PEOPLE 106 – WOMEN DRINKING (MONO + COLOUR)

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Women drinking beer at a wedding reception near Bristol; 17 Aug 2011.

More info on this shoot, and another image, here .

Nikon D700 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 120mm; 800 ISO; conversion to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Gold Toner preset.
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PEOPLE 105 – MEN DRINKING (MONO)

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Men drinking beer at a wedding reception near Bristol; 17 Aug 2011.

I took informal photos at a friends’ wedding reception sometime back.  The celebration was set high up above the Chew Valley, a beautiful area not far south of Bristol.  I took a lot of shots but, looking back on it now, I wish I’d taken more – and that I’d had the love of my life – the 70-300 – with me, as well as the 24-120.

Being a good friend of the happy couple I was given carte blanche to fire away as and when I chose, and very, very little was posed >>> I’d very much like to have another crack at something like this.

To me, the man in the foreground is a strong, even powerful figure, with his closely cropped dark hair and beard – someone swigging seriously from his bottle and wanting it, almost frowning, deeply enjoying it in a masculine way, with an almost bullish determination.

The drinker in the background is different.  He is tilting his head slightly further back – enjoying the experience in a lighter and slightly more gourmet way maybe? – and he has a rather “softer” and more conventional haircut, and his clothes are paler.  Perhaps he does not display quite the same solid determination.  And, certainly, his appearance there, slightly out of focus and duplicating his friend’s stance, provides a repeating pattern that adds to the shot.

Nikon D700 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 120mm; 1000 ISO; conversion to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2, jumping in at the Sepia Landscape preset.
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PEOPLE 95 – MAN AT A WEDDING RECEPTION (MONO)

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Man at a wedding reception near Bristol; 17 Aug 2011.

With this striking character, I’ve definitely gone for the tough guy or gangster look.  His tie was a splendid red, but restoring that colour here would have unbalanced and cheapened the whole shot I think – it would have been a major distraction.

Nikon D700 with 24mm-140mm VR Nikkor at 140mm; 1000 ISO; converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2, starting from the Cool Tones 1 preset.
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SELF-INDULGENCE 112 – PEOPLE LAUGHING (MONO)

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People laughing; 24 Mar 2012.

Guests at a party, laughing at a speech.  My gaze is taken into the photo, down the “narrowing corridor” formed by the four, nearer faces, and ending up on the woman and partly seen man sitting up against the wall. 

Nikon D700 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 24mm; 400 ISO; diffused, bounced flash;  converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2.
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PEOPLE 92 – TWO MEN AT A WEDDING RECEPTION (MONO)

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Two men at a wedding reception, near Bristol; 17 Aug 2011.
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This is of course a moment in a long interaction, but for this moment the man on the left radiates stern scepticism, while the other, with open expression and slightly spread arms, may be bent on digging himself out of a hole.

Then again, if we view images from left to right (see here), then the questioning man is the first element of the photo that our eyes register – he is up tight against the image’s left margin, in a way he is the image’s left margin – and then our eyes follow his sceptical gaze right to the other man.  The direction in which our eyes travel across the image is mirrored by the orientation of the stones in wall.  Just up to the right of the sceptic’s shoulder, there is an almost wave-like flow in the way these stones have been laid.

The sceptical man is in sharp focus, and he is certainly the image’s strongest subject.  The second man is in slightly softer focus.

This is a photo of a chance interaction.  I had none of these points in my mind when the photo was taken.

Nikon D700 with 24mm-140mm VR Nikkor at 120mm; 800 ISO; converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2.
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PEOPLE 90 – WEDDING RECEPTION (MONO)

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At a wedding reception in the Chew Valley, near Bristol; 17 Aug 2011.

I have cropped this to give an air of strangeness, to make the viewer unsure of the moment perhaps. 

The woman holds her head down, looking away from the camera or perhaps from the man.  Her expression is mainly hidden but –  are those lips pouting?

And then the man, who may be her companion or just happen to be spatially close.  Does his expression say “Oh, there’s that fat guy taking a picture again!”, or maybe, “Sorry, just don’t know what’s come over her … I mean, you don’t really come over to me as being offensive … “.

Nikon D700 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 55mm; 1600 ISO; converted to mono and toned in Silver Efex Pro 2.
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SELF-INDULGENCE 99: A NEW IMAGE ON THE “W-I-D-E-2” PAGE

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I don’t have too many good pictures of people and those that I do have I treasure.  Here is one from a wedding reception we attended near Bristol, last year. 

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I suppose it might be entitled “Joyous Human Mayhem”, and its here .

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SELF-INDULGENCE 97 – FRIENDS AT A WEDDING RECEPTION (MONO)

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Two friends at a wedding reception near Bristol; 17 Aug 2011.

Nikon D700 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 120mm; 1000 ISO.
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SELF-INDULGENCE 71 – WOMAN AT A WEDDING RECEPTION

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Some good friends invited us to their wedding reception and I took my camera along – and fired off 384 frames!  Now I have the very enjoyable task of sorting through these images, looking for good frames or, more probably, looking for good bits of frames – photos within photos, like the one here.  I’m very keen on cropping photos very tightly, so that anything extraneous to the subject is cut out – I remember this approach being described as taking an optical machete to a photo – and yep, that’s what its like!

I have more of this lady in shot, but I like this very thin format, with her hair and eyes, and then her nose starting a leading line down through her lips to the great elongation of the wine glass, which ends up in the lower right corner of the frame.  She is in conversation with someone else and not aware of my portly presence – the telephoto has allowed me to stand off a bit.

An interesting photographic issue arose while I was firing off my 384.  With a film camera, if you load a 36 film you’ll get 36 photos, or perhaps 37 or 38 if you push things a little – and risk pulling the film right out of the cassette.  We do of course also have frame counters on digital cameras, but I remember reading somewhere that we should use them in the same way we use the petrol gauges in our cars.  Which is to say, that if we have a full tank of petrol, we’ll use it up quicker if we only drive around town, continually stopping and starting, rather than taking a nice steady drive on a motorway.  Its the same with digital frame counters.  You may start off with 100 frames, but if you pack your pictures with wall to wall detail you might only actually get 90 frames, whereas if you shoot bland, low detail subjects, you might get 120 or more.

I saw this happen at the wedding reception.  The 8Gb card I keep in my D700 always says, when empty, that I have 310 shots if I’m shooting Raw, which is the only file format that I ever shoot.  So, wallowing in the 310, I fired away with abandon at the guests and, in the end found my frame counter reading 89, and so concluded that I had taken 310 – 89 photos.  However, when I got the photos onto my PC, I found that I’d taken 384 frames – so presumably my frames averaged out containing less detail than the camera had been expecting.  Many of you may know this already but, if not, something to store away in the backs of our minds maybe.

17 Aug 2011; Nikon D700 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 120mm; 1000 ISO.
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PEOPLE 38 – GUESTS AT A WEDDING RECEPTION (2) – MONOCHROME

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Guests at a wedding reception.  For further info see the People 19 post, here .  Conversion to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro.

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