Stills V3

January 29, 2009


Filed under: Gordon McGregor — Rex @ 01:57



  1. Jim? I thought this was the McGregor logo.

    First impressions were very favourable but after analysis I’ve lowered that to ‘favourable’! The first plus is the style of processing matching ‘too cold to ride’: but is it just slightly overdone? Another plus is the close up of the leg to get one right into the incipient action: but would just a portion of the left leg help balance the picture a bit? A third plus is the smoothing out of the bicycle parts to a more abstract entity – that I like.

    This certainly demands attention and offers the viewer rewards.

    Comment by John Ellis — January 30, 2009 @ 11:58

  2. I think this is magnificent, for its unusual perspective, for the impact of the logo and for its ‘in your face’ central composition.


    Comment by Rex — January 30, 2009 @ 22:19

  3. Movement in the wheel but none in that right leg. Glad you kept a bit of the left foot in because that side looks like it’s doing all the work. Intersting and pleasing colour pallette.

    Comment by akikana — February 3, 2009 @ 06:25

  4. This image reminds me of very good, stock photography — or, if the logo were different, say, a Nike or other sports ad. I’m not wanting that to come across as a criticism — excellent composition, use of color, and that interesting treatment — but I will echo John in asking,”is it just slightly overdone?”

    I had the beginning of similar thoughts on the last one, but the slippers and wires on the floor kept that one from crossing over into my perceived “commercial zone”.

    Comment by Christina — February 4, 2009 @ 03:34

  5. ‘but is it just slightly overdone?’

    I was going to suggest going even further, maybe taking some of that left hand edge into shadow.

    Comment by matt — February 4, 2009 @ 12:33

  6. I think this is another good example highlighting the dedicated amateur. I also think the lighting effect is overdone on the leg, it’s a ratehr ugly, unnatural effect that has been created.

    Comment by doonster — February 5, 2009 @ 13:31

  7. Whether overdone or not depends on the objective. As a documentary shot, then yes, probably overdone. As an attention grabber then not overdone. So, stock, advertising…image making of any sort….then fine.

    The composition here is great. I’d be interested in seeing this same photo processed a different way. I’d probably like it a lot better with a less harsh, more documentary, style.

    Comment by Colin — February 5, 2009 @ 21:11

  8. The colour of the tyre and leg tattoo marry well and there is that touch of blue in the distance (depth) that contrasts with the overall warm tone of the picture.
    This is good and I hope you can keep up the processing technique in the project without making it look formula based.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 6, 2009 @ 00:08

  9. I like very much the stylized quality. While I might like this if it were done documentary style, this treatment has a punch that appeals to me for the subject matter and the composition. After several viewings, I identified what was holding me in the image. The colors suggest energy radiating out from that leg, then dissipating finally at the upper right with the blue. That (certainly not that alone) makes me feel that that I am moving forward with the rider. This definitely has the feel of being part of something more than a single image.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 8, 2009 @ 15:39

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