STILL LIFE 252 – MANNEQUIN

 

 


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Using a long telephoto to look closely into a Truro shop window.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; Truro, Cornwall; 12 Apr 2016.
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STILL LIFE 251 – SAFETY RIBBON

 

 

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Construction work was being done in a Bristol park, and a thin wire security fence had been erected around the site to keep it secure from the public.  While sturdy, the wires of the fence were also thin, so that poorly sighted people, drunks, etc might be injured walking into them.  And so a bright warning ribbon was strung out along the fence, to make it more visible.

Most of the ground behind the fence was in shadow but, on this first day of December, there were still some golden brown autumn leaves on the ground, and these caught the light a little.  I could have removed these in post-processing but I didn’t, because I think they add something, if only a little, to the overall effect.  The thin dark lines that cross the ribbon are the wires of the fence.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 400 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; image rotated and flipped; central Bristol; 1 Dec 2017.

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STILL LIFE 250 – LOOKING AT CHAIRS 26: SOUTH BRISTOL (MONO)

 

 


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The backs of terraced houses in Bedminster, south Bristol: garden chairs on an impromptu and rather stark “patio” that is sandwiched between a garage door and a wired security gate – garden chairs??? – relics of this summer’s record breaking heatwave, no doubt.

The first post in this series on chairs, which contains context and an image, can be found hereSubsequent posts are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  9  10  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 .  Each will open in a new window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 500 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 2 preset; Bedminster, south Bristol; 12 Sept 2018.
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STILL LIFE 249 – GLASS OF WINE

 

 


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My wife’s glass of wine, in a Bristol pub.

There is another photo of a glass of wine here.

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Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot at 96mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom; 29 July 2016.

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STILL LIFE 248 – LOOKING AT CHAIRS 25: ARMCHAIR WITH CUSHION

 

 


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Armchair with cushion.

The first post in this series on chairs, which contains context and an image, can be found hereSubsequent posts are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  9  10  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 .  Each will open in a new window.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom; flipped, rotated; Cosy Club, Corn Street, Bristol; 5 Aug 2016.
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STILL LIFE 247 – LOOKING AT CHAIRS 24: TWO CHAIRS AND A TABLE

 

 


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Table and chairs, for smokers and sun-worshippers, on the pavement outside a Bristol pub.

The backdrop, which considerably simplifies the picture, is some kind of hanging fabric, through which traces of words and patterns can faintly be seen.  In many instances, visual simplification is good – as enshrined in the KISS principle, which I think originated with press photographers, decades ago: KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid!

The first post in this series on chairs, which contains context and an image, can be found hereSubsequent posts are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  9  10  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 .  Each will open in a new window.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Victoria Street, central Bristol; 16 Sept 2016.
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STILL LIFE 246 – LOOKING AT CHAIRS 23: CHAIR BEHIND DIRTY WINDOW

 

 


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A little while back, I decided to bring down the curtain on a series of images that I was doing called Looking At Chairs.  These were mainly more or less graphic studies – because, as with cars, chairs are often visually interesting, depending upon the directions from which they are viewed, in combination with the direction and nature of the light that is falling upon them.  Some said that they’d like to see more such images and, weak-willed pawn that I am, I agreed to further posts, as and when such images surfaced.  Here is one; one or two more are in the pipeline.

Silhouette of a chair on a dirty window.

The first post in this series on chairs, which contains context and an image, can be found hereSubsequent posts are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  9  10  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 .  Each will open in a new window.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 212mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom; Welsh Back, central Bristol; 5 Aug 2016.
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STILL LIFE 245 – LITTLE KING STREET

 

 


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Tag on the wall of a bar.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 223mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Little King Street, central Bristol; 19 July 2016.
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STILL LIFE 244 – JACKDAW 2 (MONO)

 

 


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Jackdaw on a roof at Church Farm.

An earlier image in this series is here: 1 .

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Classic Chrome film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Architectural preset; Stanton Drew, near Bristol; 6 July 2018.
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STILL LIFE 243 – WHITE VAN WITH STICKERS AND GRIME

 

 


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White van with stickers and grime?  Has FATman finally lost it?  And, if this is the case, how can he have lost what he’s never found in the first place?

Ah, an uncertain world, a world of questions >>> but this image does exactly what it says on the tin – its a grimy van (that’s the trouble with white), with two stickers.

And its been rotated, to give a it a different look, to push it a little towards some sort of graphic design.  And, also, its almost black and white, apart from the stickers.

The black/dark areas at upper right and lower left balance each other to some extent, and the bodywork of the van introduces vertical elements ranging from black to almost pure white, which contrast with the curved elements at upper right.  Finally, the stickers provide small, unique, focal points of bright colour.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 111mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom; rotated; Little King Street, central Bristol; 19 July 2018.
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