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Nov 18 theme:Connotation

Nov 18 theme:Connotation
Photo Information
Copyright: Phil Bellosillo (PhilBell) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 59] (342)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2010-04-13
Categories: Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), 17-40mm/f4L, 77mm UV Kenko Pro1D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday theme 2011-11-18 " Connotation" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-18 6:19
Viewed: 1863
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends. This is my first time to participate in a Friday Theme.

The photo I've chosen was taken from our company gymn where there were lively-music and cool air from the air-conditioner. The place is well-illuminated. The ambiance and mood of the place is really conducive.

Here I converted the photo to a melancholy BW, asked my colleague weightlifter to look down sadly and re-created the ambiance to a gloomy/sad mood.

Thanks for looking.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2011-11-18 6:56]

Ola Phil
Great mood in this photo, and good work with the few light.
About «connotation», the theme, the squares of light in the body suggests me a prisoner in the bathing area of his jail.
Powerful image.
Congrats, mb

Olá phil
Welcome to the theme and for playing well with the light, the B/w and the mood.
It could be a prison or an hospital...places we lost freedom and the feeling is writing in face.You work well the light.
A good B/W photo.
um abraço

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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2011-11-18 7:17]

Hi Phil,

The pose your colleague struck here almost looks as if he was praying. The b&w conversion is reminiscent of the old movies about boxers and he looks like he could be a boxer, as well. I like the mood you achieved here. Was the cross-hatched shadowing applied in post-processing or the result of a window?

Nicely done!


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-11-18 9:15]

Hi Phil,perfect image for this weeks theme,I think there should be a multitude of different interpretations of your image,for me I see someone disappointed that his weight is the same as when he started his exercises.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2011-11-18 10:20]
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Hi Phil,

The first sight made me think, as Jose said, at a prisoner in his jail!
So the connotation theme, is well rendered considering the mood you created, and the interpretation that each viewer can have looking at your photo.
Clever B&W conversion and very good depth.
My compliments!


Hi Phil, a good start to joining the themes. At first glance I thought of a dark dingy place with a guy unhappy with his weight not a company gym. Well done with the pp work. Fiona

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