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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.

Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 35mm f2 D AF Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Sep 2013 - 9:29 AM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Council of War
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:9 Oct 2013 - 9:23 AM
Tags:Black & white, People, Photo journalism


NDODS Plus Member 44244 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 9:26 AM

Interesting and so very well captured...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 9:38 AM

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 Member 114353 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 9:54 AM

Like a game of RISK GrinGrin

leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
9 Oct 2013 - 10:10 AM

Brilliant capture.

LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 10:26 AM

The gritty, grainy texture matches the mood perfectly.

whatriveristhis Plus Member 283 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England94 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 11:22 AM

Something slightly chilling about this.

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


mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 11:55 AM

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.

franken Plus Member 123555 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 12:42 PM

Impressive image here Bill.


Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 12:44 PM

Creepy, like a seance. Excellent image.

Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 12:53 PM

This has a very eerie feeling about it, like the echos of war still resound in those tunnels.

TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 1:11 PM

Yes, that lighting really gives it an eerie feeling, but it's a very well composed and captured shot, Bill Smile
Trev Smile

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 1:48 PM

Never easy to capture detail in light like this, you've done well Bill.

It tells the story well too.


taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 1:50 PM

The use of the map light has made you a great image

9 Oct 2013 - 3:44 PM

Excellent image Bill, using the available light has made it quite dramatic.



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 Member 7SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 4:35 PM

Very interesting capture and write up.

pascalg Plus Member 837 forum postspascalg vcard France
9 Oct 2013 - 5:05 PM

superb capture!
& toning...

RysiekJan Plus Member 9179 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 - 5:14 PM

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.


lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 5:42 PM

Excellent capture Bill, good Lighting creating the atmosphere of the Times.

John Smile

SlowSong Plus Member 65218 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 5:56 PM

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.

Nikonuser1 Plus Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 6:02 PM

Excellent capture Bill, to think that so many men went into there never to come back.Smile


ChiliMan Plus Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 5:14 PM

Excellent title and timing, Bill. Almost a re-enactment...with a glowing map instead.

Very well captured light Smile


Last Modified By ChiliMan at 10 Oct 2013 - 5:14 PM
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