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Big Man on a Small Yellow Bike

By handlerstudio  
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.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
9 Feb 2013 5:30AM
Excellent ! I like these Smile

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Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 10:07AM
Always was an interesting way to frame an interesting subject.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 3:18PM
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.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Feb 2013 4:07PM
Yellow man on a yellow bike
just begging to be noticed!

Glad you did!
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.
paulbroad 10 123 1234 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 8:20PM
Yes, well seen and executed. V1 and v3 have the better arrangement of items.


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