An image taken in Amsterdam's famous Dam Square - site of the wonderfully spontaneous TE gathering at the end of October. I'm not a great fan of such busy places so my image takes a longer view than most of the others - that sky and space beyond is important to me.
The reds against the grey excited my eyes and attracted me to this shot as much as the architectural forms and people.
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KevRyan (22952) 2006-11-05 10:52
Having overome my reticence to comment here on your work I'm actually dying to say a few things about this one. Firstly, it is really interesting that you stepped back from the scene so much to take a more landscape approach - it reminds me of Norbert's approach. I can see the appeal of the sky and that leaden grey against the brighter colours - there is an almost overwhelming sense of the weather - which in a fairground setting has a unique feeling associated with it - the people look so small and subdued. Although compositionally I think the image may lack a clear focus I love the detail, the individual moments caught and the balance across the lower triangle created by the area of primary colours and the window and spire of the church. At first the expanse of sky bothered me a little as a more redundant area but the more I look it the whole fits together very well. However i would have been inclined to perhaps show the full bodies of that group in the midground.
You have really captured the near to rain feel of that day.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2006-11-05 17:15
Hi Frances, I like the very colorful, contempary fair against that great backdrop of a church dating back from the fifteenth century, and taking place in front of that dignified palace on the Dam. There's also the contrast of all those colors against that grey sky bearing all that rain.
I like th group in the foreground but I think i do agree with Kev about the fact that I would like to see their whole bodies. I like their expressions, as if theay are all asked to look in different directions, pretending not to know each other. (And that might be true, of course).
It was very nice to meet you again!
bertolucci (13356) 2006-11-05 18:08
Hi Frances, you give us the best of both worlds here. The garishness and the bussle of the fair, the (partly disjointed) interaction of the visitors and it's highly urban surroundings with the threatening sky, giving the pic a dramatic touch. The profound DoF is vital here. I really enjoy this one!
It was great to meet you Frances.
MiguelP (14466) 2006-11-07 17:07
Kev is right when he say this photo has a Norbert quality, and this is good. I have to congratulate you because of this sky, it has volumes (clouds) and as far as I remember the weather coditions that day, it was kind of difficult to get this. At the same time I like the grey and rock mood of the old buildings and the sky, and the coloured and happy one of the down part of the photo... Which one do I prefer? Color, mainly colors. It was a pleasure to meet you, take care and I see you again soon.
Angelillo (9372) 2006-11-07 17:51
I remember you, staying alone in the fair, seeing the whole and looking for the shot (with the next shot, I'll post a WS). The outcome is very beautiful. The panoramic sight is interesting: it shows the context of the fair, the buildings. It let us to see the multitud, the variety of people and it's expressions. I like the difference between the colored down, and more serious and gray upper area. And finally I like the two lines formed by the people: at left, enhancing the individual, a diagonal line into the background; at right, the people in group in a almost parallel line, it gives an interesting dynamism! Really beautiful Frances. Thanks.