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Old Nov 9, 2009, 9:29 AM   #1
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Default Street People in B&W

I'm not sure I know why I'm posting these pictures in B&W other than I've seen striking B&W photos of the Beatles and Bob Dylan and I'm just trying to imitate them. But I'm guessing, if you want the viewer to focus on peoples' expressions then color is a distraction? C&C welcome. Thank you for looking!

Waiting to cross Park Avenue


Noontime crowd in Times Square


Little girl in the corner


Girl on camera


Waiting to cross 52nd Street


Multi-tasking

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Number one perfectly reflects that lousy crossing point, where often enough I wipe out entire crowds of people trying to cross.

Multi-tasking is a gem, sure wished you could have captured that little girl better.

I am soooooo color oriented that even though I Know that B&W is often the preferred medium, I have a hard time making myself use it. My bad!

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"Multi-Tasking" is actually an "artifact" when I was trying out my then newly-purchased 300mm zoom at Rockefeller Center, trying to shoot the golden statue there. I noticed the couple at the bottom of the frame later when I viewed it at full resolution. Thanks, Dave!
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Multi tasking is the only pick that tells a story to me. Sorry the out of focus and the angle, but that was a keeper in our p&s times. Anyway you can replicate it without much trouble. B&W rocks for street picks for me.

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Also, I noticed in the first picture how people evenly space out -- I do the same, too -- when crossing the street. It's as if if you stand too close to one but not the other one you'll make everybody nervous. I don't think that habit is naturally acquired through Darwin's theory of evolution. I think we are evolving into the habit now that we've come out of the bushes and poured concrete on our surroundings.
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What works and what doesn't is very important to me. Thanks a lot for the comments, Ordo!
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What works and what doesn't is very important to me. Thanks a lot for the comments, Ordo!
Read the Poetics, by Aristotle. There you will find the fundamentals of story telling.
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Read the Poetics, by Aristotle. There you will find the fundamentals of story telling.
Do you know of a distilled version by a more contemporary author? I may have to jump through hoops to understand...
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No short cuts in life. Sorry.
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No short cuts in life. Sorry.
None for Aristotle's "Poetry"? There has to be. I was hoping something like Mitchell's "Gilgamesh: A New English Version" (2006) (I've read) or Blackburn's "Plato's Republic" (2007) (I haven't read). Or maybe you can do a Reader's Digest for us just kidding...

I'll try to read "Poetry". But I might try looking for one that is guided by a modern author.
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