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Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

Hi,

I've been watching the Genuis of Photography and its got me all excited, I really want to get out and take some photographs but my E3 is away getting repaired.

So I thought I'd process some photographs I've had in Lightroom for ages. This is my first real attempt at a kinda grainy B&W look, the genuis of photography got me inspired to try B&W.

I'd be interest to hear your thoughts.. On with the pics.

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Thanks for taking a look at my post. Is the processing fitting or should I be trying something else? Is the composition any good? I'm trying to gain as much as possible.

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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

I like the texture of the grain spread out in the drying room (I presume) and the rake gives good foreground interest. Crucially, you kept the camera just high enough to keep some seperation between the rake handle and the sign on the wall in the background.

No 2 is my favourite with great impact from getting close and wide to the first barrel and the other barrells creating a strong leading line. Love the mood created by the grain in this one.

No 3 shows great detail and is well composed but I don'tlike it as much as the first two. However, it works great as part of a set and telling a bit more of the story.

No 4 is my least favourite, being messy and cluttered to my eye. There just seems to be too many barrels on different planes with no obvious point of focus.

3 out of 4 ain't bad! Hope you get your camera back soon.
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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

Number 2 for me also.

Well composed, well lit and the graininess suits the subject.

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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

Numbers 2 & 3. We visited this small, new distillery just after the fire in its early years. Had a sample of the raw spirit straight from the safe!
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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

Hey, the date on Barrel No1 is Dec 14 2005.
I think that means its old enough to drink tomorrow. (Tues)

I like Nos 1 & 2 the best.

Had a couple of very nice New Years just along the road at Kilchoman cottages.
Altogether a great place for a holiday.
9 distilleries (incl Jura), one brewery, great pubs, superb beaches and loads of wildlife.

But what would be the iconic outdoor photo of Islay?
Most usually include the Paps but they are on Jura.

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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

No.2 is a clear winner, really nice photo!

oh, and to really get in on the grainy B&W you need an E520
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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

Hi,

Thanks for all the positive comments

John, I don't know what I was thinking with the 4th one. I totally understand what you mean..

There is a larger image that has those barrels in but I don't think it works either?



perhaps this one is better? I think its too centralised though?



I love Islay, just incase no one has guessed. Hopefully I'll be back on the island early next year

Duncan, thats a really good Question. I'm not that found of the Paps and as you say its not Islay its Jura. I'm gonna have a think and get back to you

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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

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Hi,

Thanks for all the positive comments

John, I don't know what I was thinking with the 4th one. I totally understand what you mean..

There is a larger image that has those barrels in but I don't think it works either?



perhaps this one is better? I think its too centralised though?



I love Islay, just incase no one has guessed. Hopefully I'll be back on the island early next year

Duncan, thats a really good Question. I'm not that found of the Paps and as you say its not Islay its Jura. I'm gonna have a think and get back to you

Thanks again
Garrie
Hi Garrie,

I enjoyed looking at these, I love the grainy B&W effect and this is a subject that really suits that treatment. I agree with the concensus re no 2 being the best of the first set.

I dont think the fact that no 2 of the second set is centralised is a problem in fact I would probably make a feature of it and crop most of the bottom row of barrels off leaving a letterbox effect, I think it would almost become an abstract.

Do you have anymore?

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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

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Hey, the date on Barrel No1 is Dec 14 2005.
I think that means its old enough to drink tomorrow. (Tues)

I like Nos 1 & 2 the best.

Had a couple of very nice New Years just along the road at Kilchoman cottages.
Altogether a great place for a holiday.
9 distilleries (incl Jura), one brewery, great pubs, superb beaches and loads of wildlife.

But what would be the iconic outdoor photo of Islay?
Most usually include the Paps but they are on Jura.

Duncan
Nice images of a very good distillery which we visited in June along with a good few others

Iconic images of Islay?

windy, big skies and distilleries?

Here is a not too brilliant example just shared for fun (this is first image I have posted so not very sure of the technology)

Peter

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Re: Kilchoman Whisky Distillery

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Hi,

Thanks for all the positive comments

John, I don't know what I was thinking with the 4th one. I totally understand what you mean..

There is a larger image that has those barrels in but I don't think it works either?



perhaps this one is better? I think its too centralised though?



I love Islay, just incase no one has guessed. Hopefully I'll be back on the island early next year

Duncan, thats a really good Question. I'm not that found of the Paps and as you say its not Islay its Jura. I'm gonna have a think and get back to you

Thanks again
Garrie
Ah, now we're talking! These two pictures are both much better than the original No 4. Suddenly the barrels are working with each other giving depth, direction and purpose to the image. Both of these are really good, with the first just edging it in my opinion.
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