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Terry S


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This print was taken on a medium format Bronica SQB with itís standard 80 mm lens, which was tripod mounted.


Ilford HP5 was used and the light source was from an East facing window with no reflector on the other
side. A pop up black velvet background was used.


The print was then made on RC grade five Ilford MG paper with a pearl surface. Note: Although a good negative was produced, I printed on grade 5 to ensure a decent black background without too
much burning in required.


The picture was taken at a small music group that I occasionally find time to go along to at a
communal garden for people with mental health problems, as I suffer from depression. The picture is actually of a lady who canít even play the violin, but she was happy to pose for me.


The print itself is uncropped and I basically exposed for the highlights when printing it and then let the
rest of the print do what it wanted to do. I did have to burn in a few small areas to darken them though,
so that the main attention was on the hand and some strings but there is still a tiny bit of detail here
and there in the darkness. A tiny amount of spotting was then required.


Itís a very dark and sombre looking print but thatís what I envisaged when I started out to do a few
pictures like this with different people and instruments. This is my favourite from those taken at the moment though.
Date: Fri, 14, February, 2014 ∑ Views: 2361
Filesize: 21.7kb, 65.5kbDimensions: 1200 x 1184 ∑
Additional Info
Keywords: HP5, Bronica SQB, low key, violin
Film make, size & rating:: Ilford HP5 at ISO 400
Film developer & temp:: Rodinal STAND developed at APPROX 20C for one hour
Lens Focal Length, aperture & speed:: Fixed 80mm lens
Tripod used Y or N:: Yes
Paper:: Ilford RC Pearl
Paper developer & temp:: Ilford MG print dev @ 20C in a Nova slot tank

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skellum

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Registered: December 2011
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Fri, 14, February, 2014 5:02pm

Hi Terry-
Refreshing to see a really bold image. Full on study in black, with a (fortuitous?) highlight on the ring the violinist is wearing. I like this a lot, and admire you for resisting cropping it into a vertical rectangle. I'll probably come back to this a few times to see how it 'ages'.
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Richard Lee

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Fri, 14, February, 2014 7:12pm

I entirely agree with Skellum; refreshingly different; great concept and well executed. Nice work.


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Tom Choate
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Registered: November 2011
Location: Iowa
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Sat, 15, February, 2014 2:29am

I was lucky enough to receive this print. The scan is good, but the print is a piece of art .
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PaulDiz

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Sat, 15, February, 2014 12:54pm

What a fantastic Image Terry. Thank you for sharing.


Cheers


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Richard Gould
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Sat, 15, February, 2014 5:24pm

Lovely photograph,Terry, well thought out and executed and well printed,
Richard

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Terry S
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Sun, 16, February, 2014 12:29pm

Wow! Thanks everyone for the comments.


For what ever reason I got no notification of these, so I have just unsubscribed from this gallery and then resubscribed, so hopefully I should now get any notifications for any other comments and uploads.


I like dark low key images in preference to high key and don't do as much as I would like to, so may be this will push me. Smile As an example I've always liked Robert Mapplethorpe's work against a black background.


As for the cropping, I specifically use the Bronica SQB when I have a square picture in mind, as I love this format when it works.


Being in the middle of my second year of a photography degree and wondering what to shoot as a major project, maybe I should think about this and the others that I took to gear me towards something like this. If so, watch out for more of the same(ish) style.


Many thanks for the comments once more.


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Mike O'Pray
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Registered: October 2008
Location: Daventry, Northants
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Sun, 16, February, 2014 7:24pm

It is almost mystical in looks and yet there is just enough shadow detail to make out the arm which prevents it's mysticism hint from tipping over into a disembodied hand which would be "over the top"


Works for me


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JohnArt
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Registered: May 2011
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Mon, 17, February, 2014 6:11pm

An outstanding image Terry!


To me it's just one of those images you want to keep looking at and not really think about the technical details.
It draws you in and gets you building scenarios in your mind.


Having said that I really appreciated the detailed description of the circumstances surrounding the making of the image and technical details submitted.


Lucky Tom!


In fact please PM me if you would consider making a copy available to purchase.


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Terry S
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Registered: December 2011
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Wed, 19, February, 2014 3:29pm

Many thanks Mike And John for your further comments.


Again I didn't get prompted to go to these or a couple of other bits on the forum that I've been following...?


A PM is on the way to you John.


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Graeme

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Fri, 28, February, 2014 12:57pm

Very strong image Terry, really interesting.

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