ARCHIVE 560 – THE DANCERS (MONO)

 

 


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Folding chairs outside a café in Bath, Somerset; 28 Mar 2009.

Immediately I saw these stacked chairs I thought of a group of (probably rather inebriated) people dancing a merry jig, and that impression has never gone away.  If only they could move, they’d dance off to the left as they are now, and then lurch back right again to the accompaniment of energetic music and much merriment and laughter – I’d like to be joining in with them!

The original slide has some confusing detail between each pair of struts, but I’ve darkened this to show just the detail and shapes of the  “front rank”.  The brightest dancer is somewhere around the left vertical third.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: F6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide film, rated at 500 ISO; converted to mono and further manipulated in Silver Efex Pro 2 and Capture NX2.

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ARCHIVE 557 – WALKING AROUND BATH

 

 


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A walk around Bath with the Canon G11 Powershot – 24 July 2011.

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STILL LIFE 211 – LOOKING AT CHAIRS 17 (MONO)

 

 


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Roadside seat, in the rain; Bath, Somerset; 4 Sept 2009.

Wet metal – hard and without warmth – about as inviting as selling cold fish, straight from the fridge, on a raw day.

The FATman Guide to the contents of this picture (don’t say you don’t get value for money on this blog … OK, so it doesn’t cost you anything … yes, well … there is that … 😦 …)  anyway, the left hand half of the shot is the bit of the seat that you actually sit on; and this curls up to upper right, which is the seat’s back, the bit you lean on; in the lower right corner is the end of another seat with the same design; and over on the right the pale areas seen through the black bars of the seats show the faint outlines of paving stones.

An image from my last days of using film.  Not long previously I’d bought a really good DSLR, one that I still use and treasure (the Nikon D700), but back then digital black and white just wasn’t doing it for me.  And so here I was, out in Bath with a top flight Olympus film camera and a wide lens, looking for grain and atmosphere.  Trouble was, I hadn’t yet realised that by far the best way of achieving good digital black and white is by starting with a full colour digital raw file.  So here is that long ago jpeg, given the recent benefit of SEP2 and a cyanotype tone.

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 .  Each will open in a new window.

Click onto the image to see a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: OM-4 Ti with 21mm Zuiko lens; Ilford HP5 black and white film, rated at 1600 ISO; commercially scanned; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Dynamic Smooth preset and adding a heavy cyanotype tone.

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STILL LIFE 186 – LOOKING AT CHAIRS 10 (MONO) : THE DANCERS

 

 


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Folding chairs outside a cafe in Bath, Somerset; 28 Mar 2009.

Immediately I saw these stacked chairs I thought of a group of (probably rather inebriated) people dancing a merry jig, and that impression has never gone away.  If only they could move, they’d dance off to the left as they are now, and then lurch back right again to the accompaniment of energetic music and much merriment and laughter – I’d like to be joining in with them!

The original slide has some confusing detail between each pair of struts, but I’ve darkened this to show just the detail and shapes of the  “front rank”.  The brightest dancer is somewhere around the left vertical third.

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  .  Each will open in a new window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: F6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 500 ISO; conversion to mono and further mainipulation in Silver Efex Pro 2 and Capture NX2.

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ARCHIVE 206 – THE DANCERS (MONO)

 

 

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Folding chairs outside a café in Bath; 28 Mar 2009.

Immediately I saw these stacked chairs I thought of a group of (probably rather inebriated) people dancing a merry jig, and that impression has never gone away.  If only they could move, they’d dance off to the left as they are now, and then lurch back right again to the accompaniment of energetic music and much merriment and laughter – I’d like to be joining in with them!

The original slide has some confusing detail between each pair of struts, but I’ve darkened this to show just the detail and shapes of the  “front rank”.  The brightest dancer is somewhere around the left vertical third.

F6 with 70-300 Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 500 ISO; converted to mono and further manipulated in Silver Efex Pro 2 and Capture NX2.

