Council of War

By woolybill1
Our recent pilgrimage to he Western Front included a visit to the Wellington Tunnels near Arras, where troops assembled before the battle. The way of life down there was described to us by our charming guide who is seen here explaining the plan of battle with the aid of a map illuminated from below, like a transparency on a lightbox.

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NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 9:26AM
Interesting and so very well captured...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
9 Oct 2013 9:38AM
Historically and photographically very interesting image, Bill. Love the way the map reading device used as the light source for the dramatic rendering of this mono work. Brilliant shot!
cats_123 Plus
13 4.7k 27 Northern Ireland
9 Oct 2013 9:54AM
Like a game of RISK GrinGrin
9 Oct 2013 10:10AM
Brilliant capture.
Effrossini
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 10:26AM
The gritty, grainy texture matches the mood perfectly.
9 Oct 2013 11:22AM
Something slightly chilling about this.

1/8th, hand-held. Pretty good, Bill.

Alan
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
9 Oct 2013 11:55AM
There wasn't a lot of light at the end of the tunnel with that dreadful war Bill.
And what was that saying ? Lions led by donkeys I believe.
Truth in that surely !!
Rather incredible to think it will be 100 years since the start of it next year.
Interesting shot.
Mick.
franken Plus
14 4.2k 4 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 12:42PM
Impressive image here Bill.

Ken
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 11 Canada
9 Oct 2013 12:44PM
Creepy, like a seance. Excellent image.
Joline Plus
11 27 53 United States
9 Oct 2013 12:53PM
This has a very eerie feeling about it, like the echos of war still resound in those tunnels.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 10 England
9 Oct 2013 1:11PM
Yes, that lighting really gives it an eerie feeling, but it's a very well composed and captured shot, Bill Smile
Trev Smile
Never easy to capture detail in light like this, you've done well Bill.

It tells the story well too.

Dougie
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
9 Oct 2013 1:50PM
The use of the map light has made you a great image
Hop-A-Long 10 52 1 England
9 Oct 2013 3:44PM
Excellent image Bill, using the available light has made it quite dramatic.

Andy
Lighting is so important, it's everything when capturing something like this, the reflective light on the expressions is very nice to see, well composed but more than that it tell a story, and looking at the surrounding faces one very interesting one to hear. A photographers shot , mind always on the look out for a shot, you found another here. Good capture Bill .
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 4:35PM
Very interesting capture and write up.
9 Oct 2013 5:05PM
superb capture!
& toning...
9 Oct 2013 5:14PM
The body language and solemn expressions of the on-lookers tells you there is something exceptional about the place.
Brilliant image Bill, no hesitation in it my UA.


Richard
9 Oct 2013 5:42PM
Excellent capture Bill, good Lighting creating the atmosphere of the Times.

John Smile
SlowSong Plus
8 6.9k 29 England
9 Oct 2013 5:56PM
That hand adds an eerie dimension to the image. Without an explanation we could conjure up all sorts of weird circumstances and stories. Top shot.
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Nikonuser1 Plus
4 136 15 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 6:02PM
Excellent capture Bill, to think that so many men went into there never to come back.Smile


Cliff
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
10 Oct 2013 5:14PM
Excellent title and timing, Bill. Almost a re-enactment...with a glowing map instead.

Very well captured light Smile

Andrew

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