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Towards the post-pandemic era

Discussion in 'Appraisal Gallery' started by Uli Berger, Jan 11, 2022.

  1. Uli Berger

    Uli Berger Well-Known Member

    2013-10-11-_1180074-BA-BA-BA-FF2-BE FF Mogri hell 800.jpg
    Towards the post-pandemic era

    All the best, Uli
     
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  2. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Nice scene, but lighting is very harsh and there is loss of detail in the pavement and on the girl. Colour looks a bit pumped up and the people on left background are a pity. I'd be inclined to clone them out.
     
  3. Uli Berger

    Uli Berger Well-Known Member

    To explain how the shot was taken: I took the shot in October and the light flooded unfiltered almost horizontally through Bologna (Italy). The city center is built of deep red bricks and into the sun they reflect the red intensely. I toned down the red a bit.

    The contrasts were extreme, which is why I lost fine details, as you rightly criticize.

    The dark person is important to me because it represents the dark side of the pandemic. It almost looks like he/sheis mourning, while the young people are hopeful for the future.

    I would now take back the brightness of the footpath a bit more.

    Thanks for your tips, it helps a lot!

    All the best, Uli
     
  4. Uli Berger

    Uli Berger Well-Known Member

    One more thing about the red in the picture: Because of the red brick architecture, Bologna ie is also called "La rossa", the red one.

    In the center, one restaurant follows the next, hence another nickname, "La grassa", the fat one.

    All the best, Uli
     
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  5. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    This is a case where I am not bothered by the burnt out bits. Almost nothing of importance is lost. When the sun hits like that, the contrast is extreme especially in such clean air. And the ally-ways are like dark canyons. However if it is a raw file there may be more to save.
     
  6. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Fine Uli, but I think you will be the only person who makes that connection.
     
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    The figures are bit "busy". The imminent collision looks a bit strange and the group of three are very close, five feet looks odd. However, the main thing I notice is the odd perspective of the archway in the centre background - it looks a bit peculiar.
     
  8. Uli Berger

    Uli Berger Well-Known Member

    Hm, in two other forum this has been understood by members exactly the same way. But that probably differs greatly from forum to forum.

    I generally see differences between German, more European and US forums. There are different experiences and cultural approaches in each case.

    All the best, Uli
     
  9. lfc1892

    lfc1892 Well-Known Member

    Without the title or explanation I wouldn’t have gotten the message intended behind it. I’d also want to clone the shadowed people out. But then that leaves just a group of people randomly doing nothing in particular. It’s neither social commentary or an example of chiaroscuro with a few figures as focal points. Needs to be one or the other for me for it to work.
     
  10. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I still don't get it :)

    Mike said people too but I only see one person.
     
  11. Uli Berger

    Uli Berger Well-Known Member

    The whole thing works only as a text-picture combination. In the image itself is nothing post-pandemic related.

    Only the text together with the image creates the association. What I succeeded in this case only partially.

    I often work with images that, well, should result in a new context through the text.

    All the best, Uli
     
  12. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    There is one to his right reaching up probably taking a picture of the lamp above. Also silhouette, or maybe shadow, of one to his left.
     
  13. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    I think that is fair enough. It is an old cliché that pictures should speak for themselves, but many only work in combination with eachother in a set and many are illustrations of what text is saying. But you can't critique them without the full context. Then the question is do they illustrate the text, but in this case, it still doesn't for me. It looks like it could have been taken anytime. I'd be looking for clues like the dark guy clearly wearing a mask, or discarded masks in the street.

    In some ways this could do that job with young people not wearing masks, but better if they were in the foreground and people behind had masks. https://flic.kr/p/2jH7GRa
    Even so, I think the take-out in present context would be inconsiderate people endangering others by refusing to wear masks.
     
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  14. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Ah - I though they were marks on the wall! I can see the picture taker now you point it out.
     
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  15. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    I think it is a really nice scene, but I also think more context would have helped.
    I like the colours.
     
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