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vvcarpio Aug 13, 2015 7:44 AM

Embracing Peace
Embracing peace.

Statue is by Seward Johnson with the same title, "Embracing Peace".

Shot with Sony A5000, Sigma 10-20mm, processed with DPHDR6, Topaz Labs.

Thank you for looking.

Walter C Aug 13, 2015 1:33 PM

Great eye as usual, capturing the disparate elements in this scene.

Bynx Aug 13, 2015 6:11 PM

The sailor in that statue just died the other day. I gotta say Billy, I find the ghosted images not as good as seeing them as real people in the scenes. Ghosted they are more annoying than if they were actually part of the scene. But if this is the look you are going for keep doing it.

vvcarpio Aug 13, 2015 8:06 PM

Thank you, Walter. I thought the man was having some peace and quiet in the middle of busy Times Square. I also wondered if there might be a connection with the statue in the distance so I googled and found Seward Johnson actually titled the statue "Embracing Peace", so I used it.

vvcarpio Aug 13, 2015 8:10 PM

NYC is always abuzz, hard to imagine it without the crowd. I might introduce motion blur here and there but, yes, that's what I'm going for. I could be wrong but in time maybe the future generation -- if HDR takes off in a big way -- would get used to ghosting just as we might have gotten used to, say, streaking red taillights in night city scenes. Thank you, Paul.

conor Aug 18, 2015 2:13 PM

I usually find the ghosting annoying and distracting.
BUT, I think it works in this shot.

There's something powerful about this...

I initially ignored the statue and focused more on the man in the foreground.
There's something sad about this one poor man with his head down, as the city bustles around him (as shown by the ghosting), almost as if he isn't there (ignored by the rest of the world).
I feel that even the NYPD cruiser adds a bit of mystery to this man's struggle...

Koolpc Aug 18, 2015 5:19 PM

They seem too far away for me

vvcarpio Aug 20, 2015 9:19 PM

Thank you, all.

Conor, very nice observation. You captured well what I felt when I finished post-processing but didn't pursue.

conor Aug 21, 2015 9:15 AM


Originally Posted by vvcarpio (Post 1393006)
Conor, very nice observation. You captured well what I felt when I finished post-processing but didn't pursue.

Thanks, it IS a great shot, regardless of how people read into it! :)

vvcarpio Sep 2, 2015 8:51 AM

Thank you, Conor.

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