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    Another from my Shaker archives, this is an interior shot from the Shaker dwelling house in South Union, Kentucky. I love the way the light bounces around the room. This is a scan from a color slide, converted to B&W and then given a slight sepia hue.

    Note - several people asked about the chairs hanging upside down on peg rails along the walls. This was common in Shaker dwelling houses. Shakers were very much into cleanliness and would hang things on walls, including hats, cloaks, chairs, small cabinets, etc., to keep the floors clear for sweeping. The chairs were hung upside down to keep dust from falling on the seats.

    Daniel Espinoza, thruthelookingglass, and 21 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. James Duckworth 63 months ago | reply

      Neat, clean and tidy.... unlike my office..... if you shoot my office will it look this neat! Nice editing on this one. Perspective looks perfect and the colour adds a nice feel to the image.

    2. nan2945 63 months ago | reply

      wonderful shot --

    3. vanessa hilliard 63 months ago | reply

      Beautifully done. Great tonal range. The photo literally glows.

    4. Peter Brake 63 months ago | reply

      A simple elegance occupies this room...lovely light.

    5. Nwbama 63 months ago | reply

      Lovely light Jeff! Why did they hang the chairs on the wall?

    6. Rob Overcash Photography 63 months ago | reply

      Wonderful simplicity ... nice light and tones

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    7. OneEyedJax 63 months ago | reply

      ohhh i love this so much ... first off, the tones - b/w/sepia, it is such a rich warm, creamy feel ... secondly, the simplicity of their style is magnified by your crisp, clean, sharp details ... lastly, the light - perfectly exposed and i absolutely love the angle of the window lights on the floor ... this is just stunning ... simple lifestyle, simple decor - but i bet this was not a simple shot - you just make it look that way :))

    8. ~ Floydian ~  63 months ago | reply

      Superb light, exposure is top, just as your composition with strong lines. Presentation with the black border works also very good....excellent shot...!!!

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    9. Shobeir 63 months ago | reply

      It's always to shoot against the direct light coming through the window. We can even see the details on windows. Superb job on controlling the light Jeff.

    10. bytegirl24 63 months ago | reply

      beautiful light... gorgeous tones that perfectly match the theme...

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    11. ilsebatten 63 months ago | reply

      You leave me speechless. I just love your Shaker images and this is a 100%er for me. Love the light and the clarity- the way you have captured this really seems to reflect the spirit of the Shakers. And thank you for your very kind comment on the death of HOlly. It is a week now and we are all still bruised and battered. Everywhere we turn her shadow is just that, a memory.

    12. AnyMotion 63 months ago | reply

      The different lights are really great and the perspective is perfect !!
      Wonderful processing too !!

    13. t.sullivan photography 63 months ago | reply

      That is some beautiful light! I love rooms that are well-lit by natural light. It's one of the main reasons we bought our house.

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    14. ddt_uul 63 months ago | reply

      Great light, wonderful processing, My compliments!!

    15. moocatmoocat 63 months ago | reply

      captivating, I am intrigued by the light. instant fave

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    16. antsplan 63 months ago | reply

      a beautiful property with awesome light.

    17. Linda Makiej [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      beautiful perspective - lovely composition..

    18. Little Sunshine ☼ Photography ( Rachel ) 63 months ago | reply

      Love the comp, reflections and the light is definitely beautiful. Interesting hanging chairs. :-)

    19. Wolfgang Wander 63 months ago | reply

      Love it - seems like they even waxed and polished the ceilings...

    20. mikonT 62 months ago | reply

      You processed in true Shaker style, simple and beautiful.

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