Stills V3

February 20, 2009

Luxury in Penzance

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 20:58



  1. It took a little while for this to grow on me: one, but not the sole, reason being that it feels as though the white balance isn’t right. But maybe this is taken at either end of the day, which may account for the slightly strange warm look. Another reason was that this was too simple but the idea of a ‘waiting’ room, where the door drips rust from its fittings, allowed the expanse of door to assume more significance. It’s a pity about the pedestrian sign as that seems to be superfluous to the waiting concept – but maybe I’m missing something. The accretion of council signs can often be good for a laugh though.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 23, 2009 @ 07:45

  2. That’ll teach me.
    I increased the red to make the rust stand out more, it looks like I didn’t back it off elsewhere so yor observation is perfectly correct, the white balance is nbg! :-)

    I’ll fix it tonight when I get home!

    Comment by Rex — February 23, 2009 @ 12:59

  3. I think without the pedestrian sign it would be just miserable. the sign adds that splash of red and also some maybe subtle humour to the scene that makes it worth looking at.

    It almost feels like there is a joke there, that you are just always missing. That mystery keeps me interested, rather than depressed.

    I think we sometimes tend to over simplify and reduce photographs and scenes – seeking to get rid of ‘distractions’ but in the process cut out the things that might make it interesting at all. It becomes simple to read, an easily grasped and disposed message, lacking ‘distractions’ for people to complain about.

    I went through a long period of that, using telephoto lenses to abstract and simplify compositions until they get ever more boring. I’m trying to layer some complexity back into my pictures these days.

    Another ramble not really related to the image it’s attached to – sorry about that!

    Comment by Gordon — February 23, 2009 @ 16:57

  4. The error was not turning on ‘luminosity’ when I did a levels adjustment. I think the white sign is slightly pink or the ship behind me was red. :-)

    Thanks for that John.

    Comment by Rex — February 23, 2009 @ 19:43

  5. Simple, clear, amusing. Works for me. Sometimes things don’t need to be complex.

    Oh, btw, what’s the alternative for the pedestrians, walking on water? 2 visual amusements for the price of one.

    Comment by doonster — February 23, 2009 @ 20:45

  6. Too simple, I think. I want more context.

    Obviously I don’t know if there was a wider view to be had, but as is I’m left feeling that something is being held back from me.

    Comment by Colin — February 25, 2009 @ 17:34

  7. I love doors, but I feel too close to this one and a little cramped. I do like the contrasts in textures and, in that area, the signs make a good contribution.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 26, 2009 @ 00:41

  8. Humourous but it does feel slightly cramped for me. Given the strong walking pose of the guy on the sign I’m left wanting more driveway to balance it out a little and force me in to the waiting room with no door handle…

    Comment by akikana — February 26, 2009 @ 12:01

  9. I think I need something in the lower right corner to balance this out. As it stands, I’d not wait in that room for anything ;-)

    Comment by matt — February 26, 2009 @ 14:05

  10. “As it stands, I’d not wait in that room for anything”

    Agreed. I did get a smile from this and that is certainly worth something, but don’t care to linger here.

    Comment by Christina — February 27, 2009 @ 05:02

  11. I think I’d hit my head on those stones walking in here, feels like no head room so I might be one of those wanting somewhere to plant my feet.
    But it is a good chuckle and I enjoy it for that.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — March 2, 2009 @ 11:13

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