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Well this is the result of a couple of converstaions recently..
I was discussing with a respected member of EPZ about the types of images on EPZ.. I said I do a lot more that never see the light of day on EPZ because they will bomb..this being one.
The other was with my wife, who said that she would like to see more of my work capturing our family, not in posed moments but a more representative format, more typical of a time gone by.
This is my Aunt, she runs the family farm along with my Dads brother. They are a truelly amazing and friendly couple.
This is in their shed on the farm, an old railway carriage, Joyce is captured watching my daughter playing with the farm cats over Christmas. The light is so poor this is ISO1600 1/80 Sec at F2.8
Let me know what you think.
Excellent, The lights in all the right places.
Wonderful natural light falling on the face and the conversion is ace.
Like the tones in this Nick - however for me the bright window draws you away from the face of your Aunt.
Quote: who said that she would like to see more of my work capturing our family, not in posed moments but a more representative format, more typical of a time gone by
Great thinking tell her
Excellent capture....not just the person but the moment.
I really like B&W portraits. This is a superb photo...
Richard, aestheticallly you are right, the project I've set myself is to capture the family in a natural environment, warts and all, yes I could have toned down the window, but it was there it was integral to why Joyce was looking out - this was not staged at all she didn't know I took the picture. As I said this normally wouldn't make EPZ, but as time goes by people will think the photos they see of their ancestors they were all flawless with plastic smiles, I want to show a different side to tie in with my other hobby, that of family history.
Super shot, keep up the good work.
Lighting wise, this scene is a nightmare for any photographer, you don't want to use flash but stick to natural light yet you'll want to get the shot right first time so that she doesn't suspect a candid shot has been taken.
Although you've explained what you aunt was looking at without the explanation you are left wondering, is she looking at a bird feeding, a child playing in the garden....
Keep photographing your family, they sadly won't be with us forever...
I'm so glad you have uploaded this. What a beautiful expression and natural shot
Very good natural portrait with a perfect light and exposure!
very good in my eyes Nick, it makes you wonder what she is looking at. The lighting is good too
Quote: as time goes by people will think the photos they see of their ancestors they were all flawless with plastic smiles
Very, very true. And depressing. I do believe there's space on the site for true, real, natural faces and this is a superb piece of work.
The light on the right explains the light on your Aunt's face, which for me is strong enough to draw the eye to where it should go. I've tried holding a sheet of card up to the screen to crop off part of the window, it destroys the balance. So I wouldn't change a single thing abut this. And please upload some more.
Fantastic BW...great balance...
Thanks everyone, I didn't expect this to do well in terms of votes, however the comments recieved both here an in the PM's has made the upload worthwhile so thankyou.
love the way the light is catching her
candid family moments provide so many great shots, some amusing, some touching, some embarassing - the whole gamult of capturing people.
When I'm at a party, you'll see everyone gathering people together to get into a shot - then everyone poses and does a false smile... that's a record shot, pretty much be definition. unlike this - you've got a moment here which is so muck more powerful than a posed gurn shot - a natural pose, an enigmatic expression, a longing look to somehting we can't see, but you've left room there so we know it's outside and it's in the light etc.
a really nice piece of work - do a family "blurb book" as a project and give this one a full page
Thanks Sandra and Ade, this has generated far more in depth analysis than my usual shots, thanks everyone.
Quote: Thanks Sandra and Ade, this has generated far more in depth analysis than my usual shots, thanks everyone.
....that's probably because people are used to your usual shots, confortable with them, regularly impressed and therefore have little to say about them that they've not said before
throwing this spanner in the works has woken them up, in a nice way - glad you did it then ?
Good use of natural light which gives us the impression of a very natural & relaxed image
Well capture very nice light on her face & good conversion
The sort of shot we should all try every now and then Nick. A great candid and nice mono conversion.
Thanks everyone, I think you may be right Ade, and thanks for being the one to get me to post something different.
It also shows that encouraging comments also get marked as constructive.
A good candid Nick and thanks for sharing and uploading something different, Ade was right you may have just woken a few up and its not all about votes its about photograhpy.
Quote: .... its not all about votes its about photography.
Probably the most succinct statement of them all Les, after all thats what we are all trying to improve, arn't we?
I thought I'd expand on the shot a bit more (I've already done so in a couple of PMs), the metering was a nightmare, so I set it to spot on the face and let the shadows go, I knew when I pressed the shutter it was going to be a low key mono, as there was little colour there in such poor light. What I was trying to achieve in the process was a sense of the unknown, looking out on life - she was watching my 10 YO daughter playing with the farm cats (actually she was photographing them with the old D80 - and I hope she uploads some as a couple are rather good).
When I saw the image properly on screen, what I liked was that she is looking into the open space, and you didn't know what she was looking at.. was it what was there, or was it looking back at a time in the past, or lost dreams asperations. I knew this wasn't going to win any awards, the 24-70 wide open is not the best lens ever made. However I'm sure prints of this will remain in the family long after many of my landscapes have long gone.
you'd like to think so
if you can live with fewer clicks, you can post diverse and experimental stuff and learn far more than posting stuff in an area you're "comfortable" with.
If you look at some of the pros in the PA team, even their inventive stuff gets minimal attention - but it's brilliant
"my wife, said that she would like to see more of my work capturing our family, not in posed moments but a more representative format, more typical of a time gone by"
I think your wife is absolutely right. If you love what you photograph then it will shine through, as here. I don't think "comfort" should have anything to do with photography, or what you post on EPZ. I love to see the more unusual stuff - there's not enough of it. Keep on going - this is great.
I'm glad this wonderful candid shot has received more attention than you were expecting Nick.
I agree with MrsW too, keep posting 'em, Nick, this is a fabulous memory, and a truly thought-provoking image - - wish I had more like this of my Mum (too late for them now )
Great natural image Nick.
Love it. Family candids like this tell such a story.
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