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Calle del arco (arcīs street)

By JuanCarlos
Arch built in colonial Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala second capital. The arc (like a bridge) was used for the nuns moved from one to another building without being seen or see other people.

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banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
6 Oct 2016 1:35PM
This is a better shot.

Bright, colourful, vibrant.

I dont understand though why you placed the red flowers in front of the lens, - its tends to spoil a very nice street scene. It would be better without the flowers which block part of the scene.


The mod has lower contrast, with shadow details lifted a little.


Regards


Willie
6 Oct 2016 4:07PM

Quote:This is a better shot.

Bright, colourful, vibrant.

I dont understand though why you placed the red flowers in front of the lens, - its tends to spoil a very nice street scene. It would be better without the flowers which block part of the scene.


The mod has lower contrast, with shadow details lifted a little.


Regards


Willie



Willie: Thanks for your comments and modification you've done. I believe photography principipalmente improved in the shadows. This is a common photograph in Guatemala and to make it different I would have included flowers in the front. I very much appreciate your suggestions. Greetings.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2016 5:40PM
I like the story of the nuns and and arch.

I fully appreciate your attempt to be different, Juan, but I would rather view the arch without the flowers. They act as a barrier to the scene, more so with them being blurred.
You may say that the arch is still visible, inbetween the flowers, and that's a good argument for them being there, but they are still unattractive.
You may also well argue that the flowers cover up a lot of pedestrians.
For me, it's hard to get beyond the blurred flowers, they are a distraction.

The alternative is to make the flowers your subject, have them focused and sharp, with the arch in the background blurred.

Pamela.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
7 Oct 2016 9:10AM
Yes, Juan - I understand and endorse the desire to do soemthign different, and putting some interest in the foreground to frame a view is a good way to do that.

In this case, I think it would take two things to make it work really well. First, the flowers need to be more of a fringe than a major part of the image. As they are, they block a good deal of the view. Second, while frames don't always have to be sharp, I think they need to be in this case, so you'd have needed to use a considerably smaller aperture.

Absolutely ideally, there'd be some extra feature - maybe a person holding a basket with the flowers in it - to add real foreground interest, as wel las a frame.
17 Oct 2016 3:30PM

Quote:Yes, Juan - I understand and endorse the desire to do soemthign different, and putting some interest in the foreground to frame a view is a good way to do that.

In this case, I think it would take two things to make it work really well. First, the flowers need to be more of a fringe than a major part of the image. As they are, they block a good deal of the view. Second, while frames don't always have to be sharp, I think they need to be in this case, so you'd have needed to use a considerably smaller aperture.

Absolutely ideally, there'd be some extra feature - maybe a person holding a basket with the flowers in it - to add real foreground interest, as wel las a frame.


-dudler: Thanks for your suggestions. I will apply them to improve.
17 Oct 2016 3:31PM

Quote:I like the story of the nuns and and arch.

I fully appreciate your attempt to be different, Juan, but I would rather view the arch without the flowers. They act as a barrier to the scene, more so with them being blurred.
You may say that the arch is still visible, inbetween the flowers, and that's a good argument for them being there, but they are still unattractive.
You may also well argue that the flowers cover up a lot of pedestrians.
For me, it's hard to get beyond the blurred flowers, they are a distraction.

The alternative is to make the flowers your subject, have them focused and sharp, with the arch in the background blurred.

Pamela.



Pamela: Thanks for your suggestions. I will apply them to improve. I value your advice a lot.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2016 5:45PM
The pink colour is gorgeous, vibrant and hot. But I will echo John (dudler)'s point.

Quote:the flowers need to be more of a fringe than a major part of the image. As they are, they block a good deal of the view. Second, while frames don't always have to be sharp, I think they need to be in this case, so you'd have needed to use a considerably smaller aperture.

There is a big difference between a frame and a barrier, and here the flowers serve more as the latter. It's the fact that they are so out of focus and so dominant. I've said this a few times recently - the human eye and brain have difficulty with something out of focus viewed right up close. Try holding your hand immediately in front of your face, then try to look through your fingers and focus on the distant view. It's not comfortable for the eyes, but that effectively is what you are making the viewer do here.

So keep the flowers to the corners of the frame, plus perhaps a baseline below the real action. Make sure that the figures in the street are fully visible, not half hidden.

By the way regarding the English title - it would be better as Arch Street, or the Street of the Arch.

I hope we shall see more.
18 Oct 2016 3:32PM

Quote:The pink colour is gorgeous, vibrant and hot. But I will echo John (dudler)'s point.

Quote:the flowers need to be more of a fringe than a major part of the image. As they are, they block a good deal of the view. Second, while frames don't always have to be sharp, I think they need to be in this case, so you'd have needed to use a considerably smaller aperture.

There is a big difference between a frame and a barrier, and here the flowers serve more as the latter. It's the fact that they are so out of focus and so dominant. I've said this a few times recently - the human eye and brain have difficulty with something out of focus viewed right up close. Try holding your hand immediately in front of your face, then try to look through your fingers and focus on the distant view. It's not comfortable for the eyes, but that effectively is what you are making the viewer do here.

So keep the flowers to the corners of the frame, plus perhaps a baseline below the real action. Make sure that the figures in the street are fully visible, not half hidden.

By the way regarding the English title - it would be better as Arch Street, or the Street of the Arch.

I hope we shall see more.



I thank you very much for your comments and your suggestions. You explanation is very clear. Greetings.

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