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BATH 4 – SITTING BY THE ROAD ON A RAINY DAY (MONO)

 

 

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Roadside seat, in the rain, in Bath, Somerset; 4 Sept 2009.

Wet metal – hard and without warmth – about as inviting as selling cold fish from a fridge on a raw day.

The FATman guide to the contents of this picture (don’t say you don’t get value for money on this blog … OK, so it doesn’t cost you anything … yes, well … there is that …): the left hand half of the shot is the bit of the seat that you actually sit on; and this curls up to upper right, which is the seat’s back, the bit you lean on; in the lower right corner is the end of another seat with the same design; and over on the right the pale areas seen through the black bars of the seats show the faint outlines of paving stones.

An image from my last days of using film.  Months previously I’d bought a really good DSLR, one that I still use and treasure (the D700), but back then digital black and white just wasn’t doing it for me.  And so here I was, out in Bath with a top flight Olympus film camera and a wide lens, looking for grain and atmosphere.  Trouble was, I hadn’t yet realised that by far the best way of achieving good digital black and white is by starting with a full colour digital raw file.  So here is that long ago jpeg, given the recent benefit of SEP2 and a cyanotype tone.

Click onto the image to see a larger version in a separate window.

OM-4 Ti with 21mm Zuiko; Ilford HP5 black and white film, rated at 1600 ISO; commercially scanned; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Dynamic Smooth preset and adding a heavy cyanotype tone.
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BATH 3 – THE DANCERS (MONO)

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Folding chairs outside a cafe in Bath; 28 Mar 2009.

Immediately I saw these stacked chairs I thought of a group of (probably rather inebriated) people dancing a merry jig, and that impression has never gone away.  If only they could move, they’d dance off to the left as they are now, and then lurch back right again to the accompaniment of energetic music and much merriment and laughter – I’d like to be joining in with them!

The original slide has some confusing detail between each pair of struts, but I’ve darkened this to show just the detail and shapes of the  “front rank”.  The brightest dancer is somewhere around the left vertical third.

Nikon F6 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 500 ISO; converted to mono and further mainipulated in Silver Efex Pro 2 and Capture NX2.
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BATH 2 – SILVER BIRCH AND PARKED CARS

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Silver Birch and parked cars in Laura Place, Bath; 1 Mar 2008.

I very much like living within easy reach of Bath.  It has splendid Georgian buildings, interesting alleys and the Roman baths of course – and there is a branch of Waterstones bookshop that, for art and photography books at least, easily outdoes the one in Bristol.  But Bath is also a place that often throngs with tourist cameras – and so one more camera fits in nicely and no one takes much notice of me.

“Thinking outside the box” is a modern phrase that I don’t use much, except on a series of visits to Bath in which I tried – and probably am still trying – to push the limits of my photography ever outwards.  Sometimes with my much loved 70-300 and sometimes (on film cameras) with the wonderful Sigma 12-24, I tried to look for new things – and here is one result.

I’m very fond of trees and of photographing them, and on this bright spring morning the birches around Laura Place were really blazing – so what to use as their backdrop?  The adjacent cars were not so brightly lit, but there is still the pale arc of that roof exiting the frame top right, and the out of focus reflections of the blue sky and a sunlit Georgian facade in windscreen of the car next to it – and also a dull and mysterious but warm crimson.

Because the birch is in focus it stands out from the vehicles behind it and, if I put my mind to it, I can see two photos laid side by side here – the vertical letterbox of abstract grey and white that is the birch and, laid next to it, a just about square format, dark and vari-coloured, blurred abstract.

Nikon F6 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 800 ISO.
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THREE NEW PHOTOS ON THE “W-I-D-E” PAGE

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Three photos from the Bath (1) post are much better viewed on the W-I-D-E page – check them out there now with this link – wide

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BATH (1) – CARS, A MANNEQUIN, REFLECTIONS, FACES IN SHOP WINDOWS

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A walk around Bath this morning – 24 July 2011 – with the  G11 PowerShot.

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(This shot is particularly better viewed on the W-I-D-E page – here )

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(See this shot better on the W-I-D-E page – here )

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