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Sep 15, 2010 21:42 |  #1

Two shots i took today which i liked. CC always welcomed. Thanks for viewing, Al.

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Sep 15, 2010 23:56 |  #2

First one doesn't grab me that much. SInce you took it off centre of the staircase, it appear to be leaning a little to the right. Notice too that the horizontal lines of the steps are slightly sloping.

I like the second, but you intend to leave in the graffiti? To me its seems too small to be a focal point, and as a result, is distracting. I would clone it out, but thats just me ;-)a

Overall the desaturated look enhances the grungy feel of a NYC platform.

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Sep 16, 2010 02:37 |  #3

Although it is level I also had the feeling that the first one is leaning to the right...... It has a bit of a derelict look and I like it because of that.

The second is very symmemtrical... a bit too much even... And as there is no seperation between the 1st and the 2nd shot it is a bit confusing as well... In itself is the graffiti not badly placed.... it distracts enough to break the symmetry spell.
Both shots got something....... May be it could be improved upon but they are certainly different.

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Sep 16, 2010 09:39 as a reply to  @ vk2gwk's post |  #4

I like the first shot the best but I agree with vk2gwk on the second while nicely composed its a little too symmetrical. If someone was on the escalator or an item it would break that up. Maybe a red hat or something.

I think the reason that the first shot gives the illusion of a tilt is due to how the stairs were framed a little off center.

What lens and what were the settings used for the shots?

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Sep 16, 2010 11:04 |  #5

The first one I think you have to fudge and tip the right side up a little. The feeling that it is crooked really ruins the simmetry for me. But I like the compostion and exposure quite a bit. You got one of the moods of a subway platform just right. I could see making a series out of that. The second one just misses for me but I do think you handled all the textures beautifully. Maybe cropped off center with most of the left tile gone. There is just enough different on the two sides to make it seem too far off.

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