I will never forget my time spent here, time growing up as a child and coming back as an adult.
As an adult, i couldn't wait to walk these streets with a camera on a clear sunny day! And that wish came true last year.
At first, its very hard to compose these street scenes, as the colors are EVERYWHERE, and as a photographer you really have to take a step back, as its overly stimulating visually. I found myself getting too excited, wanting to shoot every street, every house...similar to being a kid in a candy store. Its actually very similar to the first time visiting Las Vegas on the strip with all the bright lights of the skyscrapers and Hotels.
I think coming here a 2nd time would produce better photo's, as i now know what to expect. But i'm still happy with some of the results.
If you're wondering about the brightly colored homes, it stems from the very first fishermen settling here over 100 years ago. They would use the brightly colored paint left over from painting their boats, and use it on the houses. That tradition of carrying on the bright colors is still alive today. I swear at night these homes will glow in the dark! The only other place where i've seen such vivid real colors in buildings was in Copenhagen Denmark.
And as for the photo, the colors have actually been de-saturated in post processing! Hard to believe that, but its true!
The last time i posted a street photo from St. John's, it created a huge debate from people about the telephone wires! Personally i like the realistic look, but i understand its a preference.
Hope you enjoy the view
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emka (84305) 2011-05-19 17:45
Hi Craig, it is a lovely street, no wonder you like it so much, and when you have memories from here, it must have been exciting. Simple houses but with this colours very attractive.
stevesaba (8135) 2011-05-19 18:43
Nice to see some more shots from St Johns. Well chosen sampling I think....showing the everyday sort of scene, which as you say is very colorful! Great clarity and perfect natural colors! Warm regards,
npecanhuk (69208) 2011-05-19 19:31
That's a very attractive picture that really transports me to that place, for so realistic it is!
Nevertheless, it's got magic, for its colors, chosen pov and composition! I love that sky, I really like the details of those buildings... so typical of that region! Even those wires, they seem to be so harmonious with all the rest!
TFS - congrats,
JFS (32459) 2011-05-19 23:16
Quiet enigmatic shot; the empty village, no one in the streets. Curious net of electric wires. Interesting your note Craig.
jjcordier (78372) 2011-05-19 23:29
Très bon cadrage de cette rue qui t'es chère avec un très beau ciel en arrière plan; j'aime comme tu as su exploiter dans ta composition tous ces fils électriques que l'on cherche habituellement à éviter mais qui deviennent un plus ici.
dta (70387) 2011-05-20 0:00
Hello Craig ,
These houses lokks like coloured wooden boxes . This is an excellent perspective on this street . Like the effect of the wires (!) in the beautiful sky .
danyy (0) 2011-05-20 0:04
couleurs et ciel vedettes ici, un angle de prise de vue qui donne beaucoup de perspective et de profondeur.
Des lumières parfaites.
Nicou (127964) 2011-05-20 0:47
superbe compo quel rendu dans le couleur avec ce ciel bleu et blanc, fantastique compo de cette rue avec ces belles maisons et facades, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
lousat (81158) 2011-05-20 1:48
Hi Craig,these houses remember me a little the Curacao towns,whit these beautiful colors.Magnificent and neverending perpsective,a perfect pic to try a clone exercise whit this lot of wires..ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
Hansaphotos (7207) 2011-05-20 1:52
I remember well those colourful houses (and the wires) from your earlier work. From my point of view, I think the wires adds a kind of charm to the scene, and as you say: that`s how it is, we get a realistic report from the place. Interesting that you had to de-saturate the colours. Touching story in your note about the revisiting of a place that once was a part of your childhood. It certainly must be a special journey.
Thanks for sharing, Craig!
Have a nice WE.
Best regards, Erling
Ninello52 (7572) 2011-05-20 3:19
Very clever this shot! You have good use of the row houses almost full screen, taking much sky and graphics highlighting the electrification of the road! The set offers an excellent result paintings and photographs! Beautiful and colorful wooden houses, the very characteristic way! Bravo!
Best regards and good weekend! Nino.
kordinator (19844) 2011-05-20 4:07
Realy famous place on your fantastic composition.
Wonderful composition with this atrractive buildings,nice motive.
Perfect light managment,lovely vivid colors.
