Concrete Steps II

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K10 with Schneider Kreuznach 50-200
20/10/2011 - 17:09bwlchmawr
Shutter Speed1/250
Focal Length50mm


Link Posted 20/10/2011 - 17:42
A very pleasing composition. It now needs printing out on one of those fibre based papers we used to spend hours messing about with!

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Link Posted 20/10/2011 - 17:48
Top marks from me. The composition is satisfying because of it's strong shapes and simplicity. Black and white is pefect for images like this, I just can't visualise this in colour.


Link Posted 20/10/2011 - 18:02
A photo of class


Link Posted 20/10/2011 - 18:15
Love the choice of viewpoint, great shot. It may be worth tweaking the contrast a bit to see if it can be made more dramatic.
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Link Posted 20/10/2011 - 20:27
Another good'un, Andrew.
Not as much of an enigma as Steps I, but a wonderful range of tones.
My only reservation is the glimpse of the string, top right of the second flight. I don't think it needs to be seen to "explain" the stairs & I find it a little intrusive into the otherwise purely graphic qualities if the shot.

Still a shot I'd have been pleased to take, though!

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Link Posted 20/10/2011 - 20:52
Definitely a good spot, so good I would echo the above, there might be more to get out of it
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Link Posted 20/10/2011 - 21:01
OK, here's how it goes. I have a good peruse through the gallery once a day. I click through the thumbnails that really grab my attention (and those are fewer than there used to be) and then I find out that more often than not it's one of yours. It must be annoying to be that good.
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Link Posted 20/10/2011 - 21:25
Strong and captivating composition, well spotted and taken.


Link Posted 21/10/2011 - 02:02
Striking composition Andrew. Very nice image.
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Link Posted 21/10/2011 - 06:55
Thanks everyone. I nearly didn't post this one. I took it on the way back after (unsuccessfully) trying to get some shots of waves and groynes on the beach. It only really "worked" after a crop of the top and conversion to mono.

I agree about the top right. I should have taken a couple of shots and worked the subject more. I felt a glimpse of light at the top would have helped the image, but in retrospect it hasn't. One to reshoot when we go back.
SteveEveritt wrote:
It may be worth tweaking the contrast a bit to see if it can be made more dramatic.

I tried a "hard" version but there's already a full range of tones, Steve, and I didn't want to lose highlight or shadow detail.
DrOrloff wrote:
OK, here's how it goes. I have a good peruse through the gallery once a day. I click through the thumbnails that really grab my attention...

Kind words, Doc, and I'm flattered and gratified that someone of your standing should say them. I do think that some images work much better as thumbnails than others, particularly those with strong, simple composition. Highly detailed shots (often taken with wide angle lenses) really do need to be viewed large so that the eye has a chance to move about the scene and are often over-looked.
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Link Posted 21/10/2011 - 14:10
Brilliant use of shapes lines and tones,positioned yourself pefectly
Great composition
All the best



Link Posted 21/10/2011 - 22:48
Wow, missed this one earlier but I have to say that it's one of the most striking images seen on the gallery in recent weeks. Very clever composition, perfect mono conversion. Great stuff!!


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Link Posted 21/10/2011 - 23:04
This is a masterpiece, Andrew. I'm sure this staircase wasn't as attractive in the real life as in your shot. I like the use of the simple geometric shapes, the well chosen view angle and the fine conversion.
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Link Posted 22/10/2011 - 09:43
I think this is a view that I would have walked right past! Nicely seen and nicely treated Andrew.

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