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DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 10:05PM
The two men looking out of shot to the left are absolutely essential to the composition. Without them, the photo would be very busy and lacking in focus; with them, the viewer is directed to follow their gaze off to the relatively quiet lower-left area and can occasionally wander over to the wealth of detail to the upper right. The half-drunk pint on the bar is a subtle but important detail. Without it, the viewer might wonder why he or she was sitting in this bar, observing the scene but that glass includes the viewer in the scene.

I'm not a fan of the graininess in the large version because it de-emphasizes the two men. A rare occasion where the small version works better, for me. Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 10:19PM
Me, I'm a fan of graininess. I'm not a fan of beer - I've tried very hard to appreciate it and failed, I doubt that this will achieve any lasting conversion. But it's still one hell of a fine picture.
I do love the way the two profiled faces echo the pint glass and jug on the bar just perfectly.
19 Nov 2008 10:21PM
Thanks David much appreciated, they are looking out a window overlooking the harbour at a catch of makeral being brouht ashore,

Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 29 Wales
19 Nov 2008 10:22PM
A superb composition Colin and glad you are posting again.
19 Nov 2008 10:22PM
Thanks Moira, you and Mr woolybill must get over to the Doolin meet in April.......
19 Nov 2008 10:23PM
Thanks Tom..
Sezz 17 619 15 England
19 Nov 2008 10:27PM
I like the gritty feel/noise to this, along with the toning. Glad you told us what the guys where looking at - brings it all together now!

Sarah *
19 Nov 2008 10:32PM
Thanks Sarah appreciate you taking the time to view..
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 10:56PM

Quote:thearmsofvenusdemilo wrote: they are looking out a window overlooking the harbour at a catch of makeral being brouht ashore.

Ha! In my imagination, they were watching the footie on the TV, scowling a bit because their team wasn't doing so well. Smile
DP_Imagery 17 24 6 Wales
19 Nov 2008 10:58PM
You are the master of HDR - mostly I've been getting fed up of overcooked HDR images - but yours never fail to impress me and make me go WOW!


dathersmith 15 565 12 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 11:11PM
Expertly composed shot, processed to perfection.

Eviscera 16 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 11:15PM
nothing fishy about this image colin , its first class and will take a week to appreciate !

LuzDeNoche 14 2 France
20 Nov 2008 4:23AM
Classic thearmsofvenusdemilo treatment here, and a composition that is both disturbing and intriguing. The eye is drawn out towards whatever the men might be looking at (and the mind boggles!) whilst the weight of the elements around the bar pulls us back in again.
Just might get a little dizzy with the eyes doing all that to-ing and fro-ing Wink
Smile Lucy
lauraHB 16 121 Ireland
20 Nov 2008 10:29AM
A fantastic shot Colin. I love the grain in this. The whole composition works perfectly, although I do feel a strong urge to jump in and grab that Guinness.. yummy!!
Jouİo 18 56 Finland
20 Nov 2008 3:34PM
great work, Colin!

bayliner185 15 16 1 Northern Ireland
20 Nov 2008 4:10PM
There is a lot going on in this shot Colin, nevertheless it works for me. I think its the combination of intrigue and the timeless quality given to it by the mono conversion and hdr processing.

Sue_R 16 11 6 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2008 8:10PM
Great image. Well composed and the effect you've used is just perfect for the subject.

21 Nov 2008 7:00PM

Quote:There is a lot going on in this shot Colin, nevertheless it works for me. I think its the combination of intrigue and the timeless quality given to it by the mono conversion and hdr processing.


Perfect... lovely to see you uploading again colin... always inspirational... !!!!

Mavis 20 143 2 England
24 Nov 2008 10:23AM
Hey Colin what date in April is the Doolin meet ?
These two men are very interested in the Mackerel catch being brought in . I like the old world feel to this Pub . Can't be doing with modern ones . I love Beer Smile xx
Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
25 Nov 2008 5:19PM
Hi Col Hi Maeve - yes, does this whet the appetite for Doolin or what?

Nearly certainly it'll be the weekend of the time change, 27-30 March, as martin has something on the weekend after. I have to chat to Maeve to confirm the house is \ok |(and hopefully the neighbour's)

In the meantime, top shot, very evocative - a pint of Graininess please Smile
25 Nov 2008 7:44PM
Are we there yet... Maybe we should invite Keith and Mads...
tripodted 16 32 1 Northern Ireland
26 Nov 2008 3:03PM
A timeless image, Colin. I agree with DRicherby about the grain as I find it a little distracting in the large version but this is only my opinion and over all I still think it's a cracker.
I hope you are keeping better and back to your old self again.
Valerie1 14 68 Northern Ireland
27 Nov 2008 9:47PM
Good shot. I see the Guinness but the Bushmills doesn't seem to have travelled to Kerry.
joseph 16 England
4 Dec 2008 8:22PM
Perfection Colin....Perfection...Rgds Joe.
Ayelet_A 13 11 3 Israel
6 Dec 2008 4:32PM
Superb image - you can always find new details and the grayness really adds to the atmosphere. Brilliant work.

ugly Plus
14 9 58 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2008 8:37AM
A great image. I don't like grain add to a shot but this time I think you got it right. I like the half drunk pint of the black stuff on the bar that holds the shot at the centre..
This is a great bit of work.....

Have a happy X-MASS and a great NEW YEAR to you and your family....

Goggz 15 2.3k 72 Wales
16 Dec 2008 12:08AM
That's me on the left Smile

Great stuff Colin Smile
Cheers, Goggz

Roll on Doolin!
Techno Plus
13 6.5k 8 England
19 Dec 2008 6:05PM
Love this capture, everything about it....Brought out the soapboxes on this one! well done..

GeorgeRusky 16 1 4
19 Dec 2008 7:13PM
Dear Colin
I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Best regards
George Rusky
20 Dec 2008 11:17AM
Eye-catching and intriguing. Well done.
porty2003 18 97 Scotland
7 Jan 2009 11:42AM
Great mono,and that looks like my kind of pub!!

iancatch 15 4 45 England
19 Feb 2009 8:58PM
Personally I love all the detail HDR enables you to bring to a shot. Its an intriguing shot you could look at for a week and not see everything. Is it your pint on the bar Colin?

pdas 13
5 Aug 2009 1:52AM
Grains in the pic really highlights the old fashioned pub. Real old days feeling. I love it. pdas

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