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This was taken in Bourke's Pub in Limerick City of a trad music session in September 2010

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:24-135 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Irish musician
Username:Lean Lean
Uploaded:1 Oct 2010 - 6:21 PM
Tags:Flute, Ireland, Irish, Limerick city, Music, Portraits / people, Pubs, Tipperary, Trad music, Trad scene, Uilean pipes
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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2010 - 8:02 AM

Good try at a different viewpoint. No exposure details. I suspect a very high ISO and available light. That has resulted in just the hand nearest the camera correctly exposed, the rest is a little dark.

A bit of work with the dodging tool on the flute to brighten it, then a touch of contrast to lift things and you have a very nice image. If you used a high ISO, then there is a tendency for tones to be flattened a bit in subdued lighting.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2010 - 3:45 PM

Under the lighting conditions its quite a good shot Helen. Pity you didnt get more of his face in, would have been terrific.

Did a little work on curves and sharpening to tone down the red cast, and painted over the light areas at the top of the guitar in the mod.



Regards


Willie

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Lean
Lean  5
2 Oct 2010 - 6:00 PM

Thanks Paul and Willie - it was deliberate to cut out the face - its fun to break rules now and again Smile will try the editing suggestions as well

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2010 - 6:30 PM

I'm afraid this doesn't work for me. Without the face, it becomes just a photograph of a not-very-interesting tin whistle, with a pair of hands playing it. However, the slightly out-of-focus guitar in the background and the bright blue shirt compete for attention so I just don't know what to look at.

Having said that, I think his hands do make an interesting subject. I would zoom right in and fill the frame with them, use the narrowest aperture I could get away with (only f/4, I think, for this lens) to cut out distractions from the background and possibly go to black and white to stop the blue distracting.

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2010 - 3:25 PM

An intersting different take but I share some of the concerns abovr. I thonk the main problem for me is there's either too much or too little of the face. If you're going to crop in this close, I don't think including the nose but not the eyes works. I've done a crop which just includes the moth, and also crops from the bottm to form a strong diagonal with the whistle pointing to the corner

Stephen

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Lean
Lean  5
3 Oct 2010 - 10:06 PM

Thanks Tooth - interesting crop thanks for taking the time to do it. My tutor would love you - he loves square formats for portraits.

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