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Tower of Power

By malc_c
City Hall London on the South Bank. Obviously iconic, The main thing that attracted me was the reflections from the wet paving slabs, but to keep the image simple I also removed another building that was peeking out behind.

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Personally I love the tones throughout this shot, with just the occasional hint of colour coming off peoples coats.

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20 Jun 2009 8:21AM
love it the mass of black and white then the small but powerful red and blue, Very good
Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
20 Jun 2009 8:24AM
I love the idea of this shot and I think it works pretty well. The main subject is clearly the city hall, but the importance of the people cannot be ignored. There is a lot of dead space in the foreground of this shot, and I suspect that you have tried to use the reflection of the building in the wet paving slabs. It's not a strong reflection though, and doesn't give anything (IMO) to the shot.
A stronger composition, I think, would to have had the figures slightly more involved in the shot. You don't want them to dominate, but perhaps if they were slightly closer to the camera, then the shot would be a lot better.
It's not clear to me if you have colour popped here, but I think that this shot would really work in complete mono but with the umbrellas and people in colour.

Hope this feedback helps you.


Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2009 5:35PM
Davids right ,

and as well , as your good at cloning , ive done a mod to simplify the elements , a square crop is poss after , but its a strong image to start with. nice one
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
20 Jun 2009 10:54PM
Really strong image, - I like it, and Eviscera's mod also.

malc_c 11 2 167 England
20 Jun 2009 11:35PM
Cheers guys, thanks for the feedback...

David, I agree that having a more dominant primary figure to create more personal involvement might have been better, but this was the best I had from the set. And you're right that cropping to remove some of the foreground creates a more classically balanced image. My reason for the crop as presented was that in a high resolution print I felt the wet paving slabs provided an interesting enough texture to support the space and a strong enough lead-in to justify it. Looking at it again a tighter crop might be the better option. Of course I then start to worry that the more classical approach is too playing it too safe!

discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2009 9:27AM
I would suggest that if you're taking out the building in the background, then it makes equal sense to remove the tree poking out from behind the fence. It distracts from the clean lines, and it's removal would aid the context in my opinion. What you'd be left with is a clinical study of form in the urban environment. The rain provides the natural contrast to that.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
21 Jun 2009 9:53PM
Could have been good if the chap with brolly was more too the left, think your timing was just a little out here.

As it is though maybe a square crop loosing the left third could make all the difference, and converted to B&W or Sepia.

The wet paving makes a nice lead in.
phader Plus
9 16 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 2:14AM
This is a great shot! I love the tones, and think the image needs the space at the bottome for a full reflection of the shape of the testicle, er... City Hall!
What about the blue patch in the top left hand corner?
malc_c 11 2 167 England
25 Jun 2009 6:34PM
Thanks again for the further suggestions.

Paul, I certainly agree that it would have been better if the brolly-man had been a little to the left. I guess that might be possible, although moving the reflected shadow convincingly could be a challenge. I almost like the square crop, so I've been playing with that and feel that leaving a little more to the left than square works for me... so that the line of paving slabs just to the left of the figure start on the bottom of the picture. I feel this gives a nice lead in. So that's a great suggestion. I'm not so sure about the mono, and I'm a great fan normally, I just rather like the minimalist colour in this.

David, the tree, I'm sure I would have had a reason to leave it. In fact as I replaced the sky from another shot it would have taken effort to make it work! For the life of me I can't remember or come up with an excuse for why it's there though. It should go.

Thanks again,

xwang 9 56 8
4 Aug 2009 12:09AM
Very creative.

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