THE GILLYS HAT

By keithh  
Not so 'disturbing' and more self explanatory.

Tags: Fishing Still life General


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Comments


richmowil Plus
8 320 2 England
1 Mar 2013 9:35AM
Fantastic detail in this image - I like it a lot!

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keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Mar 2013 10:19AM
Cheers

If you don't like it, then feel free to say why. Wink
conrad 12 10.9k 116
1 Mar 2013 11:48AM
Some nice textures and colours in this shot, Keith.
Richsr 9 91 223 England
1 Mar 2013 12:44PM
Like the good details and textures in this Keith.
Well set up.
There is a dark spot in the background hessian about a half inch down from the top around the third that once seen seem to draw the eye might be worth a clone.
Regards Richard
pmorgan 10 217 13 England
1 Mar 2013 1:45PM
Can almost feel the textures in this Keith!

There, that's 4 comments for you, and one of them was constructive too Smile

Rgds
Paul
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
1 Mar 2013 3:23PM

Quote:If you don't like it, then feel free to say why. Wink


Seeing you asked nicely Wink

I will start with what I do like. Its a super composition so well thought out, the attention to detail in the three subjects is superb....but..

To me its the background, the texture is too similar to that of the hat, and with similar lighting. The "blur" (Gaussian or otherwise) just jars slighly and creates a clash with the hat.

I think darkening the background would help as it would stop the hat fighting with it. The image should be about the superb elements, not the background - thats the supporting act.
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Mar 2013 4:11PM
The trouble with darkening the background (which I've already told you in the PM is not artificially blurred Wink ) is that it takes some of the commerciality out of it. It would make it more EPZ-able but out in the real world not so much.

I know that if I'd added several layers of grunge to it, the votes would double but I need to sell these things and personally I find the sacking a complimentary backdrop to the elements.
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
1 Mar 2013 5:17PM
I didn't mention "grunged layers" I dont think it needs it, and im not talking of making it very dark, just enough to give seperation.
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Mar 2013 5:26PM
No, the grunge comment was a general comment. In print there'll be plenty of separation. Color alone will bring it forward.
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
1 Mar 2013 5:55PM
I think there are four elements not three...as the hessian for me is the carrier for the fish to be transported from the river bank....the fly on the silk line is a link...brill comp and where on earth did you find that reel and fly line ? The good 'ole days of salmon fishing ....not that I remember mind Tongue
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Mar 2013 6:10PM
So speaks an old fly fisherman....LOL

Second hand bargain, Chris. two reels, two dozen flies and a few other goodies for the price of a big bag of chips. Tongue
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
1 Mar 2013 6:45PM
I've had me moments Tongue
Coming down your way .....just bought some fly fishing gear .....only got one arm left and will have to hop to the lake Tongue
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Mar 2013 6:57PM
You can borrow me 'at and sack if you want.Wink

Be good to nab some salmon on the Avon before they net them!
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
1 Mar 2013 8:27PM
Tempted Wink
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Mar 2013 8:48PM
Mind you, disabled access is a bit limited Grin
dp 12 163 3 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 8:14AM
Agree with Nick. The hat and hessian are too similar in colour and texture for me. Love the reel, line and flies but for me the hat has to go. Maybe nice with a couple of trout or salmon in its place and then something with some height behind them. Maybe the cork rod butts or something. Same colour but different texture.
I used hessian with grain, hops and beer years and years ago for a cibachrome in my city and guilds and that seemed to work well. At least I passed anyway!
No idea about the commerciality of those comments, I bow to your greater knowledge in that area but thought you may appreciate the comment on the composition.
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
2 Mar 2013 10:12AM
Mmmm i have shots without the hat and to me they are crying out for the hat as the title says. Fair enough the rod but the cost outweighs the commercial return or at least hacks in.

As an ex food photographer o know that unless the fish is straight from the river it looks wrong.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
2 Mar 2013 9:32PM
Lure a Trout anytime Pete !!
Ron.
cooky Plus
13 6 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 7:52PM
Bow to all the above on technicality and commercial and as the title says it's all about the hat. I merely think that with the age of the reel and the suggestion of past times the hat is too new...so how about
The Gillie's Sunday Hat? Wink

And as a sheer matter of interest I used to tread flook in the Kent estuary where my great uncle had the salmon rights. Does that count as fishing expertise?
keithh Plus
13 25.3k 33 Wallis And Futuna
5 Mar 2013 7:59PM
The hat, weirdly, was made around the same time as the reel....it had an easier life I guess. I have never flooked a salmon but I have been flooked by an old trout.
cooky Plus
13 6 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 8:03PM
Wot yer tryin to say Henson!!!!!!Wink

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