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Morning everyone, and what a cold, crisp morning it is. I was up at 6 today to get my eldest son who has moved into his own place to work.
I opened the door to find a fairly good scattering of snow on the ground, the dogs were not impressed as I shoved them through the door, I swear they want me to get small wellies for them to wear, the way they appear to tiptoe around whenever the ground isn't dry is ridiculous.
Anyway, I let them out and once they had finished their business I set about slurping down some revival juice, also known as tea. The dogs at this point decided they wanted a cuddle, or just to get me back for forcing them out into the cold. All three of them together jumped on my lap and began trying to give me kisses, very nice indeed as I noted I was becoming covered in wet paw prints whilst gaining a good coating of slather on any part of me they couldn't stand. Once i had had the full treatment they went and lay down to let me enjoy my tea in peace. Thanks a bunch, they say a dogs a mans best friend, yeah right as long as you don't mind being sopping wet and covered in drool.
I do love them to bits though.

Today's upload is of my youngest son, Samuel. This was taken a long time ago when I was doing my degree and portraiture.
I had done alot of work in the studio and wanted to get some shots on location, this being one of them.
I was trying to portray a youth stood, looking up to know good, a very stereotypical sinister feeling that certain people bring with them, in the way they are dressed and their mannerisms.
This to me is the type of scene that would possibly force a passerby to cross the street or even find an alternative route, rather than risk passing.

I hope you like it, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Brand:PENTAX Corporation
Camera:Pentax K200D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Oct 2008 - 9:57 AM
Focal Length:24mm
Shutter Speed:1/45sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:In the Shadows
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:2 Feb 2013 - 10:28 AM
Tags:Black and white, Lighting, Mono, Portraits / people, Shadow
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Voters:Philip_H · Pete · Badgerfred · Rende · Briwooly · nonur · EAS · Hermanus · CarolG · SlowSong · WhiteRose1 · franken · helenlinda · woolybill1 · AnneWorner · mrswoolybill · jaktis · AnnChown · mauriceegan · taggart · Maiwand · fentiger ·
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Excellent use of shadow Andy , and definitely ominously moody.


Wow, check this out! It's GREAT! Wonderful mono!

EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 11:00 AM

Seems to tick the boxes! Great shadow too which maybe s even more scary that the youth himself! Grin



Three dogs on your lap at once, Andy, are you sure they're dogs and not rabbits?Wink. A super shadow capture tody. Carol


A strong shadow which benefits from the separation from the person.



Brilliant!! GrinGrinGrin



A terrific shadow Andy SmileSmile


That is one fab shadow, Andy. If Samuel were not in the picture too the shadow would be hard to identify Smile

2 Feb 2013 - 1:51 PM

That's one fine shadow image - love it in mono!

I have a friend in Norway who spends a great deal of his time taking similar images. It is amazing how the real person can be so different from his/her shadow, especially when the shots are late or early in the day. A tall think person can be transformed into a hulking muscular giant just be the suns low rays.


mrswoolybill Critique Team 9829 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2013 - 2:03 PM

I like the contrast in outline between figure and shadow - I love it when shadows have an identity of their own.


A great mood in this



You've got it spot on Andy.


Yes, I think I might cross the street--- It works well as intended!


IMO you have achieved exactly what you set out to achieve with this shot Andy. A powerful shadow full apparent menace.GrinGrin


Quote: Excellent use of shadow Andy , and definitely ominously moody.

I agree.


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