Tread lightly and leave no trace

By mrswoolybill
Somewhere near the Barbican.
I think this one needs colour by the way, for the red jacket and traffic light. But I知 interested in the way the emphasis changes between colour and b&w, V2 seems to me to be more about the legs on the right, and the arrows.
Edit: I intended this as a test for the little grey cells, but Barbara (baclark) 'read' it immediately!
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Specialist and abstract

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


baclark 11 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 8:07AM
Hhmmm I think you were looking up at a metal ceiling took the image then flipped it...? Probably miles out but reflections really appeal to me, it's something about the permanence, yet fleeting nature of them. The patches of red, triangle of pink at the crossing and yellow lines really make this for me. So it has to be colour.
28 Feb 2011 8:08AM
makes you stare at this one ,i like it and i used to go to school at the Barbican 'Conti's' so like it more
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
28 Feb 2011 8:09AM
colour enhances the triangle pavement / trafic light / red jacket
very pleasant
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 8:10AM
Barbara, you understand this sort of shot, you're right of course.
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 8:10AM
Superb shot Moira, no idea how you took it but I love it.

Ray42 12 3 England
28 Feb 2011 8:25AM
Well seen and taken
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 8:48AM
Colour without a doubt..
28 Feb 2011 8:48AM
Prefer the colour after I worked out what was what. Clever as always Moira. Is this the glass ceiling we keep hearing about?

LesF 14 182 9
28 Feb 2011 8:52AM
Interesting capture Moria, well spotted

dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 8:53AM
well spotted Moira, took me a few seconds to work out what it is. I think both version look good,
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 8:55AM
Thanks everyone, I have to go to a rather tricky meeting this morning so I'll catch up later here.
pdcche 10 4 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 9:16AM
Nice shot Moira, great reflection image.. Peter
helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 9:26AM
Amazing contrast between v1 and v2 - the eyes jump from left to right as v2 is opened - those lines on the road suddenly draw us away from the figure on the left. I like both, and I particularly like the mouseover effect
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 9:39AM
Well spotted in the first place (I have visions of you walking around looking up, and everyone else around you wondering what you are seeing!!!!), and it makes a lovely abstract image. You are right about needing to be colour - love those reds!
danbrann 16 640 17
28 Feb 2011 9:49AM
It beats the Bedroom ceiling by a mile but which one do you enjoy looking at the most. Good image Moira. Great effect.
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
28 Feb 2011 10:12AM
lots of wobbles......fine shot Smile
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
28 Feb 2011 10:13AM
My brain cells are not too good at working out these kind of shots Moira,so glad it is all out in the open.However,I would have said the colour is a must here for these reds !!
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
28 Feb 2011 11:40AM
Oh, it definitely has to be color. In the mono version, the emphasis is on the dark pole which is not the best feature of this image. The color gives it the magic.
Alvar 13 23 2 France
28 Feb 2011 11:46AM
No doubt...colour Moira
SlowSong Plus
12 9.3k 30 England
28 Feb 2011 11:52AM
I really like the colour version very much, and the silky quality of the tones in V2 are superb. An excellent image that works equally well both ways.
Sezz 15 619 15 England
28 Feb 2011 12:28PM
Definitely colour for me too - clever image, took me some time too to work it out!

Sarah *
CliveA 14 5 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 12:39PM
I think you missed the opportunity to change the light to green in V2 Moira. I could have flicked about for hours.
Good shot
NobbytheNobster 11 33 5 England
28 Feb 2011 1:04PM
Good perspective Moira, i like the colour version most Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 1:14PM
Thanks everyone - I agree this needs to be colour, but do try Helen's mouseover.
Clive - something odd that I hadn't noticed - I took a few pictures over several minutes but that light was always red!
AshTree 11 1.7k 6 England
28 Feb 2011 1:34PM
Excellent observation Moira - took me quite a while to get this! Definitely colour for all the reasons mentioned. Trust you're suitably relaxed now the tricky meeting's out the way Wink

