This was our first day in Prague, and one of the first few photo's i took in the city.
I was planning to photograph the architecture you see in the bg, i was setting up my POV with my tripod when all of a sudden this cute young asian woman and her boyfriend started to walk into my scene.
Normally this would infuriate me! But this time it all worked out for the best. She was posing against the lamp post, as if posing for ME! Her boyfriend is about 5 feet to my left.
I suppose the woman thought she wouldn't end up in my photo because i was to her left and my camera wasn't pointed directly at her - but thats the beauty of a super wide angle lens! I could have pointed my lens WAY to the side and still got her in the frame :)
Not knowing how long she'd be standing here, i quickly snapped off 3 or 4 photo's. And normally i correct the tilting of buildings in my photo's, but in this scene i like the way the tower is leaning - not to mention if i DID correct it, the woman would be lost/cut in the frame.
As for the tower in the bg, its called the Powder Tower. A tower that stored gun powder centuries ago.
Hope you like my 'people' photo - it doesn't happen too often :)
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mauro61 (52545) 2012-09-08 0:44
bella inquadratura con l'inserimento della ragazza in FG.
La deformazione della lente valorizza l'immagine con un buon taglio,
MJR (3340) 2012-09-08 3:32
As I wrote to Tosca only this morning, timing ( or read luck ) can be everything !
It meant you could not perform one of your wonderful HDR on the darker side of the tower, ( perhaps you would not anyway with moving traffic ) but the image you did get more than outweighs the luck of your unsought companion.
The 'as shot' effect of your post is great, I understand the desire to present as perfect, but sometimes, well you just have to go with it !
I wonder her boyfriends picture looked like !
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-09-08 3:56
Ola Craig ,
Belo uso dos 8 mm para capturar este enorme edifício de fundo , sem duvida que a rapariga nunca pensou que ia ficar na foto :), belos detalhes de arquitetura , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Sergiom (45567) 2012-09-08 5:52
Même si elle ne pose pas pour toi, tu as bien su profiter de la situation grâce à ce superbe grand angle, par contre, la tour semble bien foncée dans ce paysage urbain. En ce qui me concerne, j'aime la distorsion.
ACL1978 (6501) 2012-09-08 5:55
When I make people the subjects of my shots, it's usually a story like this one, Craig - they happen to be standing somewhere between me and something photogenic, and it works to good effect. The same is the case here, where it winds up looking not unlike a magazine fashion shoot (to which Prague is certainly no stranger).
Interesting that you chose to shoot the side of the tower that was in shadow - it works nicely, but I'm wondering if you wandered to the other side to catch it sunlit as well?
chrisvek (6995) 2012-09-08 7:28
Wow.I think that was the best POV for this shoot.Great details on the background and superb amount of depth.Als very nice expression of the woman on the left.Well done!
Have a nice day
Sonata11 (31253) 2012-09-08 8:44
wonderful composition and great framework. I like it POV and DOF too with fantastic colors, sharpness, clarity, great lighting. An amazingly beautiful architecture of this tower and surroundings. Fabulous work. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards and have a great WE,
Silvio1953 (105653) 2012-09-08 9:47
Ciao Craig, lovely girl posing for you, great view of fantastic architecture, wonderful colors, splendid light and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a Sunday, ciao Silvio
tyro (15729) 2012-09-08 15:54
Sorry that I've not been critiquing much recently but we've been away for a week in Mallorca and just got back home today.
But this one is brilliant - nice that you've included this girl here leaning on that ornate lamppost and probably totally unaware of the fact that she's in the frame of your picture! It, in fact, reminds me of a device which I remember from many, many years ago - I didn't think that anyone would still make them nowadays but obviously they still do - look here - a clever little thing you screw on the front of your lens and which has a 90° mirror in it so you can "shoot round corners" and take pictures of people to the side without them ever suspecting it - that might be just what you're looking for if you're as timid as me when it comes to "people shots"! Not quite sure what the image quality would be like, though!
In fact, the "lean in" of the verticals doesn't seem to trouble me at all with this shot - I quite like it. Often, I feel, it can cause unreal appearances if we try to correct the verticals too much too.
A very nice and interesting picture although I do feel that some details are missing in the deepest shadows. Although this one might not have been ideal for the use of any HDR manipulation, do you ever use that feature (which I find quite useful from time to time) - namely the "Lighten Shadows/Darken Highlights"? Perhaps a delicate use of that might have helped a little?
But, no, I love this one!
