only 15 votes for this is crazy next to some of the stuff I've seen with 50+ ... there's no accounting for taste. Good idea, well executed. I like Morpyre's mod too. Well deserved EC.
Ian
11 May 2007 9:55PM
An image with bite and depth. Congratulations on the EC.
Stephen
RobD 9 25 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 10:36PM
Well done on the shot & the ec
Rob
Nic_WA 11 179 2 Australia
12 May 2007 12:32AM
The dof is spot on and I like the limited colours. Well done on your EC. (Imagine the liver damage if you'd seen your EC before setting off!)
stevenb Plus
13 260 6 England
12 May 2007 1:08AM
Cracking shot Ade

Bill
Good work Ade, this could lead to something, a change of pace as they say.

All the very best
Dougie
TommyStr 10 9 3 Norway
12 May 2007 11:38AM
Very original, congrats on the EC.
Tommy
csurry 14 9.2k 92
12 May 2007 1:28PM
Certainly the toning down of the flowers in the mod by Peter presents an image that seems more in keeping with their ideals.

That said, unless the photo was well composed in the first place as this is, a simple desaturation would not have had such a strong impact on the message.

Certainly a departure from your normal work. Hope the future expectations of work materialise.
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
12 May 2007 2:29PM
Blinkered our world is, Adrian. Ron.
Geraint 9 715 34 Wales
12 May 2007 2:46PM
I think this is fantastic.
chris-p Plus
10 65 England
12 May 2007 3:37PM
Its a good 'un...well done on the EC...
12 May 2007 5:47PM
Fantastic composition, perfect dof, not sure i get the whole protest thing, but then again they are students bless em. lol.
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 May 2007 11:37PM
A thought provoking image . I really like the mod by Peter.
Penny
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
13 May 2007 1:06PM
Just back from the NW weekender... just about alive

I knew this shot (of the 127 I took) was the outstanding shot of the shoot, so glad it's got the hallowed EC! Cheers Pete. Dan and Holly will be chuffed too, they were getting soaked to get these shots!

The edit is nicely done, thanks for taking time. It does give it a more closed in feel, a more oppressed outlook if you will.

I'll post some more from this shoot of course - in the mean time, I've got to unload the car... not often yo go to a photo meet with a piano!
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
13 May 2007 1:09PM
oh...

mono...

I've got mono versions of the shots too - they are grittier, some with more grain added later, some very high contrast too.

This one is as natural as you'll get from me, converted with added contrast in CP1 and just framed in PS.

When I was taking this one, I was usign a little artistic liscence and trying to make it look ghostly in a way, by hiding their feet in the garlic flowers and having the cross between their heads

hopefully I'll be getting more jobs like this Smile Get that portfolio growing away from trees at Malham eh?

Smile
User_Removed 12 16 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2007 9:46PM
I like the mono one from today and I like this one but it might be more impressive and tense in mono

di
stevenj 13 2.0k England
14 May 2007 12:50AM
Bet this was a welcome surprise on your return! Knew this one would look good on here when I saw them on the back of your camera at the weekend. Does the job just fine as it is I reckon.
Morpyre Plus
11 1.6k 8 Wales
14 May 2007 5:58PM
congrats on the EC and the ever growing well deserved compliments =)

glad my mod of your image was appreciated =)

sounds like you had a good weekend away - what was the piano for - did you have elton john or barry manilow serenading the group on his piano while you all snapped away? lol =)

peter "morpyre" turner
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
14 May 2007 8:09PM
THE PIANO WAS to add a bit of noise!

it's very quiet up there

I played an awful lot... and drank an awful lot too
22 May 2007 7:51PM
that is a stunning picture.
ash-sp 12 41 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 10:46PM
Great photo! Are they at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance? (My daughter is a second year student there)
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
23 May 2007 11:33PM
yeah - that's the one, in Chapel Town

I gave them lots of cards to hand out at college so may end up photographing her!
starliz 12 1.6k 3 England
22 May 2008 11:22PM
would have liked to see this BW interesting shot.
Mjhearne 9 432 4 Scotland
17 Jul 2008 7:23AM
Great concept with this image and well executed! I dont know if you have meant this, but a past comment says that the flowers/bush are distracting, I dont think so. I think the cross in the background brings you attention right to the middle of the shot, and str8 to the models! Great in my opinion!!

Matthew

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