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  • #9131
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    ajroyle
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    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.

    #9134
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    Ian McNab
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    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.

     

    #9136
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    ajroyle
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    Put the “painter’s armature” on it!

    #9141
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    Anonymous

    John is really leading the way at setting an example to find new subjects-another great find—-a good trip that was to Buxton.

    #9142
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    Ian McNab
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    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! 😉 )

     

    #9145
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    Peter Robinson
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    Never mind the maths, it’s just a very good picture.

    #9158
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    wbaxter
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    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

    The Pianist and the Photographer Small image

    Click on image for black background

     

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    #9161
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    wbaxter
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    Or is this one better

     

    The Pianist and the Photographer 2 PDI

    click for black background

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    #9163
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    Peter Robinson
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    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.

    #9164
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    Ian McNab
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    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!)

    #9165
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    ajroyle
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    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.

    #9166
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    wbaxter
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    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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