Stills V3

July 12, 2009

Hong Kong #24

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 15:23

The final variation on this theme.

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10 Comments »

  1. First reaction; final one is best.

    Second reaction; oh, this isn’t a square. That stuff off the right of the window just doesn’t seem to figure.

    Your definitely pushing the small sensor to the limits here. Mottled bits in all the dark regions.

    Comment by matt — July 12, 2009 @ 21:21

  2. matt – this file had some minor colour noise control thrown at it, but I didn’t apply any of the heavyweight tools because I’d already decided that that sensor wasn’t going to feature much in my future. I didn’t want to spend time optimising.

    That aside, there are several bits of this photo that I like, but you’ve hit upon the squareness question which is the element that intrigues me most.

    Comment by Colin — July 12, 2009 @ 22:15

  3. I had no desire for square on first opening, nor have I since reading the discussion. It works as a triptych. The theme of the sitting watcher on the left carried through into the centre is balanced by the third blank panel. I’m not sure about the vertical line of light as it upsets the idea of three but it’s not so important.

    From what I have read about this sensor, I would not want it but here there is no down side for me.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 13, 2009 @ 07:22

  4. matt took the words right off my keyboard. Square for sure.

    I also see a triptych but radiating from the point where the frames meet.

    Comment by doonster — July 13, 2009 @ 07:45

  5. I just get a sense of peace and relaxation from the sitting man and the potted flower. The reflection of the potted flower adds and the reflected people subtract from the harmony.

    Comment by Rex — July 17, 2009 @ 19:31

  6. I also have no need for this to be square — it is square already in feeling. The “empty” window frame to the right offers a bit of a rest from the busy street, as does the part of the table in front of the plant.

    I like the layers of this going back and giving it depth — from the table and plant going back to that wonderful small figure working at the top of the frame to the left.

    Comment by Christina — July 18, 2009 @ 03:58

  7. I’ll agree with matt – this is the strongest of the three. Plenty going on but not really overlapping. Not getting this as square but certainly getting the triptych. The decorator in the background is particulary strong (and clown like for some reason). The plant also caused some concerns over ‘making’ the picture (i.e. was it moved) rather than ‘seeing’ the picture. Either way, it needs to be there else you would be left with a little too much emptiness.

    Comment by akikana — July 18, 2009 @ 12:25

  8. Akikana – no plants were harmed in the making of this photo. None moved either :-)

    Comment by Colin — July 19, 2009 @ 00:38

  9. That strip on the right with the slightly bright section pulls me in and disappoints me. But, there is plenty to look at elsewhere. I like the way the seatedman seems to echo the plant, the the figure in the window provides a variation on the theme.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 28, 2009 @ 03:01

  10. I brought up that white line a bit in processing. I’m interested that it has gathered some negative press.

    Comment by Colin — July 28, 2009 @ 11:39


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