Stills V3

December 12, 2010

Evening Walk

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 21:37

Quickly grabbed this evening



  1. Very moody feel, the tone and bowed head contribute to that mood. I almost lost the little dog, he almost adds a bit of light relief.

    Comment by Rex — December 12, 2010 @ 22:10

  2. Even though the scene seems relatively peaceful there is so much going on in this photograph that it becomes very noisy on my eyes. A good thing as it does make me look for more of what’s not there than what is: i.e. shapes in those shadows. The central placing of the walker (especially) and their dogs does give me a very strong element in which to keep returning to.

    Comment by akikana — December 13, 2010 @ 06:10

  3. The tonal values should appeal to Chris!

    My favourite part of this is the far shoreline and it is probably the lights that attract one there and then, as Akikana says, look for more in the shadows.

    Helped by the b/w treatment this certainly has the mood of a winter’s evening about it and that is attractive too. I do get slightly frustrated by the softness in the foreground though and also would like just a little more on the bottom to give the little dog a tiny bit more room.

    Comment by zavaell — December 14, 2010 @ 08:06

  4. The surface being walked on has the texture of shallow running water, the dark around the posts holding the chain also give that impression, I’m quite certain they are walking through water.

    Textures and silhouettes, keeps me wanting to feel the roughness of that ‘ground’.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 15, 2010 @ 10:46

  5. Robert – thanks for pointing that out. I’m amazed I didn’t see the flow round the stanchions before. Careless. That makes a big difference knowing that all the water is on one plane. I think that I would still like a bit more foreground.

    Comment by zavaell — December 15, 2010 @ 11:04

  6. The softness is , at least in parat because they are walking through running water. Also the 50 was a f1.5 so dof is pretty limited.

    I agree the little dog gets a bit lost and I’ve reworked it a little to add more light to give it shape, but trying to avoid losing the darkness of evening.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — December 16, 2010 @ 21:33

  7. Running water – yes I was going to ask “Is this the wier/run off from an ornamental lake”? My eyes keep hunting around for clues in the background and keep coming back with more questions. For example, “can I see a waterfall/inlet”? “Is that a folly or summerhouse”?

    A contemporary rendition might have gone digging for detail in the shadows, but why spoil the mystery in the background; I for one enjoy having my imagination worked.

    Also there’s more than enough information in the foreground silhouettes to form an opinion about the nature of the man, including his contemplative mood. Is there also not a suggestion that they are all, apart from the rear dog, oblivious to the viewer?

    I must confess though that I nearly missed the nearest dog on my first viewing so might have suggested what you’ve already dealt with.

    Comment by cgcooke — December 18, 2010 @ 02:56

  8. The silhouettes are very appealing. Though I also missed the little dog on the first look, I don’t take that as a bad thing from a design stand point. And I enjoyed finding it. Lot of textures and plenty of feeling.

    Comment by Christina — December 23, 2010 @ 05:10

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