Stills V3

October 15, 2008

Art Open

Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 21:42

This will be my last post for a couple of weeks. On Friday Kate and I leave for a two week trip to Amsterdam and Berlin, and on our return I have jury duty for a week, so I likely will not be posting or commenting until the second week of November.



  1. You are a master of this sort of reflection shot.

    Given the inaccuracies inherent with the rangefinder framing and spatial relationships I’m intrigued as to whether you took this with your OM or, if a rangefinder, did you take multiple frames to get the spatial relationships that you wanted.

    Comment by Colin — October 18, 2008 @ 03:38

  2. Well firstly I hope you both have a good break. We know Amsterdam and have enjoyed ourselves there, our daughter has just come back from Berlin and commented about the superb architecture, so more reflection shots?

    I am not sure that your reflection (and that of Kate?) goes with the interior and the building reflection.

    Comment by Rex — October 18, 2008 @ 19:21

  3. I do so much liek reflections and how the 2 planes represented as one can intermingle.

    In this case I do not feel that the 2 planes, 2 pictures mixed as one, connect.

    While I can see all the things happening here, the background building, the reflections of people, the art sign (that makes 3, oops) I still have to treat them as a single 2 dimensional object because that is all a picture is. And as a 2 dimensional object the shapes made by lines and tones do not balance well for me.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — October 21, 2008 @ 22:47

  4. Like Robert, the balance on this is not working well. I see the word ‘OPEN’ and I am wanting to see more space in this than is currently presented. The heaviness along the right is too much for the space on the left and the upturned arrow really throws you a curve ball.

    Comment by akikana — October 22, 2008 @ 01:42

  5. This is working better for me than for others here. It seems to be about the verticals. The upturned arrow is echoed by the flag pole above and then by the cylinder on the left — I find balance in those three with the strong dark line made by the door on the right. Everything is pointing upward, including the tree and the narrow vertical crop complements that effect. Your reflected figures do not interfere with that dynamic for me — in fact the shirt buttons and upturned arm add to it.

    Comment by Christina — October 23, 2008 @ 02:18

  6. I tend to Christina’s comment. Personally, I am taken by that fortress-like building, the flag and the folded arm with the hand upwards. The grainy floor at the bottom introduces a subtle change. It’s not a favourite but it has its strengths and endurance under viewing.

    Comment by John Ellis — October 23, 2008 @ 18:00

  7. Thanks for the comments everyone. Kate and I got back from our trip safely. Photo’s to come soon.

    The point about the confusing planes and lack of balance is well put. I’m not sure that even I know entirely what’s going on here – is that Kate? – but that’s part of why I like it.

    Comment by matt — November 6, 2008 @ 13:32

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