Stills V3

March 3, 2012


Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 22:42



  1. From a recent visit to Cockermouth in Cumbria – just outside th Lake District. This was a grab as I was walking down the street and loked through the alleyway.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 3, 2012 @ 22:44

  2. I feel that this is an ‘almost’ shot Mike. The position of the man would have worked if it had been slightly less busy behind him: his stick works fine but his head doesn’t. That goes a long way towards explaining why the van/lorry/billboard beyond him is not helping you! I do like the arch matching the crown of the tree and that portion of the shot works well, whereas the area nearest you could do with some subtle gradation of lighting – it’s a bit dead as it is.

    Comment by zavaell — March 5, 2012 @ 07:31

  3. Hi Mike,

    This is a scene I come across often during my wanderings and I try to capture it every time. 99.99% of the time, I do not like the results and I do not print or show the pictures. It is quite an aggravation for me. I keep looking for that unique image which will jump out at me but alas. Upon seeing this image I am reminded of my own frustrations. Does this mean that I do’t like your picture? Not at all! I particularly like the composition and the tonality. But I have to agree with John’s analysis re. the background and the positioning of the man’s head. To me, this is indeed an ‘almost’ shot. But don’t discount the possibility that I may be incredibly ignorant of it’s real potential. After all, it is your own opinion which matters. :)

    Comment by Cem — March 8, 2012 @ 20:39

  4. Thanks John and Cem. I think that you are right – almost. I so enjoyed the stick and bag that I didn’t focus on the head and cluttered background. Still positive to see the potential as the moment arose – I’m reminded of Henry Wessells’ comment that if you shoot again then you’re shooting something different and what ecited you, visually, has gone.

    John, I’d be interested in what gradatoin of lightng you would sugest – opeing up the shadows or a firmer shove down to the dark?



    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 10, 2012 @ 22:27

  5. It would be easy to improve the situation around the man’s head, or do you object to doing such things?

    Comment by cgcooke — March 10, 2012 @ 23:28

  6. Mike, I suspect that there isn’t much that can be done with the light in the passageway because of the lack of sun. Technically, what you have is fine: it is just that there is a high proportion of the picture taken up with a ‘gloomy prospect’! Maybe I’m asking for something that I shouldn’t!

    Comment by zavaell — March 11, 2012 @ 07:25

  7. I too was attracted by the crown of the tree in the arch as it is quite a strong graphic element and it helps to avoid a bright sky or cluttered building background. The unfortunate coincidence of the background and the man’s head is just that, unfortunate, not catastrophic for me. I recognised he had a round head, not a block head.

    I would play with levels and curves with masks to see if the path through the alley could be emphasised. I think it is missing the w of wow but I’m not sure why.

    Comment by Rex — March 11, 2012 @ 21:16

  8. Given all the confines surrounding the walk to the “light”, I’m still in two minds as to whether there needs to be something or nothing in front of them. Sure the lighting in that region perhaps calls for nothing but I’d say a stronger image would result with a stronger something there. Given the strength of ‘colouring’ in the figure and the fact they do not touch their surroundings, the effect of some ‘noise’ in their path would certainly create that barrier. As it is, like the person in the picture, it’s so nearly there for me.

    Comment by akikana — March 12, 2012 @ 04:27

  9. I think it’s balanced and got the right elements except that truck & car in the background. If it weren’t for them, this would be a hit, otherwise also a “nearly” for me, too.

    Comment by doonster — March 21, 2012 @ 11:50

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