This is an AMAZING shot. Everything about it is superb -- your composition, use of DOF, your mono processing, etc.
Your compassionate commentary is fully repeated in your shot -- the man's isolation in a crowd, several generations represented -- from the little kids playing to the young couple embracing to the man on the right -- engrossed in his device.
I really wish I hadn't already given a user award today. This image tops anything I've seen for a while.
Quote: Prefer this to the mono. It is a different view also. Those little green lights near the bottom, I'm not sure what they are. .....Sandy
Sandy -- I've been noticing that as well. I suspect it is something related to lens flare that we often see when somebody is shooting into the sun. I've been seeing it in my work under these circumstances:
-- using the 50 mm prime lens
-- shooting wide open (f1.8)
-- shooting in very low light with some bright light source near the top of the image.
Quote: I am a fan of solarization Mark, great effect The tower and the sky does work well!
You know I am a fan of solarization -- or any experimentation. It is a weird filter -- completely unpredictable and only a small percentage of images lend themselves to solarization.
This image is one of those special images. I love the silvery effect on the tower and other buildings while the sky remains a bit more natural.