Jon Allanson  

Painted Pebbles by Jon Allanson

July 2021 - Painted Pebbles

About the Image(s)

On my recent trip to the north of the UK I visited Lindisfarne (Holy Island) accessed by a tidal causeway just off the coast of Northumbria. The island was a centre early Christianity in the 7th and 8th centuries until it was raided by the Vikings. Setting out to photograph Lindisfarne Castle across the bay I came across a wooden seat which was adorned with homemade decorations and on the seat were a number of painted pebbles, I concentrated on just 4 of them. Taken on my XPro2 with 35mm lens at 1/120sec, f8, ISO 200. Basic adjustments and straightening were done in LR and then the final cropping in PS.

5 comments posted

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
This is a very fun catch and a great memory maker for you as these are unique to the place and time. They are very sharp, and well-focused. I like the texture of the wood bench as a contrast to the stones. Very fun designs too, I really like the bright colors, and the snail.   Posted: 07/07/2021 12:40:13

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Fun shot. While I know you straighten it, I still think it could have straighten a bit more. The top bench line seems to draw my eye.
I love the color contrast and the shapes you selected. Might edit out the white blob on the slat next to the snail. Also a white triangle on the right edge.
I'm having some dissonance with the orientation of the upper left pebble. I want to change it but then again, it might add to the photo as is. Wonder if this was intention based on shape vs image.   Posted: 07/15/2021 10:16:58

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
An interesting story. The pebbles are well done, with their colors coming through nicely. I find the background a bit strong and the three rectangulars at the top too prominent.   Posted: 07/16/2021 17:15:13

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
The pebbles and the bench slats are nicely in focus with the underneath blurred out. It may have been better if the lighter gaps in the bench at the top were not there. Maybe you could have just moved the pebbles down a bit, and then covered up the bird poo.   Posted: 07/17/2021 03:28:21

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Interesting pebbles.. something you were not expecting. I think the image overall could use a little more pop, perhaps Color Efex 4 if you have it. The bright spots do not bother me a whole lot with the light pebble so prominent in the scene. You just darken those areas a little and clone out the bird poo.   Posted: 07/19/2021 10:31:41


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