March 2, 2015 at 10:49 am #9131
Bookshop in Buxton. I liked the puppet, such character, but I was attracted to this angle by the fact that the hands in the painting behind look as if they might be the puppeteers.March 2, 2015 at 11:47 am #9134
That’s a really well-seen picture, John, with a strikingly odd composition that really works: the puppet’s left leg pretty much cuts the picture in half; but it echoes the leg below, and carries the eye up to the picture above (which is even labelled ‘The Master’!), to give the effect you describe.
Probably far too subtle to get a high score in competition! 😉 But an eerily evocative picture full of atmosphere – you can almost smell the dusty leather-bound books.March 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm #9136
Put the “painter’s armature” on it!March 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm #9141
John is really leading the way at setting an example to find new subjects-another great find—-a good trip that was to Buxton.March 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm #9142
John >>> Well, I never! It’s not far off being a √3 rectangle; and the puppet’s ear and eye are on one of its reciprocals, with one hand in the painting on another. Neat! (And deeply mathematical! 😉 )March 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm #9145
Never mind the maths, it’s just a very good picture.March 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm #9158
Regarding the Puppeteer here is one I have revisited many time over the last 5 years it was taken in an art gallery in Puerto Santiago. I have been drawn to the composition, but the quality lets it down badly. Would it be worth an entry in the Portrait PDI Comp? The title is the Piano Player and the Photogropher
Click on image for black backgroundMarch 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm #9161
Or is this one better
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March 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm #9163
- This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by wbaxter.
Well spotted Wallace. that’s a great idea. I think it makes for a good and unusual portrait. It must have been fairly dark meaning that you had to use a wide aperture so lost some depth of field. Does that really matter though? I would have prefered the panist to have been looking down at the keys. I think it would have worked better that way, but others may prefer it as it is. I also prefer the first version.March 4, 2015 at 9:06 am #9164
I prefer the first one, Wallace. It has some really interesting plays among the three main elements in the scene: the pianist appears to be having his picture taken by a somewhat abstract photographer in a painting from Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’ on the wall behind; and we see what looks like a painted image of the pianist, which is his reflection in the front of the piano – is this the photo that the painting has taken???
All gently and beautifully surreal!
And the complementary colour palette of blues and oranges gives the picture great vitality.
(Of course, this may be far too subtle a picture to score high in a competition! And you’ve given a judge an excuse to ignore the quality of the picture and get hung up with mere technical shortcomings, such as the rather extreme haloes around the edges of the man’s shirt. Fortunately, it’s a much better picture than that, so thank you for posting it here!)March 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm #9165
Ah yes, I remember that one Wallace.
The lighter crop is better, for the reason Ian gives but also, of course, the less you crop the better the quality. Also a conversion to mono will assist the white balance problems. I think you may have selectively sharpened the reflection just a tad too much.March 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm #9166
Thank you for the comments, I think they are best left in my files, maybe some day I will re visit them.
It was a rather sureal situation, I chatted to the chap, he was playing songs from a musical. He told me in very good english that he had recently retired from the Berlin Philormonic where he was an Obo player, and was like me, wintering in Tenerife. He told me he was playing there because he missed making music, he was not being paid just asked if he could play the piano.
When I looked the images on my computer I went back several times to see if I could re take the images using different settings, unfortunatly he was never there at the same time as me.
That’s life, you miss a photo opportunity it never re appears.
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