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Backstreet Bins

By neillr  
I'm new here so please be gentle. I am not convinced that the tall format looks very comfortable and would welcome your views.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Landscape and travel

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achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
8 Oct 2010 2:10PM
Good composition, exposure and detail, you have a good eye for photography!


frz67 11 10 32 Italy
8 Oct 2010 2:28PM
Hi Neill,
first of all welcome to EPZ! Hope you'll enjoy the site.

I like the idea behind your picture, and there is a great potential, IMO.
One of the issue I see is the quite dark FG with the reflection in the puddle barely visible, and in general the picture is a bit underexposed.
I see you shoot in RAW, so it is easy to correct this.
the other issue is the position of the "horizon" which is nor central neither in the upper third. I would suggest to crop the upper part to rise the horizon.
Finally, despite the title the more evident part in the picture is that gray thing (I've no idea what is it) in the upper part of the picture. Bins are not really visible except for the red one. Maybe "Backstreet" would have been a better title.
In the mod, I've tried to show my thoughts and sorry for not replicating the frame. Smile
In the second mod, just a conversion in B&W

hope it helps

James_C Plus
11 38 57 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2010 8:36AM
Good morning Niel and welcome to epz,

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." - so they say. Well, I rather like your photograph and I totally disagree with frz67 Francesco. The scene that you have photographed is dark and uninviting. It is the nature of this type of place and your picture captures it very well. The bins, which are the subject of your picture, are on the upper third line and about a third in from the edge, which by any reconning is a good position. Take a look at the Editor's Choice Gallery with the Architecture and Landscape/Travel filter applied and you will see plenty of examples of pictures with their "horizon" neither in the upper third nor central. The natural lines within this scene - the run of the curb, the edge of the nearer building, the run of the puddle, even the metal plate in the foreground - bring the eye in to the subject.

I agree with Focus_Man Frank that the grey units are an integral part of the scene and compositionally are important as they help balance the ovreall composition. Also, without them the toneal balance is lopsided. I don't agree that the chequer plate would be better off out of the picture. It's state is typical of where it is and it forms a relevant part of the overall composition. If anything I would just tone it down a little. I do agree that it would be worth cropping out the overhead cable.

I have posted a version with the cable removed, with the curves very slightly tweeked to raise the attention on the bins and to slighly tone down the foreground. I have also marginally sharpened it before reuploading. The only other thing I would do is modify the title to read "Red Bin".

I hope this is helpful.

Enjoy your time with epz. I've found the group very friendly and helpful.

All the best,

DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2010 8:34PM
Welcome to ePhotozine!

A brave shot for your first upload. Smile I think it works quite well, with the lines of the roadway leading the eye through the shot. The steel plate gives a nice texture and the reflections add interest. Ideally, the bins would be a bit more prominent — say, under the blue graffiti — but I notice that you have placed them around the intersection of thirds. Alas, they still wouldn't be reflected if under the graffiti and, in any case, you can't really go moving peoples' bins around. Smile

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