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An old-fashioned glass-paned cellar light inset into a pavement Somewhere in Deepest Edinburgh, yesterday. This simple image took me about five minutes to get right because I was standing in the middle of a favourite tourist trail and, being me, I kept moving out of people's way - and back - and out - and back - and occasionally in front of a delivery vehicle. And I got a host of really funny looks in a host of different languages from passing tourists (and delivery-van drivers) for standing over a hole in the pavement, pointing my camera downwards with my rear projecting over their projected trajectory, if you see what I mean....

40mm, 1/60th sec. @ f5, ISO 200, -1.0EV

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-70mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Underfoot, Edinburgh
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:29 Jul 2008 - 11:59 PM
Tags:Edinburgh, Else?, In, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract, Underfoot, What
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Cormy  7 England
30 Jul 2008 - 12:08 AM

Some lovely detail in here Bill.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:15 AM

I definately see what you mean Bill, but well worth the hassle.
Some wonderful colours & patterns here, & I love the detail to the broken glass around the hole.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:23 AM

Fine abstract Bill. Looks like the top view of a busy street with many vehicles. The big hole coz of the past meteor impact. Excellent image.

LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 1:32 AM

Excellent shot. Now if it were mine I would be montage-ing other images into the natural frames here.

taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 1:50 AM

Good set of repeats!

Nettles  8 England
30 Jul 2008 - 6:39 AM

Love the colours and textures of this Bill, well worth the effort.
Did you try to peer down the hole !

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 7:49 AM

Takes serious vandalism to shatter these lights Bill, I'd bet you were down the Grass Market in Edinburgh.


bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 8:04 AM

very well spotted

30 Jul 2008 - 8:13 AM

Well composed

A Booth
A Booth  13 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 8:20 AM

well observed image, excellent capture, almost an abstract.

danbrann Plus Member 10532 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 8:26 AM

You composed it well Bill.

Herge88 Plus Member 840 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 8:48 AM

The lengths one will go to for ones art eh Bill?

Best Matt

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 9:11 AM

That would be an awesome sight Bill Smile. I am surprised that this had not been spotted by Mick (mikbee). I like this a lot and you can get some interesting variations by moving the Hue slider backwards and forward in Hue and Saturation.


Sahyadri  761 forum posts India2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 9:39 AM

worth all that trouble Bill ( wish Moira had shot you doing all that back and forth Smile )

great detail and texture.

30 Jul 2008 - 10:30 AM

Great shot, makes me wonder what caused the hole, and i would have wanted a peek down there.....

woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 11:03 AM

Good morning, all! Thanks for the comments and clicks - one never can tell what an abstract is going to do................

Well, now:
Dougie, only a few feet out! We had just come up the steps from the Grass Market.
Albert - Thanks for your suggestion. I've added a couple of versions straight away, hope you like them.
Lynne - Interesting idea, but not really my style Smile

Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 11:22 AM

Like the details and toning in these Bill - well spotted and captured.
regards Richard.

Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 11:41 AM

Brilliant shot Bill; wonderful colours, tones and patterns in the glass, arranged by the grid with the broken one to prevent any notions of monotony. I like the colours in V1 best.

Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 12:49 PM

This is a fabulous shot!!!!! Glad you didn't get run over in the process. The composition is classic and the keeps the eye moving. A really fine abstract!

imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 12:55 PM

Great series Bill, must have been a humorous sight to others seeing you bent over this.


mrswoolybill Critique Team 8707 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1217 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 1:00 PM

Another epzer and I stood back and watched the expressions of passers by...

mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 1:02 PM

It is no exaggeration to say that I have walked passed this hundreds of times on my way to the Castle Arms pub !!!! I mentioned to you and Moira that I would be interested to see some pics from a ''fresh eye''.This is a fine case in point Bill.A good pattern pic here being interrupted with the broken glass.While you were taking it I was more interested in an Oriental tourist with a look of disbelief on her face.I was just too slow to ''catch the moment''.Every time I pass it now,I will certainly see it in a different light,so to speak.

graceland  102524 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 2:06 PM

v3 for me

30 /4 /u

glyndwr  866 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 2:56 PM

Would this be the cellar of a pub Bill?
Anyhow, standing your ground is what I expect of you, strange looks also. lol.


30 Jul 2008 - 3:00 PM

looks like it was well worth all the trouble of moving about you did... v1-3-2 for me

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
30 Jul 2008 - 3:09 PM

Gret patterns and colours


davidhu  9 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 4:33 PM

Well spotted, Bill. Good pattern and subdued colour. V1 for me.

imander  8388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 5:37 PM

excellent find, we have one or two of these in Cambridge, I find it rather dark and menacing and could imagine a scared twisted face peering out from one of the glass sections

30 Jul 2008 - 6:45 PM

V2 for me. Trish.

oldgreyheron Plus Member 8124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 8:32 PM

Perseverance rewarded Bill!


30 Jul 2008 - 8:32 PM

It sounds to me like you were doing the Hokey Cokey Bill. Great shot by the way. Lovely lines. I haven't seen one of those glass panels in years.

tigertimb  740 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2008 - 8:35 AM

Great shot Bill; I love all the panels with very different pictures in each one. I'm not quite convinced with the colour variants, but could we have one with an eye looking out of that hole?
Thoroughly enjoyed your protracted essay Smile

31 Jul 2008 - 9:04 AM

Most interesting is that each square is different

nickyv32 Plus Member 8135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
31 Jul 2008 - 1:47 PM

Would have loved to have seen you, all 3 super shots, love the colour variations.


Last Modified By nickyv32 at 31 Jul 2008 - 1:47 PM
Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2008 - 11:35 PM

I kept coming back to this in my short list. There is a rhythm about it that draws me in....therefore, the pink diamond! V1 is my pick of the litter.

Last Modified By Joline at 2 Aug 2008 - 11:37 PM
3 Aug 2008 - 8:56 AM

amazing patterns


MickS  10 England14 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2008 - 10:15 AM

Watcha Bill,
well worked out and presented little series of abstracted images.

pascalg Plus Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
3 Aug 2008 - 7:27 PM

a superb abstract !

iskier  7 Poland
18 Aug 2008 - 10:55 PM

Looks like an invitation to play noughts and crosses Wink

MartaHari  7 Spain1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2008 - 5:46 PM

another cracker! i like the 1st and 3rd best - great harsh pattern and subtle colouring - i echo others' remark: well worth the hassle - a definite click!

helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 1:04 PM

How did I miss this? Its a beauty Bill - and I found it in Joline's User Award Gallery !!!

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