This is my second picture from my Vancouver Urban series (a group of high-contrast pics with a sprinkling of anomie).
This was taken at the Vancouver Hotel in downtown Van. I have been very much influenced my Harry Callahan's work of late, so this a bit of an homage.
Post-pro: convert to b/w, curves, sharpening, crop to square frame.
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MKING (3054) 2004-10-19 9:39
I'm not the only one obsessed with shadows at the moment I see... :)
I like the pocket of light created by the background and the shadowy foreground-- locks our attention on the woman and invariably the shadow which is rendered so clear and sharp. Interestingly the woman is slightly soft in comparison.
Very much a definition of street photography in what it conveys-- persons appear from nowhere for a moment in time, they're photographed an then they disappear back into anonymity (though sometimes we see them again, happily).
Very cool picture.
khmelins (960) 2004-10-19 9:45
A very good moment. I would like to see the woman more centred so I made a little workshop. Hope you like it.
Maybe it looses something without the front shadows.
jocke71 (566) 2004-10-19 11:02
A very good everyday photo. Great compo, with the light streaming in from the right creating a tight shadow of the woman, appropriately placed on the left. Perhaps a tighter crop in the bottom would help, but overall a sound accomplishment.
ninadev (5377) 2004-10-19 12:22
Very nice play of contrasts between darkness and light. Very good eye to have seen this as a potential nice pic, which it is IMO.
I like that you have left the small lights on the upper right corner, it creates a good balance with the bright left side.
As Joakim said, I would also crop the darker bottom part.
erthmuffin (1551) 2004-10-19 16:05
nice! i like the L-shaped composition and the high contrast. well done! although, the lights in the upper right corner are kind of distracting to the blackness.
merpb (1995) 2004-10-19 16:45
Just loose the highlights in the shadow Alex and it's perfect.
I hope you are refering to Harry Callahan from Detroit and not Dirty Harry Callahan.
PS I have 2 Callahan prints, 1 from 1947 and 1 from 1961 the 61 is almost 70% shadow with just 2 passers by and a TV in the window.
agelaste (533) 2004-10-21 1:56
nice work~ u must having been waiting there for somebody walking out of the darkness for long long times:)
patient~and actually u deserve to appreciation:the shadow on the wall was the hero for this great wok,also the expression on the woman's face is funny...
colinbrenchley (6431) 2004-11-11 18:08
Great subject for B&W. Colour would have completely ruined this shot. The total blacks only served to focus your attention on the subject caught at the "decisive moment" in time. Also a bit of influence of the great French photographer Henri Cartier Breson whom I much admire.
weiphoto (335) 2004-11-13 22:35
This is a nice grab-shot. I particularly light the bright shaft of light, through which the hurried passer-by is going through--from the inky black tunnel. And you know that soon she'll be entering another black area. Am having trouble w/TE notifying me of you photos. Is there something I need to do, if I don't get my favorites?
- Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (3069)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2004-10-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Olympus C-5050Z, 35-105mm, @ ISO 64
- Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Vancouver Urban [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-19 9:27