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#1 Jstorm_57

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 10:14 AM

Something from a cold December night. When I am not overwhelmed from work I love to do photography walkabouts during late nights. Sometimes it is a bit dangerous but the photo opportunities are very unique and I come away with some good memories.

 

I typically use a lot of negative space in my afterdark images.Here is a shot captured around 2100 hrs. the day after Christmas 2014. I wanted to convey a noir feel with this image; the loneliness and cold of winter, but the hues seem overly warm to me. Should I bring down the warm yellows and bring up the blues and blacks? Compositionally, I should have moved the discarded trash more to the left but I don't like 'disturbing the crime scene' and left it where I found it. When you are setting up your outdoor, non-landscape shots do you re-arrange the scene or yourself to get the shot you are after? Thanks - John

 

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"And down your streets I've walked alone

As if my feet were not my own

Such is the path I've chose, doors I have opened and closed"

 

- Kenny Loggins

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 06:11 PM

Love this pic, it really does give that feeling of alone at night. My only critique would be to adjust the exposure of the white building. I would turn down the hot spot on the right side of the building. But that is just my opinion.


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 02:44 AM

Great photo. Mysterious with a bit of tension in there. The dark shadows would drive Chelsea mad ! She'd just have to poke around in there.
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Posted 11 May 2016 - 08:01 AM

Great capture. Gritty and edgy. I would not change the scene as I found myself looking front to back at all the details. From the trash, to the man hole cover and beyond. I wonder what more noise or grain would do to the image. I know we are always trying for less noise but this is not your typical landscape. 


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 12:07 PM

Interesting scene, I think the rubbish in the foreground adds a great deal.. Critique..? Could be improved with Miss Detreicht (sp?) her back leaning up against a wall dressed in a trench coat and smoking a long cigarette..... (-: Like it a lot. 


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 12:35 PM

I had the same thought geedee. My sister-in-law will be featured prominently in future shoots of this type. We already have the Fedora.


John, I thought about the noise on this and whether I should go with more or less. With so much darkness I was concerned it would detract from the overall visual impact unless... I did it up as a pencil style print... hmmmm. You gotta love the tech we have at our hands!


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 01:09 PM

@John - more grain and double vision?

 

When I finally opened my eyes and made it past the drum beating inside my skull, I wondered what truck had hit me and dumped me lifelessly on the pavement of a forgotten alley. I vaguely remembered a six foot five, 350 pound gorilla and a blonde haired dame. There was always a dame. I sat up and reached for a smoke. There was gonna be payback.

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 02:11 PM

That dame slipped you a mickey finn B)

And that 350 pound palooka was none other than Moose Malloy

Very nice processing


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 08:09 AM

I like this sort of shot.

 

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 03:12 PM

I too love this shot.  I would not move the trash it really works for me where it is. this shot makes me hope for time to go wander my streets at night! I also like your processed photo.



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 03:03 AM

JdMac:

Be careful !

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 04:26 PM

Good solid shot John, my town does not have anywhere that looks like this, too small.
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Posted 13 May 2016 - 05:42 PM

Really like this one John, it needed the grain, nice work and great thinking...I'm waiting for James Cagney to jump out and beat the crap out of someone!


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Posted 14 May 2016 - 11:06 AM

^^ Hopefully not the photographer who was just an innocent bystander.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 04:01 AM

Nice shot, had to make sure my wallet was still there. Also made me think of batman, when his parents are killed. You just needed some pearls laying on the ground. 



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 12:01 PM

Thanks JB. Maybe I should return to the location with a couple of red roses...


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