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A candid from my last visit to grosmont.
The dog isn't convinced by the house name...
Love the washing line. Love everything about it, in fact.
A very good "warts 'n' all" candid.
You kind of feel sorry for people staying in a place like that, but can't help thinking it's self-inflicted.
Is it possibly a tad over sharpened? the dog looks wrong somehow, like there's too much detail in his fur, if that makes sense.
It has a very gritty "this is me, take it or leave it" feel that I like.
Like the choice of mono, great image............Sandy
Not sure why I like this as it's all wonky, there's loads truncated bits and bobs around the edge of the frame and the composition is spontaneous to say the least.
But it's a slice of life and the dark gritty mono conversion suits it well.
Thanks everyone and big thanks Pete.
I know what you mean Dave, there was not a straight line in site. I kept leaving this image going away coming back. I even tried straightening things but it just lost the character.
As for other points Davey_griffo it's not over sharpened - I actually reduced the amount of sharpening I usually use, by quite a bit.
I suppose what drew me to processing this, is it is real life. Not staged, just an honest candid. I also gad to endure a haying mob on my LHS (it was outside a pub with a few who had enjoyed the drink a little too much !!)
So that's where you went, good lfe candid Nick congrats on the badge
I remember this little scene very well Nick,Mrs Catz gave you the nod on this one I recall...off you went tearing up the hill & promptly forgot your tripod afterwards,considering the yobs sat outside the Pub you were a lucky man to get it back .....think I got the story right,memory fades with age you know.
I think the conversion to mono suits the scene Nick but I have to agree with Davey...at first glance the dog ( fab dog !! ) looks oversharpened but you say you haven't done any more than your norm,maybe he's just a tad over exposed..dunno but he does look a bit odd,difficult to tell on here.
For me it's not one of your best B&W's,I would have liked to have seen a few more of the mid tones...sorry Nick
Thanks everyone, sorry for not getting back to you last night, but had real problems with the PC - which is ongoing
Janet mmm just looking at it for the first time on the laptop (due to pc probs) see what you mean about the dog, on here anyway (on RHS) The guys were in partial shade, but the dog was in full sun (theres far more detail throughout on the main PC).
I've also just bought Silver EFEX, TBH I'm not convinced with it - am I in danger of getting results just like everyone else, and not my own "style" ?? Your not the only one who has commented on the images being different from my normal style since I started using it, may just have to put it down as a bad investment.
A fine mono candid, Nick, I think the processing really suits the subject
Nik is a good program Nick,it's like everything else,you just have to get used to it.
You don't need a specific style do you ?....you can get into a rut so easily that way..I know only too well !!
I have seen you do much better conversions...it's the quality that counts,not the style.
Thats a fair point Janet, style was probably the wrong word. What I meant was the look & feel I like - thats what I haven't mastered yet in SEFX. What I've been striving for is some more consistancy in my images as in the past I've experimented too much.
More to the point would be to get some new material - I've hardly been out with the camera of late.
Theres not really any "essence" in this image mate.
The dog does look like a Brillo pad and that blokes foot up its arse is a compositional draw.
Im finding it hard to rest on any one of the five focal points, there's a kind of implied tension in the expressions , but overall , perhaps an over-processed natural image.
Still , it got an HC , so I must be talking out my toe
Works for me mate
Me too - bags of character.
The one on the left is Graham Fletcher and about as far removed from temperance as it get's.
great image made me laugh.
I think Graham actually knitted his dog from a brillo pad when he got back from the crossing club one night.
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