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  #166 Balance: A Composition Tool
Entry 13 of 31
alone       ©2015 dk
Olympus E-M5       13th place, 71 points
1/5s, f5, ISO 1000, 36mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: small crop
convert to BW
clone out some trash on street
adjust highlights and dark (burn)
      Extra Info: Principal means of balance here is large against small (structure vs. human). This was shot before Sunrise, at dawn on a densely foggy morn (street lamp behind me is light source). As such, I tried to capture the lighter colors in forefront and balance against the darker land and sky in background. Oh, and all this fit the vision I had to express the feeling of "alone" : empty, partially built house with black looking entry/windows holes and the dark, solitary figure.
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Dec 23, 2015
    thanks Anthony. Very kind, and coming from someone with your talents, I'm especially pleased. The attributes attributed by you to this shot are those that are often important to me.

Anthony Comyn
Dec 22, 2015
    A image I kept coming back to, but not because I was reconsidering my vote of #1, but because I think it is outstanding. It has simplicity, mood, is intriguing and has a message. It is a pity it only placed at #13, but I would consider this more fine art than a photograph. Well Done!

Neat I am a little confused! Looking a the votes you placed this at #1, maybe I am not understanding our comment!

Dec 22, 2015
    no prob NEAT. While I have no objection to a high score, your assessment of the shot (from your comments) is more important.

Dec 22, 2015
    So sorry I forgot to add this to my faves, even though I said I was your top pick, I seemed to have lost you somewhere along the way.

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Jade O.
Dec 21, 2015
    A bold attempt but altogether too underexposed for my taste.

Dec 20, 2015
    Great image - very moody and evocative. Top 2.

Dec 20, 2015
    You seem to have covered all the bases and I have to say it turned out very well. You also communicate the lonely feeling you describe. Kudos on a super shot.

Dec 20, 2015
    For me, the balance and composition, as well as the sense of loneliness, would be enhanced by placing the figure and building near the top of the frame, with a vast expanse of empty road and walkway in the foreground. A bit more exposure also would help; as is, the image is so dark that's hard to see the figure unless it's viewed in a darkened room.

Dec 20, 2015
    I suspect that this was a dramatic image with lots of feeling; however, the upper two-thirds of the picture is so dark that it becomes difficult to visualize what you tried to convey.

Dec 20, 2015
    Moody gritty grainy what's not to like, my top pick!

Dec 19, 2015
    Love the mood, great shot.

Anthony Comyn
Dec 18, 2015
    A risky attempt considering balance, but I believe it worked. Your smaller lit foreground is unequal to the darker shadowed area, but the figure and building balance this out. The noise combined with the B&W conversion works and gives the image a fine art feel. I like it, very dramatic! Well Done!

Dec 18, 2015
    the figure is too small.
i can see what you you were aiming to portray

Dec 18, 2015
    I think the balance is fine but I don't care for the image overall because of the darkness of the subjects.
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