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
28 Feb 2011 2:11PM
Outstanding set of reflections!-- and I love the walking traffic light!
accipiter 11 61 England
28 Feb 2011 3:02PM
Arresting reflections - well seen and taken. A
LexEquine 14 1 19 United States
28 Feb 2011 4:38PM
Artistic composition in the image frame with excellent photographic qualities, here, Moira. The v1, color, rendition, is the 'superior image,' in this instance, & this is why. Here, we see the 'power of individual color,' namely the vivid red, seen of course in the traffic light, & the bright red jacket of the pedestrian in the mid-lower left thirds position(sweet spot), in the image frame. What the color rendition does,...& the monochrome, B&W version does not, to 'immediately get my eye into the scope of the picture.' First off, my eye immediately sees the highly reflective & mirror light highlight surfaces in the upper right third(another 'sweet spot') in the image frame,...and then, hesitates, slightly on the red traffic light. Then, my 'eye is conveyed to the moving human figure with the red jacket, rather quickly.' The color version, just 'clicks quickly into the viewers perusal,' while the monochrome, 'demands, more close scrutiny,' which just takes more time. Nice work, Moira. Have a pleasant & fruitful week.

rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
28 Feb 2011 4:38PM
Eye's alert Moira, excellent potential. Ron.
leman 9 5 United States
28 Feb 2011 5:17PM
V1 totally enhances this pic Moira with just a bit of colour. I like the "confusion" aspect of reflected images. I love what you have done here using reflection as a tool of art ; "fusion" of mod architecture with everyday street activity; there is flow in the halfmoon curve of light from the traffic light leading the eye around in a U down toward the red coat. Nice work excellent composition.

28 Feb 2011 5:17PM
Cleverly done Moira, and I like the title too.

John Smile
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
28 Feb 2011 5:23PM
very original Smile
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 5:27PM
wish I had seen this, what a wonderful opportunity and fabulous shot Moira
jonwebber 12 4 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 5:32PM
The colour version definitely. Very well seen and taken.
James_C Plus
11 38 57 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 5:34PM
Absolutely smashing Moira. V1 definitely does it for me. as you say it "... needs colour.."

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 5:45PM
I'm amazed at the response to this - many thanks to Ollie for his UA (and to Joline for her UA on Catch a Falling star 2 - two in a day is incredible).
It's been a tough day, a very tricky procedural meeting, all the tactical manoeuvring that I wanted to get away from when I retired, but this is in a good cause. I think I may need a drink this evening though.
Thanks to everyone who's called in here, may the rest of the week treat you well.
28 Feb 2011 6:47PM
Colour for me as well.

RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 9:45PM
WHat a fascinating shot, I could stare at it for hours. In fact I think I already have!

frz67 11 10 32 Italy
28 Feb 2011 9:50PM
color no doubt, Moira.
I love the tension between all the lines and the directions of the passers-by.
and I'd say that the traffic light needs to be red here, it creates a bounching effect with the man with the red jacket.
well deserved UA
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
28 Feb 2011 10:18PM
Thought I had had one too many tablets tonight, great shot, it really invites you in x
AnnChown Plus
11 207 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2011 10:30PM
Lovely shot - definitely prefer the colour version.
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
2 Mar 2011 6:20PM
I like the distorted reflections Moira, the people traffic really makes this image
davey_griffo 11 213 165 England
6 Mar 2011 8:54AM
It made me look & think too. But being a lazy so-&-so, once I'd read your edit, I just looked at Barbaras answer. Smile
6 Mar 2011 1:56PM
Fluid, confusing, and magnifique.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
10 Mar 2011 4:49PM
Very cleverly done, Moira, really makes you think Smile
Trev Smile
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 8:20AM
very intriguing image. Colour for me, I like the red spots.
Interesting how the reflection of the person happens to be. Body without head, then whole body, then head without body. Combining lower one with upper one gives the whole reflection - superb!

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