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Sense amidst Chaos

By Benlib
This is one of many photo taken during one of my trips to Amsterdam. I like this shot as it encapsulate my personal perspective of this city. There indeed lots of sense, progress, order in the midst of seeming chaotic environment. Bikes zooming pass you from everywhere, night spot, 'coffee' shop, rowdy holiday makers...

Tags: Travel Chaos B and amp w Landscape and travel City center

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Hi Mr Fishlee, Love all those well orrdered verticals in b/ground against the chaos of the diag's & circles in f/ground foreground. will be having a good look at your pf later. Thanks, Si

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22 Apr 2013 10:23AM
There is a lot going on in that picture but it seems to organise it self well and not fighting with one another giving 3 clear set dimensions foreground mid and background.

Makes for an interesting shot.
tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
26 Jul 2013 2:50AM
I like this as it does give an overall feel for the place. I wonder what the poster is about...[ secret? revealed? ]. Well done! TG
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 8:07AM
Your title is interesting, it tells me what you were trying to achieve. A cluttered scene is always a challenge composition-wise - to get some sense of structure into it, to prioritise subjects, to direct a path for the viewer's eye to follow.
Full marks for using portrait format here, it can lead the eye up and down.
This is a scene full of interest, and the bikes provide strong foreground interest. But the almost random selective colour confuses the issue for me rather than creating sense. The main problem for me is the prominence that you have given to that round advertising thingy, to be honest on first looking at this I thought it was a discarded drinks can standing on the bikes, and I couldn't work out the scale. The processing brings it right up to the eye rather than allowing it to sit in the middle ground. Same with that blue advertisement, which is actually behind the round one but because it's a stronger colour seems to be in front of it.
I do like the composition, but for me either straight b&w, with a bit of dodging and burning to bring forward the bikes, or selective colour on the bikes, would work better. It would give a better sense of the different planes - that's what's lacking for me here.
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 9:04AM
Could be an interesting image but the part conversion has not worked. Either all colour, or all mono. You are also rather under exposed. Near a stop I would think, unless it is due to your processing.

You need to brighten things up a bit without blowing highlights, then add a touch of sharpening.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
26 Jul 2013 9:21AM
Fine shot of this fascinating city...have tried a few different approcahes...V2 was made using a prog called Shiftn which attemmpts to correct verticals...I didn't look close enough at the results before uploading SadSad

My preference is for the mono (a preset tone in LR4) but the colour works well too (imho) GrinGrin
Benlib 6 1 3
27 Jul 2013 3:30AM
Appreciate all the comments, I really learn from your experts, there are some much can be done with post processing. This is simple done with Picasa Editor. Will brush up my lightroom or photoshop skills and try to incorporate all the valuable suggestions to see the outcome.

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