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by Aric Spence
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<b>4 AM Alley*</b><br>by Aric Spence
21-DEC-2003 Aric Spence

4 AM Alley*
by Aric Spence

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
30s f/9.0 at 27.0mm iso100 full exif

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Karl Palsson 03-Jan-2004 01:20
shortlist :)

I like the overall framing of this, (and wouldn't do any more cropping of the left) but what I think would like nice is to separate the person and the ?pipe? a bit more to get some wall colour in between them. (putting them both around a yellow section on the third line)
Defining Imagery Photography02-Jan-2004 23:31
I think this shot is great. The composition is perfect. The person is standing at the left horizontal 3rd, and the lead lines would draw you right past him if it weren't for that perfectly cropped shadow that leads up to the person at a nice 45 degree angle. The yellow cast is perfect b/c this certainly would be a place to find sodium vapor lamps. To me this shot is a perfect movie ad. Very excellent capture. Consider yourse;f applauded! :) ~ Lonnit
iso320002-Jan-2004 12:28
Aaah, the stand still for 30 seconds exposure shot eh? You'd have lost a bit of bluriness around your head if you'd used iso400 and 8 seconds, and it would have lessened the flare on your other shot. But that's nit picking.

That said, I really like this one. The yellow cast works. The width of the picture works. The comp works. A sense of emotion, but I have to wonder why the figure is standing there. Are you a mugger? ;-)

This reminds me of the Platform : One shot I took in challenge 2. It's kind of the same composition and idea. Maybe that's why I like it so much LOL
Sony Forums Challenges29-Dec-2003 20:32
I like this, Aric. The color of the lighting gives a mysterious, back alley feel to the image and, I happen to like the composition. If this were mine, I might have cropped the left side just a tad more, up to that vertical line on the brick wall. To my eyes, my suggested crop gives the image a slightly more appealing visual balance (just my personal preference probably). To add to the mystery, I might also have cropped off the top half of the body but, then again... I tend to be different ;-) Mark J
Garrett Lau29-Dec-2003 02:16
This version is much better. --Garrett
Aric Spence 28-Dec-2003 18:38
The crop has been bugging me a little as well. I have been working on a new crop and I will replace this one shortly. Thanks for the confirmation on what my gut was telling me. I appreciate the input.

Aric Spence
Garrett Lau28-Dec-2003 05:13
I was going to comment earlier that I would have liked to see the ground. Now that I've seen how interesting the ground is in your other shot, I think the ground definitely should be included, although I understand that the picture with the ground might not qualify as "wide." --Garrett
Aric Spence 27-Dec-2003 19:08
Repost of reply (I was not aware that the image links I provided would show as images). Not wanting to distract from the image I submitted, I have removed the links.

Thanks for the comments Scott. I tried it in BW, but it just lost something. I could not get the contrast right. The only post processing of this image was crop and minimal desaturation. The alley street light gives it the sepia-like tone. In the original, the light was a little too saturated in my opinion so I knocked it back a little bit.

I have a couple image links if you would like to see before desaturation and a BW example.

Thanks again for taking the ime to comment.

Very best regards,
Aric Spence
Scott Hopkins27-Dec-2003 10:51
Nice Shot....this really turned out nice....I think it would also make a great black and white. Great job.