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JAS_Photo
05-05-2011, 05:09 AM
This is Nick Nicolaidis, trick poolshots champion demonstrating some fancy cue work at the Ranchmen's Club. For fun the photo is given a painterly look.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5262/5689216511_07001333f8_b.jpg

Bambi
05-05-2011, 09:25 AM
he definitely looks like he's enjoying himself! I like the processing

JAS_Photo
05-05-2011, 12:16 PM
Thanks, Bambi! I actually caught the ball in the air twice. I will post a couple more when I have a chance.

Marko
05-05-2011, 12:55 PM
I like this but I'd love to see a 'straighter' version... perhaps of the other air shot you caught (pretty please lol...I dig pool - what can I say :) )

JAS_Photo
05-05-2011, 01:16 PM
Hi Marko, the above is a crop from a wider shot mostly to show the ball. I pretty much had to use ISO 800 because the place is quite large, not bright and surrounded in dark wood. so to me the shots all look noisy. This shot which is full size has been put in Viveza then in define to try and tone down the noise but no crazy processing. :) The pool table, btw is a smaller one brought in just for this.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5301/5690801116_c543a980a9_b.jpg

thoughton
05-05-2011, 01:39 PM
Interesting crowd for the pool hall :D

I like the painterly effect, except for what it's done to his hand. That's pretty gross :)

JAS_Photo
05-05-2011, 01:54 PM
Thoughton, it is a private club formerly a "gentleman's only" club modeled on the "St. James Club". Their Slosh Closing Dinner and final tournament is always blacktie. Here is the photo without the painterly effect:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5188/5690327825_1079310493_b.jpg

JAS_Photo
05-05-2011, 01:58 PM
And here is a photo of the Billiards Room to give an idea of the type of table they play slosh on.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3471/3773774263_919c093b7d_b.jpg

Mad Aussie
05-05-2011, 04:36 PM
I didn't mind the painterly shot as an 'image' because it reminded me of the dogs playing poker image :)

kat
05-05-2011, 06:40 PM
Nice. I used to play billiards way back. Most tourneys I played in there was/is a dress code and so forth, always loved dressing up and playing.

Great shots! Love watching the trick shots.

Hillbillygirl
05-14-2011, 08:15 AM
Love that processing on that 1st shot Jas, really fits the scene for sure. Nicely done.

Matt K.
05-14-2011, 10:41 AM
Great stuff, JAS; shame it is a gentleman's club only - I can see some nice images with a hustler in those surroundings. :evil2: The treatment is also very nice, JAS, but maybe a bit on the "timid" side? For my taste I like to go as close to the edge as possible without totally destroying the original - so I tend to over process. :shrug: