A pedestrian walkway connecting two halves of the Plaza Condado hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I've posted a few already from this hotel, which I found oddly inspirational - lots of 'futuristic' elements which now, decades after their construction, seem already out of date, much like this passageway.
I only had my tabletop tripod with me, so this shot required lying down on the floor in front of a busy walkway - suffice to say I had many many conversations while trying to get it right with people asking what I was doing, why I was doing it, and the usual! With all the traffic, it took quite a while to get one that came out well; thankfully this woman in her bright clothing came along unimpeded just as I was starting to get frustrated.
Larger version on Flickr, here.
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Kamilutka (8107) 2014-04-06 6:39
effort well paid off since the result is very good. The bright light creates amazing contrast for the dark settings and the woman indeed become very important element of the composition also thanks to her bright clothing. Well captured movement and perfect sharpness on the still parts of the image.
Thanks for sharing
Noel_Byrne (31418) 2014-04-06 6:57
Kudos for your patience, especially if lying down on the floor in a busy place, lots of odd looks I guess. This single lone woman adds a lot to the overall result of this, she looks like a ghost flitting by in the scene. I do like the design of this connecting tunnel too, and must admit I was very surprised to hear its a hotel, I would have guessed airport of hospital. Excellent result, your patience paid off well.
All the best
mesutilgim (95380) 2014-04-06 7:00
Good observed and captured ! Good symmetry and nice graphical effect.
TFS and best regards
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-04-06 7:24
indeed,it looks like a tunnel leading us to another dimension.The scene has really cool "sci-fi" feel and look.Something you caputred and you were able to convey here perfectly.
This is exactly the kind of shot I love the most!
Intriguing,futuristic and having some kind of mysterious feeling.
Have a nice sunday
snunney (100034) 2014-04-06 7:52
An image full of graphism and some eerie lighting. The woman contributes much to the mood and is very well included. Your patience certainly paid off n the end, resulting in an unusual and innovative compositin.
npecanhuk (75502) 2014-04-06 8:38
Hi Andrew! Very interesting and attractive picture of that future-looking structure! Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and symmetrical composition are all excellent! Cheers, Neyvan
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-06 8:49
I really like this one a lot Andrew, well done for lying down in a public place... I would have felt a right idiot! I am impressed by your exposure which has given the light to cast a 'space-age' glow across the scene.
worldcitizen (8706) 2014-04-06 8:59
This scene is definitely very sci-fi. I like the symmetry of the walkway, and the reflections on the side. That woman was in the perfect spot, and I like the exposure. I've done some strange things to get a good shot, but so far I haven't been flat on the floor. :-) I wouldn't mind trying it, but I'm sure some fellow New Yorkers would walk right over my face!
rigoletto (34279) 2014-04-06 11:11
sci-fi is the correct wording. i may say, a touch of stanley kubrick genius is here. i would further leave out as much of the ground as possible and try a more strict cadrage on the tunnel, as it adds a pinch of reality to the scene, which, imho, is not that necessary in this particular case.
tyro (25286) 2014-04-06 11:33
Hee, hee, I love your note - I can just imagine people wondering if you'd lost your mind or were dead drunk or something as you slithered along the floor on your belly trying to adjust your tiny tripod!
But it was all worth it in the end because you've come away with a magnificently graphic photograph. The "graphism" in the tunnel together with the strong light and contrasts there is balanced nicely by the soft colours and reflections on the shiny floor in the foreground. And, of course, the icing on the cake is the colourfully dressed lady on the left, nicely blurred as she walks toward the "vanishing point".
Lovely light and colours, a fine symmetrical composition, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.
kasianowak (9201) 2014-04-06 12:18
That's what I call commitment! With limited equipment and constant distraction (I know exactly what it's like; passers-by will not leave you be if you happen to be doing something even dlightly out of the ordinary) you composed and shot a perfectly graphic image. Congratulations on your patience and artistic eye.
