I’m pretty sure I’ve taken this shot before. Maybe multiple times. I still like the mix of lines and the bright yellow of the bricks. There’s also a pink stripe in the room which I didn’t see before. I like all the geometry here- triangles, squares, rectangles, and the half circle of the wreath. Having the beware warning from Halloween up in February is also a plus. Bright snow. Dark trashcan. Another geometry based shot. The signs, the shadows and building all mix together to make something that feels interesting to me. The lady on the phone ends up nicely highlighted. VCU street crossings can be an interesting mix of people and shapes. I liked the color of the leaves against the green of the garage door across the street. The person walking by hurts things a bit. I should have been more patient.
I’ve cropped this just about every way possible but keep coming back to this one. There is a chunk of empty asphalt. It also isn’t going to do as well in a small view as it’s easy to miss the kid on the handlebars and the cigarette- the very things that make the picture. I posted it for some feedback in one of the Flickr groups I like about street photography. This is an excerpt of one of the comments. There is absolutely nothing of interest on the entire left side of the frame. It is hard to imagine composing a photo so unbalanced. Whatever you edited out surely was more interesting than that huge expanse of empty asphalt? If cutting out whatever it is you cut out seems an improvement to you, then the original must have really really sucked. A bit rough I thought. I don’t mind direct feedback but still feel like basic mannersThis guy is from NYC and I have a historical/cultural issues with this type of conversation. Maybe he also reviews papers? ought to apply in most things in life. All that being said, I still really like this photograph. It may be that I can claim no credit for what makes it good as that was all in the moment and the content. I […]