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Slobodan Blagojevic

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Layered New York
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:29:30 PM »

For some reason I like this shot. It represents the multiple layers that NY has: stacked skyscrapers, metallic sheen, glass and metal, concrete and neon, delivery trucks, ads, the waning daylight in the distance and already darken streets in the shade. Me likes... you?
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Re: Layered New York
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 06:40:19 PM »

Wonderful picture Slobodan,

For me the crowning glory (no pun intended) is thew top right corner glimpse of the Chrysler building.

I can hear and smell the city in this image.

Cheers,

W
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2013, 07:17:21 PM »

Nice. But Southwest Cheesesteak? Does that come with a health warning "This meal may generate a spontaneous cardiac arrest"?

Philadelphia IS southwest of New York.  Unfortunately erst cuisine isn't the only thing wrong with that sign.  The sign is doing in the photo what it was meant to do on the street  take over.  Fortunately the borders of its segmented structure should allow you to doctor it up with near impunity.  And what could be more uptown than a facelift?

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Re: Layered New York
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 08:53:24 PM »

I have to agree - all I see is the sign.

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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 11:24:42 PM »

That sure is NY, Slobodan. Nice.
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Re: Layered New York
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2013, 11:38:37 PM »

I have to agree - all I see is the sign.

If that's all you guys see, then you must be really... hungry ;)

You see food, I see color harmony, wonderful steely blue shades contrasting the yellow and orange ones.

Taking fast food (or signs for it) out of NY streets, even via Photoshop, is like ripping its heart out. There is no harmony in NY, at least not in a classical sense, why should it be in its photograph?

But hey, I should not argue with hungry people. ;)
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Re: Layered New York
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2013, 11:47:15 PM »

I've never been to New York...until now.
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Re: Layered New York
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2013, 12:48:55 AM »

Intriguing, but (and I'm asuming a long lens was used here), it looks more 'stacked' than 'layered'.  That works well for this however!

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Re: Layered New York
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2013, 12:09:21 PM »

I agree with Mike, Slobodan. It's more stacked than layered. But the long lens was the right choice. On the other hand I see your 70-200 was only cranked out to 155mm. A quick look at the picture would suggest more on the order of 300mm. Beautiful shot.

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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2013, 01:29:56 PM »

I agree with Mike, Slobodan. It's more stacked than layered. But the long lens was the right choice. On the other hand I see your 70-200 was only cranked out to 155mm. A quick look at the picture would suggest more on the order of 300mm. Beautiful shot.

It was 155mm on a crop body, thus 248mm equivalent, not far from what you expected.

As for stacked vs. layered... I did use the term "stacked skyscrapers" in the first post. By layers I meant not literally, but metaphorically. On the other hand, perhaps my inability to discern subtle differences in English words is to blame?

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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2013, 03:48:58 PM »

Yeah. I should have noticed the EOS 60D. Must be getting old.

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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2013, 05:00:08 PM »

I love long lens compression. However, I think you're into difficult country here. Generally, I get the feeling that these sorts of images work best in two distinct forms: from a high level looking straight across at other buildings on the same level or, alternatively, still with long optics but from (and including) the ground level, especially if you find it wet! You've chosen to be lowish, but cutting through cars/trucks is the same as cutting people mid-calf.

Have you other compositions from much the same position?

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Re: Layered New York
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2013, 06:09:17 PM »

For Rob: there is slightly more in the un-cropped version, but just barely so.

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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2013, 01:42:34 AM »

As for stacked vs. layered... I did use the term "stacked skyscrapers" in the first post. By layers I meant not literally, but metaphorically. On the other hand, perhaps my inability to discern subtle differences in English words is to blame?

Stacked in terms of being haphazardly tossed on top of one another, squeezed together, like a stack of books.  That sounds more like NYC.  Layers are more finely defined/ divided.  A feuilletine pastry has layers.

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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2013, 05:43:10 AM »

For Rob: there is slightly more in the un-cropped version, but just barely so.

Hi Slobodan,

I much prefer this second shot; the top of the vehicles provide (me) enough base to support the rest of your image, very nice whole indeed.

Rob C

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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2013, 09:51:41 AM »

I agree with Rob's idea of including more at the bottom.  This may help me with my puzzalment as to why, other than hunger, I saw the picture differently.  At first I saw it flatter.  I imagine that, you thought the yellow sign worked because you remembered the top of the truck cab.  It allows the depth clues to dominate and hold the sign in check.  Whether it applies here or not, I have had much trouble in my work with information which I had not forgotten but was no-longer sharing with viewers.

Bruce
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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2013, 11:32:39 AM »

The vertical line layering is immediately eye catching, especially since the pattern is broken up, upper frame right, by the Empire State Building.
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