Stills V3

December 13, 2010

Sunday Morning in St. Pete

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 05:00

Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida



  1. Wonderful: the step ladder required to reach an out of reach rope ladder to take you up to a much further out of reach ‘observation’ platform. The wheelchair bound individual I’m less sure about their need for inclusion for me. Sure there’s the potentially restrictive nature of their condition versus the relative freedom of the graphical character in the poster to ponder but without their inclusion you have a much harder photograph to work on but once you see it’s little magic is falls together so well.

    Comment by akikana — December 13, 2010 @ 06:15

  2. I vote for the figure in the wheelchair! Despite the fun aspect of the girl in the mural stretching up to eventually reach the roof I am fairly rooted by the man and it seems to me because he indicates how pleasant it is to sit in this pleasant corner of the town (at least that is how it seems).

    The picture on the wall is intriguing as it is difficult (for me anyway) to work out whether it is a mural or an advertisement. But it also seems to be integral to the tattoo artist’s sign, unless that is the only space left to the latter.

    I also like the lines of the branches matching the perspective of the frontage of the building.

    Comment by zavaell — December 14, 2010 @ 08:15

  3. I also like the lines of the branches matching the perspective of the frontage of the building.

    The echoes and alignments I noticed and pleased me were girl’s body, man’s leg & arms & hat, lean of left tree & bushes, top right branches.

    My comment is: closer please :-)

    Comment by Rex — December 14, 2010 @ 21:44

    • I have closer shots, though not quite from this angle. (Or I could crop in a lot on this one — it is full frame.) I selected this one for the reasons that have been mentioned. I just looked at them all again, but still feel this is the best of the lot and I’m not satisfied with cropping the foreground out.

      This isn’t my usual style (rut, to you, Rex), but I tried very hard to channel John. Maybe next time I’ll actually have to ask his advice instead. :-)

      Comment by Christina — December 15, 2010 @ 04:44

  4. Photographing the man in the wheel chair might make us feel very uncomfortable but the juxtaposition with the “girl” and her optimistic pose is very strong.

    The distance suggests discretion, but I’m with Rex, nearer please. Cropping just below the flower pot, or whatever that bit of street furniture is, still allows the viewer or the photographer to be discrete, but it strengthens that lead in to the man and indeed the angle it makes to the “girl”.

    Comment by cgcooke — December 14, 2010 @ 22:46

  5. …I forget to mention how that lead in and angle is strengthened by the boundaries created by the trees and of course the shadows created by the buildings. The pathway effectively stops at the shadows and turns towards the “girl”.

    Comment by cgcooke — December 14, 2010 @ 22:56

  6. I’m not very conducive to being channeled!

    I understand about being closer but as this is a multi-layered shot I certainly wouldn’t crop. Given that I might have on a 42 mm prime (21mm on 4/3), and that the man in the wheelchair is not going anywhere fast, I would probably have taken this and moved in to take something closer but, by then, already different. Bear in mind Akikana’s climb up the rope to the ‘observation post’. As close in as allows that still to be shown.

    Comment by zavaell — December 15, 2010 @ 07:55

  7. this is good, the leaning of the small trees, the arm and branch all make me feel like the whole picture is reaching up to the left.

    There is a lot of foreground but losing the bottom right plaque would be unfortunate if cropped.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 15, 2010 @ 10:29

  8. I like this a lot and the bright colour lifts the image. I am all in faour of the man/woman in the wheelchair. The contrast with the (painted) girl is key to the picture. It can be read as either a simple contrast or a comparison of fiction with stark reality.

    I think the framing is fine, the only element that I don;t think adds is the path junction at foregrond, but it doesn’t distract either. I would be loathe to crop this.

    I understand the desire to move in and take several more shots, but each would be of something different – the picture appears dynamic even if the wheelchair is still – and you would then be left choosing.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — December 16, 2010 @ 21:40

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