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During university term-time, this wall in Durham is normally covered in posters...
Bill rejected the subject because he felt he would have to clone the dead Blu-tack out. I didnít feel any such obligation.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:6 Aug 2011 - 12:02 PM
Focal Length:46mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.9
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Butterfly & Blu-tack
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:10 Aug 2011 - 7:51 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract, Street art, Street photography
Votes:59

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 8:00 AM

Well seen Moira - surprised its just blu tack

Lydia
Lydia  2 Greece
10 Aug 2011 - 8:12 AM

Oh, really well spotted, a hell of a difficult shot to get the crop exactly right though. I'd actually be tempted to 'cheat' and 'clone' the last blob on the right a couple of mms to the left, and then crop in just slightly! Depending on what you have to play with though, there may be other crops that might work. As I said, "difficult", but I really like this.

Last Modified By Lydia at 10 Aug 2011 - 8:14 AM
barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 8:17 AM

Butterfly ? Bat ?
Blu-tack makes it

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom952 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 8:29 AM

Arrietty, that's an interesting thought. I composed very carefully, but for the placement of the butterfly and the lines between the bricks, rather than for the blobs. I'm not above cheating but I didn't think of moving them! I have a busy day but I'll try to have a play.
Barbara, you have cleverly identified the butterfly-winged bat, a previously undiscovered species. Either that or you're batty...
And Good Morning EPZ-land!
Moira

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 8:32 AM

Super shot Moira, well spotted and captured, super textures and tones.

Hugh

shush
shush  3 Canada7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 8:44 AM

Simple and effective....you have a good eye for accentuating what most would miss such opportunities.

Sushil

ChrisOs
ChrisOs e2 Member 9ChrisOs vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 8:54 AM

Definitely an air of menace about the vampire butterfly. Fangs for the memory.
Chris

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 8:56 AM

Well seen and captured Moria, interesting that the posters have gone yet the blue tag remains.

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 9:04 AM


Quote: Well seen and captured Moria, interesting that the posters have gone yet the blue tag remains.

Oh, blue tack remains for ever, especially where you don't want it to Wink
Well spotted Moira
Helen

gingerdelight
10 Aug 2011 - 9:09 AM

An excellent find Moira - you certainly have the knack for these things!!
Carol

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 9:15 AM

Great spot - a budding Banksy!
Ann

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 9:41 AM

An ice cube lifts this stuff off quite easily. I'm surprised Bill doesn't have one in his camerabag.

For me your composition is bang on Moira, shame about the blue tack, but it's handy stuff, better than pin holes everywhere.

Dougie

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 10:03 AM

Well observed Moira, thats how they use to end up Sad Ron.

Dg
Dg  31 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 10:12 AM

I love it as it is... rather an innovative approach to the other commercial explorations of the theme.

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 11:07 AM

Along with Guinness and the Microwave oven,Blu-Tack is one the finest inventions for mankind Moira.After I put the poster of Paolo Nutini up on my daughters bedroom wall,I was ready for a refreshment and a sausage roll !! I see many butterfly shots on site,and reckon this is a Large Blue here.And nice to see a tacky image from you too !!
Mick.

Last Modified By mikbee at 10 Aug 2011 - 11:08 AM
sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82255 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom120 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 11:35 AM

For me the blu-tac isn't a problem, it's just another texture within the frame. You could argue that it also adds to the narrative of the image - this isn't a wall - it's an essential medium of communication for the people that use it. The blu-tac reminds the viewer that this is more than bricks and mortar, it's purpose extends beyond the obvious. Perhaps I'm over thinking things again - suffice to say I'm glad the blu-tac is there.

I do love this type of find - was this graffiti or art? Was it commissioned or vandalism? What does it mean? If graffiti - for me this is a comment of hope. That the artist wants to raise a smile in the viewer - to touch them as gently as a butterfly who lands on your hand. That someone could plan and execute such a thing is full of hope - especially in these turbulent days.

Thanks Moira,

Adam

Last Modified By sherlob at 10 Aug 2011 - 11:36 AM
jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
10 Aug 2011 - 11:59 AM

I like the picture of Batmans return

Peter

Rach1970
Rach1970  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 12:01 PM

Haha I just like the idea of 'dead Blu-tack' Smile

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 12:39 PM

I have no idea what Blu-tak is but it certainly doesn't ruin the photo, whatever it is. A strong and attractive composition.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom952 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 1:23 PM

Joline, Blu-tack is a sort of putty that is used for sticking up posters because (theoretically) it can be peeled off without leaving any mark.
After our daughter left home it took me a weekend to clear her bedroom walls of the stuff and repair the damage, and then three coats of paint to cover the marks...
Thanks folks. Re Adam's comment, this is art to me, it's an optimistic emblem and it seems strange that for much of the year it is hidden.
I've been photographing an allotments Open Day, in pouring rain, and now I have the pictures to process before a meeting... Back later!
Moira

FlashBangPicture

i can see you have pondered on how best to frame/compose this, but it is your eye that sees these things that so intrigues me. Wish i had a quarter of what you have

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 4:10 PM

Blue-tack? Mmmm...that's one way of stopping wildlife flying off whilst trying to photograph it! A well seen and captured image, Moira, think the Blue-tack adds to the shot Wink
Trev Smile

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 4:53 PM

well, one I might not have seen or passed over you did well to realise its potential

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4491 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 4:55 PM

What a shot ????......well seen little 'cameo'.....looks like a butterfly has slammed into this wall at 'warp- speed 9' ??.....fun shot, but intriguing nonetheless !

jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 5:33 PM

Gorgeous, blu tak and all. Well composed also.
jon

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 6:06 PM

An interesting find Moira, and a good catch.

John Smile

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9470 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 6:37 PM

Adam took the words right out of my mouth Moira.

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 637 forum postspascalg vcard France
10 Aug 2011 - 8:43 PM

those different shades of blue are a wonder...

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 10:00 PM

'Excellent color, tonality, details, textures, & composition,...make for an effective abstract view'...Peter

davey_griffo
14 Aug 2011 - 7:02 PM

All adds to the "charm".

Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2011 - 7:36 PM

I thought the blue shades complimented each other Moira Smile Well composed & found SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile xx

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2011 - 12:43 PM

I guess this must be the rare black hairstreak, I've not seen this species before, what a find!Wink

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