Craig Callan  

Street Performance by Craig Callan

September 2023 - Street Performance

About the Image(s)

I took this picture in Seattle quite a few years ago. A mime was dressed in green with green makeup to simulate a bronze statue. The strong diagonals of the sidewalk made this a picture I couldn't resist. The The original is a 5 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix Pro, with the settings exaggerated to give a Super HDR feel. It was the treated with Topaz Impression and a texture was added.

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5 comments posted

David Kepley   David Kepley
What a fascinating photo! It has the look and feel of a painting. You'll have to tell us more about how you achieved this effect! I like that the people are arranged to guide your eye from the bottom up through the right side of the image and then swinging around to the upper left. Nicely captured! My only suggestions for improvement would be to either crop up from the bottom, so that the space between the bottom of the image and the first people is about the same as the space between the top people and the top edge of the image. Or you could add more speace to the top.   Posted: 09/08/2023 13:57:27

Owen Epstein
Craig, very cool effect. I would have never thought of doing something like this. This image reminds me of an M.C. Escher drawing. There is this great feeling I get of the people navigating through a maze together while out enjoying the day. I feel that they have their own groups but are all making progress together ( sounds odd maybe but that's the feeling I get from the image). The brights and darks criss cross in such an interesting pattern.

This is a great photo and I hope you can print it and put it on your wall....


Owen   Posted: 09/10/2023 16:22:21

Stephen Jude   Stephen Jude
Hello Craig,
Like the others here, all I can say is WOW! Such an immediate strong impression. The final effect is so interesting that its hard not to keep looking for more and more detail in the shot.
At first viewing, I thought that a crop up and in from the bottom right would tighten the image. But then I thought that the detail and patterns in the floor are also interesting, and, there is also a curiosity generated by the imbalanced nature of the shot. Well done.
I will certainly be making my own attempt at this type of shot applying your process.   Posted: 09/10/2023 19:02:35

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
This is definitely a different photo and I mean that in a very positive way. This is not something that you see every day causing the viewer to spend time with it. Well done.   Posted: 09/15/2023 23:39:23

Craig Callan   Craig Callan
Thanks, everyone, for your kind praise. The pavement grid intrigued me, and I spent a half hour shooting pedestrians as they crossed, and then the magic happened. This received an acceptance in the 2023 PSA competition.   Posted: 09/16/2023 03:26:32