Avenue of the Greats by netkonnexion

Avenue of the Greats

Wonderful pic!
October 23rd, 2019  
Lovely candid shot.
October 23rd, 2019  
Almost feel I'm there with you. Where is it? Lovely shot.
October 23rd, 2019  
What a great shot. Nice again to see a picture of yours!
October 23rd, 2019  
@chimfa It is the National Portrait Gallery, London. Very cool place!
October 24th, 2019  
@bruni - Thanks. I don't get enough time to do much photography for myself these days. Most of my camera work is for clients. Still fun, but I cannot post most of the work I do for other people.
October 24th, 2019  
Oooh, I do like the way the live human figures work in this! They make a lo-o-ovely, strong, implied diagonal that pulls the comp. together - and the contemplation of the nearest two figures invite the viewer to contemplate too. Clever stuff!
The reflection of the bust in the portrait front right (not left, duhhh!) makes it look as if the subjects are holding a conversation.
October 29th, 2019  
@dulciknit - Well spotted on the compositional components in this. I had to work quite hard to get it right - nearly ten minutes waiting! I have been to this particular spot dozens of times now and never seem to have got the composition right until now. My one regret is that the bust 'image-front-left' is not quite sharp enough. The light was very low so I had to use a very wide aperture which gave a shallow depth of field. Nothing is ever perfect in photography!
October 29th, 2019  
@netkonnexion I've learned it pays to do an in-depth study of your compositions. :-)
Hmm, so you've really had to wait a lot longer than 10 minutes?
October 29th, 2019  
@netkonnexion "Nothing is ever perfect in photography". Nothing is ever perfect, probably - what's 'perfect', after all.
I appreciate your frustration but I feel that the foreground-left bust doesn't detract from the image because, whilst the eye registers it and it provides balance, the lines in the rest of the image are strong enough that the eye doesn't actually rest on the bust long enough to become distracted by its being out of focus.
October 29th, 2019  
@dulciknit Yes, waiting is relative. I have been there a lot of times and always found this corridor attractive to the eye. So, yes, it has taken a lot longer than that. But I am still waiting on one place. I have a spot in Cornwall that I have visited for more than 30 years and only seen it the way I wanted it once! Sadly I had no camera with me. But I will get it one day. LOL.
Re: your observation on the sharpness, personally I cannot agree. It spoils it for me. But then, if I waited for perfection I would never, ever, publish a photograph.
October 29th, 2019  
@netkonnexion Oh, I understand completely that it would spoil it for you and I know from experience that that feeling of wrongness will always be there despite any positive comments anyone else might make.

I think we all have ones that got away, don't we? Like anglers and the fish that escape the rod. I'm still kicking myself about the lightning storm in the sky over Pitstone windmill I failed to capture because I didn't have my camera to hand. One day...siiiigh.
October 29th, 2019  
@dulciknit - Yup! I have 4 or 5 images in my head that I never got - and these ones I never will! Such is the photography experience. LOL. I empathize with your siiiigh!
October 29th, 2019  
@netkonnexion The only consolation is that we, like anglers, can get together, swap stories and boast about how unlikely and wonderful the subject matter was - cf the size of the fish that escaped.
October 29th, 2019  
@dulciknit - True, true... but, unlike the angler we cannot hold our arms open wide and say "it was this big". For us it is always un-measurable, intangible and ephemeral. Siiiigh!
October 29th, 2019  
@netkonnexion Not a problem for those of us with a natural tendency to gesticulate. :-D
October 29th, 2019  
@dulciknit - Vaguely waves arms in defeat...
October 29th, 2019  
October 29th, 2019  
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