Stills V3

January 13, 2009

Hong Kong 7

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 16:59



  1. tangrams all the way. Very cool seeing and composition.

    Does it need the wheels – I think it does, for some reason I don’t quite grasp. Maybe that whole darker shadow under the car helps to ground the frame and adds a bit of weight on top which would otherwise be all grey and midtone.

    Comment by Gordon — January 13, 2009 @ 19:30

  2. Gordon’s analysis seems about right. I’m not sure about its appeal but rationalise that this is a study of how the city is constructed – and used. The leaves lift it into appeal country! And the seeing.

    Comment by John Ellis — January 14, 2009 @ 07:56

  3. Is this the same photo as Hong Kong Wheels? If so, why does it feel a bit richer seen here than it does on your blog? Is it just the slightly larger size? Whatever it is, the photo didn’t click with me before, but now I can’t stop looking at the colors in the concrete and leaves.

    Comment by matt — January 14, 2009 @ 13:41

  4. to matt’s question:

    It sure looks like the same image (if you take it out of the context of the backgrounds) – right click on either and pick ‘view image’

    The difference is in the presentation – in one case a white background, that makes the mostly midtone grey image look comparatively more grey, then here, with the much more contrasty white surround straight to a black frame then grey remainder. More tonal range in the ‘view’ makes the image that bit crisper and richer. Rather than the all white surround.

    Least that’s what I get from flicking back and forth between them. An all black page would be different again.

    Comment by Gordon — January 14, 2009 @ 14:51

  5. The only known difference is the scale. Both web versions were taken from the same master. I reckon it is mostly the background that create the differences. Black works best with colour pictures and white with mono….or at least that’s what I think this week.

    Comment by Colin — January 14, 2009 @ 17:21

  6. I like the geometry and the random cracks & leaves. the wheels, though, are another case of wanting either more or less. A bit more and they are definitle part of the scene, a bit less to remove them. Here they seem a bit in-between, plus, with a white background, they give me a very funny visual effect: sort of like moire, or maybe ghosting flare.

    Comment by doonster — January 15, 2009 @ 12:32

  7. “tangrams all the way. Very cool seeing and composition.

    Does it need the wheels – I think it does, for some reason I don’t quite grasp.”

    I agree. Without the wheels something is lost. I think they put the concrete in a place and also give the image more depth. Even though there is just a hint of them, it is enough. (Uh oh, wait a minute — “gestalt closure”?!) ;-)

    Those two leaves in the middle add just the right amount of color for me.

    Comment by Christina — January 15, 2009 @ 23:46

  8. I like the wheels, they provide the context and environment. Interestingly I didn’t see the white line until looking at its partner.

    This is my kind of picture, a bit of found art with the bonus leaves.

    Comment by Rex — January 16, 2009 @ 22:02

  9. I wish there just a bit more of the wheels. They add context and they add another shape. With the dominance of sharp angles and straight lines interrupted by the irregular shape (filled so well with the leaves), the wheels finish off the pattern. I suppose the fact that I am thinking in those terms mean there is enough there to have made the point.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — January 17, 2009 @ 04:33

  10. The wheels are needed for me…they give the picture much more movement. Without them I’d be struggling to look at this for too long. If there was anymore of the wheels then I think they’d then dominate too much. As it stands they balance the whole very well.

    Comment by akikana — January 19, 2009 @ 07:53

  11. The trace of vehicles top or bottom is becoming a theme.
    There is an urge to sweep those three leaves away to clean up the picture. The cracks and leaves do give the picture something extra than lines on a screen to look at.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — January 19, 2009 @ 10:26

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