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Black and Tan #Beer - v8105

This is the "perfect" picture in many ways. If you’re astute, then you’ll immediately recognize why. It should be quite evident from even casual observation… and it has very little to do with the subject – beer.

I refer, of course, to the "Rule Of Thirds" (aka ROT), which is a guiding principle in the creation of photographic images, to obtain and maintain a viewer’s visual interest. It includes, as well, the concept of eye movement… which are the questions "When viewing the image, where does the viewer’s eyes go? What path do their eyes take? What course do their eyes follow? What parts of the image do they spend time upon, and what parts do they ignore? And where are those parts located?"

Those are the fundamental questions asked, which also underlie any image.

From that point – of depiction – of the use of space, light and shadow are then the next factors to consider.

And on, and on, and on it goes.

And now, for my next act…

Seriously, however, this depiction is a "Black and Tan" Beer, whcih is simply a stout beer floating atop a lager beer… literally.

It’s physics – seriously!

Quite simply, the two beers have differing specific gravities, which is why the stout (the darker of the two) floats atop the lager (the characteristically yellow colored beer) below.

To pour a "BAT" is actuallly quite simple.

First, pour lager in a TILTED glass… to AVOID foaming.

Second, using a bent spoon (yes, you must literally BEND a spoon – I use a tablespoon – to a 90º angle) and resting it atop the lager, gently pour the stout into the spoon, raising the spoon as the beer is poured.

The stout WILL – as seen here – float atop the lager.

If you’re good with your hands, you should be able to master that simple task in one, or two attempts.

If you’re a total klutz… have someone else do it for you.


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