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This was taken in Bourke's Pub in Limerick City of a trad music session in September 2010
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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.
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.
Thanks Paul and Willie - it was deliberate to cut out the face - its fun to break rules now and again will try the editing suggestions as well
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.
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
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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