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bill spears



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Registered: September 2009
Location: Penryn, Cornwall south coast
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Found this poor chap on the pavement outside Woolworths. Hadn't long been hit by a car I guess.
Gave him a send off
Date: Thu, 21, January, 2010 Views: 5793
Filesize: 410.4kb, 177.7kb Dimensions: 475 x 626
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Keywords: gull-final
Film make, size & rating:: FP4 5X4 in Perceptol 1:2
Lens focal length, aperture & speed:: Symmar 150
Tripod used Y/N:: of course
Paper:: Ilf FB Warm - Selenium and Gold tone

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B&W Neil

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Registered: October 2008
Location: West Cornwall
Posts: 4,246
Thu, 21, January, 2010 7:42pm

Tremendous work Bill and the quality of this image shows through. The gull looks very peaceful.


Neil.

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Barry

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Registered: August 2008
Location: Mendip Hills, Somerset
Posts: 2,358
Thu, 21, January, 2010 8:17pm

Nice thought and superb image Bill.

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Roy_H

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Registered: November 2008
Location: Suffolk
Posts: 353
Thu, 21, January, 2010 10:06pm

Very attractive, melancholy image. reminiscent of Frederick Sommer with a bit of John Blakemore thrown in! I also think it works quite well when rotated 90 deg anticlockwise - I think I even prefer it like that.

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StanW

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Registered: June 2009
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
Posts: 581
Fri, 22, January, 2010 6:57am

An interesting idea. It reminds me very much of the old still-life paintings. Lots of images of "Death"; flowers, angel wings

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bill spears

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Registered: September 2009
Location: Penryn, Cornwall south coast
Posts: 151
Fri, 22, January, 2010 9:53am

Neil - glad I was patient and held out for the perceptol to arrive !
Roy - yes John Blakemore has been an inspiration in a lot of my work, especially his still life stuff tulip series.


I spent the whole day (outside in the freezing weather we had recently) on this set up. The bird was set in a tin box partially filled with water which froze solid overnight. Some of the other shots I did without the foilage and showed some interesting texture in the ice.
The angel wings are a small wire sculpture my girlfreind made.
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Stoo Batchelor

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Registered: September 2008
Posts: 339
Fri, 22, January, 2010 12:50pm

Very nice print Bill. Sad but beautiful. You have a great eye and a wonderful creative mind


As always, thanks for sharing


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Steve O

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Registered: December 2009
Location: Kelsall, Cheshire
Posts: 379
Fri, 22, January, 2010 2:02pm

Very nice work, reminiscent of a victorian still life. I really like the tones too, they separate the different elements of the composition.


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CarlRadford

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Registered: October 2008
Location: Just outside of Glasgow
Posts: 227
Fri, 22, January, 2010 4:57pm

As I have said elsewhere - so painfully creative it hurts - can't wait to see some of your still life wet plates in the months to come Smile Forgot the discussion bit. I am off the opinion that still life's are one of the hardest things to do - it is solely down to you what is in - too much too little this way that way - you continue to produce work of superb quality.
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Keith Tapscott.

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Registered: June 2009
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Mon, 25, January, 2010 5:30pm

It seems ironic that you found the Gull outside of Woolworths.
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Wed, 27, January, 2010 7:09am

Beautiful image.
You would have had another 3 to photograph if I'd got my hands the ones tearing my dustbin bags to bits yesterday.
Suppose I should have used the seagull proof sacks the council issued us with.
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bill spears

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Location: Penryn, Cornwall south coast
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Wed, 27, January, 2010 8:54am

Thanks for all the comments.
Rob - I'm always on the lookout for more subjects and generally drive around 'eyeing up' all the road kill !!


It's a shame though that seagulls are often treated like vermin. I think it's a reflection on us and how we've become a wasteful and throw-away society.
St Ives, down here in Cornwall is like something from an Alfred Hitchcock movie, with birds swooping down and grabbing peoples pasties (often drawing blood in the process)
Hilarious to watch though !
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Wed, 27, January, 2010 10:13am

I've had a pasty pinched by a gull in dartmouth. I did see the funny side of that one.
But every week on dustbin day in Kingsbridge, we have hordes of them pecking at bin bags creating a huge mess. They are a real nuisance when they do that.
A friend of mine in the merchant navy told me that when at sea they used to throw alka seltza tablets to the gulls following the ship. They'd catch and swallow them in one before exploding a few seconds later.
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Victor Krag
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Registered: October 2008
Location: Carmel, Monterey Peninsula, Ca
Posts: 171
Mon, 22, February, 2010 10:00pm

Wow, incredible! This has some real beautiful, almost classical elements to it along with a bit of magic and the occult, perhaps.

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johnfilm

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Registered: February 2010
Location: Sussex,UK
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Tue, 23, February, 2010 7:00am

Has a Victorian feel to it.
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Mark Burley

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Registered: September 2008
Location: Devon
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Sun, 11, April, 2010 9:08am

Terrific image Bill - one I shall remember for quite some time. Thanks for posting it.


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