Lloyd Delaney  

"Route 66 Begins/Ends Here by Lloyd Delaney

October 2021 - "Route 66 Begins/Ends Here

About the Image(s)

I shot this during a group photo walk at the Santa Monica Pier, which also houses the Pacific Ocean Park. I used a slow shutter speed to give a sense of motion/commotion at the park. It was taken with my Olympus EM1 Mark III with a 12 to 24 mm lens at 1/4 sec, f9 and a focal length of 12mm.

12 comments posted

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
The image is well composed. I like the the way the sign and everything behind is centered. You did that very nicely. However, I would have liked to have seen the person on the left meeting the rule of thirds. I think it would have given better balance. This photo offers a bit of confusion to me. I see some people in motion and some not. I see a head in motion but the words on the shirt are by contrast sharp. In my mind, ideally, the motion would have come from a ride in the background but how to accomplish that? Perhaps just me but I think just seeing a lot of people in a small space doing all kinds of different things like that provides a sense of motion/commotion without the blurring of parts of bodies. But, it was a good effort and you did accomplish your goal.   Posted: 10/02/2021 12:52:04
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Thank you for your comments. It is hard to use the rule of thirds when shooting in a crowd from a tripod. Several people have said that Mr. Red Shirt's blurred face is a serious distraction and now I agree. I liked the sense of motion and action. I will look through my images to see if there is something better.   Posted: 10/04/2021 12:22:06

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
I love all your colors and composition. Like Gary, I would have enjoyed more if not blurred. The guy on the right in red tends to draw my eyes. Fun shot!   Posted: 10/02/2021 13:40:36
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Thank you   Posted: 10/04/2021 12:26:41

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Happy Sunday, Lloyd! So, let me also suggest, the guy in red to the left spoils the shot: why? His stature (size and placement) disrupts the rest of this very (otherwise) engaging composition. I am assuming you have several from this vantage point and I would like to see one....but I think you were trying to convey a social, or cultural narrative....

"Points to Ponder"
Alternatively, if your goal was to present Health or Social content, (as we see a Covid sign and a masked-man hurrying away) then the piece works quite well, indeed. The scene very much illustrates the severe change in our social and cultural lifestyles here in the US.

In this format, the Masked-man seems to heading very quickly out of harms way as he seems, perhaps, uncomfortable in this large crowd. A documentary style application with a series of like-photos, this one composition fits perfect and completely successful.   Posted: 10/03/2021 06:27:16
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Thanks for the review. My intention was to document a COVID cultural scene and how people are coping.   Posted: 10/04/2021 12:26:06

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Gary, I really like the Pacific Parks sign, love the purple octopus and the movement of the crowd. The only exception is is that person in red on the lest just draws your eye. Like the centering of the image. All in all nice shot!   Posted: 10/04/2021 07:19:38
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Thanks Tom   Posted: 10/04/2021 12:26:25

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
The sign is great but adding in the people, the hint of the activity and excitement tell a great story. Well Done!   Posted: 10/09/2021 15:45:25
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Thank you Bev   Posted: 10/11/2021 11:49:07

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
My first thought was why didn't you clone out that guy in red. Then reading the comments made me think that maybe you could have made it more of a story about Covid and our relationship with it. All in all I think you met your goal but I guess I don't like your goal. However, it is an interesting shot that makes you think and obviously there is not one right answer.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:05:01
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Thank you for your thoughtful review.   Posted: 10/11/2021 11:48:49


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