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Critique Buddies Where I Live Challenge

By rowarrior
For about 8 months I worked in a building at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow that directly overlooked where this bridge was being built. From our vantage point on the 5th floor (in a building where the walls were all glass) we watched the construction. Then we found out we were moving, and there was a bet on which would happen first (being a government agency, you'd have thought your money was safe on the bridge Wink ) however the Scottish Government rendered all bets null and void by deciding to claim our building early, and with 2 weeks notice, about 90% of the department were turfed out to Paisley or Bellshill. At this point the bridge had been completely built, but they still had lots of landscaping to do. Roughly 2 months later when the last of the department came to join us in Paisley, they'd finished everything to do with the bridge, but they still hadn't opened the ruddy thing!

6 weeks later, the 'Squiggly Bridge' as it's known locally (same designers as the 'Squinty Bridge' just downstream) finally opened on 13th May, but I didn't actually get near it until a couple of weeks ago when my camera club had a 'wander' down there.

I had spotted the potential for this shot, but timing it and being in the right place, given how fast a lot of the bikes were moving, was rather challenging. I was lucky when one of the guys from the club then rode up on his own bike, so I got him to go past for me.

From a self critiquing point of view, I know he's too close to the edge. I wasn't entirely sure if I actually wanted him or just his shadow in the shot originally, but as I only got 2 shots at it, this was the best I could do (after that the sun went behind my old office building!)

This is a crop from the original image, and I'll upload a bigger image, along with a couple of black and white ones as variants.

Thanks for looking, C&Cs welcome Smile

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Architecture Sports and action

Voters: CurtainTwitcher, TyChee, James_C and 16 more

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Boagman65 13 2 1 Scotland
20 Aug 2009 11:52PM
A cracking shot well thought out. Images 1 & 3 are spot on for my taste great use of light and shadows.

iancam 12 23 England
21 Aug 2009 6:47AM
Great shot and comp.
alansnap 16 577 26 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 5:40PM
Yes I like these too. Yes 1 and three for me. In two the shadow is too small on the larger image
bppowell 19 2.2k 2 England
24 Aug 2009 2:40PM
V1 for me, I would of liked to have seen the shot with shadow only, the cyclist out of the picture.

v8dunc 13 333 4 Scotland
26 Aug 2009 6:10PM
Hi Katy
crit buddie,Cant find much i would change on this,possibly crop a bit of the dark lower foreground out ,i like the fact that the rider is in the frame,because the shadow doesnt seem to match with the bike although you know it is.
Cheers Duncan
pennyspike 17 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2009 11:28AM
I hope you don't mind me muscling in on the party even though I'm in a different group.Smile
It was good to read the narrative that put the picture into context.
I think the strongest image is the one you chose to feature where the shadow is such a good feature, in V2 it is a little lost. Of the two b/w shots I prefer the more contrasty V4.
I have done a quick mod where I've given the cyclist a little more room to move into by copying the extreme edge enlarging the canvas pasting it in then cloning out the bit of cyclist. I don't think anyone would realise as it not an important part unless it isn't there.
The only other difference is a slight burning in of the shadow of the cyclist.
rowarrior 12 4.4k 9 Scotland
28 Aug 2009 6:43PM
Thanks all.

Yes Duncan, I had a love/hate relationship with leaving Mike in the frame for this, I will try and crop him out for another version.

Thanks for the mod Penny, I just didn't know how to fix that to give him more room!
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2009 11:48PM
sharp crisp and imaginative image, well timed indeed

Nick_w Plus
13 4.3k 99 England
1 Sep 2009 7:52PM
Sorry I'm a bit late commenting, been on holiday and forgot to look at the group when I got back.

I like the contrast and the abstract nature, the shadow makes it. However the subject is too close to the edge of the frame for me - and to excentuate it he's leaving the frame, together with the viewers eye. It would have worked better in this instance if he was coming towards you entering the frame, preferably with a string of onions around his neck Wink
rowarrior 12 4.4k 9 Scotland
1 Sep 2009 8:17PM
Lol Nick, we did have a good laugh when we saw him peddling up, onions was the first thing I thought of! Unfortunately the angle of the sun was such that you wouldn't have seen any shadow if he was coming towards me, as he would have obscured it himself, but yes, he was too close.
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2009 1:03PM
Has a lovely lazy mood with the upright cyclist and the shadow in the warm light.
And as an abstract shot I think this works really well, but for "where I live" I'd have liked to see a little more context with a wider view - prior to reading your description, my first thought was that you lived on a cruise ship Wink
6 Sep 2009 5:59PM
Thats rather good Katie.......

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