APRIL THEME: In urban spaces

Forums Monthly Theme APRIL THEME: In urban spaces

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  • #3626
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    The theme for March – “Within 100 paces of your door” – is now closed.

    Please chose one of your March images as a final entry – the one you think is your best image from the month. Edit the title of your chosen image by inserting “March Entry – ” in front of its title (e.g. March Entry – “Ladders and buckets”).

    The theme for April 2013 is

    In urban spaces

    Post your images as replies to this post. (Make sure you’ve read the Guidelines first.)

    For April we’re urban. Latin ‘urbs‘ = city, but I think we can stretch it to towns of any size. So, rural landscapes and sylvan scenes won’t do;  but otherwise there’s a great deal of leeway this month.

    Have fun!

    #3631
    Profile photo of Dennis Crabtree
    Dennis Crabtree
    Participant

    Hi Ian
    Sounds like another good theme, unfortunately I still can’t find a way to edit my own posts and therefore can’t rename my chosen entry’s title.
    The only I solution I can think of at the moment is to re-post it on the end of the March post with its new title.
    Dennis

    #3633
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Very sorry, Dennis (and everyone else!) – our developer still hasn’t come up with a fix for this bug that seems to have been introduced with the last batch of updates to the forum software.

    I suggest we just ignore this bit of the process for now; alternatively, you can email me to say which photo you want as your entry, preferably including the link to your post where the photo appears (which you get by right-clicking the #number at the top-right of the post). I’ll then edit the title to make it your entry for the month.

    Thanks for your patience.

    [PS Our developer had now fixed this issue, and you should be able to edit your posts at will!]

    #3646
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    …and matching nail varnish!

     
    ...and matching nail varnish!

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    #3647
    Profile photo of Dennis Crabtree
    Dennis Crabtree
    Participant

    Well spotted seeing all that pink, I think the pink, aluminium and black as in the image can be seen both as going together well and a bit racy at the same time.

    Did it take much time to get the angle right to collect all the reflections?

    #3648
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Thanks, Dennis.  I think I took about three frames to try to get the composition right.  I had to adjust the contrast to allow the viewer to see the inside of the car and its colours, because the ‘out-of-camera’ reflections on the windows were a bit too much.

    I finished up cropping some excess empty space on the right in post-production – so it’s now 5:4 rather than 3:2.

    (I’ve been looking at a lot of William Eggleston, so I guess I was a bit primed to pay attention to colour!)

    #3706
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    Peter Robinson
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    I like the reflection in the paint work and the only colour is pink so it stands out more. As it’s almost monochrome would colour popping the pink make it more interesting? I think I would have cropped the right ground off even more and placed the wheel in the bottom right hand corner or would that have spoilt your composition?

    #3713
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Thanks for your comments, Pete.

    As it’s almost monochrome would colour popping the pink make it more interesting?

    Aaarrgh! My arty friends would cut me off at the knees if I did colour popping!  (It’s considered very naff in highfalutin arty circles!) 😉

     

    I think I would have cropped the right ground off even more and placed the wheel in the bottom right hand corner or would that have spoilt your composition?

    I guess there are all sorts of ways you might compose this – or any other – image.  I thought the wheel was the key element in the frame, so I placed it at one of the eyes of this 4:5 rectangle.

    And that provides space to reverse into, which some club judges might like! 😉

    #3729
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    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Time

    Time

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    #3730
    Profile photo of Dennis Crabtree
    Dennis Crabtree
    Participant

    Really like this image

    Red and green go well together to form a striking contrast. I’ve looked at the photo several times and each time my eyes are first attracted to the big splash of red in the centre then become aware of the smaller area of red to the left (are they poppies?) on moving right again towards the vibrant coat my eyes pause on the seat frame including the grain in the ends of the seat slats. The grey shades of concrete and paving make a pleasant neutral backdrop.  I think the framing is is just right as well to include only the elements that matter.

     

    I’ve always felt a bit nervous of street photography so I have to ask, did you ask permission of the lady to use the shot and if so was that before or after the event?

     

    PS

    Many moons ago I used to drive a red and green truck.

     

    #3731
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    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Thanks for your comment, Dennis. Since you ask, I’ll try to say a bit more about this image than I usually would. First off, I didn’t ask the lady: she was preoccupied with adjusting her watch (at least, that’s what I thought she was doing); and as I happened to be photographing around the war memorial, no one was taking much notice of me.

    I was attracted by the complementary colours of the red coat and green scarf ; I’d also noticed all the bright red Remembrance Day poppies round the Memorial; so I tried to move round to frame the shot to include the elderly lady, who was adjusting her watch, and the Remembrance Day poppies – all of which had a theme of ‘time’ in common (though I didn’t articulate that in words till after I’d seen the image and thought about why I’d done it like that). And I was trying to achieve a coherent colour palette for the picture: red coat, green scarf, red poppies, green grass – you get the gist!

    It was shot as a standard 3:2 frame; but there was too much background, with some distracting clutter of an out-of-focus pub front, with people sitting outside, on the upper right of that bigger frame.  I thought the shot looked better without it; and the square format somehow suited the meaning of the image better, too.

    The shape of the arm rest and legs at the end of the bench mirror the shape of the lady’s body and leg, which is a bit of a compositional bonus – though I can’t claim this was engineered consciously – I just moved round till the lady and the bench and the poppies ‘looked right’ in the viewfinder.

    Hope this helps.

    #3822
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    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    I was in Mac territory this morning and took a few snaps in the centre of Sandbach. I took a few record shots of some of the beautiful buildings there then tried to jazz them up a bit. I’m not sure if it’s worked or I should have stuck to the original record shots. I know these wont be everyone’s cup of tea, but you’ve got to try these things.


    The effect below was created by messing around in Lightroom by removing ‘vibrance’ -100 and adding some saturation.

    #3823
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    D. Williams
    Participant

    I like the jaunty angles Pete.  Love the effect in the bottom one although I am not sure what a judge would make of it.  Thanks for the setting info on how you did it.  I just need Lightroom now! 😉

    My timing on this subject is out yet again as all my Salford Quays shots were taken on the 28th of last month!  Damn! drat! and double drat!!!!

    #3848
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Dog walker

    Dog walker

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    #3876
    Profile photo of Peter Robinson
    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    There are some elements I like about this shot Key Master and others I find distracting. I like the depth in in picture with the dogs in the foreground with their leads leading to their owner and the converging verticals of the path going into the background. However, I find the little pigeon with its whit spot really annoying in this shot. (I do like pigeons normally.)

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