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Nikolai Sklobovsky
June 21st, 2007, 09:43 PM
http://nik.smugmug.com/photos/165399026-O.jpg

(An entry for the "Sorrow" challenge)

Asher Kelman
June 21st, 2007, 10:10 PM
It's dramatic, Nikolai, but I haven't yet places it in the context of the title or the challenge. Only the right hand is fully rendered. A lot else is either black or white. I'll have to think more. I see a man reflecting, maybe even regretting. So far, that's my reaction. I'll revisit after a while.

Asher

Nikolai Sklobovsky
June 22nd, 2007, 09:13 PM
Final version

http://nik.smugmug.com/photos/165639535-O.jpg

Canon 30D + 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm
ISO 100 f/8.0 10s

Asher Kelman
June 24th, 2007, 02:05 PM
I like the way you have echoed the open window space right-angle with the composition of your name. TThat provides an excellent anchor for the picture. I also notice perhaps a slightly fuller representation of gray levels. Is this true? I still would wonder whether or not the picture would be enhanced by a 3/4 inch or so medium gray flat border to separate the image from the white paper.

Again, I'm your fan! I like to see your more pensive image in between your penchant for firing canons and mammoth spectacular fires that you are fortunate enough to find.

Asher

Your "James Bond Girl" series, of course, still stands on its own.

Nikolai Sklobovsky
June 24th, 2007, 03:08 PM
Asher,

thank you very much, appreciate the feedback!

Bond Girl Series hopefully will get some sequel this summer (considering all the $$$ I paid for gym and tanning:-)

Cheers!

Klaus Esser
June 25th, 2007, 05:59 AM
Hi Nikolai!

What┤s the picture telling us? My first thought was - in context with the title - this is someone who has passed away . . .

In the 60s i used to print grey-tones on Agfa-document-paper by pre-exposuring the paper with a diffuse light before exposuring it on the enlarger. Than developed it in normal paper-developer.

The results were exactly like your picture. But i think there is too much confusing in the picture. Too much unidentifical. Is that a snake or something like that on the closer left part? Are there pillows or is it paper lying there?

best, Klaus

Nikolai Sklobovsky
June 25th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Hi Klaus,

Damn those cultural differences, I guess this picture was mostly intended for US audience...:-(

All this props that are confusing you are rather typical attire for a high school graduation ceremony: tassel ("snake"), mortarboard ("piece of paper"), gown.
Unlike colleges, high schools often use non-black colors, usually school colors, white for girls in this case.

Thanks for looking!

Cem_Usakligil
June 25th, 2007, 12:26 PM
...Damn those cultural differences, I guess this picture was mostly intended for US audience...:-( ...
Indeed! Like Klaus, I was confused a bit, but not anymore <smile>. This info helps put the picture into the right perspective. So does this mean that your very own Bond girl is leaving the nest for college? If so, many congratulations and may I also offer my commiserations at the same time?

Nice picture BTW, I definitely get a feeling of sorrow looking at it.

Cheers,

Nicolas Claris
June 25th, 2007, 12:28 PM
Hi Nikola´
Cultural differences are the world richness, provided that we all respect each of them!

But, I was as Klaus, not really sure that I understood the meaning of your image.
Now after your explanation, I'm completely lost!
LOL!

Have a nice day

Asher Kelman
June 25th, 2007, 02:27 PM
Me too, Nikolai,

I thought that was laundry piled up! Maybe that's because my wife has been away for a week :)

Asher

Nikolai Sklobovsky
June 25th, 2007, 02:33 PM
Cem,
the Bond Girld is still here for the next 3 years. That was the other one. And her university is 2 time zones away...
Thanks!

Nikolai Sklobovsky
June 25th, 2007, 02:35 PM
Nicolas,

LOL :-) C'est trop funny :-)

Nikolai Sklobovsky
June 25th, 2007, 02:36 PM
Me too, Nikolai,
I thought that was laundry piled up! Maybe that's because my wife has been away for a week :)
Asher
Sure, like I'm gonna believe you now:-)

Nikolai Sklobovsky
June 25th, 2007, 10:51 PM
This horse finished 2d out of 76, so I guess not bad for an improptu self-portrait... <grin>
Funny, the whole thing was almost an instantaneous decision, prolly took less than 15 minutes to shoot (including imagening the whole thing, finding and positioning "da props", setting up the camera on a tripod, trying the light, etc), and about 30-45 min to process.

Yet it clicked with many people who saw it... EXCEPT FOR THOSE DARN FOREIGNERS!
:-) lol
(you need to hear me speaking it with my heavy Russian accent:-)

Klaus Esser
June 26th, 2007, 06:20 AM
"(you need to hear me speaking it with my heavy Russian accent:-)"

let┤s introduce audio here!!!! :-) :-)

best, Klaus