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Missed flight

By RocMartin  
as a business traveler I was attracted to this shot as it sums up the tedium and loneliness of airports.

maybe this could become a series??

Tags: Transport Black and white Portraits and people

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 10:42AM
Welcome to ePHOTOzine critique gallery.
I really like this image, it has an impact. Technically looks good, settings fine. I recognised it as a man sitting in a large waiting area and left me wondering how you took the photo. Did the owner of the legs know the photographer, if not there was some mighty strange behaviour going on!
I'm sure it could become part of a series, waiting or airports or legs, or ..............
I'll be interested to see what others have to say, it works well for me

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6 Mar 2013 11:25AM
Thanks Ian

it was totally candid. I was sitting facing away from the subject and took the picture with the camera between my legs, on the floor, facing backwards under my bench!

My interest is in candid street photography. This is my first post to see how the site works - looks great. I'm interested in any further feedback

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
6 Mar 2013 1:26PM
what a great idea...must try it next time I'm at the airport SmileSmile
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
6 Mar 2013 1:59PM
Welcome to EPZ.

This is a very creative and original concept. Its well exposed, a very good mono conversion. What it may benefit with is some airport connection in the image, rather than depending on the narrative, - or a title change to just waiting.

Theres a small white spot.stain on his right leg that can be cloned out.

I also have the same camera/lens, - fantastic piece of gear.

regards, and enjoy the site.

6 Mar 2013 3:10PM
Thanks Willie, good points.

the xpro1, despite focussing issues, is fabulous. High iso performance is amazing - what a sensor.

The site seems great and I'll spend some time getting to know it better


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 3:46PM
Hello, Martin, and welcome to EPZ.

Quote: I was sitting facing away from the subject and took the picture with the camera between my legs, on the floor, facing backwards under my bench!

That really made me laugh.
I like Willie's idea of re-titling it "Waiting", or even "Legs and Legs"Grin!
You managed to get a clutter-free image, and there isn't even any baggage on the floor, nothing to distract from the legs. I like the reflections in the shiny floor.
I tried cropping the top, down to the seat, but it didn't work because it wasn't then obvious that the man was sitting down. I also tried straightening the seat, but that didn't work either because the seating legs weren't then straight.
So my modification shows a simple crop, maintaining your aspect ratio, and leaving more space on the left, where his right foot is slightly stretched out and pointing.
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 7:24PM
Very well done. My kind of candid. Might just take a little strip off across the bottom and burn in slightly on some of the legs.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 10:10PM
this is really a nice bit of image seeing and a super mono conversion with a great range of contrast and tones. much more to be said by the abstact than the whole. i like the choice of depth of field too, just enough of the image is sharp yet the rest is interesting enough to make the tunnels between the seat legs interesting.

i wouldnt do much to it, maybe a slight crop off the top to the top of the seat to tighten the composition and lose the highlights of that bag strap top right corner, and clone out that highlight band centre between the feet.

love it as a subject, you could do a series of these from the same seat.

best regards
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 6:46PM
I love your description of taking this. I shoot from the hip, from the lap, from the table-top. Backwards between the legs - that's a new one...
It works for me. The toe of one shoe and the heel of the other are slightly raised, that suggests impatient tapping of feet. That was the first thing that I noticed before I read any narrative.
The chair legs are so immediately recognisable as institutional, commercial. Anonymous ranks. I don't think it needs more context - this is the limbo of trapped, confined waiting, with no control over your progress - we've all been there.
I like Phil's crop suggestion. As an alternative I might crop a bit of floor from the bottom, up to just below where the reflections start in earnest - just to give greater importance to the legs. But that's the only change. I rather envy this one, and I shall bear the technique in mind.
And welcome to the site, it's a great place to learn!

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