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Going down

By Ruthers
Taken in colour and then change. to black and white, no planning was involved as it was just taken on the spur of the moment. Any ideas on how to improve this image.

Tags: Up Down Interior Black and white Black and white Escalator Interiors Shopping centre Shopping mall Indoor shot

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2020 1:10PM
Hello again. Thanks for describing the circumstances, and for asking a specific question.

This does convey a vertiginous feel, a sense of danger. (It's the modern equivalent of Alice falling down the rabbit hole, in a way). I think the main opportunity for improvement was at the time of taking, if you had moved just a few cm to the right you would have been centrally placed for strict symmetry. This is 'not quite'...

It could also benefit from a bit more space at the sides, it seems a bit constricted, cramped.

I have added a modification. I used Skew to try to get a more symmetrical look. I also added a bit more width and used Free transform to stretch sideways. Just suggestions.

I do like the very hard, cold, uncompromising b&w.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.8k 13 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2020 1:52PM
Nice image, must be easier these days getting shots of an escalator without people on them.

While Moira was uploading her Mod I was making similar changes - so haven't repeated (maybe Moira's as a bit better too...)
This one is always going to be a fight with the lines on the floor vs verticals that, as Moaira said, would have been corrected by a few inches right. As a 'grab shot' might nit have been possible.

The only other input I'd have would be to have also changed the angle to attempt to reduce the reflected glare from the escalator hand rails. The left hand side is quite dominant in the image.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
11 Jul 2020 3:53PM
Sometimes images do appear in the spur of a moment.
If you do have the time to consider composition (rather than take a quick shot and leave it at that) then do so. If you have even just a few seconds to think it's worth it. With a static subject like this that should be ok but if people are involved then maybe your first shot will be the good one.
If there's any way of changing the ISO on your phone it would be worth it here as the light is low. The shutter speed is low here and there is a bit of softness due to movement. Or, and possibly not easy for this shot, find something steady to support yourself. Holding a phone or camera at arm's length is not conducive to steady shots. Drawing your elbows in wil help (I do because I can see the screen better that way Smile).
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
11 Jul 2020 6:01PM
Its decent. You could take a little more time next shot and do plan a little, getting the subject precisely square.

This is slightly off looking at the lines at the bottom and can be sorted a little using horizontal lens correction.

Done in the mod, as well as some sharpening and toning down the bright areas.


Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2020 8:25AM
I really like the strong b&w image.

With the black and white it's all about controlling the light and a lot of this can be done in processing. In the case I used a soft light b&w diamond gradient. This allow the centre of the light to be move and the size to just darken the edge a little. This allows the eyes to be pointed to the point you want.
I hope you like it...

Sorry the first upload (V3) was the wrong one.
Ruthers 8 9 Wales
12 Jul 2020 11:39AM
Thank you everyone for your comments, very helpful and informative especially Robert 51.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
12 Jul 2020 4:04PM
It's a good grab shot: you've centred the subject well (absolute precision tends to help with this sort of symmetrical subject), and the quality's decent for a mobile.

There's a bit of a lack of midtones that seems to happen easily with mobile images - I wonder if there's a preset that tends to do this to the picture, possibly in Snapseed... (By the way, how you processed, and in what app is helpful, along with the original unprocessed image as a version, or your own mod.)

But my snap answer to the question is 'Plan. Take a camera with you everywhere, and have it set to suitable mode/ISO/settings for grab shots.'

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