Longer Title: "Condominium Canyon (Butchered Tree Silhouette)"
I'm feeling slightly jaded this weekend, although any objective evaluation must conclude I'm very lucky. I'm listening to a number of bands playing about a mile away in Zilker Park at the Austin City Limits Music Festival ("Dawes" is playing at this moment) and the weather is good enough to allow the windows to be open and a nice breeze to blow through.
But this is what's happening to South Austin, a last bastion of affordable close-in housing. There is no stopping progress; development can be regulated, but not aesthetics.
I will disclose that this new complex on South Lamar has a "pretty" side, too, but walking the dog today, we saw the back entrance, paved from stem to stern, with the only "greenery" the shadow of a tree that has been severely pruned.
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jcpix (6544) 2013-10-06 19:24
Glad to see you back again!
You know, I look at this and think to myself, "This could have been a rather generic and frankly uninteresting shot," but the simple choice to take a lower point of view has changed everything.
For one, it kind of makes me feel like a dog out for a walk, this would be my eye level. lol A different perspective can go a long way for effect.
Secondly, I think it's created a stronger convergence to that perspective looking down the street.
And third, it makes the shadow cast from the tree much stronger in it's visual and contrast to the entirety of the scene, while once again leading down into the distance.
So there you have it, my two cents worth of technical details...for whatever it's worth!? :) Good to have you back!
Cheers from PHX,
fabbs99 (11126) 2013-10-06 23:51
Nice shot with excellent exposure.Very well done .TFS .
holmertz (31302) 2013-10-07 6:41
This is an unusual composition but the reason is obvious. From this POV the street is not a pretty sight, but your inclusion of the shadow of a tree was a brilliant idea and offers some solace to nature lovers ;-). (There is actually a real tree at the far end of the street). The red lines are quite nice too.
marabu61 (5867) 2013-10-08 7:49
Aesthetic wise this canyon is quite scarry indeed, but then back alleys seldom are very pretty.
The shadow of the tree on the other hand is superb, like a ghost hoovering over the ugly canyon. Very well spotted view and a great POV has rendered this to a quite interesting shot.
have a great day
jhm (127995) 2013-10-10 3:50
I was yesterday punished, why, I don't know!
I could not give green smileys to the members.
You took these picture very in a low position, with a good result.
Excellent cityscape, with perfect sharpness and clarity
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
eldancer1 (20792) 2013-10-11 7:45
The famous Strip is becoming to be a glass and steel canyon with constructions starting anew with improving economy. I like your pov and the message. Well done, tfs.
abmdsudi (32505) 2013-10-12 2:14
Exactly my sentiments! Great diagonal approach with the crosslighting provides brill composition resulting in such a well defined hugh elongated dark shadow. This is so effective leading the eyes to further explore the deserted colourful street, a simple subject made into something special. Smashing piece of creative work, Congrats.
foxy (893) 2013-10-13 10:27
Pretty nice Condo.....kind of in way ???? Good, I guess.
First, not a single cloud in the sky - not your fault.
Second, there is no vibes on the back entrance - not your fault.
Thirdly, I wondering??? how is your dog does his 'thing' on the back street?- not your business either.
The only interesting here is the shadow of the tree. You've the angle right. Very creepy looking shadow tree. The rest is so boring street.
Hee 3x Russ...just testing your thick skin.
Thanks for sharing.
ourania (18632) 2013-10-18 12:11
you chose a superb title for this picture, enhancing its interest and impact and enticing the viewer to think of analogies and prospects. Presenting a paved street and a neighbourhood as a canyon is most imaginative, intriguing and effective. Your upward point of view combined with excellent perspectives and depth draw the viewer into the frame. Colours and shadows are very vivid. You've created a fascinating foreground, intricate and dynamic. The only hints of nature are a dramatic shdow and a distant glimpse. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
mcmtanyel (5249) 2013-10-24 11:33
I sympathize with you. When I first moved here 10 years ago, I met people who were lamenting that our development was in their hunting grounds. Now I am seeing buildings crop up at places which I considered to be "our woods." The even sadder story is that we have vacant buildings whose owners would rather ask for exorbitant amounts for rent and would rather leave them empty while these new buildings crop up! What's the deal here, shouldn't we use what we already have before we start robbing from the woods?
Great statement, I am with you!
zoomer (4225) 2013-10-28 9:07
Hi,strong and interesting composition with the shadow of the tree contrasting with the straight lines of the buildings.All the best Wolf.
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1694)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-06 12:48