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The house, the bridge, the couple

By pablophotographer
Magic three.
From my last batch of Kodak BW400CN (freshly expired Nov. 2014, but kept in fridge). On this frame I wanted an architectural picture, the main objects were the bridge itself and the climaxing building; I was expecting one definite iconic type of black painted car to come to fill in the picture but no such thing arrived as I was waiting kneeled for five minutes and started feeling tired. The couple appeared from different directions met halfway on the bridge and came towards me. I decided to shoot after contemplating if they would counterbalance the absence of the vehicle nicely and decided to shoot, but I should have done milliseconds earlier so as the body of the man doesn't hide the a part of the building or his head is not that close to the tension wires of the bridge. Camera used: The all automatic rangefinder Nikon RD2, large pocket camera with a 35mm lens, fixed. It looks pretty unassuming camera but it gives you full frame while you look like poor tourist from South America. The couple didn't bother with my presence so I think it is also a proper street photography image. No crop. Scanned by Fujifilm labs.

Tags: Street photography General Architecture Black and white Landscape and travel Portraits and people

Voters: Maiwand, Chinga, PranavMishra and 11 more


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Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2015 11:39AM
Good mono offering a good visual,
The fact that you left the two walkers in gives such a good dimension to the scene. Good work...
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TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2015 12:47PM
The fact that the man's body covers part of the furthest end of the building doesn't bother me in the slightest, but I do know what you mean about his head being so close to the tensioner wires of the bridge. As you rightly say, it's often those split seconds between thinking something and pressing the button that make all the difference. However, although it's a niggle I don't think it detracts too much from the overall image.

I like the way the woman has her head turned towards the man, in conversation and easy companionship.

And I really like the way the seemingly impossibly delicate bridge gives a wonderful counterpoint to the solidity of the building in the background, especially as your use of a wide-ish (on a FF camera, anyway) angle lens has exaggerated the lean of the building Smile

I think the toning works well with the image. Even though pinky-green wouldn't necessarily be the colours I'd think of first for this, they actually work well together with the context of the image. It gives it a sort of contemporary, yet classic, feeling.

The only tiny bit I'd personally change (either clone out or crop out) is the two bits of lamp posts on the right hand edge of the image - the line at the top right corner and the pointy thing sticking into the image about half way down.

Other than that, I really like this one a lot Grin

Tanya
pablophotographer 10 2.0k 416
9 Jul 2015 1:47AM

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And I really like the way the seemingly impossibly delicate bridge gives a wonderful counterpoint to the solidity of the building in the background, especially as your use of a wide-ish (on a FF camera, anyway) angle lens has exaggerated the lean of the building Smile

The only tiny bit I'd personally change (either clone out or crop out) is the two bits of lamp posts on the right hand edge of the image - the line at the top right corner and the pointy thing sticking into the image about half way down.

Other than that, I really like this one a lot Grin

Tanya



Thanks Tanya. Coming to think of it the exaggeration of the leaning of the building is not as much as the width of the lens, but the tilt I did to the camera to include THAT little part of the bridge in the frame; what it did cause was a different angle of registering on the plane of the film, as since it was recorded upside down on the film the part away registered closer but skewed. I could to stand a couple of meters backwards and move the camera on a vertical plane to the building but as you say that part of the bridge wouldn't be recorded as is now.
The naughty rangefinder beat me more than twice, Check my pic ''This is my office'' on my black and white group for a surprising appearance.
These two lamp post parts were not seen in the viewfinder window when I composed the image. But these are the joys of film. I feel happy for not having paid an extreme amount to getting a chance of taking pictures with a Leica where the hood is left on the lens you shoot a blank frame and you proceed to the next Smile

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