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Know thine enemy...

By Janet Pattison
At Peel Castle, Isle of Man, they were ready for attack from behind as well from the fore...

Tags: Landscape and travel

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jane benge 13 99 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2003 10:09PM
Hi Janet,

Great shot.

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grahammul 13 120 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2003 11:17PM
This is great got everything. great brick wall, framed shot of the town and a bloody great cannon.
Only problem is focus on the town could be sharper. I enhanced it in photoshop and it came out a lot better.
1 Aug 2003 8:32AM
Dear Graham, Your comments about "I wish people would comment on photographs" in that thread was read by me, and I tried a few of YOUR photos.

The point of MY Peel Castle shot is the CANNON! If the focus was the town then neither the CANNON nor the WALL would be in focus. My aim was to emphasise the targetting angle and height of the Cannnon Master's choice when the castle was originally manned in the C15 and C16 heyday of this place. You will see comments on other people's photographs where suggestions are made to "throw the background out of focus".

Do you think I achieved that in my shot? I do!
grahammul 13 120 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2003 9:28AM
Hi Janet,
When I look at this shot my eyes are directed along the cannon towards the town as the main focal point. Its as though I'm the gunner looking for targets. Wall and cannon are just supports for the town. Also because of the eroded surface of the cannon its focus is uncertain. I would slightly de-focus the wall as well as sharpen the image of the town.
These are only my opinions Janet and I may be entirely wrong. My remarks are given only in the spirit of sharing images and not meant to cause offence. I really like this shot and wish I had taken it myself.
1 Aug 2003 9:38AM
I think this is a perfect example of two different viewpoints from two different photographers. Thank you for your comments - they are appreciated.

I recommend a visit to the Isle of Man. We put it off for years as we couldn't believe the "hype" over the TT but the island has MUCH MUCH more to offer. Have a look at my uploads in Photo Locations "Mannanan's Isle" for further peeks. Cheers.
grahammul 13 120 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2003 10:02AM
Thanks Janet Must try and get to the Isle of Man.
abraxas 13
26 Aug 2003 11:27PM
I'm with Graham on this one, this could have been a really cracking shot. The lack of a sharp main focal point detracts from the image. The eye doesn't know where to go. If the town was sharpened as Graham suggests then the cannon gives it the perfect "lead in" line. We read photographs from left to right, the cannon is in the correct position, the hole is lighter so we are forced to look through the image into the town.
naturenut 13 1.8k England
25 Sep 2003 8:29AM
This one caused some debate,it does have it all for me but I'll just say great canon from fuji Smile
25 Sep 2003 8:41AM
Thanks, Meggsy, I love the pun! Look out for some fireworks soon.
andytvcams 14 10.4k United Kingdom
20 Jan 2004 11:01PM
This is a very difficult shot to do and one that you have done perfectly,the focus being on the cannon with perfect exposure,so i congratulate you on a well thought out composition.

ericfaragh 13 132 3 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2004 11:09PM
Excellent. I love the framing. It draws you into the image. Well done indeed.

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