Discussion in 'The Black & White Gallery' started by amolitor, Jan 14, 2014.
Hard to see because of the motion blur.
I assure you my attraction is entirely conscious.
What makes this picture go for aficionados of classical street photography is the repeated shapes and postures. The girl, the man, the sandwich board, all pretty much the same posture. Together the three form another triangle (it would be better if the fellow above was about a foot further back). The branch and the car echo, to a lesser degree, some of the same diagonals.
Then there's a little contrast of implied narratives between the guy relaxing and mucking about on his phone, against the girl who is clearly Going Somewhere, and the other remarks people have made about seasonal notes and so on. It all starts from the geometry, though, the repeated triangles.
The geometry isn't particularly obvious here, it's somewhere between "subtle" and "not very good".
Almost all of this is, of course, completely accidental. I was going for "pedestrian versus guy on the deck" and hoping for something interesting to happen. But that's pretty much how street happens.
I would suggest the new TPF Gallery: PNA Photography, aka Pictures Narrow in Appeal. I can flood this Gallery with beautiful PNA shots, promise.
Amolitor, with due respect, you can close your eyes,take a random street shot, then study it and find all the above ingredients - repeated shapes and lines, similar postures, triangles and "implied narratives". Most probably there will be someone who is going somewhere (or even Going Somewhere !). And a street shot without someone mucking about oh his/her phone in the frame is a big luck these days.
Does it all constitute a good photo? You can not serve a borshch and claim it is tasty because all the ingredients are there: meat, carrots, beetroot, potatos etc. YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO COOK IT, MATE.
So if I don't like it I must not be an aficionado and incorrect?
Liking it is irrelevant. If you don't pick up on the geometry, then you're not an aficionado. The words "correct" and "incorrect" don't even seem to be applicable.
Also wide open just how i like them
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I see balance, timing and geometry. I'll be honest that I'm not a fan of this image, but i love how the branch reflected mimics the weight of the car, the woman would be better if caught just slightly earlier in my opinion.
Its a bit cluttered, but that just my opinion!
Mathematician first, ha ? :lmao:
Im on my phone at work so im not getting to see a very large image, but i like the lighter of the full images better than the darker. Love the womans boots, and for some reason, the way you caught her mid stride reminds me of a Beatles album. Abbey road perhaps? Cant remember now... Been too long since i had records.
My biggest nitpick here would be the branches in the way. I find them a bit distracting. I personally might like this one better cropped down to just the woman and a bit of surroundings.
There are actually a gazillion lines and shapes, way more than I saw initially. However, I keep going back to her legs wondering how tall she is; that seems to be one helluva stride she just took.
I like the shot. And as long as you don't take 3000 pictures of her and start using them as wallpaper it's not creepy at all
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