Don York, PPSA  

Totem Pole in  Victoria, British Columbia by Don York, PPSA

March 2020 - Totem Pole in Victoria, British Columbia

About the Image(s)

My entry entitled "Totem Pole in Victoria, British Columbia" was obtained between rain storms. The Haida totem poles are always very well carved with lots of bird and animal life represented in them. This particular totem pole is right along the harbor waterfront, in front of the parliament buildings. The image was taken with my SONY RX100, at 1/500 sec, f,5.6 and ISO 125

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6 comments posted

John Roach   John Roach
Don, composition works for the most part for. It is an interesting travel capture more as a snap shot of something seen along the way. In my opinion the resolution is not pleasing and the amount of black tones I find over done. It might work better if there was less to see them as much as I see in the frame. Seeing the tail end of the car on the left, and perhaps even the street light doesn't add anything to the image. The tree on the right is also distracting. Even at f/5.6, I see a lot of background elements that distract me from focusing on the Totem Pole.   Posted: 03/06/2020 16:32:35

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
This is interesting following John's plain sky. The strong details in this sky combine with a lot of details in the rest of the image to become a little overwhelming for me. Perhaps the shot could be timed to not have the two cars crossing and maybe that woman would move. People in pictures can be important picture elements to consider if they complement or compete. I think this image is a bit heavy in dark tones. I would prefer more detail with lighter tones in the totem and also lightening the building a bit.   Posted: 03/07/2020 15:50:01

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
If you were going for somber, you've achieved it. The totem feels heavy and fierce. I would have related better to lighter tones on the totem, although the white does stand out against the black. The dark heavy clouds compete for attention with the totem. I would like to see the clouds recede more into the background.
  Posted: 03/08/2020 13:05:33

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I think the dramatic clouds complement the fierce totem pool. It's too bad the scene is cluttered with distractions, but that's what often happens with street scenes. I would like to see more shadow detail at the top of the tormeynt poll. I'd also like to eliminate the glow around the totem poll and lighten the dome.   Posted: 03/13/2020 08:59:46

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
The clouds look so dramatic and blurred (as if taken by a long exposure) that they look out of place to me. It's a street scene, as you say it could be travel photography; but not street photography, there's no real Decisive Moment. So perhaps a better time could have been found with no cars or passers by? I agree with the others' comments.   Posted: 03/23/2020 11:01:49

Abhijeet Banerjee   Abhijeet Banerjee
This is a good travel shot which gives glimpse of surrounding and culture of the place. However I find the image a bit dark and sky too dramatic which tend to take away the highlights of the place.   Posted: 03/26/2020 23:16:23