I love to walk down alleys. I've been living in downtown TO since the early 90s and I never take a major road when an alley will do... even at night. Luckily this is Toronto and I've never had any problems.
The reason I love alleys are because they are quieter than the roads and often it's the faster way... And it's also because I love the graffiti and the mess. Call me crazy.
This alley is behind Chinese restaurants on Spadina near Dundas. Near that face in the background is the inscription: Chocky's Parking (thus the title of the pic)
Post-pro: sharpening, levels, curves, increased saturation.
I happen to really like this picture, so please comment on it, EVEN if you don't like it, I want to hear.
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Rockyboy (20598) 2003-12-28 17:35
I think it is a very good idea to post this type of picture. There are not only beautiful things in that world and with TE, we can show them. Here, there is a real feeling of agressivity and the quality of the picture is very good. I also like the colours, particulary those of the graffiti.
But I don't understand why you love walking in such alleys... and it is your choice!
momshu (505) 2003-12-28 23:47
Yes, I love alleys too! The air brush practice work I could pass on. It's that guy behind the door which I think is true graffiti. I often wonder if most urban civilizations have had alleys and is there a history of graffiti thru the ages. Great intro shot to the world of alleys. Bring on some more Alex.
timmiles (0) 2003-12-29 6:09
Very interesting shot and note which tell us so much about your daily life in Toronto. Nice Image - I like every element together - the trolley, the pile of rubbish, the two bits of graffiti - well done.
fotofreak (1677) 2003-12-29 21:57
This really is a great photo. Everything works well together. What I really find effective is the way that the colour red flows throughout the photo. My eye directly went to the red wall in the background, then to the buggy, then to the graffiti (even to the Tim Hortins cup!).
I really like the caveman looking face on the wall. I can already visualize a new photo! Find out then their garbage day is. Go back after the garbage is gone and take another shot of the face and the red wall by itself. The B&W contrasting against the red would be brilliant!
Anyways...another interesting photo Alex!
dmartnyc (0) 2003-12-31 11:02
You have such a great eye, and this is a perfect example of a street photography shot (a traditional b&w medium) in which the composition demands color -- this simply wouldn't be able to capture the scene without color. The shopping cart in the left foreground is just the miraculous touch this needed. Great eye.
Padre (59) 2004-03-10 14:35
This is a good frame, colors are strong, works for me. great job!
- Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (3071)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-12-28
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Olympus C-5050Z, 35-105mm, Digital
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): graffiti, Toronto Streetshots in Colour, Sato: Toronto is a Trip! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-12-28 17:22