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Ignore The Cameras

By Carrera_c      
Trying a bit of street photography with a bit of thought to it. I liked the side of this building as I felt it had a lot of interest and the gentleman walking past with his face in his phone played off of the security cameras along with his blue clothes contrasting with the wall.

Let me know your thoughts.

Tags: Street Glasgow Portraits and people

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dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 329 England
20 May 2014 9:00PM
An interesting capture, an isolated slice of life.
There is nothing her to say where this is, could be any city or town, and that's what gives it appeal, we can all identify with it.
Well spotted and well timed.

The guy is positioned nicely with more space to 'walk into' and I like the inclusion of the whole of the No Parking sign.

I have made a small crop to remove the windows at the top of th eimage, just to give more weight and attention to the figure. the viewer wants to look into the windows, whereas in the crop they eye stops at the cameras which, pointing down, return us to the figure.
I'm not saying the windows distract, but you don't lose anything by not seeing them, they aren't essential.

This image relies on different bold shapes - the figure, the pipe, the cameras, the text, the brickwork, and is therefore ideal for a monochrome image.
It's just a different interpretation, some images translate better than others and this is one of them.


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Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
20 May 2014 11:46PM
I'm going to have to disagree about the black and white, and in fact, about the figure contrasting with anything.
I like the idea, but the problem is that there is so much going on, and the wall is so bold, the guy gets a bit lost in the clutter. If he had been wearing bright clothes, he would have stood out, but as it is, my eyes wander around the frame looking for a definitive subject. He competes with the door, the lower window, the writing, the white square, the cameras and get my point.

I tried cropping various ways, but none were really satisfactory, and I couldn't make the figure more prominent without losing what you saw in the scene in the first place.

The b&w mod still has the conflict between all the "different bold shapes", unfortunately there are too many. I think black and white can work well with this kind of image, but the boldness should be in the simplicity....paring down to basics to enable you to concentrate on a single subject, juxtaposition or composition. There is just too much detail to take in.

That said, there is a lot of street photography like this out there, and it's a perfectly valid shot, but you have to ask yourself what you are trying to say? What is the subject, the background, or the figure? It can't really be both.

dudler Plus
13 465 883 England
21 May 2014 12:05PM
It's easy to be spoilt for choice when there's so much in the way of interesting shapes around. The art is to pick out something wonderful which is gently supported by everything else in the scene.

Personally, I find a slightly long lens helps (but then, I tend to find that with every subject). You isolate more, and that always helps with the production of an arresting picture.

I've done a crop and a mono conversion: this made some of the difficult complications evident, with the security cameras and hte white rectangle on the wall too prominent - so I did what I do in the darkroom, and burned them in a bit. I then dodged a bit on the figure.

Nick is right: he gets lost easily, because he's tonally similar to the background. Colour popping would make him stand out, but it wouldn't be true to the observational tradition of street photography. Just a special effect...

On the other hand, as Keith noted, the timing is perfect for placing the subject among the objects. And it's the sort of picture that the eye can ramble round for a long time without running out of connections to make.

The one thing I am sure of is that a logo is not a good idea. Cartier-Bresson never put one on his shots...

Maybe it's a question of whether you want to make something graphic, stark, and simple - or isolate a slightly-awkward, contradictory slice of real life...
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
21 May 2014 5:50PM
And now for something completely different!

The original needs a little work on exposure and colour tone.

Then wouldnt it be nice if that guy was walking the other way? Even if the shadow looks weird.

And then a mono.

Had some fun with this.


banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
21 May 2014 7:06PM
Forgot to leave this link to some really good "street" shots

Carrera_c 7 271 3 United Kingdom
21 May 2014 9:11PM
Thanks a lot for the feedback and modifications guys. I'm torn weather I like the monochrome's over the colour version, I like banehawi's mono conversion with the subject really popping out, even if he is walking the wrong direction. Tongue
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
21 May 2014 9:32PM
hes walking the right direction, but wrongly!

pablophotographer 5 678 269
22 May 2014 12:26AM
Hey, Glasgow in sunlight! that's rare...

Lovely colours.

I was about to do a crop but dudler did exactly what I had in mind; actually I can't see why to relate the NO PARKING sign with a pedestrian; he is fine as a subject in the tight frame with the security cameras.

So my mod is not exactly a mod... but another reading of it, which I think it keeps the element of fun.


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