Many amazing details.
jhm (142920) 2011-05-20 4:35
I see almost all wood houses, the much electric threads are little bit disturbing, not the mistake of the photgrapher, but the goverment.
You chose a very well angle.
Nice perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and clarity are lovely for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
delpeoples (54471) 2011-05-20 4:43
It's such a cute place this. The colours really are very attractive and I'm really surprised that they'd still have wooden houses when I know you guys get some pretty wild and woolly weather out there. The wires don't bother me. It's not like you could clone them even if you wanted to. I had the same issue in Parma with overhead tram lines. I like the POV, but I think I prefer that previous photo that created all the hoo ha. Great job anyway and I'm glad you posted it.
snunney (88465) 2011-05-20 4:59
A fine perspective on these colourful and interesting properties. I like the vibrant tones and the excellent sharpness. I'm a bit dubious about leaving in the overhead wires but here I tend to agree with you; they are an integral part of the scene.
Sergiom (65369) 2011-05-20 5:17
Les couleurs sont typiques de la région des maritimes. Le temps est souvent gris, donc les gens mettent de la couleur sur les maisons. J'aime l'enlignement des poteaux et le croisement des fils électriques.
dkmurphys (51573) 2011-05-20 5:30
Beautiful old facades. Nice city scene from that good residential area. One think that I hate about North-American cities and Romanian: the street wires. Otherwise, a beautiful place there, enjoy your weekend.
Cricri (110295) 2011-05-20 8:03
Très jolie présentation, j'aime les bâtiments de forme carré et colorées, les fils ne me dérange pas, il donne un effet graphique au ciel, très jolie réalisation
timecapturer (49288) 2011-05-20 8:32
perfectly detailed and composed shot of these amazing houses. I love the colours and textures. Not sure about the telephone wires, yes they add realism, but do, I feel, detract from the beauty and charm of the street. I suppose it is hard for you to visualise a street without them, being a place with so many fond memories, a bit like cars. Nevertheless it makes a striking image.
Brian - have a great weekend.
Silvio1953 (128528) 2011-05-20 10:02
Ciao Craig, lovely composition with beautiful colorful facades, wonderful perspective and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-05-20 12:27
beautiful scene of colored wooden houses of St. John.
Good frame with the perspective of the facades, giving depth to the image.
Curious network of electrical wires, crossing at the sky.
have a nice weekend.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-05-20 14:30
a splendid street photo with spectacular composition, the depth of the photo is superb, the colours and lights are fantastic, great view, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
bukitgolfb301 (37350) 2011-05-21 2:34
Hi my dear Craig
Great secenery view you catch with perfect framework!
So sharp description in the detail, vivid comfortable color and well stable balanced composition as usual. Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good Saturday!
francio64 (39655) 2011-05-21 3:13
how are you, my friend?
Bella immagine di questo villaggio con piccole costruzione tutte colorate.
La ripresa diagonale conferisce una buona profondità alla scena e nel suo insieme dà un'idea della day life di questo luogo.
Otiima la gestione della luce e lo sharp.
Francesco l'Assessore :P
wolf38 (31284) 2011-05-21 5:37
Hello craig. In fact, a colorful photo. The electric lines, cars, etc., - everything here fits together perfectly. Interesting. Informative text. Rgds, wolfgang.
sacimar (26199) 2011-05-21 7:36
I like this street with these interesting colorful houses. Good perspective to show it, light management is also good, well done,
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-05-21 9:59
Amazing vivid colors in this very beautiful picture of these colorful houses
I like a lot this perspective and strong contrast
Lovely cloudy sky
Have a nice weekend
bebbetto (24) 2011-05-21 12:40
Beautiful perspective. Colors and details are excellent.
gildasjan (42204) 2011-05-22 4:32
Ce bâtiment bleu à gauche crée la bonne variation de nuances de bleus avec ce ciel.Une image nette et parfaitement exposée.
marina7 (8055) 2011-05-28 2:30
As I can see it from this picture you're not only a fan of hi-tech architecture but enjoy shooting more conventional houses like these. Great view of the street and lovely colors. The sky here is a mixture of clouds and wires - a sign of our time:))
Excellent realistic shot. I only think you've cropped it too tight at the bottom. I guess a bit more of the road there would look better.
Thanks for your visit and have a great weekend,
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (60048)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 17-70mm F4
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-19 17:11