Helen Sweet  

Bypassing Archetypal Elements by Helen Sweet

November 2021 - Bypassing Archetypal Elements

About the Image(s)

Walking along a San Francisco street, I was taken by the play of light and shadow on this unusual wall. The passing man completed the image, giving it more of a story. Taken with my Sony 6300, 18-200mm lens at 75mm, f/13, 1/160 sec. I cropped and straightened it and took it into NIK Silver Efex, then did some tweaking. The most difficult part was the title, thinking of a description for the wall, so I called on my wordsmith friends. 'Archetypal Elements" came from a lit major.

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7 comments posted

Don York   Don York
Helen, I agree that the man in the image completes the story, although I think it remains a strong image of "Archetypal Elements" without him.   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:47:28

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The does add scale, but I like the patterns, with or without the person.   Posted: 11/11/2021 10:07:04

John Roach   John Roach
Helen, I like the image for the story that it tells in the interesting lines and relationships. I'm wondering where you focused at because it F 13 I would've thought that even the man would be sharper than he is. That's my only nit is that he doesn't seem to be very sharp in the image.   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:57:20

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Alas I'm not a lit major, so I had to google "Archetypal Elements", so now I understand your title. The pattern is interesting, but I would agree, it needs a bit more to be more than just interesting. The person is a good attempt at that I think. Someone without a stick and the black shadow behind would be a better contrast I think, and the black corner also seems to distract me. It has no detail in it, so perhaps clone the pavement up to replace it and also edit around the person to make him "clean"?   Posted: 11/18/2021 01:54:19
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, Stuart. All good suggestions. There was detail at the end, but I found it distracting. Perhaps softening rather than blackening it.   Posted: 11/20/2021 19:24:02

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Since I'm occasionally unsteady on my feet, I see the strong walll as potentially supporting the walker. He makes an excellent graphic image even better.   Posted: 11/20/2021 11:27:54
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
I know the man with the cane, and I think he would have appreciated the nearby wall as a good support if needed.   Posted: 11/20/2021 19:39:55