Stills V3

February 4, 2009

stealing the sky

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:32



  1. Besides giving the sun a chance to look at itself, what are they doing?

    Comment by matt — February 4, 2009 @ 13:55

  2. Filming? I guess that is a hard reflector.

    Comment by Rex — February 4, 2009 @ 16:07

  3. lots of squares, colour squares, shadow squares, reflective squares, squares of clouds

    Comment by Gordon — February 4, 2009 @ 17:22

  4. They were illuminating a building on the other side of the canal although the activity over there was lackadaisical to say the least: I think they were filming.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 4, 2009 @ 19:51

  5. I find the 2 people a bit distracting. I like the squars theme and the way the mirror brings the sky into an unusual place.

    Comment by doonster — February 5, 2009 @ 13:35

  6. I like this precisely because I wouldn’t have taken this picture. With mono film loaded, as would be most likely in this sort of location, I’d have edited out the possiblility of those squares being interesting. All the tones are too similar.

    I’d have probably been concentrating on the odd mirror object instead.

    Comment by Colin — February 5, 2009 @ 21:06

  7. With a clipped mirror you need the clipped sky in the top left. The clouds in the mirror are also a pleasing touch versus the solid blue in that top corner. Don’t think that the people add anything to the shot. As the shot seems to open up as you move to the left the people add an obstruction to a pleasing flow of straight lines.

    Comment by akikana — February 6, 2009 @ 09:50

  8. ‘I’d have edited out the possiblility of those squares being interesting. All the tones are too similar.’

    On repeated viewings, it’s those squares and the way the shadows seem to nicely balance out the mirror that draw my eye. I don’t think I’d have seen this either.

    Comment by matt — February 7, 2009 @ 14:47

  9. I like the juxtaposition of the man made rectangle vs the reflected nature rectangle and then given that that is the power of the image I wonder if the people help or not?

    Comment by Rex — February 7, 2009 @ 19:26

  10. My favorite part of this is the left third — the colors play very well together there. A good title and idea. I also would have probably preferred this without the people.

    Comment by Christina — February 8, 2009 @ 03:57

  11. All those rectangles, I like Rex’s view here of seeing man made rectangles vs reflected nature.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 8, 2009 @ 11:06

  12. If that wall had been one solid color, this would have lost a great deal, but all those rectangles are attractive. It’s not surprising to me that I wouldn’t have seen the photo here.

    People standing around waiting—sounds like movie making to me.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 8, 2009 @ 16:00

  13. Thanks for comments.

    Anita – your last point sounds sensible!

    The discussion about the people cannot be resolved as far as I am concerned: on the one hand I would like to see an unimpeded line across the photo; but on the other, this is the nature of the activity. With or without would be fine by me.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 11, 2009 @ 12:06

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