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Duck Pond Reflections

By markst33    
Taken in St Annes Park which is a 5 minute drive from me and known as the "Lungs of the Northside (of Dublin).

The park, the second largest municipal park in Dublin, is part of a former 202 hectares (500 acres) estate assembled by members of the Guinness family, descendants of Sir Arthur Guinness, founder of the famous brewery.

This is the Duckpond and the White building is knows as "The temple of Isis".

As usual all constructive C&C's most welcome.

Tags: Reflections Architecture Pond Parks Ireland Dublin Black and white

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pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2275 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2019 8:26PM
Why black and white, Mark?
Did you shoot with the intention of it being mono? What was your intention?
I bit of information about the photography side of this image would help a lot.

I would like to see the original, especially if it's in colour.
Also, can you kindly add your Exif Data.

The temple is nicely placed in the image, and the dog, with its reflection, is a nice touch. Even including the dog walker him/hereself would look good here.

Arvorphoto Plus
12 147 6 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2019 9:57PM
The image has a nice balance to it except for the dog which competes with the subject, the building, drawing the eye to the side.
It either needs cloning out (my preference) or at least toned down.

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1967 England
13 Dec 2019 10:19AM
The dog I can accept very happily: the brightness of the trees above the building is a compositional blocker, to my eyes.

I think I'd be wanting to darken all of that, leaving the temple-like building glowing in the darkness. And the dog...
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4334 Canada
13 Dec 2019 12:50PM
I tend to agree with dudler and tried a mod as he suggested.

I would like to see the original colour.

chase Plus
17 2.5k 668 England
13 Dec 2019 6:21PM
Thanks for loading the colour version Mark, which would be my preference, all that lovely colour...seems a shame to convert to mono, but, if that is your preference so be it.
I kinda like the dog, he is moving into the frame towards that lovely building.
I did a mod using your colour version, cropped out the sky both in reflections and at the top.
Used levels to lighten the whole thing.
I like this.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2275 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2019 6:22PM
Thank you for uploading the original colour version, Mark.

I have used it to do my modification.
Firstly, I cropped, maintaining your aspect ratio, to place the temple on a thirds line (vertical) and with the waterline central (horizontal). Unfortunately, this removed the dog. By the way, I see that you put the dog's reflection in yourself - well done! I wonder why its reflection wasn't there before.

I brightened the image and increased whites, so that the temple stands out better from all the foliage, then sharpened.

banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4334 Canada
13 Dec 2019 9:34PM
The color version is very nice mark.

And now I can also see what was niggling about the dog!

In my 32 years in Dublin I never set foot inside that park, I should have.

paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2019 4:14PM
Yes, colour. Sometimes mono is used because people think it should be and, for many landscape images, colour often wins. Mono is usually better for the harsher images such as street and hard news, but having said that, this is a pretty good conversion although I do tend to agree with John.

16 Dec 2019 6:54AM
Ansel Adams and Fay Godwin...Acknowledged Masters of landscape photography
who worked almost exclusively in black and white.

Ernst Haas and Saul Leiter... Acknowledged Masters of street photography
who worked mostly in colour.

Go with what pleases your eye and ignore everything else.

For me, Willie's mod alone evokes mood and atmosphere.


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