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Joined November 2009

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Small 8.0" x 12.0"
Medium 12.0" x 18.0"
Large 16.0" x 24.0"
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Artist's Description

I was in the chemist’s to get a prescription filled and a young teen walked in with his mother. He had a handful of things. One of them stood out, about 4 black sombreros with silver braid.

As soon as I saw them, I wanted one. I knew exactly how I would use it.

I don’t normally approach strangers but in this case, I threw caution to the wind and asked the youngster, “Excuse me, where did you get your hats?” He happily asnwered, “At the $2 shop.”

There isn’t a genuine $2 shop in this little center but I knew where he meant. As my prescription was still a little way off being ready, I went over to the shop and found the hats. They weren’t great quality but they still looked good – I think they’re made from some sort of lightweight fibre board.) They weren’t very expensive so I bought one and went back to the chemist.

After collecting my prescription, I went up to the larger shopping center as the supermarket in the little one didn’t have the things I wanted – a variety of capsicums and chillies in different colours and sizes. There is a large fruit and veg “market” up there.

I bought everything I needed and came home – all those capsicums and chillies cost me more than the hat did! I put everything down immewdiately and set my shot up as it was late afternoon and the light changes fast at this time of year. It had also been a weird day: one moment pouring rain while the sun was shining very brightly and the next, it was not raining but there was no sun to speak of. The only constant throughout the day was very sytrong wind!

I’m happy with this shot in that it’s sharp and the colours have come up well but, no matter what I do, I can’t darken the background without affecting the colours quite badly. I’ve tried all the methods I know of in Photoshop.

Thanks for looking, I hope you like it.

Pentax K100D, Sigma 28 – 80 mm lens. F/8.0, ISO 400, 1/350 second, and 34mm focal length. Other than being enlarged and few small Spot Healing for marks on the vegies, no other changes.

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