Have a nice evening
mjw364 (1224) 2014-04-06 12:51
Now you knew I was gonna love this one! I love the shapes and lines - the linear perspective that takes our eye down the tunnel too. The inclusion of the blurred person adds the FG interest and the colour of that "roof" reflecting in the floor gives it another dimension of depth. It is futuristic and I like the way you have taken an everyday structure and transformed it into something else - something I like trying to do myself as you know.
Excellent shot - one of those I wished I had taken myself.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-06 13:05
una foto che fa riflettere nella sua particolare suggestione.
Un bellissimo gioco di linee, di luci e di ombre che la eleva a livello arttistico elevato.
Una esecuzione perfetta dal punto di vista tecnico.
Ciao e buona settimana
Hansaphotos (8135) 2014-04-06 13:14
The polished floor and the dark fg wall creates an excellent framing for this scene. Apparently it was worth the effort - we really have to work hard to get what we want, sometimes, haha. A very well exposed shot with the girl in a perfect position. Stunning depth - a cool shot! Thanks.
Have a nice evening.
siudzi (34141) 2014-04-06 13:44
Wow! What a fantastic view you have captured! It looks extremely modern and eye catching due to the perfectly executed exposure and superb symmetry in your composition. Great image! Bravo!
willperrett (10894) 2014-04-06 13:57
You've surpassed yourself this time! This is an eye-popping composition, nearly symmetrical and very graphic. I can't decide if it's got great sense of depth (like falling down a well, or having the whirling pits when pissed) or whether it's effect is essentially a two-dimensional pattern. I don't mind either way, and enjoy the uncertainty. And then of course, there's that ghostly figure. I'm glad you toughed it out on the floor!
baclama (18832) 2014-04-06 23:50
very nice composition....
well seen and well done!
macjake (68458) 2014-04-06 23:56
this is awesome.
reminds me so much of a similar set up in Las Vegas.
In fact i've posted it not too long ago.
good for you to get down low - even though you're probably making a fool of yourself! haha
thats dedication right!!!!
well done my friend.
the final result is a futuristic shot that has tones of contrast and beauty!
rogerl (1616) 2014-04-07 16:00
Andrew, surprising you were able to get the entrance this empty. And impressive that you managed to keep on until you got the shot you wanted. As you know, I really like this photo - perfectly symmetric, going to infinity, with wonderful sharpness and nice earth colors. Thanks.
delpeoples (58278) 2014-04-09 20:08
I remember you admitting that you were a Trekkie a while back. Being a Whovian myself (and part-Trekkie), I can really appreciate this photo not just for the fact that it's an impressively artistic and well-realised photo. But also because I think it would not be out of place on the set of the latest Doctor episode. The neutral colours have contrasted so well with the orange tones. I love the symmetry and the superb reflections you picked up. The inclusion of the blurred figure is for me the master-stroke, adding interest, a sense of movement and also a modicum of menace to the image. Stunning work. That break you took has revolutionised your photography, and I mean that as a sincere compliment!
Best wishes to you and the Bubba Club :)
bona (13737) 2014-04-10 18:55
Puerto Rico is part of USA? I thought it is a independent country. Thanks to open my mind about that.
Lovely phot, it seem taken from a sci-fi movie.
annjackman (21899) 2014-04-12 23:35
Well done for persevering with this photo. I would have felt too self-conscious to lie on the floor, although my husband probably would have done so! This really is a first class image with a sci-fi look to it. The out of focus woman is perfectly placed in the frame and the symmetry and perspective of the rest of the picture is superb. Looking more closely I see how the reflections in the window and on the floor all contribute to the graphic composition.
This has to be a favourite for me.
Kind Regards, Ann
CLODO (34546) 2014-04-18 4:16
the low POV enhances the height of the human silhouette and takes perfectly the half circles of the ceiling
adores (45613) 2014-05-01 15:04
Good shot! I light the graphism, the reflection on the pavement and the sense of movement of the person passing. Not much light here, but you managed very well!
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7511)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2014-02-17
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- Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
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