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Post by rmalarz » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:08 pm

...ambience withstanding.
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Post by minniev » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:17 am

Love the geometry and those great colors.
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Post by mikec » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:46 am

Agree. Great capture!
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Post by rmalarz » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:13 am

Thanks, Minnie and Mike. I appreciate your stopping and commenting.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:20 pm

Well, did you try anything? Matt
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Post by rmalarz » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:00 pm

Matt, no, I didn't. I don't think they were open. 8-)
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Post by davechinn » Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:30 pm

Great colorful image Bob !!!
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Post by rmalarz » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:14 pm

Dave, the color was what caught my attention. Additionally, this had been several eateries over a period of just a couple of years. None of them were successful. Finally, the best choice on the menu was going to be, be something else.

As always, your visit and comment are greatly appreciated.
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Post by Duck » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:21 pm

Sorry Bob, but I'm going to be the nay sayer on this one... Not that it doesn't have potential. The subject, colors and composition make for an interesting photo but what really detracts is the overlay of texture on texture. The subject itself is full of texture (vertical lines in the fence, horizontal lines in the brick and siding, grids in the gate, windows and doors) that challenges the eye to being with and alone would be fantastic. Unfortunately there is this mottled shadow from the trees creating a very distracting pattern over all that texture that just seems to assail the eyes. Not to mention the texture of the mountain in the background. I find myself fighting through all the patterns and textures to get to the truth of this image.

I can tell this was a challenging image to process because of the high contrast from the shadows. So credit goes to you for getting this image to look as good as it does. It was not an easy scenario going in and you did well with what was given to you.

If this is a local eatery and you are able to revisit it with your camera perhaps try to find a time of day to photograph it where there is more even light on the facade. Or at least softer shadows. Personally, I would love to see the background blurred a little more so focus is brought to the front.

Sorry for being the downer in the group. ;)
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Post by rmalarz » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:48 pm

Duck, your points are well taken. When I first started processing my own film, I was miserable with a scene like this. It was either overexposed or underexposed with little success in between. Years later I learned methods of controlling dynamic range, etc. Additionally, until I started using a digital camera, 99% of what I did was black and white.

So, addressing the overall shadow/highlight aspect of the photo, was one of the reasons to attempt to take this. Yes, there is contrast, not only in the shadow highlight aspect but also in the lines running vertically, horizontally, and diagonal shadows. I found that to be an interesting challenge to capture.

The background is somewhat important as "A Mountain" (really Tempe Butte) is a landmark and establishes the location of the photograph. As for the eatery, it was in the process of being torn down to make way for a new construction project. The relatively new and brightly painted "Best New Menu" seemed at odds with the destruction evidenced behind it, another contrast.

I do appreciate your taking time to write the detailed critique and take what you wrote to heart. Though I can't go back and reshoot this, your comments will be with me for other similar scenes when they occur. Thanks.
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