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Wet day in Wolverhampton

By dudler
It's a while since I've posted a picture for critique, so here's a poser and a cause for thought, I hope.

This was shot while walking, so it's not true and square, but slightly tilted and unsteady.

I tried squaring things up - but i think I prefer the original, even though the tilt is slight, and everythign seems off-balance.

All thoughts welcome.

Tags: Rain Street Pavement Wolverhampton

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kaybee Plus
17 7.9k 26 Scotland
4 Apr 2018 7:36AM
The 'tilt' adds a dynamic feel since it goes with the curve of the wall. This adds to the sense of movement and almost speed (leaning into the curve - hair being thrown out to the side - in full stride.........).
It may be slight but I think it is significant there
4 Apr 2018 8:54AM
v.1 has more movement, imho, and i love the wet pavement look
4 Apr 2018 8:54AM
I agree with kaybee but did wonder - what if you cropped at the walkers feet and just had reflections of her ?
Belay that last point, it's rubbish(the comment NOT the image)
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
4 Apr 2018 9:52AM
Absolutely NOT rubbish, Peter!

I really wish I'd thought of that. And doing the crop makes me wonder about giving a couple of Nik filters a go...
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2018 11:06AM
Yes I like the crop sometimes I think we straighten images too much.

The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tilt, canted angle, or oblique angle, is a type of camera shot where the camera is set at an angle on its roll axis so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame, or so that the horizon line of the shot is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame. This produces a viewpoint akin to tilting one's head to the side.[1]

In cinematography, the Dutch angle is one of many cinematic techniques often used to portray psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
4 Apr 2018 1:00PM
Thanks, Kate - I never knew it was called that. I shall look for a picture of my friend Danielle (who is from Holland) to tilt.

The thing about a tilt that was in my mind when I posted this was that a slight tilt - like this picture - looks like an accident. A bigger tilt, ten or fifteen degrees, has to be deliberate... But this did have an appeal as it was.
rambler Plus
13 1.0k 17 England
4 Apr 2018 1:15PM
Hi John I have made a modification to remove some annoying distractions on the paving and to adjust the levels slightly.

Ken SmileSmile
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
4 Apr 2018 1:34PM
Thanks, Ken - it looks cleaner - but does it look so much like a Black Country bus station?

And does that matter? Maybe not, for this as it's turned out. The contrast increase is good, too.
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2018 2:24PM
My initial thought was to crop the image to leave just the reflections, as Peter suggested above. I'd have probably cropped all the woman out, feet an' all Grin But I think it actually works better in your mod 1 - the retention of that bit of colour on left just brings the whole thing to life in a way that removing it wouldn't.

I also kinda like the dodgy plaster on the pavement as well ... yeah, cloning it out makes the whole thing seem more 'perfect', but leaving it in gives a lovely gritty sense of realism!

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
4 Apr 2018 2:50PM
I lke the image just the way it is John. Foe me it has an air of reality about it.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
4 Apr 2018 2:51PM
More tilt and more contrast, see mods.

Better get that Dutch tilt in before Brexit!
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
4 Apr 2018 4:14PM
I like that mod, Willie!
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
4 Apr 2018 4:58PM
Tilted the opposite direction to make her go against the curve of the pavement...not sure if it works, though.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
4 Apr 2018 6:18PM
Yup. That works, Malc!
Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2018 7:25PM
From the words of Adele "Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements?"
I sure this is Adele or it just may be Wet Wet Wet.

Beauty can be found everywhere John, even a wet pavement.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2018 8:43AM
The difference I think is in how the image makes me feel as a viewer. In the main upload I am hurrying to catch up with her, it's all a bit chaotic. In the corrected version things are much more controlled and methodical. I'm stalking her at a safe distance.

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