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  #82 Street Scenes
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Yellow Hydrant with Bike       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       4th place, 92 points
1s, f8, ISO 80, 35mm, Shutter Priority, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Slight adjust to vertical with perspective tool in Gimp, crop, resize, slight sharpen       Extra Info: The Street becomes a spectacle of animated colours during the annual Luminato Street Festival.
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Jun 30, 2010
    Congratulations Jade! I know, a little bit late (as always), but I'm definitely going to have a look on your outtakes pretty soon! ;-)

Jun 22, 2010
    Jade the yes was my immediate reaction. Means it has immediate apeal. Still does, and my only criticism is the one I made about the elements right on the edge of the right. It is hard in street scenes though to get things totally clean.

Jun 22, 2010
    Congrats Jade!!! still my #1, coupling Franz's lovely daughter. Well done!! :-)

Jun 22, 2010
    Saw your out takes and left a couple myself. I am beginning to like street scenes more and more - I may hold you responsible for my future life on the streets LOL Also left a reply to your comment to LaRee.

Jun 22, 2010
    I though I would have seen this photo in a higher place....
...Like it a lot!

Jade O.
Jun 22, 2010
    Thank you all. Wonderful entries all round. Michael, see my outtakes for my first shot of this scene seconds earlier.

Jun 21, 2010
    Congratulations Jade. I can see where you and Billy are coming from and appreciate that point of view. Are you sure it was not because you would have to throw away all the blue as I noted :-) OK I admit it I miss the blue too when I take just the left side.

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Jade O.
Jun 21, 2010
    Thanks everyone for your comments. I'm thrilled to see so many were challenged by this complex image and yet still liked it!

Alberto Thanks! I like it when breaking the rules works! I was unsure so I really welcome all the feedback.

(I agree -- the left is all angular and movement, the right is all square and static. Despite the real depth of view being deeper on the right, it looks stopped up or blocked/flattened and "flatter" while the left looks like is has more depth, to me anyway, even though you can't really see nearly as far into the distance.)

Bill It is a sidewalk food vendor (all properly licensed and inspected in Toronto with specific designated spots for a given license). Appreciate your taking the time to comment, thanks.
Edited on Jun 21, 2010

Jun 21, 2010
    Great shot....I like so much cars moving on the street...
Great contrast between static on the right and chaotic on the left side...Usually i prefer subjects placed not in the center...In this case it works!

Jun 20, 2010
    I like this very much. The food stand (?) and bike are anchors for the bustling activity on the roadway. It's a very effective treatment and in my top picks.

Jade O.
Jun 20, 2010
    Billy, as you can see on my comments below (especially in reply to Mepo), I was wondering how you would view this. You have not disappointed me and I am very pleased to have your views - but I do not think this one will quite rank as high as you have voted it! I will admit Street Scenes are a favourite of mine but, for me, they are always so much more difficult to do well than you think when you start out with an idea -- maybe because there are so many variables on the street and compositions can be very complex to manage. Thanks always for your comments!

Lo See my comments to Mepo below and Billy's (dodrizzt) comment. The two separate photos together (empasized by the pole down the middle) is what I was hoping to achieve. I really wanted the feedback on this "splice" technique so I am very pleased you still see it as a good photo in the end.

elliott Sharp eye to catch the same building! I'm amazed you could...I didn't tone map this one to adjust exposure for people on the right deliberately because I did not want to draw attention to them beyond the hint that they were there.
Edited on Jun 20, 2010

Jun 20, 2010
    Really too many things to like here for this great image not being my top pick :-) the strong colouring all around that makes my eyes going here and there and there, the impressive contrast between the right, "slow" half and the left, "hurry" half with that great motion blur, and finally the bike and hydrant in the centre that make the pic caption, just as an island of peace among the urban chaos...
Superb image for the theme that screamed "this is from Jade no doubt" before googling for Luminato as a confirmation... fantastic job dear friend, I'll bet for a winner here despite the strong and enjoyable competence :-)
(Thanks by the way for such great theme, I haven't had enough free time for it as I would have liked, but I'm really enjoying with all the entries, so many things to look at... a headache for voting on the other side :-D but lots of fun no doubt!)

Jun 20, 2010
    I really love the colour on the left. The exposure, evidenced by the bike and hydrant - is perfect. But, I'm really distracted by the scene on the right. It's as if I'm seeing two separate photos together - and my poor brain can't handle it. I suspect it's because of the pole that separates them so clearly. That said, I still think it's a wonderful shot.

Jun 19, 2010
    recognize this from the building to the left from your other entry. i like that one but certainly like the vibrant color and motion captured here. little more exposure on the people to the right and that would be a good shot on its own too.
one of my top picks for sure.

Jade O.
Jun 19, 2010
    Mepo This started as a throw away shot - my Open entry has the building on the left in the background shot just moments before - so you can see how exposure means everything to establishing colour. I chose this one to get some feedback on a style(?) I'm growing fond of and having fun experimenting with. For me, this is exactly the same type of photo as my earlier Korean Grill House entry. Two images "spliced" together, seemingly unconnected -- until you try to crop out one half or the other; then you realize how important the two are to each other and how the impact comes from having both together. Each "half" is incomplete on its own and it is the play between the two which make the image work. The pleasure in viewing it is the surprise realization that that is what makes the image. At least that was my thinking until I had your comment. I'll be interested to see if Billy has anything to say. His comments on Korean Grill House mirrored my thinking almost exactly. Of course, so far, the commentary seems to say, "This really isn't so good." But I still really like it! My second favourite after KGH of all my entries.

forkcandles Because the bike and hydrant as not so prominent in size and lighting, I gave them the central location around which the entire world rotates to make the subject obvious (as well as to challenge the viewer's expectation that you don't put your subject dead center rule.) But still not obvious enough, I guess.

raf Yes(?) I'm not sure if your refer to the title or the extra info or something else. For why I cropped as I did, see my note to Mepo above. My feeling was to include all the people signage would be to draw attention away from the symbiotic relationship between the two halves of the image (I did not want either half to be able to stand on its own - though as you will see from Mepo who opines that I failed in that attempt.)
Edited on Jun 19, 2010

Jun 19, 2010
    I have a love hate relationship with this. I love the photo on the left and hate the one on the right. So I cropped it a smidgen to the right of the pole and have a super shot and a contrast between the bike and the moving traffic. Of course that gets rid of all the blue in the photo so it is probably not acceptable :-) I have to say the capture speed is perfect - the streetcar and other traffic would not have been so impressive half a second off in real time or exposure.

Jun 18, 2010
    good job the title gave me a clue.... I thought it was 'rush hour' more empahis on the hydrant and the bike would have been better.

Jun 18, 2010
    Yes. That was my first thought and I won't go far off that first thought. However like every street shot there are choices include/exclude - the people on the right and the sign on the right. Always a drama for me. I love the colour, movement and sense calm from the food vendor.
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