P.S. Just a wee point - why do people often say that they like your notes and yet never, ever click on the button that says that your note is "useful"? Strange, or is it just me?
emka (64214) 2012-09-08 23:35
Hi Craig, Unusual photo from you, with the posing girl and tilted tower and building. Nice experiment, I like it. Just a quick snapshot, but real and spontaneous. I prefer this to the studied postcards.
dkmurphys (42597) 2012-09-09 1:11
I like how the girl integrates into the POV. Lovely urban scene, what a great city!
I think I'll visit it ini november.
Have a nice Sunday.
krzychu30 (12777) 2012-09-09 1:21
seems the girl exactly knew what you need to take a perfect picture:)She looks fabulous posing for your picture(even if she truly was posing for her boyfriend).Sometimes a coincidence makes the picture looks much better or more complete.
But also background with this impressive Tower is magnificent.The architecture of the Powder Tower is stunning.Superb combination of daily life and architecture photography.
Have a nice sunday
mjw364 (6142) 2012-09-09 5:04
Like you I dont like people in my shots - especially architectural shots but she gives a sense of scale relative to the tower and is entirely necessary as is the tilt of the tower - Im not sure it would have had that sense of drama and height if you had straightened things up coz the coverging verticals wouldn't seem so... converging!
I must admit I thought you were in a seedy part of town when I first saw her and you were helping her advertise! Shame she had a boyfriend - she's kinda cute!
Have a great day
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2012-09-09 5:45
The beautiful lady certainly does add something to scene, perhaps her smile lighting up so nicely against the dark facade of the tower. The architecture iteself is stunning, and I really love the POV you have and the slight angle. Perhaps I have seen to many horror films, but to my eyes, the tower looks a little like a big dark monster rushing to eat the innocent young girl. Really nice shot, I love when images work out so well like this.
annjackman (15581) 2012-09-09 12:55
I enjoyed your note and yes I do like the 'people' photo. The girl's stripy dress and pose leaning against the lamppost add life to this street shot. Similarly, the titled buildings make a contemporary street shot. Very well done.
Best wishes, Ann
npecanhuk (56382) 2012-09-09 14:48
I loved reading your note... yes, I agree with you, it ended up being nice to have her there!
In addition to that, I love that urban environment and all those wonderful architectural details, specially those of that dark tower!
TFS - congrats,
rbellemare (2109) 2012-09-09 16:05
Nice picture of yours. This Powder Tower is quite beautiful with its black colours. Interesting how the road pass under it. Your friendly model add a lot to this picture.
maria-v1981 (10416) 2012-09-10 12:12
Asian woman feets perfect in composition. Her smile and poze so amount amused. BG the architecture is impressive and light hepls you a lot.
fabbs99 (11218) 2012-09-11 20:34
Nice view of the street.Sharp image and perspective.TFS.
ikeharel (44125) 2012-09-12 8:27
From experience, Craig, Asian youngsters especialy girls from China, are with no hasitation "pushing" onto camera's of western tourists. You will notice this traveling there...
The Gun-powder tower in mid-scene is a point in Prague where I argued with my wife about the direction to choose - I insisted on the wrong side - and were lost for some half-an-hour at our first evning there...
Lovely place, funny memories you had came up with. Nicely shown on picture.
bayno (18338) 2012-09-12 23:28
you did well not to correct the distortion of the lens, you would have lost this beauty in your composition and perhaps cut the top of the attractive tower, of course the behavior of this Asian girl is quite strange and even more so considering it was with the boyfriend, the shot is funny...
delpeoples (48690) 2012-09-16 23:45
I really like how both the girl and the tower seem to be leaning towards one another. It emphasises that great mood of holiday and relaxation. The details of the architecture are absolutely exquisite and you captured them so deftly. I know some people whinge about straightening the perspective, but I'm not one of them and absolutely love what you've done here. Yet another one where you've shut me up. If only Le Petomane could learn from you how do it, he'd be delighted.
Cheers, have a good Monday...Sunday...whatever
Lewis88 (126) 2012-09-21 7:15
Here and elsewhere, members have commented on the appearance of pretty young women in your shots. Is that photographic skill or just plain luck?
Anyway, this particular image is better 'grounded' by the inclusion of the figure in the left foreground, whereas without someone there the white minibus would become a serious distraction and throw the whole thing out of balance.
As to straightening buildings - I think we can often get carried away with this technique. Buildings 'lean' in photographs mainly due to lines of perspective, which 'conventional' artists have to learn in order to convey distance in 2D frameworks. Straightening buildings sometimes induces a false perspective and robs the scene of any sense of scale or depth. Try shooting the Empire State or Chrysler Building from street level and correcting the perspective and you'll see what I mean.
Sorry - that seems to have turned into a bit of a rant. All I really wanted to say was how much I like this shot as it is - keep 'em coming!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (45588)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-08 0:15