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Urban Waterfall
Urban Waterfall

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Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: The BX
Date: Jul 29, 2007
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5 sec
Galleries: Urban, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

Some crazy cat went around my block and opened up a number of hydrants. We called 311 to report it and just as I was shooting the first pump the folks from DEP where rollin' up to close 'em out. I shot up to the next pump hoping to get off at least one more shot and BAM, they were at the next pump. The dude was nice enough to let me shoot 2 more shots before closing the pump up. In all, I got 4 shots off. :(

All 4 were really different tho so I kinda lucked out with this last minute, 10:30 pm-on-a-Sunday shot. Am super pleased with it.

-bw conversion
-a bit of dodgin' n burnin'
-save for web

Place: 98 out of 215
Avg (all users): 5.6287
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 5.5882
Avg (non-participants): 5.6707
Views since voting: 564
Views during voting: 289
Votes: 167
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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08/08/2007 03:13:08 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I really like this shot! It reminds me of a night, quite late, some years ago when I heard a terrible gushing sound outside in the quiet suburban neighborhood where I lived. Going out to investigate rivers of water flowed down two streets toward the street drain in front of my home...the hydrants had been opened for blocks around. I went in and got my husband. We danced barefoot in the unexpected stream. Then wandered up the street to ask the workers what they were doing. "Flushing the hydrants." A stoic and unsatisfactory answer. We sloshed back dancing down the street kicking water. So...I love this shot!

The technicals are all there...great contrast, sharpness, focus, texture, light... I feel a little cheated by the cropping on the left--I'd prefer to see a bit more of the end of the stream of water there. I like the starbursts on the lights. I like the choice of B&W that eliminates the red of the cross-walk light and graffiti.

What more can I tell you? It evokes a memory. It's fun because it's unusual. It's full of textures and light and shadow. It got voted down because some people can't get beyond a general suggestion that "street photography" is only often about people and not always...but you knew that going in....

Well done! Do more! I've always liked your work.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2007 05:22:42 PM
Nice effect and good composition.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/02/2007 11:11:32 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background very good,
Technical: Focus, Exposure: nice lighting
Appeal: an appealing pic that tells a story
Total Averaged Rating 7.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/02/2007 04:52:22 AM
a photo after my own interest.nice recovery of shadow detail, to fill flash or not to fill flash always the question.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2007 02:32:09 AM
Nice capture - Like the feel to this - Just wish there was a little more interest in the foreground
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/30/2007 01:06:49 AM
This is street, alright, but the challenge called for situations with people involved in it.

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