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In Parnell Square, Dublin, is a Garden of Remembrance dedicated to all those who died for the cause of Irish independence. The garden stands on the spot where several participants in the 1916 Easter Rising were held before being moved to Kilmainham Jail. Along the centre of the Garden is a large cruciform pool with a mosaic depicting broken swords, spears and shields, signifying peace.

I tried a long shot and a wide shot but couldn't make photographic sense of the pool or the underwater images. A couple of closeups failed because the surface dust on the water really looked unappetising. Happily I managed to get this woozy photo of an anonymous section of the mosaic, assisted by a toddler who pulled a flower head off from the surrounding garden and threw it in the pool, causing some handy ripples for me and a really big piece of his father's mind for him .... ...

70mm, 1/250th sec. @ f13, ISO 200.

Camera:Nikon D70S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-70mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Mosaic
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:22 May 2008 - 7:48 AM
Tags:Dublin, Mosaic, Parnell square, Peace garden, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract, Under water
Votes:55

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whiteswan01
22 May 2008 - 7:57 AM

brilliant nice colours great write up
Dawn

gerdoms
gerdoms  10239 forum posts England7 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 7:58 AM

thought at first this was manipulated. terrific piece of observation bill. i am always looking for unusual abstract forms as they have so much appeal especially if they occur naturally if you get my drift. this is a smashing example of how something ordinary is turned into something special. nice work.

gerry

LuzDeNoche
22 May 2008 - 8:05 AM

Quite hypnotising, especially large.
Love the bathos in your narrative too.
Smile Lucy

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 6135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
22 May 2008 - 8:23 AM

Lovely shot, great large, from the thumbnail it struck me as an abstract of the sea, super colours, love it.

Nicky

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 8:32 AM

Lucky for you the kid did whar he did, sometimes it's the chance happening that makes the shot.

All the veru nest
Dougie

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 8:47 AM

Glad the child intervened to give you are great abstract.
Regards Richard,

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9462 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 9:11 AM

You have that hapy knack of making something ordinary look great and you have doneit again.

MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 - 9:22 AM

Super abstract shot
Mavis

imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:16 AM

i opened this and thought i needed my eyes testing...lol, wonderful abstract, i could see this framed and hung in so many venues, but i would use it as a backing for my fish tank
ian

riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:45 AM

ahhh, my kind of abstraction Smile

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England53 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 12:10 PM

Fascinating abstract

Joline
Joline e2 Member 7Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 12:31 PM

This is truly magnificent! Very well done...shortlisted for sure.

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8686 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1531 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 2:06 PM

My first thought was that it could be a reflection in the water. I love its colourful, shapely abstract quality.

proz
proz  9205 forum posts United States
22 May 2008 - 2:08 PM

this is brilliant, I see faces in here.

DolphinLady
DolphinLady e2 Member 854 forum postsDolphinLady vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 3:31 PM

Firstly can I just say how much I enjoyed reading your little tale as to how you got this wonderful image, especially the part about the small child & the flower head.
Secondly, this is a very beautiful piece of mosaic.
Such lovely subtle colours blending together...
I like this a lot.
Hilary

Last Modified By DolphinLady at 22 May 2008 - 3:32 PM
mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 4:00 PM

Thought it was an image from Google Earth Bill !!! Think the kid did you a favour here.The rippling effect enhances the image.Although at the time ,I would have thrown him in !!!
Good image.
Mick.

RobboB
RobboB e2 Member 764 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
22 May 2008 - 4:15 PM

Wonderful abstract. Looks like one of those satellite images like on Google

Last Modified By RobboB at 22 May 2008 - 4:17 PM
GalleryGirl
22 May 2008 - 5:10 PM

This is gorgeous. Fabulous capture - a great looking image!
Marilyn x

Cormy
Cormy  6 England
22 May 2008 - 5:11 PM

Superb image Bill.
Cheers
Alan

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 5:16 PM

it is a fantastic abstract!

would be difficult to photograph!

Jennn

samsalt1
samsalt1  734 forum posts4 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 5:21 PM

Intriguing abstract Bill, for some reason my mind tells me to turn it 90 degrees ccw which is odd since with a pattern like this it ciuld go anyway up.
The colors are harmonious and playing with the hue gives some great variations.
Nice one !

Sam

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 637 forum postspascalg vcard France
22 May 2008 - 5:35 PM

smashing colours...
love the write up !

IainH
IainH  982 forum posts
22 May 2008 - 7:28 PM

I thought it was a map from the thumbnail, the ripples definately add something extra to the image

photophantom
22 May 2008 - 7:44 PM

my kind of piece..................excellent Bill

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 8:34 PM

a great abstract...especialy the large version

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 8:49 PM

I really like this Bill.
Its a great abstract with a lovely effect made by the water the water
Helen

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:47 PM

Beautifully colourful abstract with wonderful patterns. Thank you for the kind words,
Very best wishes,
Rende

Cabit
Cabit  6104 forum posts England
22 May 2008 - 10:48 PM

A cracker Bill.
Dave

Artois
Artois  7405 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:53 PM

Nice abstract image. Irish history is fascinating.
Stella

tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2008 - 10:41 AM

Wonderful Bill, I love the patterns and colours here and the water distortion really tops it off.
For some reason this reminds me of a chinese dragon dance as seen by a short sighted guy on stilts Smile
Tim

roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2008 - 5:02 PM

Smashing shot, wonderful abstract.
Alex

Diana
Diana  72011 forum posts Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 11:22 AM

this has all sorts of music going through my head if I had not crashed my other laptop I could have done the link thing..


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujDnwYCRjbs&feature=related

anyway this should be listened to whilst looking at this image
Dianna

Joline
Joline e2 Member 7Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 12:38 PM

This image stood out from my short listed photos this week. It is so well composed and lyrical....very deserving of the coveted pink diamondSmile

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 10:41 PM

Excellent colours and patterns in this abstract image, I hope you gave the young fellow a werthers original for his contribution towards this one!

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