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Family Ties

By Nick_w      
It was 2am on the 1st July 1916, Joe couldn't sleep, both his boys were away with the Leeds pals, somewhere in France. He had a feeling of foreboding as he was checking his property deeds.


A big thanks to all those who gave great advice on the last upload, I've tried to take as many of the suggestions on board as possible.

This time no HDR, and no focus stacking, just a simple 1 image shot.

Tags: Photo journalism Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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28 Mar 2013 12:54PM
I love this Smile

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Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
28 Mar 2013 1:35PM
Like the story set up and light in this Nick - good one
Regards Richard
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
28 Mar 2013 1:36PM
Very well done. .....Sandy
bluesandtwos 6 151 1 England
28 Mar 2013 2:09PM
Excellent, in every aspect. I like a bit of text to go with the image Grin.

mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1500 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2013 2:33PM
It's a moving, intimate image, beautifully lit. But can I be nit-picky? (I am, I am... ) The date on the letter...
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
28 Mar 2013 2:38PM

Quote:It's a moving, intimate image, beautifully lit. But can I be nit-picky? (I am, I am... ) The date on the letter...

Course you can Moira I knew it would be picked up on (it's why I said he was checking his property deeds).

Tho I'm trying to get my Mum to lend me her collection of letters from her Dad to his then Fiancée (eventually his wife, my grandmother.) she kept all the letters on the 2 weeks before he was posted missing, thankfully he had been taken as a POW.

This is still WIP, as I'm not completely happy, but have some skills I need to develop, and collect some more props.
chase 11 1.1k 246 England
28 Mar 2013 5:04PM
Much,much better ref the candle flame Nick,I like the lesser content too.The holder is much straighter & I like the end books leaning inward.
Nice story-line.
All you need now is to burn that candle on a regular basis so it drips & runs wax all the way down the holder.
In keeping with the story,I think one of the fag boxes could be replaced with a nice old pocket watch showing the time at 2am....if you have one that is,if not,Keef has a couple of spares Wink
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
28 Mar 2013 5:21PM
Poignant message Nick.
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
28 Mar 2013 5:37PM
Funny Janet, I was thinking along the same lines re the pocket watch, I'm even watching a couple of items on eBay, for that reason.
28 Mar 2013 5:54PM
Beautiful composition !
jdinne 13 16 England
28 Mar 2013 7:11PM
Wonderful composition, very thought provoking.

Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2013 7:15PM
This is a fabulous still life - the whole story telling both in words and image is both poignant and heartfelt. Superb work.
dathersmith 9 550 12 England
28 Mar 2013 10:25PM
Great work Nick and an improvement on the last one, flame looks much better.

derrymaine 3 17 Greece
29 Mar 2013 5:58AM
fantastic composition, I' d like it b&w, or sepia I think
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
29 Mar 2013 8:59AM
Thanks Pete, I didn't see that coming Smile
keithh Plus
12 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
29 Mar 2013 9:31AM
The problem with this to me is that once you introduce a very specific storyline, the egg timer becomes obsolete.

Like the technical but not keen on the content.
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
29 Mar 2013 9:37AM
I have a pocket watch on its way Keith Wink

Although this was all about getting the technical bits right (thanks for the advice BTW) the next image will be harder, as it is the one I've been wanting to do for 2 years.
Consulo 12 840 10 Scotland
29 Mar 2013 12:30PM
Whilst your other image is great, this one wins for me. Focus stacking and all the rest of it is fine, and it definitely has its place, but I actually find this to be a clearer image that the one that used all of those myriad techniques. A simple approach is often best, it would seem.


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