Stills V3

January 2, 2014

Victorian lady

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 22:29

Victorian lady

Victoria night – Newcastle Emlyn



  1. The reason I have been absent for a couple of months is because I have been thinking about whether to continue with Stills. It seems to me that our core membership is too small. Before Colin left we rarely got above 8 and never quite reached the envisaged membership of 10. Having spent three years at SPNP/SPNC on flickr, the number of members here does seem less than a critical mass. I still haven’tmade up my mind but it would be useful to hear others’ views on the future and whether it is possible, or indeed desirable, to build up numbers.

    This shot was taken at the beginning of December at the annual Victorian night.

    Comment by zavaell — January 2, 2014 @ 22:34

  2. Just when I thought it was time for me to come back, you are thinking of closing the shop. Not so good. ;)

    I am no longer in search of “critique” for my own images but I appreciate any comments made by my peers and I also enjoy looking at the pictures taken by my peers.Stills used to be a good place for that. I have thought about introducing some of my friends to Stills in the past but I did not do that due to a couple of reasons. Most importantly, it is about how Stills looks like to an outsider. Namely, a bit like an exclusive club with some complex rules and regulations. Not inviting, especially to those who are not fluent in English. So perhaps I should also wait and see what you’ll decide eventually.

    Comment by Cem — January 2, 2014 @ 22:51

    • That’s interesting, I’d never thought of Stills having ‘rules’, more of an etiquette. However that might be very British! :-) Like queuing :-)

      Comment by Rex — January 3, 2014 @ 10:51

      • Lol, not very British of you then to grab my position in the queue and post a new picture.

        Comment by Cem — January 3, 2014 @ 11:05

  3. You have captured a very warm and welcoming expression on your subject. She made me smile. I like the eyelash, eyebrow, brim echo and the composition helps concentrate my eye on her face, the background, that might be considered a distraction, is just unimportant and not there. The veil seems more in focus than her face but that has helped soften her expression and make it ‘warmer’

    Comment by Rex — January 4, 2014 @ 18:09

  4. Cem, you complicate things by returning like Ulysses!! Welcome back though, it’s good to see you here again. I wrote a comment earlier today but it has vanished, seemingly. As to some of your points, the rules in ‘about’ seem pretty relaxed to me. The main thing is to bring something to the table with critiques: Colin based Stills on an American blogger who wrote about having regular meetings with fellow photographers who would bring prints along for the other members to pass comment on. In the age of flickr and numerous other sites with many more people passing through at liberty to comment, ‘fave’ or leave, I can see that a more closed community might look rather limiting but I remember in its first three years, the activity was pretty continuously active. Of course the language side is always important but we should be able to muster ten people able to speak passable English – maybe as good as yours!

    Rex – many thanks. Taken with an OM 50mm wide open at f1.4. Focusing was not easy with the VF-2 but enough shots I took caught some part of the face sharp to make the exercise worthwhile. I think I wanted the veil to be in focus here to emphasize the Victorian element.

    Comment by zavaell — January 4, 2014 @ 21:23

  5. I wonder how many people will wonder why this image eventually caused me to think of Whitby?

    Comment by cgcooke — January 9, 2014 @ 22:17

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