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Waiting for Bus Anglesie32A       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       18th place, 10 points
1/10s, f2.8, ISO 200, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Slight adjust to vertical using perspective tool in Gimp, crop, resize, slight sharpen, minor clone       Extra Info: I am struck by the way the line between window display and street display can blur in the big city.

The people in the foreground seem to adopt the mannequin-like poses of the mannequins in the background - or is it the other way round with reality more accurately reflected in the store window displays?

Either way, our interaction with people we meet on the street everyday often extends no deeper than our interaction with mannequins we pass in store displays. Like the undecipherable writing in the windows above, I sometimes wonder if a proper understanding of what significance this for us as a society is just beyond our ability to fully comprehend.
 
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akebono
Jun 23, 2010
    Hi Jade!

I don't have the patience that you have to write that long and that often, but as you are asking for a comment, I can't deny you that.

In short. For me, there are 3 kind of pictures. Those I donīt want to see more than once. Those I wish I've never seen (there are few, but there are some.

In general, about 98% of the pictures I see in Panachallenge are in the second category. I can't recall when I last wanted to come back to see a picture once more.
The picture you presented here is another case of that. There is nothing outstanding or anything out of the ordinary that requires a closer look.

This doesn't mean of course that I can do it easily. I can't. It is difficult and sometimes, for me, frustrating. But it is worth serching/waiting for that unusual moment that can make a picture worth a second, third, etc look.

If you have the chance, try to trace the book "Magnum Landscape" and you will better understand what I mean. After looking at that book, you will ask for much more from yourself and the others :-)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnum-Landscape-Ian-Jeffrey/dp/0714836427/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277316051&sr=8-2

I hope this helps. Good luck!
Cheers
Akebono
Edited on Jun 23, 2010

Jade O.
Jun 22, 2010
    Oh, dear!

Thank you Billy for commenting on why I didn't get your vote.

Anyway, I enjoyed this one. Every vote and especially every comment is truly appreciated.

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dodrizzt
Jun 21, 2010
    Hi again Jade :-)
Sadly this time your pic is not in my TT, just because I liked others a bit more and I don't have enough room. I like this one anyway, at first sight could look as a casual snapshot, but there's a subtle but great thinking on it, as you nicely pointed on your extra info. I like especially the symmetry between the two mannequins on the right and the couple on the left, they look as if they were a reflection on an strange mirror :-D
Faults? nothing special... maybe the pic is a bit too "long", as if the most interesting points were a little too far at the sides... don't know if you understand what I mean, sometimes I feel my English is a bit limited when I try to explain feelings.
I even downloaded the pic to play with it a bit, and ended up with a B&W version of it, cropped almost in half, giving the main subject to the woman on the right, as her black clothing/props attract the eye a lot in BW, along with the two mannequins and the letters on the building... I like it, but I feel I loose also the great symmetry of the couple and mannequins... it calls for a cut&move in :-D
Sorry again for not making my TT because I feel this pic has much more in it than it seems... just can't help feeling it is a bit, well, "long" (args, my English... hope your "empathy" can understand what I mean :-)

Jade O.
Jun 21, 2010
    Michael, thanks, always appreciate your views and you have a point. I thought this more conventional shot would get more comments than my Main entry but I am surprised again.

[Edit - to match your edit!] Actually the bus route was purely a fictional creation - there was an Anglesie bus I took years ago in Etobicoke - on second thought I should have considered throwing some counter-intelligence fake clue to challenge the sleuths out there! This is looking at the north west corner of Bay and Dundas if you want to google street view it. I'm basically leaning against the Eaton Centre and across the street from the Luminato concert in the Yonge-Dundas Square. - Just googled it myself - looks like my photos!
Edited on Jun 21, 2010

Mepo
Jun 21, 2010
    I share your fascination with window mannequins but I don't get a connection in this shot. The bus shelter and the couple on the right obstruct any interaction with the store window. I thought the 32A ran on Eglington Ave W? I couldn't find this stop :-)
Edited on Jun 21, 2010

Jade O.
Jun 19, 2010
    forkcandles You do experience a world with a different social order when traveling by public transit - everyone brought to the same level with a commonality of purpose and with, to some degree, an equality of power, and yet still socially stratified. (I actually thought of England as a class conscious society until I rode the tube in London -- a wholly sociable group in my experience -- I'd say Londoners simply have not seen social stratification until they've rode the subway in Toronto.) The two people on the left are actually looking past me to the Luminato Festival concert going on just over my right shoulder. I don't think they even noticed me. I'm actually flat against a building on the corner where, I swear, I remained for ten minutes with tripod and camera completely invisible to 90% of the people passing by and, so far as I could tell, unnoticed by everyone at this streetcar stop.

elliott Thanks. The image is fully populated with people (four main, four sitting, one walking on the opposite side of the street) but I, too, noticed the two solitary figures separated by an ad and facing away from each other. I love the phrase "socially myopic" in the context - brilliant! I personally like the "architecture" or geometry of the shot - it feels balanced to me without being completely symetric. Always appreciate your commentary. Seeing I'm rambling a lot anyway, I also especially like the pose on the manequins on the right, but you may not have noticed, there are also lit manequin store window displays, behind me, that are reflected in the bus shelter windows. I'm sure I could make some witty social observation about reflections and realities -- if I had any wit!

raf Thanks. When you have little time, you shoot the obvious! I noticed the lens curve but didn't have time before deadline to play too much - love your sharp technical eye. I only wish I could get even tougher critiques from you but I guess you never know how what you'll say will be received -- but if there is one thing I've learned from this whole panachallenge experience, it is that the sharpest jabs usually mean someone hit the target and I learn more from one critical comment than I do from a dozen "nice shot" comments - much as they are appreciated as well--all the more so, the rarer they become!
Edited on Jun 19, 2010

forkcandles
Jun 18, 2010
    a bus traveller I can relate to the comments, thw whole world can been seen in and around the public transport system and the shops give visions of lovelyness in an an artificial world.
the two people wondering what does a bus shelter have that someones taking apicture

elliott
Jun 18, 2010
    if you put me back in an urban environment for a day, people would probably dismiss me as a nut case. i'd be trying to chat everyone up. and i'm sure a lot of those who come to the cities are like that at first but as time passes people just become socially myopic. they have to. this scene has a lot of individual elements that together do portray very well what you describe.
that being said, and especially with this comment window open and blocking the left two thirds of the shot, i like what i see on the right with the woman looking to the left and the mannequins looking that way also and on the other side of the advert box a man is focused on something in the other direction. high in picks.
el
Edited on Jun 18, 2010

rafinmelb
Jun 18, 2010
    Bus stops, tram stops, train stations all work so well. People are at a loss and therefore more themselves. Little bit of lens curvature there but is not overly distracting.
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