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Cooling Off by George Petrovsky

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A hot Summer evening. Much cooler to have a barbecue dinner outside. Lots of mosquito coils burning to keep the pests away. Out with the snags (aka sausages) and the fresh garden salad. Out with some nice bottles of white wine, straight from the fridge. Condensation running down the sides. Back lit by a candle on the table. Which one will be chosen? Care to join in? Red available too. I know…

Sony W630, Auto Intelligent setting, no flash, ISO 2500. Cropped and processed in PaintShop Pro X5.


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An old photographer and his dog trying to find what turns a photograph into a worthwhile picture. Perhaps try to take a worthwhile photograph in the first place? The digital darkroom is a creative, fascinating place. If only I could learn to use it and the cameras I have to best effect… I love “mucking around”, as you can see!

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  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    They look so inviting, but I’ll have a red thanks George.
    This is a beautiful shot and I love the wary look of the chap in the background. :)

  • The look is a cross between: “Which one will I have?” and “There’s that silly old bugger with his camera again!” I had set up the bottles to be back lit – but ended up having a red which I had bought. Goes well with snags and salad! Thanks for the fave too, Maree! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 1 year ago

    Even for a non-drinker ~ a very inviting image ….
    I love the beautiful light and the warmth here George ~ but what intrigues me the most is the watchful expression in the eyes of the young man.
    A very warm and (no doubt) “heart warming” capture!!!

  • G’day, Sharon – glad you like this semi-candid shot. Yes, he was watching me set up the bottles for this shot and wondering what I was up to. The little Sony came out of my top pocket – and, voila! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • GailD
    GailDover 1 year ago

    Pour me one if you will please George.
    Great shot. Love the light & the look on the fellows face.

  • G’day Gail – glad you like this! White is sort of OK some times, but I’ll be happy to share a nice bottle of red with you any time! There are always suspicious looks when I reach for my camera… :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • MarieG
    MarieGover 1 year ago

    I swear…my mouth is watering!!!!! very inviting image and description George!! I’m on my way!! ;-)

  • OK, Marie – next time we have an event like this, I’ll save you a seat, a few snags, some salad and set aside a nice bottle of wine! Thanks very much for the fave too! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 1 year ago

    Nice image mate..cheers.

  • Thanks for the fave, Warren – not the same as home brew and snags, but they did the job! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • geof
    geofover 1 year ago

    both are good drops – you paint an almost irrestible word picture in the description George.

  • Thanks for the fave, geof – much appreciated! Words were inspired by happy memories of the event… :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 1 year ago

    MY Goodness george, You and me really have something in common!!! I reckon we’d be ideal companions at ouir local watering hole hee hee
    A great subject for a shot young Man,
    (ME I was ther when they signed the Doomdsday Book)

  • Are you sure you wouldn’t lead me astray, Malcolm? OK – I’ll take a chance – I’m sure we could manage to have a good time! Glad you like this shot. Is that your signature on the Magna Carta too? :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Nice one George ,cheers are in order my friend.

  • G’day, Julie! Thanks for the fave – this was a practice run for a Big Six-Oh party this weekend! The bloke in the picture’s Mum – I had mine many years ago! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • karina5
    karina5over 1 year ago

    Hmmmm. The Riesling is not bad. The mate, however, is very sceptical about a good glass of wine. He certainly prefers a pint of guiness. :)

  • Beer, red wine, white wine, beer, more beer, more red wine, whiskey mixers, beer, more red wine are the favourites. He may have a guiness now and then…. I prefer reds but have been known to have a nice cold beer on a hot Summer day. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Thanks for the fave too – notification arrived later! :) G

    – George Petrovsky

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 1 year ago

    very special warm light, disregarding the contents… great moment captured, George!

  • Thanks, Nikolay – I had arranged the bottles in front of a pyramid candle for the mood lighting – hence the slightly bemused look! Glad you like the result. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

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