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Terry S


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Okay what I give you here is not in the standard pin sharp, fully toned type of picture and I have wondered whether it would if it would be someone else’s taste at all? I know that my views have changed quite a bit over the last few weeks, as I looked at it on and off before sending it out.


It was taken with a Bronica SQB, a totally manual camera, by window light, with a small extension tube on a medium length lens to try to fill the frame as much as possible. I took a number of frames, but the depth of field was tiny indeed. The film used was FP4, stand developed in Rodinal at 1:100 and printed on Ilford RC MG Pearl, in a Nova slot tank with Ilford chemicals.


As I'm uploading it, so looking at it just now, I find it quite atmospheric and the half dried onion (for that is what it is) almost looks as if it has some movement in it (or is that just me?)


I know that it maybe not to everyone's taste, so I welcome all comments.
· Date: Tue, 11, November, 2014 · Views: 1836
· Filesize: 29.1kb · Dimensions: 567 x 564 ·
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Keywords: still life, stand development, bronica sq, extension tube
Film make, size & rating:: Ilford FP$ @ ISO80
Film developer & temp:: Stand developed Rodnal @ 20C
Lens Focal Length, aperture & speed:: 80mm
Tripod used Y or N:: Yes
Paper:: Ilford MG IV
Paper developer & temp:: Ilford MG

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skellum

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Tue, 11, November, 2014 6:25pm

I'll jump in then and say I love this. Sombre, rich in shadows, and not completely readable at first glance. Would I have known it was an onion? Not sure, but that's good. The Dutch masters of still life painting would sometimes take so long over a work that the fruit would perish before the painting was complete, and this has that feel about it.


Some time ago I read an anecdote about Stanley Kubrick. Apparently he'd shot the same scene 50+ times, and in despair Jack Nicholson had asked what he was doing wrong. The answer went something like- "you've shown me realistic, now show me something interesting"
As photographers (including me) we're dedicated to doing 'realistic'- this is Interesting.
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Martin Erdner

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Tue, 11, November, 2014 11:58pm

Definitely an interesting photograph - with a surrounding dark overmat (well, emulated with a dark background here), leaving a white border around the pic, it looks great. The movement, yes, the slightly blurred first skin - in combination with the lighting -, gives it a bit of a tremble.

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RichardWarom
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Wed, 12, November, 2014 6:26am

I really like the light in this photo Terry and the soft focus gives it a subtle look that suits the subject very well.
I would like to do some still life but always get stuck on the subject matter so don't get round to doing it, what you've achieved in this photograph has given me the impetuous to give it a go, thanks for posting it.
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alexmuir
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Wed, 12, November, 2014 10:31pm

This is really nice, Terry. I like to do some still life myself, also with a Bronica and extension tubes. It is an exacting process trying to ensure the focus is where you want it. I love the light and the textures you have created. I also like dark backgrounds. I tend to use velvet for total darkness, but yours works very well, and adds interest. Was it slate, or similar stone?
Alex
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Terry S
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Fri, 14, November, 2014 3:01pm

Thanks for all the comments guys = I didn't expect any (especially from people that like it) to be honest! Smile


ALEX: The surface that I have used is actually a 'slate look a like' lino floor tile, of which I picked up the last pack of four in B+Q for 99p = what a bargain eh?


I have also purchased similar single and packets of tiles at reduced prices in other colours and textures along with a strip of floor lino which all act as interesting backgrounds.


Like you though, if I want a solid black I too always opt for a piece of black velvet = you can't beat it!


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Richard Gould
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Fri, 14, November, 2014 3:24pm

The actual print itself is even better, I like these moody low key still life shots, I often try them my self, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't, but this works, I really like the slight soft focus, it just all hangs together well, Thanks again Terry
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