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Sunlight dappling our front room curtains with the shadows of net curtains; Bristol, 8 Sept 2015.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m relaxing at home I like some degree of privacy – I don’t want to have in the back of my mind the thought that someone may looking in at me and thinking “Oh there’s that fat old ****, sound asleep – and no doubt drunk! – as usual!”. I want some privacy so that, totally uninhibited, I can really – mindlessly – chill out.
The problem that we have is that the room in which we spend much of our time is slightly below the level of the street outside, with only a thin strip of front garden separating us from an often busy pavement. So that, were we to have only a single set of curtains (drapes) which we pulled each evening, everyone passing by would be able to gaze in at us all day – it would be a bit like being on a reality TV set.
To combat this we have two sets of curtains, nets that are closed at all times to provide us with some privacy while still allowing through lovely, slightly softened light, and thicker curtains that are closed at dusk. In this image, on a beautifully sunny day, shadows cast by the net curtains fall across the drawn back thicker curtains.
D700 with 24-120 Nikkor at 120mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Green preset and adding a strong copper tone; camera tilted for the exposure.