Stills V3

November 30, 2008

Hong Kong 2

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 12:09

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  1. An unusual choice of focal plane with the watermark in focus and the pedestrians OoF. The conflict of the lines tends to accentuate the walkers on the bridge.

    Comment by Rex — December 1, 2008 @ 19:59

  2. This is one that I would have considered converting to b/w but maybe it is better in colour. Certainly colour, perversely, seems to accentuate the dinginess of this urban scene. Focusing on the near window serves the purpose of showing that there is a network of walkways and keeping people more as cyphers – how the future used to be imagined in the early C20. I prefer the catching of the general mood, as alluded to above, more than the geometry: perhaps that aspect would have looked better in b/w.

    Comment by John Ellis — December 2, 2008 @ 12:09

  3. Focusing on the water spots anonymizes those pedestrians. Very sci-fi for some reason.

    Comment by matt — December 4, 2008 @ 13:43

  4. Matt, put it beautifully. I kept thinking “Soylent Green” maybe “Blade Runner”. There is something unsettling about the scene, and it sticks with me.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — December 5, 2008 @ 19:29

  5. This is a bit of a struggle for me to put in to words. It’s all a little jagged on my eyes which means I do not want to look at it too long. Also, I think all the muck on the window this has been shot through adds much rather than detracts. It gives the shot a lived in feel which adds a sense of movement.

    Comment by akikana — December 10, 2008 @ 04:33

  6. An experiment as you all probably realised. Shot from the top of a double decker bus. The bar bottom right isn’t a handrail, but a rail to stop you hitting the glass should you shoot forward. Very loosely framed as the bus hit some potholes…

    I tried a number of different things, but haven’t found much joy in the files. Liked this one though. And it captures a bit of the feel of HK or similar cities.

    Comment by Colin — December 10, 2008 @ 18:48

  7. I’m fairly certain that in a similar situation I would have put the focus on the pedestrians — and then tossed the resulting photo away. Your result is perhaps more “difficult” for the viewer, but also captures much more of a feeling and experience — which could be in a number of cities. It seems like a still from a movie that could spring to life at any moment.

    Those shapes are fascinating.

    Comment by Christina — December 11, 2008 @ 15:52

  8. focusing on the water streaks has definitley made this more than a picture of a walkway. Wish this was my picture.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — December 11, 2008 @ 23:06

  9. I’ve just realised that I’ve been missing some comments from my rss reader. Not sure where the problem lies. Anyway, I’ve been looking back over the recent posts manually as it were….

    Robert, one of the interesting things about the selection of photos on Stills is that I often think of somebody else’s shot that I wish it were mine. My shots I’m bored with already :-)

    Comment by Colin — December 14, 2008 @ 11:51


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