Monty Python's Flying Circus proclaims, "And now for something completely different." This is a bit of a detour for me, at least in my opinion, but this scene practically jumped out at me.
I was walking along an Amsterdam street when I saw the man in blue overalls in the art gallery window which in itself I thought would make a good photo. But from time to time someone would ride by on a bike so I tried it both ways: with and without a bike rider. How cool would it be if the man on the ladder was actually the intended exhibit?
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Steely (895) 2006-11-29 21:09
I like this
the clean lines framing the man, it's simplicity, and the desaturated grainy look
sheepyak (180) 2006-11-29 21:32
You've chosen a very interesting subject for this photo, one that I'm not sure I myself would have noticed. The composition is great, with the lady on the bike just entering the scene emphasizing the motion that she's in, and the rest of the photo perfectly centered. I also find it interesting that the photo, other than the man in the overalls, could be in black and white and it wouldn't make much of a difference; the fact that it is in fact in color makes it more playful in this age of color photography. I have a few suggestions. First, I read your intro and agree that nothing is perfect; I think noise and grain can be used as an artistic move, or even when you are just trying to create a memory, not a masterpiece, but I feel that this photo has too much noise. I know that if I were standing on that street in your position, I would be able to see this scene more clearly than you've shown it. Second, I think that since most of the photo could be in black and white, I think the blue of the overalls should really stand out more. Finally, I'm going to be honest, I don't care for the frame. I think you're trying to fade out the image on the edges, but I think that could have been done by either literally having them fade into a color of your choice, or at least lowering the opacity. I think it might work better with more colorful images; here, it just ends up a strange gray color. I hope this helps, and TFS.
Flavia (10352) 2006-11-29 22:28
Love it! This scene seems out of an old movie! Unique and beautifull. Excelent timing, this woman is such a character! The grain here works very well, the colors are perfect, just the worker in blue.
markoci (3927) 2006-11-30 3:07
a decisive moment, i'd say!.. what an artistic streetphoto.. wonderfully composed both characters frozen in the perfect stance and moment... how lucky were you with that rider in the cape and that hat.. some kind of urban female superhero... really too bad for the quality... i'd like to see the print, wonder if it was the scan or your pp... no excuse for the dreadful frame though..