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In the Masonic Hall at Beamish Museum.
I suppose the stained-glass window in the background might look better in colour - but the eagle just demanded monochrome.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix G2
Lens:LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/F1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:14 Oct 2012 - 10:18 AM
Focal Length:25mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.4
Aperture:f/1.4
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:-0.33
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Staff of Office
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:12 Feb 2013 - 8:29 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
Votes:44

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:31 AM

Certainly works well in mono Bill,, good use of DOF to isolate this
regards Richard

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:33 AM

Great use of dof here.

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:43 AM

I don't think you'd notice the eagle if the bg was colour, has to be mono, Bill. So well seen.

Dave

JohnChambersPhotography

You did right to put in mono, colour would not have worked IMHO. Spot on Bill very clever DOF just enough to make the eagle stand out .

John

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 9:54 AM

Wonderful composition Bill, with that pin sharp staff offset against the out of focus figure; they are separate yet related.
Regards,
Rende

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 9:54 AM

I agree with Dave's and John's comments, Bill: excellent use of full aperture to throw the back, appropriate as it is, OOF.
Ronnie.

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 10:52 AM

The bird is beautifully isolated by the choice of focal length and aperture. Monochrome adds it's own look but I wonder if the colour would work equally as well? I suppose it will depend on the glass colours around the bird.

Dougie

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 11:29 AM

I may - may - put up the colour some day, but I find it a bit cloying.

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10497 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 11:49 AM

Well thought out Bill land so well executed.

Last Modified By danbrann at 12 Feb 2013 - 11:49 AM
franken
franken e2 Member 123271 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 11:55 AM

I like it as it is in mono Bill - superb!

Ken

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 1:01 PM

You have depicted the metal of the staff so very well.
A mysterious image with the angel keeping her eye on the eagle!

RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 1:16 PM

Eagle stands out superbly Bill. Good Bokeh, Bad Bokeh - I dunno! (Never understood this) Looks allright to me though!
Great shot.
kind regards,
Robin

RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 1:17 PM

P.S. Mono is definitely the way to go with this, good choice.
Robin

milky
milky e2 Member 11milky vcard Wales
12 Feb 2013 - 4:17 PM

Beautiful image in Mono----------MilkyWink

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 4:26 PM

Good use of depth of field to make the subject stand out from it's background. Just had to be mono, it wouldn't work in colour would it? Smile
Trev Smile

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 4:28 PM

You done this shot proud well done.

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 44302 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 5:50 PM

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Bill. I for one do not need to see the colour version.

Malc

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 6:25 PM

That's a very interesting Eagle Bill, a fine piece of Work by someone with a very artistic flare. Well spotted and taken.

John Smile

nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 6:38 PM

I think it works superbly in mono, not only the eagle but the blurred stained-glass as well, Bill. I love it as it is, as it shows shooting a stained-glass sharp and in colour might not always be necessary.

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:02 PM

Before reading your commentary, I was thinking the same thing -- would like to see the colors of the stained glass. Maybe some selective color version -- leaving the eagle in monotone?
-=\Walter

leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
12 Feb 2013 - 11:00 PM

An excellent composition
Effrossini

gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
13 Feb 2013 - 11:25 AM

Fotografía bien pensada..Excenete.

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