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City Hall London on the South Bank. Obviously iconic, The main thing that attracted me was the reflections from the wet paving slabs, but to keep the image simple I also removed another building that was peeking out behind.

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:EF/S 10-22
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Tower of Power
Username:malc_c malc_c
Uploaded:20 Jun 2009 - 6:56 AM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Photo journalism, Street photography
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KangaRU
KangaRU e2 Member 7KangaRU vcard United Kingdom
20 Jun 2009 - 7:52 AM

Personally I love the tones throughout this shot, with just the occasional hint of colour coming off peoples coats.

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20 Jun 2009 - 8:21 AM

love it the mass of black and white then the small but powerful red and blue, Very good

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Morgs
Morgs  5 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 8:24 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I love the idea of this shot and I think it works pretty well. The main subject is clearly the city hall, but the importance of the people cannot be ignored. There is a lot of dead space in the foreground of this shot, and I suspect that you have tried to use the reflection of the building in the wet paving slabs. It's not a strong reflection though, and doesn't give anything (IMO) to the shot.
A stronger composition, I think, would to have had the figures slightly more involved in the shot. You don't want them to dominate, but perhaps if they were slightly closer to the camera, then the shot would be a lot better.
It's not clear to me if you have colour popped here, but I think that this shot would really work in complete mono but with the umbrellas and people in colour.

Hope this feedback helps you.

Regards,

David

Last Modified By Morgs at 20 Jun 2009 - 8:24 AM

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Eviscera
Eviscera  71093 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 5:35 PM

Davids right ,

and as well , as your good at cloning , ive done a mod to simplify the elements , a square crop is poss after , but its a strong image to start with. nice one

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 10:54 PM

Really strong image, - I like it, and Eviscera's mod also.


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malc_c
malc_c  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2009 - 11:35 PM

Cheers guys, thanks for the feedback...

David, I agree that having a more dominant primary figure to create more personal involvement might have been better, but this was the best I had from the set. And you're right that cropping to remove some of the foreground creates a more classically balanced image. My reason for the crop as presented was that in a high resolution print I felt the wet paving slabs provided an interesting enough texture to support the space and a strong enough lead-in to justify it. Looking at it again a tighter crop might be the better option. Of course I then start to worry that the more classical approach is too playing it too safe!

malcolm.

Last Modified By malc_c at 20 Jun 2009 - 11:38 PM

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discreetphoton Site Moderator 93427 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 9:27 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I would suggest that if you're taking out the building in the background, then it makes equal sense to remove the tree poking out from behind the fence. It distracts from the clean lines, and it's removal would aid the context in my opinion. What you'd be left with is a clinical study of form in the urban environment. The rain provides the natural contrast to that.
David.

Last Modified By discreetphoton at 21 Jun 2009 - 9:29 AM

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214383 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 9:53 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Could have been good if the chap with brolly was more too the left, think your timing was just a little out here.

As it is though maybe a square crop loosing the left third could make all the difference, and converted to B&W or Sepia.

The wet paving makes a nice lead in.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 21 Jun 2009 - 9:54 PM

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phader
phader  53 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2009 - 2:14 AM

This is a great shot! I love the tones, and think the image needs the space at the bottome for a full reflection of the shape of the testicle, er... City Hall!
What about the blue patch in the top left hand corner?
Best,
Andrew

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malc_c
malc_c  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2009 - 6:34 PM

Thanks again for the further suggestions.

Paul, I certainly agree that it would have been better if the brolly-man had been a little to the left. I guess that might be possible, although moving the reflected shadow convincingly could be a challenge. I almost like the square crop, so I've been playing with that and feel that leaving a little more to the left than square works for me... so that the line of paving slabs just to the left of the figure start on the bottom of the picture. I feel this gives a nice lead in. So that's a great suggestion. I'm not so sure about the mono, and I'm a great fan normally, I just rather like the minimalist colour in this.

David, the tree, I'm sure I would have had a reason to leave it. In fact as I replaced the sky from another shot it would have taken effort to make it work! For the life of me I can't remember or come up with an excuse for why it's there though. It should go.

Thanks again,

malcolm

Last Modified By malc_c at 25 Jun 2009 - 6:37 PM

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xwang
xwang  431 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2009 - 12:09 AM

Very creative.

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