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Photographer Ina Nicolae  Ina Nicolae {Karma:44481}
Project #21 Alone Camera Model Canon EOS 20D
Categories Still Life
Film Format
Portfolio B&W + Sepia
Still Life
Lens Tamron 70-300mm
Uploaded 2/9/2006 Film / Memory Type CF card
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 1415 Shutter 1/60
Favorites Aperture f/16
Critiques 75 Rating Critique Only Image
Location City -  Burlington
State -  ON
Country - Canada   Canada
About For centuries clowns and jesters have been used in art. Nothing new here :)

This is a tiny porcelain doll - a "Pierrot" - a classic melancholic figure of pantomime. Traditionally Pierrots have a bald head and a white face covered with flour, and usually a teardrop painted on one cheek. The origins of Pierrot date back to the 1500's in Commedia dell'arte, a street improvised theatre.

The reflection is in a silver plated tray.
ISO 400; 1/50; f14.0
No flash, daylight, overcast.
Converted to B & W, post-processed in PS.
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There are 75 Comments in 1 Pages
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SaMiHa Jawad   {K:1447} 12/24/2009
Camera is very nice
With further progress

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david henderson david henderson   {K:16663} 11/20/2009
Ina, I have long complained about the lack of new work on the 'front page' of uf and now my nemesis......your work is special, engaging, imaginative and timeless. well done. I love this picture. kind regards, david.

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Rick Smith Rick Smith   {K:5490} 11/20/2009
Very eerie and moody shot. love it!

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Barbara Socor   {K:13012} 3/18/2007
This is a remarkable image Ina...It does indeed have a melancholic feel that is quite riviting. A compelling, almost gripping composition. Excellent and unforgettable.

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Davide Contestabile Davide Contestabile   {K:4091} 7/2/2006
good image
congrats

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Hakan AKIRMAK Hakan AKIRMAK   {K:15913} 6/2/2006
Great Composition! Congratulations Ina!

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Branimir Fagarazzi Branimir Fagarazzi   {K:38367} 4/29/2006
Great shot
Regard

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/16/2006
Thank you very much Pauline :) Best regards, Ina

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pauline morange   {K:464} 2/15/2006
Clever artistic composition. Congrats...

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Thank you so much for all your continued support dear friend Robert :) Hugs, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Thank you very much my friend Roby :) Best regards to you! Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Thank you very much Debby, and nice to meet you :) Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Thank you very much Mohamed for the congrats :) Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Thank you very much Riny :) Best regards, Ina

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Riny Koopman Riny Koopman   {K:102873} 2/15/2006
congratulations for being featured! Best wishes, Riny

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Debby Biri   {K:4775} 2/15/2006
Ina - This is just so cool. Especially interesting since I like porcelain dolls and "old" images. Great idea using the tray.

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Mark Longo Mark Longo   {K:12760} 2/15/2006
Wow Ina, nice to get exposure for my critique, and of course all the credit belongs to you for this amazing shot!!!

Mark

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 2/15/2006
well well welll.. my dear and today i'm also happy.. congrats for the front page with a marvelous shot..
new congrats
roby

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Robert Kocs Robert Kocs   {K:89085} 2/15/2006
Oh dear Ina, nice to see your work on The Front page! I'm really proud of you!
Congratulations on the "Featured Critique of the Day" award!
Well deserved to show your work on the Front side!
I very pleased to your sucess!!! :) HUGS!

Cheers my dear!
Robert

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Mohamed Banna Mohamed Banna   {K:34237} 2/15/2006
congratulations for being featured

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Thanks very much Gayle :) I use B & W sometimes, but mostly color.
PS - I can add you in the Fur-kini picture with your written consent :)

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Thank you very much Ann :) Best regards, Ina

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Gayle's Eclectic Photos Gayle's Eclectic Photos   {K:91109} 2/15/2006
Congrats for FP FCimage! well deserved attention for a brilliant image,Ina...am big B/W fan and this has some very appealing tonal range and light...love the delicacy of the etchings on that tray...the vignetting works well,too...the composing is superb!
regards,gayle (where be the fur-kini pics?...eagerly await!) ;>

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RC. Dany RC. Dany   {K:64104} 2/15/2006
tremenda creacion !!!!!!!!
te felicito .
anne...

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Hi Mark, just thought I let you know your critique is being featured today :) Thanks again for your continued support, Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/15/2006
Thank you for letting me know Kathy, and for your constant support! I wasn't aware of it, it must have just happened :) Hugs, Ina

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Kathy Hillard Kathy Hillard   {K:25721} 2/15/2006
Congrats on front page, Ina! Love to see my friends there!
Kathy

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/14/2006
Thanks very much Roland, congratulations and best regards, Ina

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Roland Lacson Roland Lacson   {K:12214} 2/13/2006
Nice still life capture, like much the reflection of the doll & the high contrast gives depth to the composition. Well done Ina, best wishes.

