This is a shot taken at the Trim haymaking festival in June 2013. Pictured are two of the characters, sharing a joke. On the left, a craftsman making wooden objects such as knife handles, tools and such. On the right is one of the warriors. He was walking around the area with a sword in hand, but had put it down to share a laugh with the craftsman just before I took this shot.
The festival is an annual event in the town which has been going since the 1960's. The idea of it is to look back at the traditions of Ireland, and what makes the Irish people who they are today. As Ireland has such a strong connection to agriculture with many people either working in, or being only one or two generations removed from the land, farming plays a big part in the event.
Events over the weekend involve haymaking in traditional manners, manually and with horse drawn equipment as well as displays of old farm machinery, goat shows, donkey races, barn dancing, singing and poetry. There is a traditional gypsy village where you can see people in old day dress engage in tin making, blacksmithing, candle making, forging of weapons and much more. This village is where this particular shot was taken.
Thanks for looking!
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mesutilgim (88484) 2013-12-03 13:46
Very nice capture and TE entry enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
jcpix (13810) 2013-12-03 14:25
Oh, they're characters alright...and you caught 'em at just the right moment of amusement that is incredibly well portrayed with this shot! My first thought about the guy up front here was a cross between a Hells Angel biker and a Hare Krishna...what a combo effect of a ruff & tumble beard and soothing orange robe. :)
I wish I could pull of that look though of a long beard and shaved head, but I'm afraid I'd only come off as a misshapen, hairy cantaloupe!? They must have had a good joke, their smiles tell it all...what a terrific moment captured! Hope they shared their joke with you. I can hear it now, just a couple of guys hanging out.....So, a man walks into a bar and only see's other men there. He asks the bartender "Don't you serve women? The barman replies "No, you have to bring them yourself!" :)
O.K., bad joke aside, I've really enjoyed your pictures from this festival...they've provided an insiders look into some of the countries culture and personality with care for the participants and quality work behind the lens. Always hope to see more!
Cheers from the Old West,
tyro (21758) 2013-12-03 14:33
You obviously had a fabulous time that day back in June at the haymaking festival as you have very many wonderful pictures from just that single day. You are extremely good at taking shots of this genre and, looking at each of the pictures you have posted, I am certain that the reason your photographs are so successful is that you appear to engage with your subjects and build up a good rapport with them before finally pressing that shutter button.
This picture is no exception. It is an excellent photograph in which you have caught these two re-enactors perfectly and in relaxed mood. They are obviously more than happy to have their photograph taken and there is good eye contact with the "warrior" as the craftsman happily toils at his trade.
A lovely picture with good light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
jhm (143445) 2013-12-04 5:09
Two friendly people, the man with beard is a very nice model for a photographer.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
I find your picture very pleasant
Very well presentation, nice done, TFS.
Fis2 (89347) 2013-12-04 6:46
Nice scene, curious faces.
I like colors and light.
Beard is impressive.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-04 6:46
I didn't know of this great event. It is wonderful to look back at one's traditions this way.
And what a lively shot it is. I was about to appreciate him for the beautiful shape of his head. Creating the feeling that the viewer is 'in' the scene, is brilliant.
Great colors and very compact.
Over all a marvelous presentation.
With best regards
photoray (13410) 2013-12-04 15:01
In addition to costume it helps to have play-acting skill and these two characters from your image certainly appear to have it.
In the 'colonies', we call these festivals "Renaissance Faires" and they are a good opportunity for adults to wear a costume and fantasize, or at least pretend to be something different from modern day life.
omid266 (6700) 2013-12-04 20:07
Salam dear Noel ,
Very nice picture , Thanks for sharing us ,
Also Thanks for your helpful and useful notes.
With Happines for all people .
Royaldevon (33007) 2013-12-05 2:22
Oh, I like this!
Isn't it pleasing when your models chose to wear such vividly coloured clothes! You have a great composition, here. The focal figure perfectly placed and sharp whilst the subsidiary is seated and ever so slightly blurred. It really draws the viewer in and they are more than rewarded to share this generous, warm moment.
Have a great day,
mirosu (15156) 2013-12-05 3:16
Excellent photo with nice details. I like the smiling faces, I think that they are enjoying the festival and their participation very much. I attended similar festival at Lenzburg Castle in summer 2011. I've captured many interesting photos there (may be that these two men were also there, they look very familiar to me), I will post some of my photos from this festival later.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-05 8:25
i tuoi ritratti non sono mai drammatici ma hanno sempre qualcosa di allegro e divertente, come in questo nel quale i due personaggi sembrano assai divertiti anche per il fatto che tu li stia riprendendo.
La ripresa č eccellente con finezza di dettagli e colori molto precisi, cosė come sempre precise e dettagliate sono le tue note.
Ciao e buona serata
ourania (35852) 2013-12-05 9:06
I like this meaningful and pleasant scene. You captured its naturalness and spontaneity with efficiency. The characters and the attitudes of the two protagonists are very interesting, they are both aware of your lens and are happy to share their good mood and joke with you. This fine interaction has enhanced the vividness of the picture, the warrior's direct glance is engaging but the craftsman is all involved in the sharing too. I also like the comprehensible background and the vivid natural colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Kugart (1778) 2013-12-06 1:50
From the thumbnail I would have had no idea that this was a scene from Ireland. Reminds me more of Mongolia by the way the men are dressed. The bright orange colour of the warrior really stands out and his face has a lot of character along with quite a beard. They both seem to be having a good time anyway. Really nice colourful and sharp portrait Noel, well captured.
All the best
fabbs99 (16815) 2013-12-06 10:44
Great group portraits of the young gentlemen.Lovely colors and sharpness in this great composition.The colors are deep and the details are excellently expressed.Very well done.TFS.
serp2000 (41882) 2013-12-07 2:22
he-he-he, funny capture of the festival scene, Noel.
Good double portrait, well done. And I'd like to see the goat shows and donkey races. I think it was amazing show.
Best wishes from Russia!
Miguel82 (26528) 2013-12-08 7:21
This is a brillant portrait Noel, good record taken during a festival, smiling characters and good action shot, excellent hues and high definition, good sunday
abmdsudi (46194) 2013-12-10 23:47
The digital age has been transported back a few centuries for this one, Noel, a wonderful character study of these pleasant participants. An excellent close-up double portraits, and his catchy colourful costume with excellent eye contact. Well timed and framed shot, Congrats
clic (15910) 2013-12-16 6:57
I see a 'picture with much soul' given the sympathic faces, the unusual historical costumes and the perfect visual balance; a character standing and the other seated for a diagonal interest.