Jack Florence Jr  

 Havana by Jack Florence Jr

March 2023 - Havana

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This is a more typical Cuba image, to be sure! On images like this, do you need the pillars to be vertical, or stretched to be made vertical? Also, do you need more detail in the doorways? Thanks for your thoughts on these.

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11 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is an attractive composition. I very much like architectural shots free of people.
The single car is an interesting offset to the building.
I like the shadows, so I don't think you should bring out more detail there.
As to the perspective, I have a lot of ideas about perspective. First, your turned up camera records a true perspective, but most people don't like it. Architectural photographers will completely alter it to make the verticals parallel. I don't care for that because it loses the sense of the building soaring upwards. For my sample, I have left a bit of the upward soaring to show that you are looking upwards.
There is another, more subtle, reason not to make the vertical completely parallel. If you did that, you would be faking a straight-on view of the building, but accidentally showing the undersides of the arches, which is only possible with an upward view--a contradiction in perspectives that I think should be avoided.   Posted: 03/01/2023 01:10:03
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Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Excellent feedback Stephen   Posted: 03/07/2023 13:38:04

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks Steven for the helpful response; makes a lot of sense.   Posted: 03/01/2023 10:31:27

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
First of all, I love the juxtaposition of the car and building. The contrast of lines works really well. I played around with the lines as well. I appreciate what Stephen says about perspective, but I think I preferred true verticals. I cropped in on the right a bit to add a bit of symmetry between left and right.   Posted: 03/01/2023 16:22:06
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Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Jack
I'm with Henry on this one. The chosen viewpoint is excellent. Bet you have many more images of this nature!   Posted: 03/01/2023 23:42:57

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi. When it comes to tall buildings, I prefer the keystoning effect and even some tilting of the building. Here, I like Henry's version, but also didn't find the original to be a problem. I understand Stephen's preference and often agree with it.   Posted: 03/02/2023 07:42:48

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Jack,

Having been to Cuba myself (2018), I find this scene so classic "Cuba". I'm fine with the perspective and the slanting columns. This isn't an architectural image. What I would personally like is a bit for foreground/street. As is, the image comes across to me as a bit 'top heavy'. You know what I'd do to the contrast and the blacks overall, but frankly, here's a case for leaving them alone as you have done. It all works!   Posted: 03/02/2023 08:58:47
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks Gary, and for all the good comments. I hadn't considered the street, that's helpful. I ended up going with a partial correction of the keystone, only.   Posted: 03/05/2023 11:48:49

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I had to try my hand at your image from Cuba, a place I will never see first hand

A tad darker, a little more street, square crop for your consideration.


Emil   Posted: 03/07/2023 14:43:51
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks Emil, I like your version. It sticks with the "as seen" perspective. The darkness brings out the shapes, the graphic qualities more, as befits a black and white image.   Posted: 03/08/2023 20:56:17

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Jack,
It seems that everyone has an idea that is a little different to what you presented, and most do work well. As artists, we don't always have to be true to life. I like the keystone as that is how you saw it. It screams Cuba to me. I have enjoyed your capture.   Posted: 03/08/2023 16:39:35