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  • #378402

    Erik Fransman
    Participant

    Fujufilm X-T3, 1/320s, f/2.8. 56mm, ISO 160

    Street Scene, Click for bigger please. Is better.
    Amsterdam, Cold but warm morning

  • #378429

    Kent DuFault
    Participant

    Interesting moment. Nice emotion. You have a lot of negative space on the right half of the image that isn't doing much for you (IMO).

    • #378559

      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Kent, I had tried two other crops but liked the space next to them. And you know me by now a little, more is better…. I guess a little less is better.
      I will show them below. The 1×1 makes it just about the people.

    • #378560

      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Crop 2

  • #378444

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    At the risk of sounding uninformed…my eye starts with the photog and the couple and then the curved bank takes my eye away to land on the boat. Not sure if that is your intention?

    You like contrasty images Erik but the blacks are a bit crushed…at least on my iPad, which may be to blame.

  • #378457

    John Thompson
    Moderator

    I like it Eric because I am trying to guess where this is.  Is it by the Hard Rock Cafe/Holland Casinos??

    • #378558

      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      John, It's the Rokin. Looking from the Munttoren in the direction of the Dam.

      • #378713

        John Thompson
        Moderator

        Believe it or not that was my first choice.  Then to the left was the cigar place I frequented.  PGC Hajenius.  I would spend too much money there before traveling.  Which was often.

        Thank you Erik.  I get to live in Amsterdam vicariously thru you.

        • #378729

          Erik Fransman
          Participant

          John, thing are changing. Hajenius is still there but at the nest block, the most prestigious department store of Amsterdam “Maison de Bonneterie” (House of hosiery) opened in 1909  and closed its doors in 2014, is now “Maison de H&M”.
          Oh well

  • #378610

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    I saw the initial post first (obviously) and thought;
    ‘OK…a nice scene…two people in a hug having their photo taken…is that a tram in front of those shops?…oh cool, a boat!……imagine working in a shop with a waterfroint view…”

    Then I saw the square crop and thought:
    “What a nice couple…look at the warmth in that girl's smile…they look like they're happy to pose for that photographer…hmm, some buildings in the background…she has no wedding ring on, they must be young lovers…gee I like the contrast between his jumper and the photographers coat…”

    Definitely the square crop for mine Erik!

  • #378697

    Kent DuFault
    Participant

    I like both of the new versions that you shared. Either one works ‘better' than the original. Crop 1 definitely focuses attention on the couple and especially the woman's expression. Crop 2 feels more about the ‘moment', because we do get more of a sense of the location.

  • #378722

    Lenny Wollitz
    Participant

    Crop 2 for me, it shows just the right amount of location info.

  • #378767

    Robert Apple
    Participant

    I like crop 2 as well.

  • #378806

    Albirder
    Participant

    Crop 2 for me, too. It was very fortuitous that the fellow doing the hugging is wearing a light colored jacket and that he is on the outside. It provides something of a frame for me.

  • #378925

    Erik Fransman
    Participant

    Thank you all for your thoughts. The jury is out and ruled the second crop to be the favorite. There is no question about it, you are all right.
    However, I as it turns out, I am a stubborn person and I like the original crop best.

    I will let it sink in, and most likely I will come around. I will keep you posted.

     

    • #378934

      Albirder
      Participant

      One of the things I like about following Erik Kim’s blog is that he preaches the message “please thine own self” when taking Street Photography or really any kind of photography. I have noticed that you like a pretty big scene that includes a substantial amount of what might be called quiet space. In the end, Erik I applaud your artistic integrity. This is exactly why I think street photography is best presented in coherent groups. If I went to a gallery and saw these pictures together, suitably enlarged, I would say, ah, I get it.

  • #379017

    Erik Fransman
    Participant

    Thank you Diane and thank you for the blog. Interesting indeed.

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