Stills V3

October 17, 2012

The Intruders

Filed under: Chris — cgcooke @ 23:27



  1. Theatre Exit To Be Clear At All Times? I think the exit is too large a part of the composition, I think it looks better without the frame and I wonder if the text on the sign would help tell a story? I am really unsure about this image and will be interested in the views of others.

    Comment by Rex — October 18, 2012 @ 23:36

    • You’re right about the exit Rex, there is too much of it, see the new insert I’ve now added. I believe I had intended to crop it when I took the image, but for some reason, nearly a year later, I left it in.

      Yes there is a sign on the exit which reads something like “FIRE EXIT keep clear at all times” but it isn’t recoverable to allow it to be seen.

      However, there is no added border, its part of the framework for a large marquee.

      Comment by cgcooke — October 19, 2012 @ 22:18

      • I think the cropped version is stronger. The two intruders produce a curve with the door of ascending size and the door doesn’t dominate.

        Comment by Rex — October 22, 2012 @ 01:49

  2. Am I missing part of this because I don’t see a sign?

    Comment by zavaell — October 19, 2012 @ 06:36

    • You’re not really missing the sign John as you’re not really meant to be able to see it. On my LCD screen I can make it out if I move the viewing angle away from the perpendicular, then once you know where it is I can just about make out where it is when returning to the normal angle.

      Comment by cgcooke — October 19, 2012 @ 22:19

  3. I hadn’t seen the sign until it was pointed out and I tilted my screen. I too prefer the cropped version, which sets off the shadowy and slightly blurred figures better. They create both atmosphere and mystery, together with the basically warm tone of the image. There is a part of me looking for a wider, more dynamic than the square, aspect ratio here, but I can’t se how to make the crop work at 3:2.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — October 22, 2012 @ 23:58

    • I should be clear that I really like this one – dark soft figures are a favourite! Just found the framing and cropping questions interesting.

      Comment by sojournerphoto — October 23, 2012 @ 00:04

  4. I’m slightly perverse because I think that the original proportions work better – the crop certainly doesn’t work for me. The colouring, the drawing of the figures and the uncertainty of location and activity play out well in the original version – the door seems to stop the picture being too much of a good thing.

    Comment by zavaell — October 23, 2012 @ 06:53

    • That is how I feel about this as well. I like the original proportions. It adds mystery and space, makes me ask the question: where are they going to?

      Comment by Cem — October 23, 2012 @ 15:05

  5. Thanks for the discussion guys. I think I prefer the cropped version myself, but there again I’ve started to use a square crop a lot, well certainly a lot more than I once would have dreamed of. Part of that reason might be down to the influence of one or two people at MFT, the other that it is usually easier to get a 4:3 image into a standard square frame rather than the ubiquitous 3:2

    I’ve never had a camera with 1:1 aspect ratio. No that’s not true, I think I had one as a child, (could that have been my Kodak Instamatic)?

    Perhaps I might post the first image I remember processing as a square crop and see if anybody spots why I did.

    Comment by cgcooke — October 23, 2012 @ 21:41

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