Graham Jones  

San Francisco by Graham Jones

October 2020 - San Francisco

About the Image(s)

This was taken in San Francisco. I wanted to capture a person walking across California Ave and emphasize the slope of the hills.

10 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Great shot - almost feels like I'm heading down the hill!!!!

What was the angle of the camera? Parallel to the street where you are standing? The B&W works well and the pedestrian adds interest. The pedestrian in the background is a little distracting? Pros/cons to remove?

I wonder what a long exposure to capture car/pedestrian movement would have looked like? Perhaps next time :)   Posted: 10/10/2020 13:50:48
Graham Jones   Graham Jones
Thanks Steven - I never noticed the guy in teh background. I might try and remove him and see what it looks like. Im not a very good editor but the great thing with digital is I can always get the original back   Posted: 10/12/2020 20:19:13

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Graham!

So California, with pedestrians crossing wherever and cars patiently waiting! You did a great job capturing the steepness of the hill and I really like the perspective. I would have liked a tiny bit more light on the face of the man in the foreground, as he is so close to the camera, but perhaps the way it is makes it more anonymous and evocative of a busy city.   Posted: 10/12/2020 18:03:07
Graham Jones   Graham Jones
I had no idea who that person was and did not think of lighting his face - maybe I'll try that   Posted: 10/12/2020 20:17:43
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Allow me to interject: I feel lightening his face will cause the viewer to pay too much attention to him: in my opinion, I feel the entire composition draws on its ability to focus on the whole, where a great amount of Depth is realized.

Illuminating the person may detract from this engaging perspective. "Points to Ponder". Thank you.   Posted: 10/16/2020 08:06:42
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Jennifer - interestingly - my original thought was to darken the face - so it would really be almost silhouetted against the background. Perhaps Graham got it just right . . . enough light to make it out . . . but not enough to see any detail.   Posted: 10/16/2020 07:58:23
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Yes, exactly. Good point, Steven.   Posted: 10/16/2020 08:08:06

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Graham, I really like this composition! A very attractive and just as important, informative/documentary (vernacular) description of the San Francisco area. Well conceived and captured!

Like Steven mentions, I feel like I am in the scene - in fact on first look, I was slightly light-headed! The very dark contrast (and including the man crossing in front of us) works very well to illuminate (or create) this very engaging perspective.   Posted: 10/13/2020 09:41:15

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
I find myself drawn into the image. As much as I like the view of the steep hill we are being led into, with the tall buildings on either side, to me it is the silhouette of the man at the bottom that makes the differance bewteen a nice record photograph and an interesting urban art photograph. I think the backlight on the subject is what makes the image what it is.   Posted: 10/14/2020 18:45:59

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Nice shot! I like the black & white conversion with this image. I also like the detail throughout the photo which allows my eyes to move to various parts of the image (multiple points of interest). However, I do agree with Chan that the main point of interest is the person in the foreground and as such, I wouldn't change a thing. Just some thoughts...nice work!   Posted: 10/19/2020 16:16:05


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