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T H E . P I A N I S T
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Copyright: Shelby Morris (shelbee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 269 W: 62 N: 532] (3814)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-12-31
Categories: Decisive Moment, Friends/Family, Experimental, Macro, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F717
Exposure: f/2, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): wow ! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-03 11:54
Viewed: 1614
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We stoped on the road at this house that has been abandoned for at least 30 years. I saw this old piano and wanted hands playing. . the keys were stuck so this is just pretend playing.
I had a layer of b&W and a sepia layer with clairfication on both and some blurring of the BG.

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To Tomek: Thanksshelbee 1 01-03 13:08
To Silke: :)shelbee 1 01-03 13:03
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Very scary you posting this pic of andy's hands in the haunted house! Yikes that place scared me! Very nice angle here Shelby! Nice details...

Beautiful compositon. Very cool.


Hi Shelby,
I like the POV and the diagonal composition, you have done some nice PP work and not gone OTT, one thing if you don't mind me saying though, if you post at a max of 600 high you don't have to scroll up/down and can see the whole image.
Nice work, well done.
Ragards and New Year wishes Andy

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2008-01-03 13:07]
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Hey Shelby:)))
This is so good for Friday theme about movie illustration...
great!!! just "The Pianist" by Roman Polanski - what else to say... we are talking about old time, war, surviving German Nazism and that house where he hide and "play" piano touching only these keys to make no sound that can be deadly for him...
wow!!! I'm so impressed by your work - well done, technically and artistically!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers - Tom

Great sense of drama, Shelby! The hands are really expressive. They seem to play the Last Post for this starving house. Your appropriate postprocessing enhances this feel.
TFS & kind regards,

Hello Shelby,

Great capture - beautiful presentation and nice PP work. Very good framing, terrific texture.
Nice work:)

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2008-01-03 19:49]

Great B&W
good comp and POV

  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-01-03 20:49]

Very interesting mood captured here. The tones work well. TFS. K2

Now I knew Andy played so I just checked with Mom's comment. Very well done Shelby, another excellent conversion with good tones and details. TFS,

excellent compo, i love the POV, the crop, the PP, excellent :)

What a rich dark mood you have created here Shelby,
Great idea, well composed and presented.

Wow! This is great Shelby! Very good framing of your shot. I especially like the tone. The picture is very attractive in the thumbnail but I still like it in full size. I like the detail on one hand and blur on the other.
Freddie :)

**** POV
**** Focus/DOF
**** Exposure
**** Composition
**** Impact
**** note

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-01-06 2:12]
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This is so cool, Shelby!
Great composition, fabulous mood, superb PoV.
I like the B&W conversion here.
Whose hands are they?


Hello Shelby!

Striking shot , and as Linda pointed out , scary mood too. The floor seemed to be covered with trash. This style of photo and set up reminds me the gallery of a familiar member; Kevin Brett alias brettf1 and his theme the neglected.

No offense to Andy here! Cheers!

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2008-01-09 21:03]

excellent details and shadows Shelbee, well controlled. TFS!

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-01-18 2:01]

What a great piece of work !!!


a fantastic b/w work, shelby !
really like the dark tones,
you caught a strong atmosphere in here, one can feel it !
original POV - well done !
best regards,

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-02-03 12:33]

Hello Dear Shelby,

You have presented a brilliant idea in this image. An aesthetic perspective which presented in monochrome composition is remarkable. Such a beautiful shot, well done.

Thanks for sharing this image.

Very cool pic! b/w was a great choice!

Amazing recreation photo, Shelby! Love it!

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