Adi Ben-Senior  

Metropolis  by Adi Ben-Senior

November 2023 - Metropolis

About the Image(s)

I was riding the metro in NY early July when I saw this scene. Seemed like a futuristic scene from a sci fiction movie. I used high contrast edit to emphasize the strong lines.

Camera Fuji Xpro 2; lens 23mm F/1.4 at F/7.6 ; aperture priority; 1/240sec ISO-320.

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8 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Yes, it does inspire notions we may contemplate as Sci-fi like in some old B&W movies.

It feels, for me, like Alfred Stieglitz, "Hand of Man", in a documentary way. Well visualized and exposed.   Posted: 11/07/2023 08:00:15

Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
Not sure what I think about this shot Adi. It's very busy in an industrial sense and you can see there are a multitude of tracks that seem to go forever on the right hand side. The leading lines made by the carriages and the tracks are good and the high contrasts make it punchy and almost "in your face". So in that way, it's a standout.   Posted: 11/09/2023 17:15:35

Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Margaret,this is a positive note for a picture you don't like. That is perfectly fine. I appreciate your insight. We can't like everything:)   Posted: 11/10/2023 07:46:01

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Adi, by now you know I'm a fan of high contrast in monochrome. Your use of contrast here gives the scene drama and a certain almost-abstract quality. It's gritty and your processing gives it a decidedly film-like look. Nicely done.   Posted: 11/11/2023 08:38:04

Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Thanks   Posted: 11/11/2023 14:53:13

Mark Holbrook
Adi-Not much to dislike about this photo. Interesting to me that you describe it as, "a futuristic scene from a sci-fiction movie," which is in complete contrast to the impression that I got from the photo. Perhaps that is because, in this country, rail has not evolved all that much in the last 70 years compared to the rest of the rail world. I would have expected that, had I been shooting this scene in the late 1950s, it would have looked similar.

In this case, I like the relatively high contrast that reinforces my feeling of an aged landscape, and wonder what it might look like with a bit more graininess to give a more aged look. It seems to me to be a great photo documenting the network and plethora of passenger rail services that once was available to the public. But of course, it is what is available today, but demonstrates our lack of progress in this transportation resource.   Posted: 11/26/2023 10:55:28
Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Hi Mark -
"impression that I got from the photo. Perhaps that is because, in this country, rail has not evolved all that much in the last 70 years compared to the rest of the rail world." - AGREED ! very interesting :)   Posted: 11/26/2023 11:28:16

Don Chen   Don Chen
at the first glance I felt it's too contrasty and missing some details in the shadow, but after some careful studying I think what in the darkness doesn't matter, it's all about lines and forms.   Posted: 11/26/2023 20:02:40