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/12/2006
Thanks very much Fadel for taking the time to look at my pictures and to comment :) I'm trying to space these apart as not to have too many at once, but I have a few more....
My best regards, Ina

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Fadel J Fadel J   {K:13974} 2/12/2006
What an image Ina, this whole series is simply fantastic!

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/12/2006
Thank you very much for your nice comments, dear Robert! Like you, I prefer to work in mini-series, I'm really glad you like this one! Hugs, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/12/2006
Thanks very much for your visit, Andrzej and for your nice comment! Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/12/2006
Thank you very much dear Roby :) My best regards to you! Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/12/2006
Thanks very much Randy :) There are many more in the pipeline :) Best regards, Ina

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Randy Lorance Randy Lorance   {K:24769} 2/12/2006
Cool shot, great idea you had to combine these elements into composition. This toning is just right for the subjects.

Randy

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Omar Amroussy Omar Amroussy   {K:4502} 2/11/2006
very good comp, nice work

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 2/11/2006
ohhh.. dear ina.. another magic corner composition!
best wishes
roby

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Andrzej Pradzynski Andrzej Pradzynski   {K:22538} 2/11/2006
Ina, its great creative impresion. I like the pale pierrot's face reflected in an engraved silver plate - interesting effect. Great natural diffused lighting adding up to strenghten the melancholic feel of the picture. Excelent one. Cheers, n.j

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/11/2006
Thank you very much Gustavo :) Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/11/2006
Thank you very much for your nice comments dear Robert :) Hugs, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/11/2006
Thank you very much Andre :) Ina

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Gustavo Scheverin Gustavo Scheverin   {K:164498} 2/11/2006
WOW!, qué impactante y artística imagen, mi querida amiga!
7/7!

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Robert Kocs Robert Kocs   {K:89085} 2/11/2006
Very nice moody feeling, what a perfect composition.
Excellent subject, excellent reflection with great ornament.
A fine still life, love the porcelain doll what great figure from my recollection.
Lovely contrast, fine tonal quality!
Excellent work my dear friend!

Best wishes dear Ina!
Robert

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66422} 2/11/2006
Excellent composition Ina!
The doll and silver go so well together. Great choice for the toning too.
Andre

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thanks Mark again for your great comment! As a matter of fact, I owe this one to you as well, because as I said, when I saw your silverware still lifes it reminded me of work I've done in the past (drawings) of the same nature (Pierrot doll, reflective tray, odd metallic and glass objects), and I got very excited and immediately saw the possibility of doing this with photography. I would have probably forgotten all about it otherwise :) So thanks again! Best regards, Ina

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Mark Longo Mark Longo   {K:12760} 2/10/2006
Imageopolis Featured Photo Critique Fantastic! This shot comunicates a complex mood wonderfully and effectively! Use of B&W is key to the mood and helps the overall mood of the shot become more abstract (I mean absrtact in the emotional sense, not the visual).

The detail and line patterns in the mirror are lovely and create a sort of interaction between the doll and the doll's reflection. It's hard to describe exactly what I mean by that, but it is a another important element of the shot, I think.

Lastly, I think the low angle with respect to the doll is the genius of this shot. The shooting angle brings a portrait-like quality to the shot, as though the viewer were sitting down, watching a figure standing at a mantle staring wistfully into a mirror. A very human shot.

Definitely one of your best Ina, there is so MUCH in this! Sure wish I shot it! :-) Congrats!!!

Mark

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Hi Melisa! The doll is a "pierrot" a sad clown type. It's very small, the hands and face are porcelain, therefore not much detail, the hands are about 1/4" - very small. Thanks for your comment, best regards :) Ina

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z z   {K:7231} 2/10/2006
What spooky little dolls these are - Where are its fingers?! I love the textured reflection that distorts the face. It really creates an imaginative state since you don't get a clear shot of spooky dolls face in either perspective. I love the darkened color tones it really adds to the drama of this.

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Hello Aram, nice to see that you're back! I have posted A LOT since you left, and I thank you for your kind visits!
As you know, Pierrots, harlequins and buffoons are a common theme in art :) Pierrot is the "sad" variety from the French pantomime, it has a permanent teardrop painted on his face :) I love your interpretation, as usual! Best regards, and thanks - I will post one more for now :) Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thank you Yoshiyuki, I'm honored to be among your favorites :) Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thanks very much Winfried for your comment on my Pierrot :) Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Hi Elisa, this a Pierrot (a classical French character for pantomime) - usually they have a sad face with a tear, I love your interpretation! Very much like what I had in mind! Looking for more hugs :))) Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thank you very much for the appreciative comments Gabriela! Pierrots are a common theme in art, from Velazquez's buffoon to Picasso - this is a recurring image :) Hugs, Ina

