Posted by grant (kansas city, United States) on 14 October 2008 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.
Kansas City, Missouri
Excellent shot, you are almost sucked in with the perspective!
14 Oct 2008 5:29am
The first thing I thought when I saw this was what a cool shot. Then, I thought....he was standing in the middle of the lane:-) Been there; done that; not always a good idea. Glad it worked out well and we are privileged to view such a great composition.
14 Oct 2008 5:36am
@sherri: thanks sherri. no worries in this case though - good chance i was the only car in the place the whole day...
A real parking atmosphere !
14 Oct 2008 6:40am
@Vink: thanks vink!
Cool pic - has a great geometry to it, and I'm a sucker for the look of wet pavement in b/w.
14 Oct 2008 9:22am
Por fin hemos encontrado la salida, jejeje...muy buena prespectiva, saludos!!!
14 Oct 2008 11:58am
@Alejandro Caballero: freedom!
You have some really interesting geometry going on here. Great tonality.
14 Oct 2008 1:59pm
I like it when I see a good photograph created out of very ordinary circumstances. You've captured a fine sense of light and lack of the same in this shot. Fine composition. Well done.
14 Oct 2008 2:52pm
i like the wetness, but disagree with the edit i.e. the top piece could be burned in a stop and the deep shadow opened up a stop. best...jerry
14 Oct 2008 3:51pm
@ordinaryimages: jerry, it's good to get some criticism, seriously. i agree with you about this shot. the problem is, i could do exactly what you said if i were printing in a darkroom, but this is a negative scan. i don't know how to do all that stuff on a computer. (i can remove dust, resize, and adjust contrast and brightness - that's the absolute limit of my p.s. ability.)
I like the slippery surface, and the arrow going up, makes you wonder if there is a better view of the city above (or more parking spaces). Nice shot.
14 Oct 2008 4:30pm
@Howard F.: probably better to leave the question unanswered...
Mystery in a common-place scene! Bravo!
14 Oct 2008 7:08pm
@Bill: thanks bill
I like the wet surface near the grid opposed to the soft light reflected on the wall of the building.
14 Oct 2008 7:21pm
At last I see the exit! i always get lost in those places.
14 Oct 2008 8:24pm
an excellent composition here Grant -- love the 'X' formation! very powerful indeed! beautiful shadows on both sides and gloriously soft light in the middle!
14 Oct 2008 9:53pm
J'aimerais tellement parler bien l'anglais pour te parler de tes photos que j'aime tant !
14 Oct 2008 11:38pm
@Tilala: i never know what to say about photos - even in english. i appreciate you leaving a comment.
Symmetry is excellent, and the bright street level contrasts nicely with the darker underworld of the parking ;)
14 Oct 2008 11:48pm
I like the underground feel to this photo & the B&W.
15 Oct 2008 3:04am
"that's the absolute limit of my p.s. ability"
Though I teach Photoshop, I do my personal in Lightroom these days. If you have a version of Photoshop that has adjustment layers, make two levels [or curves] adjustment layers. Open the shadows on the first, and paint out the light areas on the layer mask with a soft black brush. Lower the lights on the second and paint out the shadow areas on the layer mask. When painting on the mask you have infinite control over the brush; the amount [opacity], size, and hard/softness. Switching to white acts as an eraser. I do know people who scan their darkroom produced prints. If you need more help just send me an email.
15 Oct 2008 4:06am
@ordinaryimages: i've heard rumors of this concept called "layers"... i should email you. thanks the offer.
I like this shot for several reasons - the sheer urban feel of it, and the fact that it could be anywhere and nowhere, the darkness and light (I like the dark shadows actually, I wouldn't change them - I think they add to the contrasts here and the geometry of it), the arrow pointing outside to where - a box-like building...
16 Oct 2008 6:48pm
@cat: thanks cat. i appreciate the visit and the thoughtful comment.
I like the rich blacks in the foreground, and feel like a my b&w images are failures when I can't get them. You may not need to do all the work ordinaryimages suggests to get a more complete dynamic range from the scan.
My scanning software allows me to adjust curves and it has some automatic functions to bring out shadow detail. Also, I'm lazy, and the ordinaryimages technique sounds like a lot of work to me. Another alternative is to scan one image for the shadows and one for the highlights and combine them with hdr software. Sometimes I can avoid the hdr treatment simply by using Capture NX which has more direct tools than masks and layers allowing you to get similar results.
17 Oct 2008 4:35pm
@Twelvebit: i really appreciate this, but i think you and jerry don't really believe how little i know. honestly, i don't what curves are, really know what layers are - certainly don't know how to do them. it's becoming obvious that i need to figure out some of this stuff.
available light and available darkness in the same shot and perfectly combined !
19 Oct 2008 8:31pm
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