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Old Dec 18, 2011, 3:10 PM   #1
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Usually there are two of them (husband & wife ?) working together down this tiny alley but today he was alone and I had a chance to shoot.

Which version do you like best (sorry about the frame encroaching on the shot - obviously in print it wouldn't be) ?





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Old Dec 18, 2011, 3:25 PM   #2
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I'm not a particular fan of sepia, so that's my third choice. I love black and white and would normally have chosen that one, but in this case, I think I prefer the color. By its very nature, the background is very cluttered (one of the main points of the picture, in my opinion) and while I like it in the color version - it does a great job of placing your cobbler and telling quite a bit about his life - I find it distracting in the black and white version, even more than with the sepia version. I think it's because there's a couple of bright white objects and they pull my eye away from the cobbler? Perhaps if you soften the background and lighten/add contrast to the cobbler, to bring him out better? I don't know.

But in any case, I think the color version excellent. Definitely my first choice.
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Nice shot Kevin, # 1 it is for me as well. A hacksaw on a cobbles bench is an odd tool to see. Maybe he uses it to keep his equipment running at peak performance.

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All 3 are nice, but my choice in order is #3, #1, then #2.
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 2:33 PM   #5
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Thank you for your comments Harriet, Lou & Tsquare.

I thought about softening the background but in the end I decided it really is an integral part of the shot (especially the mechanical contraption) so kept them sharp. I might do something about the white paper though as I also find that a little distracting .. and then print them side by side on a 16:9.
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OK.....I'm always the oddball....but I really like sepia for a shot like this. Its subdued tones bring the photo down to the essential "brownness" of a hard everyday life.... couples it with pre-industrial times.

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OK.....I'm always the oddball....but I really like sepia for a shot like this. Its subdued tones bring the photo down to the essential "brownness" of a hard everyday life.... couples it with pre-industrial times.

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Thanks Paul. I think I'm going to total these up as there is absolutely no consensus of opinion across 5 forums and so I'm totally perplexed as to why that is and can only conclude that it all boils down to personal preference !

Across 5 forums the voting went like this :

Colour 13 = 37%
Sepia 13 = 37%
B&W 9 = 26%!
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For whatever it's worth, I also prefer the color version.
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Kevin - perhaps you're right that it's just personal preference, or perhaps it's because all three are such fine photos, that it's hard to choose a favorite!
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2,3,1 for me
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