Alley 1

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© Bailey Cooper
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We were wandering around and we spotted this. I was as excited as the Christmas morning I got my first and only bike. The alley was dark, the background building bathed in early evening sun and stellar alley stuff placement. I love these images.

In the Bend Me, Break Me photo essay.

12 responses

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira   gave props (10 Jun 2012):

    What a great shot!!!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith said (10 Jun 2012):

    Both images are good. The red in this one gives it energy. The BW has mystery.

  • Cheryl Andrews

    Cheryl Andrews   gave props (10 Jun 2012):

    I say, don't mess with it. Love the mystery of the alley. The red wall at then end of the alley draws the viewer into the picture; the bits of red repeated in the grip and lights is perfect.

  • Curt Miller

    Curt Miller said (1 Mar 2014):

    Ok. Here's my go....
    Focal point possibly should've been on the far bike in the middle. And a bit more reflective light on the subject. I see what you were looking at....fairly wide shot may be too wide. Maybe from slightly different angle. When time permits, ill take too shots, just in case my vision doesn't relate too well in the end.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (1 Mar 2014):

    Curt ~ Looking at this now, I completely agree with your choice to put the focus on the middle (far) bike. Foreground bokeh would have enhanced the shot. And, yes, the angle is off. It cuts the bike to the right in half making it an eye sore instead of a purposeful inclusion. I covered the right side of the image with an index card and you are dead on. That one correction would have solved the problem with the width of the shot as well. Regarding the light, my settings make no sense. Why was I shooting a still shot at 1/200? I obviously needed light (ISO 1600). Duh....

    Again, more great observations. No way would I have ever looked at this with anything other than author's eyes without the feedback. So, thank you Curt, for taking your time to help me see what I could not.

  • sharon isern

    sharon isern   said (4 Mar 2014):

    I like the shot but agree with Curt's comment. I would bring up the shadow detail in the bike if it were my shot.

  • kil roy metters

    kil roy metters   said (4 Mar 2014):

    i would lose the color recrop on the left and bring in down on the top...i don't thing the sun bake walk translated from eye to

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (4 Mar 2014):

    Sharon ~ Yep... you and Curt have this one pretty much sewn up. Great feedback that she does appreciated.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (4 Mar 2014):

    kil roy ~ I'm not sure I understand 'color recrop' but really wish I did. Help? Regarding the top crop, more index cards, more truth. And the eye to pixel thing I am now seeing is a huge problem for me. Lesson learned: Lost in translation is a real hurdle... probably for many of us.

  • Colin

    Colin   said (6 Mar 2014):

    We all have different points of view when it comes to other peoples work, this is my view (right or wrong) for this particular image:
    The idea is there, I can see what you were trying to do, the execution is wrong in my eyes.
    The bike on the right is distracting, especially the red handle bars, I feel it should not be there or the whole bike should be in the frame.
    You have seen the picture as you walked by (good eye) but it looks like you have whipped out your Nikon held it up and hit the trigger without thinking of the framing or moving about to get a feel of the shot.
    I would have liked to see you get to a lower position and move toward the beast on the left and make that the focal point, maybe having the back wheel tight on the left of the frame looking along the engine then leading our eyes to the second bike and onto the bright area at the end.
    There is a massive gap between knowing the technical side of photography and possessing the artistic know how. (This is not a criticism of you as you have many great images in your portfolio).
    I love using a 50mm lens and having to move about to get the frame rather than zoom in and out.
    I'm a million miles away from being anything decent when it comes to photography but I cringe when I look at sites like these and see people for example who sell them selves as wedding photographers or professional portrait photographers and produce bad image after bad image and cant see that their own work is awful.
    Criticism is good, we should all thrive on it, it helps us learn and it gives us a third eye but we must be honest and also explain why we are ripping somebodies hard work to pieces.
    Kudos to you for this essay, but you know things were not quite right with your 10 images otherwise you wouldn't have posted it.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (6 Mar 2014):

    Colin ~ So appreciative of this in-depth, useful feedback. So, yes, we all agree that the bike on the right has to go. Now... what you say about whipping out that camera and snapping anything is me squared. Busted. Something I really needed to hear. I am impatient. Combine that with almost no camera knowledge or photography skill (which I'm working on) and this is what you get. Your suggestion regarding moving about the scene with the 50mm is a suggestion my brother made awhile back. You're both dead on.

    Your words, "Criticism is good, we should all thrive on it, it helps us learn and gives us a third eye but we must be honest", is the sum of the parts and the purpose of this photo essay. Props are great... all fuzzy and feel good. Who doesn't want a tubful of that? I'm no different. However, I DO want to thrive which is where this type feedback is a personal godsent. I understand that it is words like yours that helps me become a better, well... me.

    Thank you Colin, for your honesty and your time. Lesson learned: You get out of it what you put into it.

  • Elizabeth Yeoman

    Elizabeth Yeoman   said (20 May 2014):

    I love the colours (sombre yet rich) and the composition, but I think there is somehow not enough light. Others have already given more detailed feedback on that. I would not have been able to be so specific or to say what should have been done technically. So frustrating, though, when you have a good eye and see a fabulous image, and then the camera doesn't quite capture it.

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