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Old Jun 19, 2005, 3:15 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

After a bit of a break (work and family time!) I've been able to get back to enjoying walking around New York City with my camera.

I was walking down Bleecker St. toward Bowery and came across this. Neatly arranged designer shoesjust outside of a door.

For those that know the area, you may find this little tidbit interesting-- the shoes are designer BCBG shoes positioned less than a block away from CBGB's (the world famous location where legendary bands first played)

This is the original from the camera -- I'm not sure which crop would work best... or if a black and white does the trick? Any help is welcome!

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Old Jun 19, 2005, 3:17 PM   #2
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A bit abstract... but I liked the way the shoes became more of a focal point and matched the door and brick.
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 6:08 PM   #3
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I agree in making the shoes more of the focal point. I agreewith the b/w. Here is my input:


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Old Jun 21, 2005, 9:16 PM   #4
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Hi Toro,

I like that! Did you play with the black and white layer's contrast a bit as well... I really dig it! As for the crop, thoughts?



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Old Jun 21, 2005, 10:07 PM   #5
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I find the point of view a little off on the shot.

I think if you had moved around or crouched down a bit, you would have got the shot you liked.

If I saw a situation like that, I would have taken 10 or 15 pictures from different angles, and really experimented with it, so that later on I would end up with the best one.

It's a interesting story behind the shot, but the question is how to tellthe story to your maximum advantage using your camera.

I'm not sure a different crop is going to fix the shot.

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Old Jun 22, 2005, 9:07 PM   #6
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Here is how you do it:

1. Duplicate the image.
2. Convert to grayscale.
3. Using the spray brush tool using a gray, almost black color, touch it up here and there.
4. With the lasso tool copy just the shoes from the original image and touch'em up a little with hue.
5. Place the shoes in the gray scale image.

I agree with Terry regarding the crop. If I could do something with the shot you got is to loose the white door. If I could retake the shot, I would have liked to get the entire door and shoot the shoes (with the door) at a steeper angle as to minimize the shoes in front of a big door. Something more like this:



Regarding the story. It is a nice story but pictures take a different story depending on who it looking at them. When I was thinking what to do with the shot, I was thinking that those shoes were a present for someone inside. I was thinking that someone inside, with a big grinon their face,was telling their girlfriend to open the door for a big surprise. I was thinking that the surprise will be even bigger if I make the mood around the shoes a bit gray, depressed. I my mind I was thinking of the big smile onthe girl's face when sheopens the door and see the colorful shoes.

You see. That's my story.
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