Bear Pit – Bristol

Please look at the picture full size against a grey background.

This picture was taken in less than ideal conditions yesterday evening – dark and nearly raining.

Just two friendly guys having a daily game of table tennis after work in the Bear Pit in the Centre of Bristol. I just liked the atmosphere with the far players bike left in the shot with the diagonal composition.

Much street photography on the web has little or nothing to say photographically in my opinion. It is a difficult genre to work in and requires patience and anticipation to convey a message to the viewer apart from people walk around a lot.

This shot is one of a series of around fifty I took after a bit of fore-thought and anticipation. I saw the empty table tennis table and thought that there were possibilities for a picture. The next stage was to wait and see what may happen next – luckily a guy turned up on his bike with a bat and ball. Wait again for the second player to finish work and arrive. By then I had an idea about the view-point I wanted and what to include and exclude from the frame.

On a technical note – I have provide comparisons of 3200 ISO noise and Film grain.

The top picture is as shot at 3200 ISO 1/15 Sec f4. Here I have left the very heavy noise unhindered.

In the second version below the noise has been severely reduced in Lr before adding back 3200 ISO film grain in Silver Efex Pro 2.

I am not sure you will be able to see the difference in the noise and grain at the size you will be looking at the pictures. But at least I tried to show there are huge differences.

A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012

8 responses to Bear Pit – Bristol

  1. David Clunas says:

    Well, clicking into the larger images shows the difference. The grain suits the slow shutter and depth of shadows,and you’re right, the bike makes the images, glad you waited around


  2. Paula says:

    Andy, yet again this photo touches my heart: the moving man the bike the table and even the bears all say that this is a place where people hang out. An important place for them too.
    Love it.


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