"Well, show me the way
To the next whisky bar
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why
Show me the way
To the next whisky bar
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why"
well, this song by Doors has been one of my favourites for years, not a big fan of whisky myself but can appreciate it's qualities once in a while, and today was a good day for it.
Went out with Mike (Mking) again, to be honest I was afraid that Mike is gonna leave Canada without knowing what real winter is, well today, in the spirit of TE, he has learnt. We tried shooting outside (I have nothing to show for it as usual) in
-15 and a mild and pleasent breeze coming from the lake, problem was that with gloves on I couldn't take any pictures, and with gloves off I couldn't take any pictues either because it was so fu...g cold my fingers went numb. Mike has also learnt that it's great to drink whisky on a day like this.
With the lyrics one my think that the individual who consumed the whisky from these glasses may have been in some kind of distress, quite the contrary, it was great. The woman sitting across, very beautifull and no older than 21, has offered us these two drinks (honest to God, Mike will tell you that I am not laying), which in turn has convinced me that despite minor imperfections in my appearance I am still very attractive, boy I feel great.
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etiennejr (1022) 2007-02-05 0:02
You used the performance of the lens very well here. Nicely played with the DoF and also the PoV is well chosen. The only thing I would change, if you shot in RAW, is to take out some of the yellow tones. I am in the F&B business, and love this kind of shots. Very well done!
manub (920) 2007-02-05 0:36
very nice atmosphere, warm colors, and the focus on the glass of the middle makes a beautiful composition, with the woman in the background, of course.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2007-02-05 2:17
Ooo you lucky pair....!! ;-)
The shot is excellent, Peter, warm, soft, and I love your note for the day.
[Oh how I miss those days at -15oC!! It was ~75oF today in sunny SD]
jinju (14265) 2007-02-05 2:33
Hehe you firget the NEXT verses and what he wants to be shown the way too;) Would that get past the censors?
Whiskey? I despise it. But a s good Polish boy you know nothing beats vodka:)
I like how you combined a diagonal look with a 1/3 distribution here although I would be tempted to move the glasses a bit to get a bit more separation between them and also between the middle glass and the girl.
Galeota (10338) 2007-02-05 4:28
Ah, Bertolt Brecht under the moon of Toronto, a glass of whisky at the reach of your hand, a good friend to share the moment, the scent of a lady in the air. No wonder you ended up with your nose against the table, fortunately, I should say, since it allowed the dreamy point of view. I'll have one if you don't mind.
Furachan (0) 2007-02-05 5:45
Damn! I have a shot somewhat like it but more purplish and vertical shot in a Greenwitch Village bar...but I've got cold feet about my NYC picture so I'll hand on to it a while.
Yours is lovely and golden just like whisky and the woman puts everything in its place...;o)
Nice work, Mr Peter,
greg (2835) 2007-02-05 8:10
Happy story - if you captured any of that in the photo, it must be a good one...
rowanb (864) 2007-02-05 8:45
cool shot peter, love the atmosphere and colours, has a film like quality to it.
dolin (15703) 2007-02-05 11:37
J'aime ces ambiance de bars, ces teintes chaudes et là ca le fait vraiment bien avec ce plan sur ces verres, ce focus sur le deuxième et puis cette femme dans le fond, avec ce mouvement du bras !
designsoul (21492) 2007-02-05 12:41
H A H A H A !!!
Love this reinstatement of your ego, Peter, do not deny your pride!
And besides the note (you are complaining about balmy -15? How about Ottawa's minus 35 with windchill today, with frostbite warning??? :-), I ADORE this shot dearly, the warm hues, the sensuousness of the bokeh in the front glass as well as the blurry beautiful woman in the back as if her presence were casting that lovely light on the reflective surface of the table. Super work, hope you had much fun. Mike said he'd be interested in coming to Ottawa... should I warn him about the temperature, you think? (What temperature can a camera still function in? I am already showing signs of cold turkey, not being able to carry it around in this freeze. Do you know what would be the limit or how to handle the problem? I cannot feed it with whiskey...)
Keep warm Peter
Clairedelune (4923) 2007-02-05 20:26
You know that I like many of your photos. Some of them are well placed in my favorites. But this one makes me wonder... Why did you post it? I guess you had a good time there, with your friend Mike, and so on. I like the colors of the photo. But... well, that's about it. I don't get it. Whisky. Glass. And a blurred woman. Ok. And why? No meaning. No emotion. No story. At least, for me. Oh well, I'll wait for you next masterpiece! ;)
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-02-06 11:10
Hi Peter, beautiful work here with great use of DOF on the glass!
there are wonderful colours and tones here!
perfect the woman in background!
very good work!
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-02-06 12:38
You caught an atmosphere in this picture, and it is a nice one !
Perhaps I'd have try to desaturate it a little, I don't think red colors add to this atmosphere.
A nice one,
Luko (14000) 2007-02-07 8:50
Yeah... right, I do too wonder.. not about your womanizer capacities, Peter :) (although I read about your "little secret"...) but rather about this shot.
This is half between a packshot, but I would miss Bill Murray in that Suntory ad, and the elementary barshot EVERY photographer has to have in his portfolio, although it's more commonly in BW and yours lacks of serious sleeze and/or booze excess.
To be frank, I feel like you were reading your camera handbook at the bar and you were trying some sorts of settings to see how close the lens would focus. This is just too neat for me... show'em where's the boss in that bar! come on, I want to see your last shot before the Police picks you up.
I would qualify this shot as shy, Peter, unleash that black mean dog sleeping in you.
MKING (3054) 2007-02-09 2:03
I like this one, perhaps because I was there (I see I drank more of the whisky than you!) but when I first saw this I wish I had shot something like this too.
For the critiques that suggest it could be more than what it is, I think this is a faithful representation of a pleasant-- and innocent*** :P-- evening; there's no reason for it to be seedy or more shabby or anything, just a couple of guys sharing a few drinks with a short story thrown into the middle.
Have a look here: :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/mking/384410254/
Talia (242) 2007-02-26 14:51
Great capture and note as well.
As a fan of good warm whiskey, I can appreciate that distress does not have to play a role in enjoying whiskey. Especially on a cold day.
The Doors song is also one of my faves.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-11-04 8:39
I like your work here
beautifull colors. Very nice light; intelligent DOF
A very good work
marcdemoulin (1870) 2010-09-13 11:53
Perfect rendition of bar atmosphere. We would like to change the focus!
- Copyright: Peter Kozikowski (Homerhomer) (4080)
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- Date Taken: 2007-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 350d, Canon 20-35/2.8 L
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/2 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2007-02-04 23:56
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