PEOPLE 204 – DOUBT (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

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Mannequin in a shop window, Truro, Cornwall; 26 Apr 2012.

Apprehension.  A worried stare, full of doubt and uncertainty.

Something within the thoughts that she doesn’t have, or something being seen by that gaze that cannot see, is not as it should be.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 3 preset and selectively restoring colour; Color Efex Pro 4.
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PEOPLE 185 – REFLECTION OF A SHOPPER (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

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Reflection of a shopper in a shop window on Burnham-On-Sea’s High Street;  11 Sept 2014.

Walking back up Burnham’s High Street to lunch in the excellent Somerset & Dorset pub, this sale sign and mannequin on the opposite side of the road caught my eye – and so to autofocus and three quick exposures.  I was looking back at the window and, by sheer luck, the last if these shots caught the reflection of a man off to the left who was looking at the window display.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 preset and selectively restoring colour.
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PEOPLE 175 – MANNEQUIN ON QUEEN’S ROAD (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

Mannequin on Queen's Road, Bristol
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Mannequin in a shop window along Queen’s Road in central Bristol; 17 July 2014.

This headless mannequin with her fantastically patterned dress was immediately striking as I walked by, and a composition comprising this patterning, and her forearms and hands, came to mind.

Then, post-capture, her arms and hands were converted into silhouettes against a paler backdrop (in which dashed lines from the shop’s display remain), to retain the human element – because take away her arms and hands and we could be looking at a jazzily decorated coffin!  And then restoration of the dress’s pale blues, to further enliven the design.

Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (equivalent); 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Push Process by 3 stops preset, with selective restoration of colour.
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PEOPLE 172 – PARK STREET COOL (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

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Young fashion in the window of a trendy Park Street shop; central Bristol; 19 June 2014.

Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (equivalent); 100 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Harsh preset and selectively restoring colour.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 135 – GOLD ON BLACK (MONO + COLOUR)

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Gold necklaces on mannequins in a jeweller’s window in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset; 14 Mar 2014.

Two mannequins in a Burnham shop window.  The one on the left “stands” with her left shoulder just behind her companion’s.  And both are adorned with gold necklaces, to which I’ve restored a little of the original colour.  There are two colours in the out of focus backdrop – paler above, darker below.

This could also be seen as a single mannequin wearing a black dress that fastens high across the front to expose the top of the midriff or underlying garment, and which is decorated with gold chains.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300m; 3200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Smooth preset.
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PEOPLE 157 – MANNEQUIN WITH SILHOUETTES

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A dummy stands behind a highly reflective shop window in central Bristol; 18 Feb 2014.

Using Capture NX2, I’ve let the highlights (i.e. the  windows’ bright reflection) blow out so that they’re featureless white, which leaves visible only the parts of the dummy seen through the dark reflections of objects outside the window – a building and, on the left, and an illuminated traffic sign.

Because my blog has a white background, I’d thought of adding a thin, dark border in Color Efex Pro 4, to properly delineate the image.  But who wants to do things “properly” and, comes to that, just who is it who decides what is “proper” in the photographic world??? … oh, let me not start going down that well trodden road again … I’m just going to leave the photo in its disjointed and dissected form, which I think gives more impact.

Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (35mm format equivalent); 400 ISO.
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ARCHIVE 60 – SUNSWEPT MANNEQUIN (MONO)

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Mannequin in a shop window, Penzance, Cornwall; 14 Sept 2011.

We were in Penzance on a brilliantly sunny day and pictures were all around.  This dummy was in a window facing straight into the blinding glare, and the combination of her extravagant hat and the patterns that the rim of this hat spread over her blankly staring face drew me towards her.

Post-capture, I thought of enhancing the whites of her eyes but decided that they’re ok as they are.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2.

BELOW is a version with whiter eyes, produced at the suggestion of Andy Hooker (see his Comment here) – any views?

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PEOPLE 149 – STRAP

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Shop window mannequin, Penzance, Cornwall; 8 Oct 2013.

Colours exaggerated by CEP4 with not the slightest notion of adhering to reality, going only for grainy and brightly coloured impact and effect.  The reds and yellows of the backdrop set off the foreground blues.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO; manipulated with Color Efex Pro 4’s Detail Extractor, Reflector Efex and Pro Contrast tools.
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PEOPLE 142 – MANNEQUIN

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Camborne, Cornwall: mannequin in a shop window; 9 Oct 2013.

I take shots of these dummies from time to time.  Here I was attracted by that loosely hanging, white hand, but now I’m also looking at the hairy red sweater with its horizontal stripes, and the plastic “water droplets” on those fashionably distressed jeans.  The black backdrop keeps it simple.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO.
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Fantasy 15 – Role Reversal: Mr & Mrs Mannequine – Stella and Eugene – set their hearts on that nice new car in the window (mono)

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An across the street view near the top of Park Street, in central Bristol; 24 Apr 2013.

A reversal of reality: the inhabitants of shop windows are now real people, looking into the shop window displays of our world and playing out their materialistic tendencies.  When reality reverses, the dummies go shopping?  I can only hope that, when they display me on their mantelpiece, it will be with due sensitivity and prominence.

When I’m processing images and start to see something going right, something promising emerging in front of me, I often start to hum, whistle and even sing (try not to imagine the last of these, especially if you’re under age).  The volume of my ravings can increase as what I’m working on really comes together, and my wife has mentioned strange noises emanating from the FATman Photos Launch Pad … and you thought you were weird …

Anyway, when working on this, I found myself continually humming and singing snatches from Paul Simon’s “Rene and Georgette Magritte with their dog after the war”, and maybe that’s who I see these two as being.  I’ve called them Stella and Eugene because that occurred to me earlier, and I can really see him as a Eugene, but perhaps they’re really Rene and Georgette.

The tone and contrast have been added to create more of an unreal atmosphere.  I had thought about removing the small bright area near the top left corner but, because I wanted the whole diameter of the big car’s wheel, and room to spare each side, this small, pale rectangle helps balance the composition.

Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (35mm equivalent); 400 ISO; converted to mono and toned in Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Harsh preset.
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