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Irish musician

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

Tags: Music Ireland Flute Tipperary Irish Pubs Portraits and people Trad music Limerick city Trad scene Uilean pipes

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paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2010 8:02AM
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.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
2 Oct 2010 3:45PM
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.


Lean 9
2 Oct 2010 6:00PM
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
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2010 6:30PM
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.
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
3 Oct 2010 3:25PM
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

Lean 9
3 Oct 2010 10:06PM
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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