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Kontroll - Budapest

the photograph was taken in Budapest, Hungary.

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Tauris-Drakkuss's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

This is an emotive silver tone black & white image that emphasizes the elongated subway train interior leading the eye straight to the gothic style figure at the end of the train. It’s beautiful the way the interior light reflects off the multiple surfaces as if the metal is polished to a gleam and frequently so. The lights give off a bright soft focused hue to highlight the metal, contours of the seats as well as the grittiness of the floor. Both the grittiness of the interior contrasting with the highly polished metal surfaces gives character to what is usually a dull theme. The well framed image and excellent editing makes this a fascinating photograph.
coxi's avatar
:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Vision
:star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

vision: whatever that would be in that case. i guess the vision was something like sitting there and being able to see an atmosphere created by the elements that all do their part in the scenery.

originality: well compared to a brilliant conceptual artwork, you could say it lacks originality but then again compared to a random snapshot in the subway, there is definitely some space for praise. still i don't see what makes this photo "original".

technique: of course you could start to mock about the missing detail in the shadows due to maybe wrong exposure or simply sloppy postwork.. but let's not bitch about it, the general look of the image works - so technically it's better than the average but by far not on a professional level (which is of course not everybodies aim - maybe it works because of the things some would have done "better" and ruined the atmosphere by doing it.. whatever)

something i like is the effect of the wideangle looking down. since the image was cropped it only distorts in the upper corners. it's a neat effect i think, though the lamp on the left shouldn't be cropped.

impact: well now there is the big plus. it has an impact. so besides the things you could moan about.. in the end it works and you can see that on people's reaction.

resume: by far not a perfect image technically and probably not anything special on the creativity levels, but simply working on the other hand.
OfirAbe's avatar
wow, i don't follow this one too..
technically.. lacking lot's of quality including forced sharpening which doesn't work and making it look even more messy.

coxi's avatar
i agree that the postwork isn't on a professional level at all - and i doubt this would look fine in a print.. but as i said before, sometiems it's the lack of perfection that makes a photo work. you can ruin atmosphere in some cases - so i leave it like that.
O-Uaglione's avatar
I personally think that "i agree that the postwork isn't on a professional level at all" is a very subjective remark.

this is art and art allows for experimentation. and the use of different techniques, especially during postwork.
there is no professional or unprofessional unless the shot was especifically intended for a medium. if we're talking about a printed medium, perhaps, it is not entirely editorial, but it would depend on the type of publication too.

just my humble opinion.
thephotogenesis's avatar
I also may add that alot of this Detail you compalain is lost could also be part of the fact the ISO is boosted all the way up do to a poorly lit situation, because most times these types of area's are not studio lit all times to get the perfect photo.
coxi's avatar
well - just because the sircumstances aren't the best, doesn't mean it's not possible.
thephotogenesis's avatar
thephotogenesis's avatar
im just curious but how much detail do you expect to have in "shadow's" i am just curious. Isn't something that is being engulfed by a shadow technically dark, especially in this type of atmosphere unless you are using a flash and im assuming there was none used.

I know there is some sorta detail you can still get in shadows but in the circumstances of this image, how much detail are you expecting, unless you are macro shooting the textures on the seats, or the lip under the seats.

Im confused.
coxi's avatar
detail means general information.

you can have dark areas (shadows) and still see contrasts. when you take a photo with a dslr nowadays, you have enough, except when you lose it in the post-work or if the exposure just wasn't enough for it.
thephotogenesis's avatar
what kind of contrasts in shadows do you speak of, do you have a photographic example. I hope you didnt take what i said aggressivle just trying to understand your point of view. Trying to understand for example in this photo whattype of contrasts you WOULD have seen in the shadows that arent there or an example of what you mean, i find myself to be more of a visual person. Thanks:)
sjphoto's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Overall, a great shot. Subway cars are indeed, difficult to make interesting. This shot pulled me right in, which is more than I can say for many of the pictures floating on the critiquable page that are low-quality pictures of cats or something.

Anyways, the photographer here has a great feel for lines. The lines of the chairs, the rails, the segments in the ceiling, all draw you towards the back, where there is one lonely passenger. Of course, this also isn't simply black and white. The contrast has been changed by my best guess, and it creates a far more dramatic, and grungy picture, adding to the overall feel.

It's a great shot of a difficult subject. Well executed. It's been done before, but in my opinion, not this well.
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LordMearln's avatar
TUDTAM, hogy ez a hármas metró, összetéveszthetetlen :D
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nov1design's avatar
Ez még mindig egy pazar kép :o
Foosh36's avatar
Awesome image
KandaHaruka's avatar
At least there weren't many too people. I'm guessing it was taken on a rainy day.
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