E.J.Wilkins

10 Dec 2007 700 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image Newspaper for sale?

Newspaper for sale?


A bronze newspaper seller leaning on a postbox in Porto. We thought he was amazingly lifelike and a good photo opportunity - and so did a lot of other people.

I chose to fade the background rather than change it completely to mono because the bright shop fronts were slightly distracting, but the hint of colour seemed to help.
.

Newspaper for sale?


A bronze newspaper seller leaning on a postbox in Porto. We thought he was amazingly lifelike and a good photo opportunity - and so did a lot of other people.

I chose to fade the background rather than change it completely to mono because the bright shop fronts were slightly distracting, but the hint of colour seemed to help.
.

comments (22)

This scene is very peculiar because it seems a selective decoloración of the color. The general tone of the scene is gray, excepting the red mailbox of post office!
EJWilkins: Thank you Jose, yes that is what I did, a bit of an experiment really smile
Gracias Jose, de que es sí lo que hice, un poco un experimento realmente
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Dec 2007, 00:22
Great picture Ellie.
I would like to see him roll up that newspaper.
EJWilkins: I think everybody would be quite surprise if he tried to! wink
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 00:34
This is certainly captivating with such a strong red focal point.
EJWilkins: That's good, thanks. A bit of me worried that it was too bright
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2007, 01:26
Fade the background ? I like this one Ellie as it reminds me of similar scenes in Cologne and London and Princeton.

All is ok El, I just need to get back to work. wink
EJWilkins: Yeah, well, I found a web page that explained how and then spent, errm, a little while trying to get it to work!
Beautifully captured and handled, Ellie. I can see why this sculpture caught your eye - it is amazingly lifelike. (:o)
EJWilkins: Me and everybody else, there was almost a queue of people waiting to take pictures so I had to be quick.
  • Aussie
  • on the night shift
  • 10 Dec 2007, 08:00
Terrific capture and I think fading the background was a good choice.
EJWilkins: Glad you think so, it was a bit of an experiment, even though it was a lengthy one!
  • Ann
  • 10 Dec 2007, 08:04
Nice and insolite composition !!! The contrast with the red is a great idea !!! Ann
EJWilkins: Thanks Ann, glad you like it smile
I love the subtle defusssing of the background .... Modern post boxes world wide rarely beat our Victorian hexaginal ones (or are they octagonal?) richard.
EJWilkins: Cripes, I can't remember when I last saw a hexagonal one. Are they still around? This was in Portugal wink
Very nice capture Ellie. Good idea and good job for the background
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard, it was an experiment that looks as if it worked smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 09:50
You absolutely did the right thing, Ellie, IMHO! As you know, it's my kind of image. smile
EJWilkins: Hopefully next time I try it I won't take so long to get a result. Good to hear you like it wink
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2007, 11:02
What a great find Ellie this is great and I agree with Ginnie.smile
EJWilkins: Lovely to see you like it Tracy, thanks smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:08
Not selective colouring, but selective fading - great idea and it works. Excellent picture and an interesting subject. You bought any papers from him?
EJWilkins: Errm, well, mebbe I'm not so great at using the right words, but you know what I meant wink
thats superb Ellie, i love itsmile
EJWilkins: Aww, thanks Tim. smile
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:54
Brilliant.. very clever. The post box really stands out.. good decision.
EJWilkins: Glad you think so Gale, makes me know it was worth trying smile
  • ChaCha
  • NYC
  • 10 Dec 2007, 13:00
nice one...but not too crazy about the angle
EJWilkins: I'm not sure what you mean, sorry. Would you have preferred a different point of view - lower or higher, or do you mean the way the statue is posed? wink
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2007, 13:02
Good choice on fading the background as it puts the focus on your foreground without completely draining the color. He is quite lifelike!
EJWilkins: He's remarkably lifelike, and gathered quite a crowd. Clever sculptor
nice spot. like the composition.
EJWilkins: Thank you so much for saying so. smile
  • Roland
  • France
  • 10 Dec 2007, 17:54
Oh great shot Ellie !
EJWilkins: Merci Beaucoup Roland smile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2007, 19:57
I agree with Ginnie, I love the composition and the red and the grey together are great!
EJWilkins: Glad you think so Astrid, it makes the effort worth it smile
  • Chris
  • frosty tonight!
  • 10 Dec 2007, 21:52
Well worked Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris smile
The background treatment has worked well Ellie. The red of the postbox grabs the eye at first and then you notice the bronze figure. Like it very much
EJWilkins: I'm glad you do, it makes the effort worthwhile smile
Nice picture of an interresting art work - I love this flashy red too ! Bravo !

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a constructive critical comments icon ShMood©
camera E-400
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/25s
aperture f/10.0
sensitivity ISO200
focal length 18.0mm
Tallinn MemorialTallinn Memorial
Are you looking at me?Are you looking ...
Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, TomarConvent of Chris...

Warning