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I was driving down Spring Garden St. in Philadelphia last summer when I saw in my rearview mirror this guy on a small bike who looked more like he belonged on a Harley. And, I happened to have my camera with me. Over a few blocks, at traffic lights I was able to take a number of shots; one of them had him framed by the stone bridge behind him. This kind of fits my "incongruity" file.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens:Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 ZUIKO Digital ED Black Micro Four Thirds Lens
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Jul 2012 - 6:00 PM
Focal Length:33mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:6400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:ESP
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Big Man on a Small Yellow Bike
Username:handlerstudio handlerstudio
Uploaded:9 Feb 2013 - 4:27 AM
Tags:Action, Humour / fun, People, Photo journalism
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
9 Feb 2013 - 5:30 AM

Excellent ! I like these Smile

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:07 AM

Always was an interesting way to frame an interesting subject.

Frank

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pamelajean Critique Team 8827 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the way you think outside the box, Peter, your pictures are always interesting.
I'm glad you took these at traffic lights, unless you happened to be a passenger in the car! Of course, this was easier, too, because the traffic was static, with no motion blur. Being dressed in yellow and on a yellow bike, the eye goes straight to him. Love his bushy beard and goggles. I like the reflected scenes in the side of your car too, and think this provides added interest.
It's a natural assumption that you need to include a lot of the mirror frame, in order to give the viewer a better idea of how the picture was taken, but it's not always necessary. The viewer will fill in the gaps, as long as there is a bit of backgound showing, for context. So, I like what you have done in Vs 2 and 3 for this reason.
My first modification, of V1, shows a crop that helps concentrate attention on the biker and still includes the reflection.
My second modification, of V2, shows another crop. I think this one is my favourite because the biker seems to be looking at you, perhaps he realised what you were doing.
In both, I adjusted levels, brightened and sharpened. For V1, I lifted the shadows in order to separate the biker's helmet from the bridge shadow.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 9 Feb 2013 - 3:20 PM

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 4:07 PM

Yellow man on a yellow bike
just begging to be noticed!

Glad you did!

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 4:32 PM

Thanks for your feedback, Pamelajean, as well as your mods. The reason I do not like my V2&3 is the composition of the photo within the photo, in the mirror. His possible looking at me in the third is interesting.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom879 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 8:20 PM

Yes, well seen and executed. V1 and v3 have the better arrangement of items.

Paul

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