The New Year's Gift

By woolybill1
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.


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1 Jan 2012 9:28AM
A very happy New Year to you Bill.
A good image to start the Year here. Carry on clicking Smile

John Smile

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1 Jan 2012 9:30AM
A happy New Year to yourself and Moira. Hope it's a good one Bill
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 9:35AM
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 9 4 1 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 9:38AM
Well done, yourself and your knees.
Wishing you and yours all the best.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
1 Jan 2012 10:01AM
Perfectly timed for the light Bill and I like the toning too! Wishing you a very Happy New Year Smile

Sarah *
cazzycool 9 8 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 10:09AM
Knees - you have knees that work? Under 60 but knees gone horribly wrong, would love to be able to kneel or crouch without screaming!
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 10:16AM
Cracking image Bill. Happy New Year to you and Moira

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
1 Jan 2012 11:08AM
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.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
1 Jan 2012 11:20AM
Just a question Bill but wasn't that what stools were invented for, might be worth carrying one of those light plastic ones around.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
1 Jan 2012 11:45AM
Don't know about the 60s - I've been like that since the 50sSad.

Excellent image - Happy New year.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
1 Jan 2012 11:55AM
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 10 3 England
1 Jan 2012 2:18PM
Back in that new library - something to keep you out of mischief - Happy New Year
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
1 Jan 2012 2:32PM
And a very Happy New Year to you and Moira. A great image here Bill............Sandy
frz67 8 10 32 Italy
1 Jan 2012 3:06PM
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

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 3:10PM
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 Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 3:19PM

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.
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 3:28PM
Supberb lighting In this image Bill.All the best to you and Moira for 2012.....Phil
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
1 Jan 2012 4:32PM
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 Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
1 Jan 2012 4:56PM
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.

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
1 Jan 2012 6:21PM
Thank you very much Bill for the award !

Please have a very Glad New Year and keep snapping !

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2012 10:51PM
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 11 83 1 England
1 Jan 2012 11:45PM
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!

John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
2 Jan 2012 12:04AM
Happy new year to you and Moira.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
2 Jan 2012 8:16PM
'Excellent tonality, DOF, & Composition' ~ LEx
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
2 Jan 2012 11:36PM
wonderful light
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2012 7:46AM
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.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Jan 2012 5:46PM
"The photographers vision" would have been a more apt title for this one, congrats on the User Award
9 Jan 2012 4:31PM
Wow, fantastic shot!!

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