The Overlay

kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 53Registered Users Big grins

Shot a while ago in Moscow, Russian Federation. Cropped to 16:9. B&W conversion using SilverEfex. As always, criticism greatly appreciated.

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  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilPosts: 3,056Registered Users Major grins

    I like the conversion and the light on the windows. I'm not so sure a bout the sky... lose it? Is that a window cleaner? Could the photo be about him?

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,805Registered Users Major grins

    This is somehow very pleasing to the eye. I love the composition. Interesting architecture.
    Since the sky is reflected in the windows, I think it is an integral part of the scene (sorry Crystobal, I hate to disagree with you :smiley: )
    I didn't even notice the window washer, If one wanted to make him more important in the shot, leaving the color on just him would do that.
    Good job

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 53Registered Users Big grins

    Thank you Cristobal and Jo for your feedback. You are both quite right with your assumptions.

    Originally, I tried to capture the window cleaner as the main subject, but I only had a 25mm (50mm) lens with me that day and soon realized I couldn't realize that. So I chose him to be just a little detail for those to discover who look a little closer.

    The main idea behind this one was, to not view the sky in the windows as reflections, but the windows to be transparent - basically, the sky behind the windows, the building as "overlay" over the sky. This is why I don't want to lose the sky on the right edge and thus decided for an unusual perspective and the 16:9 crop. I couldn't have realized to lose the bottom (which is a little distorted with street scenery) with the original 4:3 format. I did increase brightness and contrast a little more on the part of the picture where the worker can be seen, I didn't dare to use selective colouring on him. Somehow, selective coloring ruins most pictures for me. But that - like most - is very subjective to every viewer :)

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 7,045Registered Users Major grins

    I think if you split this in half.....you would end up with 2 sweet images! Cheers!

  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,119Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    I'm not much of a selective color fan either, but I think that even if you used it, the figure would still be too small. For me, the shot works as is.

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 53Registered Users Big grins

    Thank you both, Taz and Richard.

    @Stumblebum said:
    I think if you split this in half.....you would end up with 2 sweet images! Cheers!

    Tried it, didn't like it :)

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

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