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In Parnell Square, Dublin, is a Garden of Remembrance dedicated to all those who died for the cause of Irish independence. The garden stands on the spot where several participants in the 1916 Easter Rising were held before being moved to Kilmainham Jail. Along the centre of the Garden is a large cruciform pool with a mosaic depicting broken swords, spears and shields, signifying peace.

I tried a long shot and a wide shot but couldn't make photographic sense of the pool or the underwater images. A couple of closeups failed because the surface dust on the water really looked unappetising. Happily I managed to get this woozy photo of an anonymous section of the mosaic, assisted by a toddler who pulled a flower head off from the surrounding garden and threw it in the pool, causing some handy ripples for me and a really big piece of his father's mind for him .... ...

70mm, 1/250th sec. @ f13, ISO 200.

Camera:Nikon D70S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-70mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:22 May 2008 - 7:48 AM
Tags:Dublin, Mosaic, Parnell square, Peace garden, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract, Under water


22 May 2008 - 7:57 AM

brilliant nice colours great write up

22 May 2008 - 7:58 AM

thought at first this was manipulated. terrific piece of observation bill. i am always looking for unusual abstract forms as they have so much appeal especially if they occur naturally if you get my drift. this is a smashing example of how something ordinary is turned into something special. nice work.


22 May 2008 - 8:05 AM

Quite hypnotising, especially large.
Love the bathos in your narrative too.
Smile Lucy

nickyv32 Plus Member 8135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
22 May 2008 - 8:23 AM

Lovely shot, great large, from the thumbnail it struck me as an abstract of the sea, super colours, love it.


Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1168 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 8:32 AM

Lucky for you the kid did whar he did, sometimes it's the chance happening that makes the shot.

All the veru nest

Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England218 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 8:47 AM

Glad the child intervened to give you are great abstract.
Regards Richard,

danbrann Plus Member 11544 forum postsdanbrann vcard 16 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 9:11 AM

You have that hapy knack of making something ordinary look great and you have doneit again.

MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 - 9:22 AM

Super abstract shot

imander  8388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:16 AM

i opened this and thought i needed my eyes testing...lol, wonderful abstract, i could see this framed and hung in so many venues, but i would use it as a backing for my fish tank

riprap007  111568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:45 AM

ahhh, my kind of abstraction Smile

22 May 2008 - 12:10 PM

Fascinating abstract

Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 12:31 PM

This is truly magnificent! Very well done...shortlisted for sure.

pamelajean Critique Team 9930 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1756 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 2:06 PM

My first thought was that it could be a reflection in the water. I love its colourful, shapely abstract quality.

proz  11205 forum posts United States
22 May 2008 - 2:08 PM

this is brilliant, I see faces in here.

22 May 2008 - 3:31 PM

Firstly can I just say how much I enjoyed reading your little tale as to how you got this wonderful image, especially the part about the small child & the flower head.
Secondly, this is a very beautiful piece of mosaic.
Such lovely subtle colours blending together...
I like this a lot.

Last Modified By DolphinLady at 22 May 2008 - 3:32 PM
mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 4:00 PM

Thought it was an image from Google Earth Bill !!! Think the kid did you a favour here.The rippling effect enhances the image.Although at the time ,I would have thrown him in !!!
Good image.

RobboB Plus Member 8102 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
22 May 2008 - 4:15 PM

Wonderful abstract. Looks like one of those satellite images like on Google

Last Modified By RobboB at 22 May 2008 - 4:17 PM
22 May 2008 - 5:10 PM

This is gorgeous. Fabulous capture - a great looking image!
Marilyn x

Cormy  7 England
22 May 2008 - 5:11 PM

Superb image Bill.

taggart Plus Member 1146 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 5:16 PM

it is a fantastic abstract!

would be difficult to photograph!


samsalt1  834 forum posts4 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 5:21 PM

Intriguing abstract Bill, for some reason my mind tells me to turn it 90 degrees ccw which is odd since with a pattern like this it ciuld go anyway up.
The colors are harmonious and playing with the hue gives some great variations.
Nice one !


pascalg Plus Member 837 forum postspascalg vcard France
22 May 2008 - 5:35 PM

smashing colours...
love the write up !

IainH  1082 forum posts
22 May 2008 - 7:28 PM

I thought it was a map from the thumbnail, the ripples definately add something extra to the image

22 May 2008 - 7:44 PM

my kind of piece..................excellent Bill

bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 8:34 PM

a great abstract...especialy the large version

helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 8:49 PM

I really like this Bill.
Its a great abstract with a lovely effect made by the water the water

Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:47 PM

Beautifully colourful abstract with wonderful patterns. Thank you for the kind words,
Very best wishes,

Cabit  8104 forum posts England
22 May 2008 - 10:48 PM

A cracker Bill.

Artois  9405 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:53 PM

Nice abstract image. Irish history is fascinating.

tigertimb  740 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2008 - 10:41 AM

Wonderful Bill, I love the patterns and colours here and the water distortion really tops it off.
For some reason this reminds me of a chinese dragon dance as seen by a short sighted guy on stilts Smile

lostintime Plus Member 7lostintime vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2008 - 5:02 PM

Smashing shot, wonderful abstract.

Diana  82011 forum posts Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 11:22 AM

this has all sorts of music going through my head if I had not crashed my other laptop I could have done the link thing..


anyway this should be listened to whilst looking at this image

Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 12:38 PM

This image stood out from my short listed photos this week. It is so well composed and lyrical....very deserving of the coveted pink diamondSmile

Glostopcat Plus Member 9254 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 10:41 PM

Excellent colours and patterns in this abstract image, I hope you gave the young fellow a werthers original for his contribution towards this one!

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