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Another visit to my bookshelves, egged on by the December subject for the reality? Group, 'dull light'.

As I was striving to keep the key word of the books in focus from a semi-kneeling position* the winter's gloom lifted for a few seconds and weak sunlight fell on the subject in just the right place.

* That's the position from which you can neither get up nor sit down despite the cramp in your legs and the wobbles in your knees . . . And for the under-60s among you, it's coming your way too .. . .. . ..

Here's hoping that we may all profit from the gift of light in 2012.


Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 85mm f1.8 D AF Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Dec 2011 - 2:34 PM
Focal Length:85mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The New Year's Gift
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:1 Jan 2012 - 9:24 AM
Tags:Black & white, Low light, Natural light, Photo journalism, Reality? group



A very happy New Year to you Bill.
A good image to start the Year here. Carry on clicking Smile

John Smile

martinjp  6 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2012 - 9:30 AM

A happy New Year to yourself and Moira. Hope it's a good one Bill


Wonderful light Bill.

A happy new year to the both of you.

ps, being in the 60+ age group myself I know what you mean re semi-kneeling position!

jonwebber  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2012 - 9:38 AM

Well done, yourself and your knees.
Wishing you and yours all the best.

1 Jan 2012 - 10:01 AM

Perfectly timed for the light Bill and I like the toning too! Wishing you a very Happy New Year Smile

Sarah *

cazzycool  7 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 - 10:09 AM

Knees - you have knees that work? Under 60 but knees gone horribly wrong, would love to be able to kneel or crouch without screaming!

1 Jan 2012 - 10:16 AM

Cracking image Bill. Happy New Year to you and Moira



A superb image Bill. Perhaps Nikon will bring out a camera with a flip-out screen soon like the Canon. I have to say, it's invaluable.
All the best.


Just a question Bill but wasn't that what stools were invented for, might be worth carrying one of those light plastic ones around.



Don't know about the 60s - I've been like that since the 50sSad.

Excellent image - Happy New year.



Books are among my most prized possessions. You have photographed them so artfully, it shows you care a great deal about them, too.


The subtle tones are very good indeed Bill, lovely image, hope the old knees are OK after all the athletics.

Dougie Wink

Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2012 - 2:18 PM

Back in that new library - something to keep you out of mischief - Happy New Year


And a very Happy New Year to you and Moira. A great image here Bill............Sandy

frz67  6 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2012 - 3:06 PM

a fantastic image Bill, excellent light and tones.

it will take me about 15 years to turn 60, but at the moment my back make me feel like I'm 90!

thank you very much for your continuos support and hope you'll have a wonderful 2012



Nice one Bill! I know what you mean. I was on the South Bank just before Christmas, crouching down to get some reflections (loaded camera bag on my back) and when I tried to get up, instead of standing up, toppled onto my back like an upside down tortoise! Felt extremely silly, especially as in the true London style, nobody acknowledged what I had done despite the fact I was talking to myself and laughing.... Anyway - I'm impressed by the Russian book... have you read it? Smile

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9825 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2012 - 3:19 PM

Quote: Anyway - I'm impressed by the Russian book... have you read it?

It's The Churches of Russia, it was a gift from Russian friends years ago (we were involved in a school exchange with St Petersburg for some 20 years, it's still going). The book is beautifully illustrated and I can manage to read the picture captions. Fortunately they are not in old Cyrillic script like the title on the spine - it's sort of equivalent to our Gothic script and a nightmare to read.

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 1 Jan 2012 - 3:19 PM

Supberb lighting In this image Bill.All the best to you and Moira for 2012.....Phil


A great capture, Bill, beautiful lighting and excellent use of depth of field Wink
A very Happy New Year to you too,
Trev Smile

saltireblue Site Moderator 55114 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway31 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2012 - 4:56 PM

Ah yes, Bill. The dreaded 'neither up nor down' synd
rome. 'Tis a bugger, isn't it. The youngsters will be laughing, but their turn will indeed come, as you said.
A vision is an apt description of this excellently lit image with the focus on the message.

All the very best for 2012.



Thank you very much Bill for the award !

Please have a very Glad New Year and keep snapping !



What a fine gift that is you're offering this year, Bill! I hope some of it comes my way but I'll be really pleased if you get plenty too.


RobinF  983 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2012 - 11:45 PM

One of the best images I have seen for a long time Bill, fabulous capture, light, DoF, you name it it's there. I would doff my cap to you sir, if I wore one and knew how to 'doff' properly!

Wishing you and Moira a fabulous 2012 and many thanks for your last mail, replying to which is my only New Years Resolution!


2 Jan 2012 - 12:04 AM

Happy new year to you and Moira.

LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2012 - 8:16 PM

'Excellent tonality, DOF, & Composition' ~ LEx

bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2012 - 11:36 PM

wonderful light

3 Jan 2012 - 7:46 AM

My question has been answered by Mrs W. already. You seem to have a very interesting bookshelf - I'd like to browse it.... Smile
Like the way you have captured this.


"The photographers vision" would have been a more apt title for this one, congrats on the User Award

jadaszek  4 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2012 - 4:31 PM

Wow, fantastic shot!!

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