Marching in Chicago

We have been enveloped in thick fog all day, not interesting mist to photograph, but thick, depressing Twilight Zone like surroundings. So, I spent a few hours processing images from the march, pretending to be a photojournalist on assignment. Interesting how taking a stance like that changed the way I looked at the images and thought about processing for both event and place.
I took this just after Andie and I had joined the march and put our cameras down. I heard the train (Elevated or "L") coming and quickly pulled off the lens cap, quickly focused the frustrating lensbaby, and shot a few, just hoping the train would be in focus in at least one of them.
Fantastic street shot. Like the focus and the feeling of the march.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
nice
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Wonderful
posted January 22nd, 2018  
I really like this
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Great focus. I like it in B&W!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
awesome capture . Wonder what it would have looked like with the sign in focus.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Great street shot! Feels like lots of movement - very energetic.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
A neat, interesting shot with lots of movement.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
@lesip You've hit exactly the reason I don't like LB as a lens. Here is had the choice of a sign or the train. I actually got a bit bored with the photography aspect of the march as every photo is sort of the same to me. I like the effect and how lightweight the lens is but it's hard to stay with it.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Fantastic picture.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
This is a wonderful photo, your choice of the train as the “lensbaby sweet spot” is terrific.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Great shot of the march! Awesome timing!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Terrific shot! You made the most of a surreal day!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
That's a cool shot. Nice timing and the blur makes you feel like you're there
posted January 22nd, 2018  
An amazing image.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
This is brilliant, catching the train above the walkers. What a great catch.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
This is brilliant Taffy! The movement you have captured and the train in focus is perfect! We can see immediately where the march is taking place - great story telling! Fav!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
No pretending.... you are a photojournalist. :)
posted January 22nd, 2018  
I love it, the train in the shot brings another dimension to the picture and I feel as though I am marching along with you and watching what is happening around me.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
well done, a really interesting shot. really makes you feel a part of the event
posted January 22nd, 2018  
That makes for a fascinating image. Love that you were pretending to be a photojournalist! Brilliant.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Wonderful image.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
It works for me - the train and tracks are well focussed, giving us the"where", the people are out of focus, giving us the sense of movement, giving us the "who" the sign is just legible enough to give us the "why". I guess that makes you a photojournalist in my book!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Great editing and the shot tells an important story
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Interesting shot - so much to look at!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
cool capture, nice in b/w
posted January 22nd, 2018  
I think you would make a great photojournalist . A super shot and you have certainly caught the atmosphere.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Very successful I must say. I love the focus and blur, perfectly placed.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
A super image. Fav!! 😀
posted January 22nd, 2018  
It worked! The "story" is better told because of the L showing the location, and the crowds in LB focus really works here. I know what you mean by "frustrating lens baby" but I think it's because we have the accordion version where you have to hold it to keep its focus and the slightest shift takes it out of focus. Maybe I should give my accordion focus one away and go for the one I've wanted since long before -- the one that northy uses that's more atmospheric
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Superb shot!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
I'm so proud of all the marchers, everywhere.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Interesting shot. The addition of the train closes the pic and makes it feel more intense. Use of b/w doesn't distract us with colour.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Amazing! Gives a claustrophobic almost nightmarish quality to the scene
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Wow this works very nice in b&w!
posted January 22nd, 2018  
Great capture. Get the sense of the numbers in the crowd.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
I do like this shot very much and you've capture the photo-journalism vibe well. I've never tried a LB, they sound like hard work.
posted January 22nd, 2018  
I think we were both attracted by the train, the bright shiny object, but can't help think that we both chased after the wrong focal point. Would the shot (and I have some too) be better if the focus was on the crowd with a blurred train passing above? Feel free to disagree with me!
posted January 23rd, 2018  
This captures the street, the city and the women marchers
posted January 23rd, 2018  
Awesome perspective, the blur gives a nice sense of focus yet busyness!
posted January 23rd, 2018  
I like the focus on the train. The blur for the marching crowds gives a powerful sense of movement. My lens baby is a manual focus with a twist... I saw those "bellows" type of Lensbaby lenses and was pretty sure that I lacked the skills to work it. Kudos to you, for being able to get any kind of focus at all!
posted January 23rd, 2018  
@ukandie1 I don't know...I kind of like the way the train serves as a frame and the crowd is all about movement. But then, I'm not as drawn to taking images of people so maybe that's why I'm okay with the way it turned out. It would have a different meaning I think if the focal point had been the people ahead of us.
posted January 23rd, 2018  
You’ve captured the spirit of the event. I like this a lot.
posted January 23rd, 2018  
Wow. Fav.
posted January 23rd, 2018  
Know nothing about Lensbaby lens but like the sense of motion
posted January 23rd, 2018  
This turned out great in B&W.
posted January 24th, 2018  
Great shot! I love it and love it in b&w. A definite fav.
posted January 24th, 2018  
Fabulous shot.
posted January 24th, 2018  
I will never be tempted to buy a Lensbaby as I really don't like the effect. But I'm not into crowd shots either. However, I do like that you caught the train and think maybe I'd like this if everything was in focus because it just seems a busy street should look that way. But take all this with a grain of salt because all of it is subjective!
posted January 25th, 2018  
Congratulations on this making the TT, Taffy!
posted January 27th, 2018  
Congrats on this TT. Very cool.
posted January 29th, 2018  
@taffy @ukandie1 Taffy, Andie - your comments and reflections got me thinking so I thought I would share my musings with you both.

Generally, I believe, if anything is going to be in focus it should certainly include the subject of the image... there may be certain 'arty' exceptions but I don't think that's the case here. If we take in-focus subject as a basic tenet, then the train is the subject of this photograph... which is not what you wanted I think.

Had you put the point of focus on the women marching then some would have been in sharp focus and some not so which might suggest that the image was only about some of the women. My gut-feeling is that the image would work better with the sign in sharp focus as the subject and all the rest out of focus which then sets the scene as women generally (and not some in particular) have taken to the streets to defend their rights. The out of focus train would still clearly indicate the location.A conventional lens would have done this better than the LB I think.

Finally, I accept that it's easy to be an armchair critic!

@joansmor
posted January 29th, 2018  
@vignouse I have to agree - the sign in focus and I probably would have hit fav.
posted January 29th, 2018  
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