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Composition and all that Arty stuff - discussion thread.

 
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Sep 20, 2021 11:50 |  #3901

airfrogusmc wrote in post #19285696 (external link)
W.Eugene Smith did something like what you are talking about thigh not urban but a vignette effect.

https://iconicphotos.w​ordpress.com …k-to-the-paradise-garden/ (external link)

Prints of that one are all over the place. Thanks for providing its history. I didn't know any of that.

In the examples of yours, what I see is: using found light to control the viewer's attention. It works!


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Sep 20, 2021 14:23 |  #3902

I used to love street work with that shadow/highlight thing going on but the older I get the more I come up the conclusion that 90% of them are, in reality, pretty obvious and often pretty unrealistic edits. I'm not talking about anything I've seen on here, more the sort of thing that pervades Instagram these days with the inky blacks and solitary figures.

I mean, even Fan Ho apparently did the same thing in the darkroom for some of his most famous images (the woman at the bottom of the diagonal shadow, most notably) and I have nothing at all against digital manipulation so I don't object to it, but most of the time when I see a city scene in darkness with a lone figure crossing a bright street (by way of example), I just think, 'oh, it's one of those edits again' rather than 'this photographer has captured some extraordinary light here'


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