Gerard Blair  

Untitled by Gerard Blair

September 2021 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Outdoors this month - taken at the local arts center (my wife is a resident artist : weaver ).
Next to the car-park there is a sort of open-air storage of fairly scary looking gas cylinders, some with a pleasing regularity.

This image did not get picked in a recent PSA Exhibition. I like it. Please, discuss

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD MACRO
f//10.0 1/640 ISO320

12 comments posted

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
First impression was "what's a banana factory?". I like the sign and the imagery that flashes through my brain trying to imagine what a banana factory would look like (think Wil-E Coyote and the Road Runner cartoon images).

However, the overall image seems harsh and busy with all of the cylinders and plumbing stuff which then blend in with the busy background.

I see this as two disparate images (banana sign versus cylinders) that my brain doesn't want to connect together.   Posted: 09/01/2021 02:40:48
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Banana factory is an Arts center on 3rd street Bethlehem - not that that helps the photo :-). It used to be a banana warehouse before it fell on hard times.
I should have added a title. The intended juxtaposition in this image was in the idea of "parking" beside these cylinders. Since I knew what was a banana factory, I did not recognize that viewers would focus on these words: that was a mistake, although Stephen below makes a good story out of it.   Posted: 09/05/2021 16:09:18

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
It's true that the background is busy, as your colleague Randy points out, but I like the various meanings suggested: bananas as a metaphor for bombs, which those cylinders resemble; and the suggestion that bombs are ironically referred to as bananas by the users of bombs.   Posted: 09/02/2021 09:56:51
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Thank you Stephen - always nice to see you visit this group. The background? Are you suggesting that I could improve the image by de-emphasizing the background (which might be hard to achieve without adding other problems), or is it just one of those circumstances that hinders the search for that so great image?   Posted: 09/05/2021 16:26:07
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yes, I agree with your group colleague Randy that the background is a bit busy and distracts somewhat from the main subject. Can you go back and shoot at f/2.8, since your subject is mostly in one plane?   Posted: 09/05/2021 17:44:39
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
ah yes - of course   Posted: 09/05/2021 18:54:16

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Gerard, this is an interesting industrial image. I find the tanks interesting but I do agree with the others regarding the busy and distracting background - I feel it does detract from the overall success of the image. So... rather than try to redo the photo, or do some editing magic to de-emphasize the background..., what do you think of this option?   Posted: 09/05/2021 18:46:57
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Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Indeed - that does reduce the clutter nicely.   Posted: 09/05/2021 18:55:05

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Gerard
This is a unique and interesting subject. The contrast, shapes, and lines create interest. Yes I agree the background is distracting. My suggestion would be to darken the background leaving a little frame around the subject. You captured a sharp image. Very nice.

  Posted: 09/06/2021 12:19:38

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Gerard, I think you too have gone in for some 'Lenswork' here! Many thanks for alerting me to that magazine by the way as I did not know of it. There's a lot to look at in this image and maybe that's why it did not get picked in a pSA exhibition - probably not 'safe' enough.
For me, I like the fact that it confronts the viewer with a set of really bizarre and unusual aspects - bananas, hydrogen and the threat of having your car impounded! What's not to like? So I have no compositional suggestions but maybe just that I find the contrast rather on the high side and that the white of the top cylinders in particular are a little glary - if that's a word. Toning them down might be something to consider. Keep these alternative images coming.
  Posted: 09/07/2021 11:33:36

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Hey Gerard,
The first time I look at this image I thought they looked like faces. Round circle, a nose, an eye, and the bottom could be a heavy beards. I just added a few expressions on each gas cylinder. Hope you don't mine.   Posted: 09/08/2021 16:10:20
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Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Linda, I love it   Posted: 09/08/2021 17:57:52


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