OCTOBER THEME: "Mood And Atmosphere"

Forums Monthly Theme OCTOBER THEME: "Mood And Atmosphere"

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  • #4995
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    The theme for September is now closed.

    The theme for October 2013 is

    Mood And Atmosphere

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

    Mood and atmosphere are important emotional aspects of a picture, whether joyful, sombre, hilarious, ominous or tranquil. Have a look at how famous photographers have created mood and atmosphere in their pictures by means of subject matter, light, colour, framing, point of view, depth of field or timing. Experiment, and get creative!

    But, of course, have fun!

    #5044
    Profile photo of D. Williams
    D. Williams
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    Late night texter in Covent Garden

    #5045
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    It’s a good picture, Dee, with simple graphic elements that work really well. I like the solid vertical of the column, and the way the lamp and window on the right balance the column and the person on the left.

    I suppose I might have tried cropping off the dark strip at the bottom (a little below the horizontal pale line the must be the edge of the pavement?), to see if it would anchor the base of base of the column and the person to the bottom of the frame more firmly. (And how about cloning out the little white rectangle on the right edge of the frame?)

    Very nice shot!

    #5048
    Profile photo of D. Williams
    D. Williams
    Participant

    Thanks Ian, I was a little heavy handed with the vignette I think and the white triangle has to go of course. The bottom could stand a crop … you may be right.  Although I went for keeping the figure small in the frame as it is not a portrait to me.  I thought that if I waited any longer I would end up posting nothing again.  I have a softer version which may be preferable but I was going for  the atmosphere brief and hence chose this one.

    #5049
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Ah, I had a look at the version on your Flickr stream, and there the cobbled road anchors the column and provides leading lines into the picture. I think that works OK without any cropping.

    I think you were right to keep the figure small in the frame – it emphasises the height and mass of the column.

    The photograph has great atmosphere, of course, so it’s a fine kick off for this month’s theme.

    #5052
    Profile photo of D. Williams
    D. Williams
    Participant

    And for all those wondering what we are talking about … here is the original infinitely more subtle (and probably preferable) image …. 🙂

    #5067
    Profile photo of John Royle
    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    The vignette on the first one works well. It hides the fact that the column doesn’t quite look right – perhaps a wee bit distorted. I wonder if you could bring the figure out more – I know her white mac is plain enough but if we could see a touch more of her I think that would help.

    Moody?

    You want moody? Here’s moody…

     

    Sand & Sky

    #5068
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    John >>> Moody? Glowering! (Must be Suffolk!) Great stuff.

    #5069
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    One from an outing this week…

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    (Looks better on black, here)

    #5099
    Profile photo of Peter Robinson
    Peter Robinson
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    I think Miss Ds shot is well spotted and interesting. I think the colour balance is a bit out probably due to the artificial light. Is the bright light a distraction? Not sure what I wold have done with it. I think I would have cropped the image to exclude the left half of the column and some of the road which would move the person to the left pointing into the picture. I think the person is a bit too central as it is. Just a thought.

    I like John’s moody sky, but does it need something on the beach? probably not. I also like Ian’s moody landscape. The path give a great lead in and the sun light on the rock makes it a natural point for the eye to return to.

    #5105
    Profile photo of
    Anonymous

    THIS IS A RIO  11   PHONE PHOTO—AJST. WITH TOPAZ  SIMPLIFY—SITTING ON GUARD AT THE END OF DRIVEWAY.  Ihave not cropped as I thought the effect on the paving and shadow enhanced the pic. ( good in it–well I think so)    The bike is not phone–taken on my Samsung nx 300

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    #5156
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    Peter Robinson
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    It’s about time I added something to this so I’ve dug up 3 photos from my US trip. I tried to capture an atmosphere of the difficulty of surviving in a hot dry climate. Not sure how successful I’ve been?


    #5157
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    I think the second one works best, Peter – it has the requisite air of dereliction about it, and nothing to counteract that. The light, and the aridity of the soil, also help. Nice work!

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