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    Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    Part of a series. converted to b&w. some levels adj. Your thoughts . . .
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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    I like this photograph. Some would argue of cropping the bottom part a bit, but it comes with personal taste. The lines from the sidewalk (the sides) gives it direction, so in my opinion, I wouldn't crop it The photograph overall gives me a...nostalgic feel maybe? But then again B&W does tend to do this once in a while. Is it what you're trying to convey? The person also adds a sense of mystery to the photo, giving it more interest. A mysterious nostalgia.
    In a different interpretation, this picture could symbolize hope. Interesting photo.

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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    Gary,

    I do like this picture a lot but I have one problem with it and that is the big square sign that leads my eye every time I look at the picture. This takes away from the mystery of the character walking in the tunnel which I think should be the key item in the photo as all the lines lead to him.

    Perhaps a bit of PS to remove the offending square and it will be excellent photo. I Must do some more black and white used to do a lot in film.
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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    Quote Originally Posted by gahspidy
    Part of a series. converted to b&w. some levels adj. Your thoughts . . .
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    Hello Gary,

    I fully agree with Mando's opinion. This is a very good and rather mysterious photograph.
    I assume that it was shot with a wide angle. Somehow, I wouldn't expect the use of such a lense in this situation but it still works well for me. The wall lines in the foreground are almost curved though.

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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    Hi Gary,
    The composition and the perspective of the pic have an impact during viewing. It seems to me the guy was walking into the light. I wonder if he was walking into the tunnel would fit in the mood better.
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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    That sign doesn't bother me a bit. If I were going to bothered by something, it would be the square light in the tunnel or the debris on the ground in the foreground. But those don't bother me either.

    I like it!

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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    very cool. i like the crop, and think the garbage in the forground is the perfect amount of detail. if this is part of a series i'll be looking fwd to the rest.

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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    Another good one Gary.
    Looks like the series is coming along nicely!
    Not much more to add that hasn't already been said.
    Although I think I would burn in the playground a bit more, if haven't already.
    Thanks again for sharing it with us!
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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    Quote Originally Posted by Seb
    The wall lines in the foreground are almost curved though.

    Seb
    Perhaps you could tell us what gear you are using. Sounds like distortion to me.

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    Re: Park Ave.. . Under the Metro North

    Thanks all for commenting. Very happy with the feedback on this one.

    Mando . . .interesting interpretation. . .of hope. Yes I was going for a mysterious feel which is one of a fewreasons why I used the wide angle here. . to lengthen the tunnel, include the debris in the foreground, and to put the figure far off . My interpretation or feel i have for the image is somehwhat different as i will get into .

    Roger . . . I think I feel the same about the outside area, especially the sign, being to prominent. I actually burned all that in thinking a better feel for what is outside would enhance but I'm feeling that I would rather have the outside area very obscure with the focus on the figure walking out into whatever ones imagination would have them create.

    Seb . . thanks for the comments. . .yeah there is definetely some barrel distortion going on here. . .but I rather don't mind it in most shots. Can be fixed with some ps tools , but I tend to leave it alone unless I'm dealing with a straight vertical line such as a building that I need to have straight with the frame.

    Yoyo . . .great points. The comp and perspective was to be impactful and lend to the overall mood of the scene. As for the figure walking away. . .this is what makes the shot for me, although it's a personal taste thing. With the figure walking away, I enjoy a feeling of peace and comfort in that once the figure is off into the world again, I will be at peace and enjoy the comfort and security of the underpass of which I find serenity and sanity. ( maybe some therapy is needed here) If the figure were to be walking toward me, there would be the anticipation of a further scene or story developing. This series I'm on is about the comfort of being within a structure or shelter and feeling the isolation and sort of reprieve from the world outside which it brings. The focal point is always on the immediate foreground to give the viewer a sense of standing and being in that very spot.

    Matt . . . Thanks for the comments, glad to know how you feel about it.

    Greg . . thanks for the positive feedback. Yeah, I really prefer having elements in the foreground of most images to give a sense of here and there. . . depth.

    Brian . . thanks for your positve feedback and support. Much appreciated. Actually, I've been offered time to exhibit this series as well as some other works that I had presented to a Gallery on Lexington ave called PhilosophyBox. I'll keep you informed of the details once things are worked out.

    92135011 . . . .I'm using a Tamron 19-35 mm wide angle which is a great lens for the money but will be the next upgrade I go for. Yeah, distortion and at full wide anglke can be very soft focus around the edges. Which is why I usually only open it up as far as about 22mm.
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    You Go Gary!

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    Re: You Go Gary!

    Honored to have it a Featured Photo. Happy New Years and best wishes to all.
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    Re: You Go Gary!

    Congratulations, Gary!
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