December 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm #2544
Is that really a blue sky?
Ha-ha! Rumbled! I used a ‘Velvia’ preset in Lightroom to give the colour more ‘umph’ – but I think it ‘over-umphed’ the blues! 😉 It also seems to have introduced some purple-ish fringing round the branches of the trees. But I liked the funky complementary colour contrast between the over-blue sky and the very yellow ‘no parking’ cones. And the photo is supposed to be a bit comic, so the silly colour isn’t wildly out of kilter with the feeling. (I hope! But this photo won’t be appearing in a competition any time soon. Or ever!)
December 31, 2012 at 9:24 am #2556
- This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by Ian McNab.
Perhaps Peter meant that it seems ages since we saw a blue sky?
It does look slightly greenish BTW. This all shows why street photographers don’t like colour doesn’t it, it is taking us completely away from the point of the picture!December 31, 2012 at 10:46 am #2558
Ah! Yes, indeed: it was genuinely a lovely sunny day, with a beautiful blue sky. But the Velvia preset has, as you’d expect, upped the saturation.
Interesting that it looks greenish to you. It doesn’t have a cast on my calibrated iMac, nor on my iPad. Now, that’s the reason I’m not keen on colour – you can never be sure that what the viewer sees is what you intended. I guess that’s probably also true of BW, but much less so, as there’s less to control.
Of course, this particulr shot would not have worked as well in mono (as it relies on the contrast between the cheery yellow bollards and the sombre tones of the cemetery). The same is true for some kinds of street photography generally – I’m thinking, for example, of some of Matt Stuart’s work, not to mention Meyerowitz – it relies on colour. But you’re right that BW is by far the more popular medium for street photography where form, shape, texture and pattern are what matters most.December 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm #2564
Well me the blue and yellow are the correct complimentary colours ,blue looks good to me.Bit of Topaz Lens /Pinhole and would pass muster.December 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm #2567
I THINK THERE IS A PICTURE IN THERE. A VERY HEAVY CROP ,KEEPING TWO RIGHT CONES AND BIG CROSS HEADSTONE ABOVE.December 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm #2569
Ken >>> I think you’re absolutely right about the blue and yellow! 😉
As for the crop, do you mean like this:
Mmm… It makes the cones very dominant; but it does reveal another joke about Cheshire Police nicking cones from Staffordshire!!!December 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm #2570
Its been great reading all the posts for this months theme. I had inteneded doing something but the month has just flown, my excuse and I’m sticking to it!!. I’ll get my act together for the next one. Happy New Year to everyone.December 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm #2574
Now that is very nice Ian, be interested what other members think.For my money its a great pic. like it. kenDecember 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm #2575
I think the closer crop works well. the bollards are far more dominate now I think there’s some dark humour with no waiting bollards pointing towards the grave stones.
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