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AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta January 28, 2014
Great mono image - sod the whiskey barrel, I would have definitely focused on these beautiful legs! Congratulations.
billndotnet PRO+
billndotnet January 28, 2014
Priorities, priorities =)
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD January 29, 2014
Congratulations on the photo feature. Well done.
lindywalker
 
lindywalker January 29, 2014
cool shot! Congrats on your feature! :)
AnthonyAlpha PRO
 
AnthonyAlpha January 29, 2014
Lovely. Well done.
Jacc
 
Jacc January 29, 2014
great shot, congrats
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan January 29, 2014
Beautiful cross legs and Irish Whiskey very tempting idea......amazing abstract, cant't resist.....Lol! Brilliant B&W capture.
philipbebbington
 
philipbebbington January 29, 2014
Very cool image,love the mono tones. Congrats
catini
 
catini January 29, 2014
Great shot and b&w, congrats on your feature! Too bad it's not a scotch whisky... :)
BlueLeafPhotography
 
BlueLeafPhotography January 29, 2014
Congrats, Bill. Well done! :)
iceman2
 
iceman2 January 29, 2014
Beautiful B&W shot.Congrats!
BowmanLifeStudios
 
BowmanLifeStudios January 29, 2014
Very nice Black and White, Great detail in the lettering on the barrel. Very nice DOF and Focus, this is a very nice commercial photo shot, Well Done!
dtrsommer
 
dtrsommer January 29, 2014
Excellent shot ! Congrats
billndotnet PRO+
 
billndotnet January 29, 2014
Thanks for all the compliments, everyone! It's great to have your work appreciated =)
Dmullanephotography
 
Dmullanephotography January 29, 2014
Nice shot
bernieyoung
 
bernieyoung January 29, 2014
great b/w shot, congrats
FrankSomma PRO
 
FrankSomma January 29, 2014
Wow they go well together Bill!
LoanaLMP
 
LoanaLMP January 29, 2014
Great shoot! Congratulations! :)
Davereyer
 
Davereyer January 29, 2014
great shot
MadoriKindImages
 
MadoriKindImages January 29, 2014
Love it!
ShutterBug76 PRO+
 
ShutterBug76 January 30, 2014
excellent capture
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter January 31, 2014
Great shot. Congrats. - Jake
LoriLynn13
 
LoriLynn13 February 04, 2014
Great shot - great whiskey! Congrats!
ZsoltPuskas
 
ZsoltPuskas February 06, 2014
Great composition!
Byleahy
 
Byleahy February 06, 2014
Just like home...cool shot..
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade February 06, 2014
congrats, fantastic, please check out my works
JimAtkins
 
JimAtkins February 06, 2014
Great photo of my favorite drink !
ArtQ
 
ArtQ February 07, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
believeit2receiveit
 
believeit2receiveit February 07, 2014
Congrats on being a finalist! Great shot!
marcocalandra89
 
marcocalandra89 February 08, 2014
great
D-Laura
 
D-Laura February 10, 2014
Great job, well done.
mloiz
 
mloiz February 17, 2014
Nice work!!
LCdutch
 
LCdutch March 15, 2014
Good shot and even better whiskey. Good shooting. Larry
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb December 30, 2014
love your style,stunning shot
essjpee
 
essjpee January 12, 2015
Love them both, the picture and the Whiskey.
VanessaLeeImagery
 
VanessaLeeImagery May 06, 2015
Wicked shot

Behind The Lens

Location
This was shot in front of a small Irish pub, now closed, named Robbie Fox's, in downtown Tempe, Arizona.
Time
This was shot in the late afternoon.
Lighting
Not really.
Equipment
This photo was taken with a Canon 5DmkII, mounting a 70-200mm 2.8L lens.
Inspiration
The subject was the hostess, leaning against the Jameson barrel that she used to hold her seating chart and other materials. I was on the tail end of a street photography session downtown, and caught the composition when I glanced down at the barrel. She saw me raise my camera, and I shook my head, laughed, and said 'don't move!'. She was a little confused when I pointed it at her feet, and I'm pretty sure she thought I was some kind of weirdo until I showed her the photo, but her reaction let me know I had the right idea when I shot it.
Editing
Post processing is a conversion to black and white, contrast adjustment, and selective clarity edits to emphasize the text of the barrel over the legs and shoes. My choices there were to clearly emphasize the text, and make the hostess's legs less of a distraction and more of an additional detail, once the viewer's eyes began to wander.
In my camera bag
For street photography, I'll shoot 70-200mm on full frame, or 24mm prime on a crop body.
Feedback
I love shooting the 70-200mm wide open. An element of composition that I stress when teaching is paying attention to what your eye catches on when looking at a photo. It's easy to single out an element with a lens like this one, but selecting a background for that element is where it becomes a story. The style of painted text on the wooden barrel, the bricks, the almost unidentifiable period of the shoes present questions to the viewer of period and location. Even though I shot it in suburban Arizona, this photo could very well have been taken in Ireland. A long lens and a wide aperture let you filter out the surroundings, remove elements that may conflict with the story your photo will tell.

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