Stills V3

November 1, 2009

Not just any puddle

Filed under: Lillput — lillput @ 13:56

With due apologies for the UK-centric reference



  1. LoL, great title.

    The white line in the top is a bit eye grabbing but cropping it out loses something in the composition, perhaps because it matches all the diagonals so well.

    Comment by Rex — November 1, 2009 @ 15:05

  2. The reflection fair leaps off the road, doesn’t it.

    You’ve got a lot of good diagonals going on here, but I’m uncomfortable about the top edge. It feels a bit forced. I think that the weight of photo in the bottom right might have supported more of the scene.

    Comment by Colin — November 2, 2009 @ 21:32

  3. Having read Colin’s comment I dragged your image into a black background and now I think that the wordpress white frame does your image no favours. I think it looks much better without the frame. my concern about the white ‘diagonal’ diminishes.

    Comment by Rex — November 2, 2009 @ 21:38

  4. Anf if you’re waiting for the bus you will get sprayed with water by passing vehicles!

    This is very much a macro shot of a detail in the road and yet, as Colin wonders, could more detail above be added? I think it could but then it would be a different picture. I very much like the street (sic) nature of this and can just take the upper edge. But it does have a foot in a number of different style camps.

    Comment by John Ellis — November 3, 2009 @ 07:48

  5. Took me an age to work out the name of the shop in the puddle. The reflection is pleasing to look at and the scene exceptionally bright all over given the rain. I too think it needs a little extra along the top. The reflection is strong but I find the legs even stronger and then want to see a little more along the top to add even more interest to the whole. As John says: ‘it would then become a completely different picture’ and probably so. But the strength of the reflection and the extra slice along the top would create a much more complex result but the emptiness in the road would keep the competition for attention apart and be much stronger for it?

    Comment by akikana — November 7, 2009 @ 12:09

  6. That bottom section is really brilliant, and thanks to Rex, I can enjoy the clever title. I must agree with the “more detail above” camp — that red and green in the left upper corner is intriguing and seeing a bit more there would not take away from the puddle.

    Comment by Christina — November 8, 2009 @ 03:21

  7. What a fascinating illusion. The sign appears to be standing upright in the middle of the street. Great catch.

    I think if it weren’t for the red in that upper left corner I wouldn’t even be wondering what this would look like framed differently. The red pretty much demands that I go over there. Still, I wonder if that really is such a bad idea. In the end, I enjoy looking at the photo enough to end up not spending much time thinking about alternative photos.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 16, 2009 @ 01:02

  8. I like the humour in the title, and it’s a good, strong use of the puddle reflection. I don’t find the background distracting as all the direction is consistent.

    Comment by doonster — November 17, 2009 @ 11:30

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