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Gabriela Tanaka Gabriela Tanaka   {K:16594} 2/10/2006
Dear Ina, this is not just a photo of.....This is your CREATION! As such, we appreciate here the creative power of the Artist!And I like it very much! I am always surprised at how you LOOK at things and how an image is brought to life by your talent!My sincere compliments!
Gabriela

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NN  NN     {K:26787} 2/10/2006
Hi Ina! Again, very creative stuff and an unusual combination of objects! A beautiful doll, but yet it looks so sad, and doesn´t want to look in the "mirror". To me this represents a lonely and sad soul in a beautiful/luxurious environment, longing for ...? *hugs*

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Gorilla  K Gorilla  K   {K:17526} 2/10/2006
it´s a very beautiful scene...nice composition and lighting...well done,Ina!!!

best regards,
Winfried

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Yoshiyuki Tanaka Yoshiyuki Tanaka   {K:13580} 2/10/2006
This shot invites so many interpretations because it is so creatively put together!But then....Ina, you are an ARTIST!One cannot expect less from you! THIS one went into my favs!
YT

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Aram Gharib Aram Gharib   {K:4638} 2/10/2006
Hi Dear Ina,

I hadn't visited UF for a while and was happily surprised to see all your new posts. I'll need to go through them later on.

We're all like inert puppets who have to be content with some existing shining plate as mirror. The image we have from the surrounding reality is whatever could be reflected by such rugged surface... We are right to be upset!!

Beautiful shot, Barvo!

Best regards,

-- Aram

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thanks very much Dave, I used a silver plated tray - did a number of still lifes out in the balcony :) Best regards, Ina

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Dave Stacey Dave Stacey   {K:150877} 2/10/2006
Excellent still life, Ina! Mirror shots aren't always easy, but you pulled it off! Nice toning, too.
Dave.

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thank you very much Rashed :) Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thanks very much Susie! I've had this doll for many years, I used it before, it has a porcelain face and hands and a black silk outfit. I've been doing some still lifes with silverware: trays, milk & sugar bowl, etc. Hugs, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thanks again Eb :) Best regards, Ina

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/10/2006
Thanks very much Kathy, the dollis from a flea market, very small - the head is about 1" - and the whole doll is 6-7" and the "mirror" is a silver plated tray. I've been doing some still lifes out on the balcony today, and this is one of them :) Hugs, Ina
PS - Better go over to Rina's page (the one with the beach) and let her know you're in :))LOL

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Rashed Abdulla Rashed Abdulla   {K:163889} 2/10/2006
a piece of fine art , very lovely b/w image ,creative and so plesent to view , all of the best my friend ...

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Susie OConnor Susie OConnor   {K:34798} 2/10/2006
I like this Ina. It's very unusual and very eye catching from the thumbnail. It makes one want to open the image and look closer at it. I like the slight angle and that cool reflection, even how her hand is resting in front is a nice touch. Really good b/w conversion too. Good job Ina.
Susie

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Eb Mueller Eb Mueller   {K:24957} 2/10/2006
Ina, fantastic composition. I like the reflection effect which takes a half face profile to full face and the very evocative moody tone.
eb

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Kathy Hillard Kathy Hillard   {K:25721} 2/10/2006
Nice b&w conversion, Ina! Is this an antique doll and mirror?
In answer to your question from last night...Count me in!!! Sounds like a blast! :)
Kathy

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/9/2006
Thanks Rina, I took some still lifes today on the balcony - very poor lighting (ISO 400 could barely cope) and posted two, but I pulled the first one, I want to work on it a bit more, and maybe post one more of the doll - and I don't like alternating. Thanks very much for looking at both :) Don't feel like working on the buses yet. I seem to like only the latest, always what's newer :) Best regards, Ina

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Caterina  Berimballi Caterina  Berimballi   {K:27299} 2/9/2006
Agree with Paolo and Peta, spoooooky... absolutely love it. Keep imagining the face in the reflection distorting into an evil grin... mmuuaahahahah! Well done Ina. Great job on the vignette too, really makes you pay attention to the doll and reflection.

Hey, what happened to your other post today? Came back to comment and it was gone!

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/9/2006
Hi Peta, thanks! It's actually a silver plated tray :)

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 2/9/2006
THanks very much Paolo! It's been done before :) Not to worry, the doll is OK :) Best regards, Ina

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p e t a . p e t a .   {K:18700} 2/9/2006
Hi Ina - this is spooky! I like the patterns in the mirror :)

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Paolo Corradini Paolo Corradini   {K:59552} 2/9/2006
worrying..it seems a frame from an horror movie (with dolls.. ):)
i like the spot light well done Ina!
PAOLO

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