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John R Smith

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Nymph at Tregoose
« on: November 23, 2010, 07:02:03 AM »

This was back in 1984, shot on a Rolleiflex 2.8F, on HP5.

I don't know whether she is still there or not - I hope so.

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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 08:30:51 AM »

A sweet picture and one of those instances where shallow depth of field is necessary.  Where is Tregoose ?
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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 08:36:25 AM »

Thank you, Geoffrey. Yes I think the Rollei would have been opened right up to f2.8 for this one. Tregoose is a little farm in mid-Cornwall, just north of where I live. In those days it was home to several donkeys and a herd of contrary goats.

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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 08:57:31 AM »

I like how the unsharp tree in the background echoes the shape of the nymph.
Nice composition.

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 09:02:32 AM »

I like how the unsharp tree in the background echoes the shape of the nymph.
Nice composition.
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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2010, 11:03:47 AM »

Nicely done!

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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2010, 11:05:19 AM »

A very nice shot. I like that it's B&W, and the tonality is beautiful. Color would not have been as evocative.
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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2010, 11:46:02 AM »

A pleasing to the eye photo John. Everything here works so well together.   
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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 06:01:05 PM »

Very nice John ... ironic to me also because I am about to post a statue photo myself :)


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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2010, 07:53:47 PM »

Nice, John.

I can't resist showing my own statue photo, from a few years ago in Italy (I think it was Florence).

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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2010, 04:27:51 AM »

Thank you, Geoffrey. Yes I think the Rollei would have been opened right up to f2.8 for this one. Tregoose is a little farm in mid-Cornwall, just north of where I live. In those days it was home to several donkeys and a herd of contrary goats.
John


Living beside a beautiful girl locked in that particular position would make most of us contrary, whether donkeys or goats!

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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2010, 04:32:00 AM »

Nice, John.

I can't resist showing my own statue photo, from a few years ago in Italy (I think it was Florence).

Eric



Just goes to show you that Italians also have a sense of humour beyond tv programmes about stripping housewives; on the other hand, maybe this one was just having a practice run for going to Venice in February. Or she was another illegal immigrant.

Regardless, good reporting!

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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2010, 09:04:02 PM »

You've got a good thing going here, with the two shapes side by side.

Depth of field is good, and your use of black and white, and texture, is top-notch.

The foreground figures tend to blend in with the background. Might be helpful to burn in the background, or dodge your main subject, or both, to create better separation. Otherwise, a very nice image.

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Re: Nymph at Tregoose
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2010, 03:14:23 AM »

The foreground figures tend to blend in with the background. Might be helpful to burn in the background, or dodge your main subject, or both, to create better separation. Otherwise, a very nice image.

David

Yes, I struggled with that both in the darkroom and again now with the scan. The values of the figurine and the background are very close, too close for comfort. The main subject is dodged and has the contrast pushed a little, which helps. But I found that if I masked the subject and did much more separation that the end result looked unnatural and the mood was lost, at least to my eyes. The problem we have with this particular shot is that the picture should soften and lighten with distance to give depth to the view, with the darker, sharper edges and values to the foreground. But to separate the figure we would need to burn-in or darken the background barn, which has the effect of bringing it forward and compressing the perceived image depth in an unpleasant way. So in the end I compromised with this treatment.

John
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