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Overlooking New York

By AndyD999
This was taken last christmas in New York the day after she said YES!! It has been entered into the Wanderlust Travel Competition and has made it to the final! Just wish i knew back then what i knew now as it could have been even better!!

Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Black and white Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Portraits and people

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
9 Jan 2012 9:01PM
Congratulations on both counts Andy.

It is a very nice image. Hard to critique when its doing well as is in the competition.! The only suggestion I would have would be to try to get a little more contrast into the upper part.


luceombra 9 27 5 Italy
10 Jan 2012 8:28AM
Excellent capture
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2012 1:38PM
For me, needs more density in the top half. Competitions are strange things and different comps are actually looking at different things. Here it will be content, which is good - central park obviously. I would have asked the lady - your intended I assume - to take the weight off her arms a bit and would have gone for a smaller aperture and slower shutter speed.

Sepia works well, but this is a light sepia and what hat does is reduce contrast a lot. Even the darkest tones in a sepia image - even darker sepia - will not be black - thus contrast drops. I would have put a bit of contrast back into this.

vickyf 15 8 8 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2012 4:24PM
I really like this, but, for me, it is a bit busy and I'm not sure where you want me to look/what the main subject is? ie. is it about the skaters, the observer, the buildings or an overall view? I'd be inclined to crop it a bit so the diagonal of the shadow of the onlooker's hand comes into the right hand corner of the frame and crop out the slightly distracting light/post on the right hand side. I'd also prefer it in B&W (although this is very personal - I just don't happen to be a fan of sepia!). Having said all that, 10 out of 10 for atmosphere and capture.
CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2012 5:48PM
Congrats andy. It's a great pic. There is a lot going on as Vicky says and for that reason I think the low contrast on the buildings works OK. The main subject is the girl, the observer looking on, and the rest of the scene has a supporting role. Otherwise it would be too overpowering if everything was competing for attention.

Best wishes

Dee_licious1 15 23 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2012 5:53PM
Oh this is just lovely. So much to see and you can feel the atmosphere. A photo you can sit and enjoy for many minutes not just a moment which is all that was captured.


and many congratulations on the "yes" Smile
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2012 8:29PM
to be honest,for me the single most important feature of this scene its the fact that the top half is rather muted and hazy and the foreground is crisp and contrasty with the interest of the skating mid Distance.

If i was being real picky, the levels of the skating area look like they need a slight angular correction even though i suspect they are probably correct in reality and i would have tried a slightly lower viewpoint to lose some of building in the mid distace and place the figure in a slightly more dominant position within frame against the high rise buildings.

i can see why its doing well in a competition and really like it myself.

good luck

Tareq66 10 2 Egypt
11 Jan 2012 1:06AM
Amazing capture, And good luck in the Competitions Grin Grin
AndyD999 9 43 6 England
11 Jan 2012 9:58PM
Many thanks for the comments. I appreciate that the picture could be better in so many ways and I'm sure if I knew then what I know now it would be. But fingers crossed for the competition!
mikehit 11 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 12:09PM
For me, this is one of those pictures that doesn't need a 'single most important feature'. The story for me is in the myriad of different things going on - when you stand at a place like this and your eyes would bounce around the different things there are to see (skyline, the buildings, the skaters, who is sitting on the rock etc) and you would choose your own focus of interest. If you selectively focus on one item it is like telling your travel partner to look in one place when they are more interested in something else.
I think this photo gives flavour of what it was like to be there and that maybe why it reached the final of the photo competition which is run by a travel company.
ianrobinson 11 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2012 8:12PM
I think it's a top class image, the composition is superb with the lady in question pulling your eye into the image and the imposing giants in the back ground.
I like this a lot.


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