Staff of Office

By woolybill1
In the Masonic Hall at Beamish Museum.
I suppose the stained-glass window in the background might look better in colour - but the eagle just demanded monochrome.

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
12 Feb 2013 8:31AM
Certainly works well in mono Bill,, good use of DOF to isolate this
regards Richard

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 8:33AM
Great use of dof here.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
12 Feb 2013 8:43AM
I don't think you'd notice the eagle if the bg was colour, has to be mono, Bill. So well seen.

You did right to put in mono, colour would not have worked IMHO. Spot on Bill very clever DOF just enough to make the eagle stand out .

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
12 Feb 2013 9:54AM
Wonderful composition Bill, with that pin sharp staff offset against the out of focus figure; they are separate yet related.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
12 Feb 2013 9:54AM
I agree with Dave's and John's comments, Bill: excellent use of full aperture to throw the back, appropriate as it is, OOF.
12 Feb 2013 10:52AM
The bird is beautifully isolated by the choice of focal length and aperture. Monochrome adds it's own look but I wonder if the colour would work equally as well? I suppose it will depend on the glass colours around the bird.

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 11:29AM
I may - may - put up the colour some day, but I find it a bit cloying.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
12 Feb 2013 11:49AM
Well thought out Bill land so well executed.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 11:55AM
I like it as it is in mono Bill - superb!

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
12 Feb 2013 1:01PM
You have depicted the metal of the staff so very well.
A mysterious image with the angel keeping her eye on the eagle!
RobinF 11 83 1 England
12 Feb 2013 1:16PM
Eagle stands out superbly Bill. Good Bokeh, Bad Bokeh - I dunno! (Never understood this) Looks allright to me though!
Great shot.
kind regards,
RobinF 11 83 1 England
12 Feb 2013 1:17PM
P.S. Mono is definitely the way to go with this, good choice.
milky 14 Wales
12 Feb 2013 4:17PM
Beautiful image in Mono----------MilkyWink
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
12 Feb 2013 4:26PM
Good use of depth of field to make the subject stand out from it's background. Just had to be mono, it wouldn't work in colour would it? Smile
Trev Smile
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 4:28PM
You done this shot proud well done.
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
12 Feb 2013 5:50PM
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Bill. I for one do not need to see the colour version.

12 Feb 2013 6:25PM
That's a very interesting Eagle Bill, a fine piece of Work by someone with a very artistic flare. Well spotted and taken.

John Smile
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
12 Feb 2013 6:38PM
I think it works superbly in mono, not only the eagle but the blurred stained-glass as well, Bill. I love it as it is, as it shows shooting a stained-glass sharp and in colour might not always be necessary.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
12 Feb 2013 8:02PM
Before reading your commentary, I was thinking the same thing -- would like to see the colors of the stained glass. Maybe some selective color version -- leaving the eagle in monotone?
12 Feb 2013 11:00PM
An excellent composition
13 Feb 2013 11:25AM
Fotografía bien pensada..Excenete.

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