Terri Adcock  

Keeping Watch by Terri Adcock

November 2023 - Keeping Watch

November 2023 - Terri Adcock


About the Image(s)

One light shone through the blinds set at an angle to create diagonal lines. I converted the original to a film noir black and white and tidied up the image by mostly cropping but a little cloning too. I also darked the lighter brighter areas with a masking brush in Lightroom. Of course I have flipped the image because i felt it worked better that way as we read left to right

1/125 f/5.6 Canon 1DX2 EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

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7 comments posted

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Nice dramatic pose and use of lines! A masterpiece of dark and light shadows. Martin had a similar concept a few months ago done as a self-portrait and well-preplanned. I am wondering if the cigarette being unlit adds to the story and adds to the impression of urgency. The eye-expression certainly does.   Posted: 11/01/2023 21:03:25

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I feel this could be the billboard ad for a movie. You have caught the intensity of the scene with his eyes and the cigarette, the mood of the black and white that adds to the mystery. While looking at him closely, he does appear to be peeping through the wrong section of the blinds rather than where he has it spread open a little with his fingers. Or maybe his fingers are just resting there. Amazing shot!   Posted: 11/02/2023 14:21:22

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
A wonderful image. I like the black and white conversion and the film noir theme. This is a well thought out image and well executed. I like the converging lines created by the Venetian blind, the model's costume and the band of light across his eyes and his expression. The image is tack sharp and well exposed and tells a story. I don't think this image could be improved upon. Well done.

  Posted: 11/04/2023 19:04:11

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Wow! I love the moodiness of this image. It reminds me of the cops and robbers movies from long ago. You've created a very believable story here. The lighting is perfect. I like your choice of flipping the image and also the film noir theme. Great job!   Posted: 11/05/2023 15:11:43

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Very nicely done, Terri. It is curious that Martin presented an image VERY similar to this in the past year.
The eye expressions leads the viewer to feel that something is about to happen. But, as Shirley noted, the section of blinds he's looking through is not the same area that he's spreading with his fingers.
Also, my eyes go to the detail of the object he's holding in his hand. It's indistinguishable as to what it is, so that's a bit disappointing.
I'm sure you had a lot of fun with this shoot. Well done.   Posted: 11/06/2023 15:24:15

Terri Adcock
Thank you all for your comments - much appreciated. This image was inspired by a video Gavin Hoey posted about 6 years ago. I didn't want to replicate exactly what he did, but find a take of my own


For anyone who want to see where i got the inspiration from

The thing he is holding in his hand is a lighter. You can see the flame if you look closely... it might be clearer if you look at the original rather than the mono version   Posted: 11/08/2023 11:59:09
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Hi Terri, thanks for sharing the link. I have watched a number of Gavin Hoey's videos and they are always excellent
  Posted: 11/08/2023 15:56:33