Taken in the Art Gallery of Ontario. I was here today to check out the Ansel Adams and Alfred Eisenstaedt exhibition with Mike (MKING) and Peter (Homerhomer).
Pretty good exhibition. We all wished the prints were bigger, they were original prints and some were a bit faded, but pretty cool nonetheless.
I forgot that I wasn't supposed to take pics here, so I only got a couple off before being told to stop by security. heh.
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triptych2003 (1534) 2007-01-21 20:35
i like the use of space here. it really emphasises small the photos were. did people care that you were taking photos of them as they looked at the exhibits? i was at my local gallery yesterday and people didn't seem to notice me at all. they either stopped, thinking they were going to ruin the shot, or just kept walking anyway.
but back to your shot... cool shadows and tones. it might be my old eyes, but there seems to be something radiating out of the bottom. could it be the magic of ansell adams come to life? well done!
Isabelle (9046) 2007-01-21 20:47
Hi, Alex, what a pleasure to see another post from you!
judicious use of negative space as well as b&w.
as for being told to stop, i am about to come back to my pocket cam ;)
have a great week!
roamermark (1592) 2007-01-21 22:08
A fine composition...full of interest and humour...I love the negative space aove the heads of the passersby. I also like how they seem to be hurtlinbg along the line like cattle.
Homerhomer (4080) 2007-01-21 22:10
this is interesting Alex, quite like it, can't help to think that even wider with more empty space would have been even more interesting.
I just browsed through my pics from today, have few "close but no cigar", don't think any will be available to the public;-).
Sent you an email.
MKING (3054) 2007-01-21 23:18
Ah yes, I saw you compose this with the vacant space above and it works, especially the raised central print.
In hindsight I wish I'd disregarded the photography ban and tried something at least once in there. Otherwise I was 'blind' all evening-- I didn't even pick up on the prospects of shooting from that china town basement until I went up the steps a bit... I'll have to post something from MOMA until I can go through my meagre takings from today :)
bantonbuju (51815) 2007-01-22 3:11
cool photo - love how you "bottomed" people here, and the delicate faint of the colour on the wall...
this image "speaks";
best wishes, j.
delnaja (2056) 2007-01-22 5:41
super indeed. I like this "wave" of people with the empty upper part of the photo.
Luko (14000) 2007-01-22 6:23
This will end in an argument about the correct measurement of the space above... NOT in the fact that you left that space above, which everybody will approve, I'm sure.
For me and oppositely to Peter, I think the amount of space you left is quite appropriate, a kind of artistic statement but not too much to let it slide into the gimmicky trashbin where I personally store all extreme attempts (I find it very easy to be extreme though much difficult to be exactly off).
The thing I do not like that much is the global density of the pic, when looking at the frame mattes, they should be near to pure white whereas I see them as a dull faded grey on my screen.
I am guessing that your processing is at least half a stop underexposed to a better, beefier, bright rendition... hence my advise would be to crank up that brightness level by say 20%.
danielswalsh (13599) 2007-01-23 1:36
I have to say Alex;
This shot's been under-rated. I think you've presented an excellent and effective composition here. Very original looking. An excellent choice for B&W, with good levels, and sharpness.
For this image, I think you would have been better off with your name on a border vs. distracting the subject.
All the best,
vapours (8264) 2007-01-23 9:43
Theres nothing I can fault about this image Alex, its probably the best gallery photo I have seen. I like the way the peoples heads are all at different heights, mimicking the gallery photos, and love the change of tone in the lighting.
Furachan (0) 2007-01-23 19:18
A fine pic, Alex, very well seen, intelligently complosed. Luko definitely has a point about tonal values but to me that doesn't rob you of the full green fruit ;o)
Darren (6823) 2007-01-25 8:43
Hi again Alex. Quite a nice shot here and a difficult one for me to critique. I like the minimalistic feel here, but there is something about it that feels contrived to me. Maybe it is the extreme use of negative space, or perhaps it is that I feel maybe the top has been darkened too much. I think the halos overtop the people are what is making me think this and unfortunately affecting its impact on me.
- Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (3071)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-01-22
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 20D
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 20:16