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This was something I wanted to create from my minds eye. When I was little my Father read Biggles books to my sister and me. He did all the voices and accents and substantially contributed to my love of reading. He spoke about when he was little and would listen to Biggles stories being read on the radio. The Grundig valve radio was my Grandma's and I like to think of my Father listening to it as a boy (probably a radio a few years before this one but he certainly listened to this one) There's something about the rich tone from a valve set that is perfect for stories.

SB24 1/2 cut CTO in small ezybox softbox above and camera left.
430ex on diy gridspot 1/2 cut CTO camera left (for rimlight and to pick up the steam.)
elinchrom skyports

I had it plugged in and playing whilst shooting (partly for the lovely green valve /magic eye on the right, but the lights were so feeble I didn't bother to set up a tripod required for the extra exposure to burn them in. I did however discover that I liked shooting to music so next time I'll remember to set some up.

Martin LaBar, Ian Gethings, jciv, and 267 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. BipolarTabbyCat 3 [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

    I have this exact same model radio in my rec room! Found it at a moving/yard sale 7 years ago for just $20 and it still worked!

  2. curlsdiva 52 months ago | reply

    Marvellous composition, just marvellous.

  3. oxycoccos 52 months ago | reply

    Very nice capture! and thank you for sharing the strobist info!

    I saw this in Spell Shot!
    A Game Thread in The World Through My Eyes!

  4. Think Out Loud 51 months ago | reply

    Thank you for your fine photo. Per your Creative Commons license we have used it to illustrate a show on OPB Radio's daily talk show, Think Out Loud. Check it out here:
    Sarah Jane Rothenfluch
    Executive Producer, TOL

  5. Ian Hayhurst 51 months ago | reply

    Think Out Loud Delighted!, thanks for the feedback

  6. Qui* 51 months ago | reply

    beutifull, great shot

  7. skelter 48 months ago | reply

    very well done with the lights

  8. f0723 47 months ago | reply

    excuse me i really like this photo, so can i use it for my design? or you can contact me with my email.
    thank you wish to heard you back soon.

  9. Ian Hayhurst 47 months ago | reply

    f0723 (Janet) I replied via flickr mail

  10. kaeframes [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

    What was the whitbalance setting on the camera? Auto?

  11. Ian Hayhurst 45 months ago | reply

    Auto WB. But shot on raw so not an issue. I don't recall adjusting it. The CTO comes out about right as shot.

  12. megmoore1 44 months ago | reply

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  13. Philipp Spreckels 42 months ago | reply

    Nice shot! We are currently using it as an illustration for one of our articles:

  14. Ian Hayhurst 42 months ago | reply

    Well thank you !

  15. atommanus 42 months ago | reply

    Great photo, and there are several locations in my house that look like that. Once can never have enough Grundig and Telefunken tube radios.

  16. stevebell 42 months ago | reply

    Nicely setup, good lighting. The old Grundig has a fairly comprehensive shortwave coverage too.

  17. jonjondad 35 months ago | reply

    I bought this one in Stanley 1959. The one I listened to as a child was build by your Grandad from many parts from many sources so it didn't have a brand name but it was a valve set working off originally an accumulator battery charged from the mains.

    [ via Ian Hayhurst's flickriver  --jonjondad ]

  18. Islxndis 26 months ago | reply

    We enjoy with so trivial things : vintage radio, a book, an old table. Thanks for the recipe.

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