Friday 29 May 2009

Beyond - 向う

Wellington, New Zealand

Nikon D200
AF Nikkor 24mm F2.8
F5.6, 1/80, ISO-100

Below is added on 30/May/2009 19:26
Here is the more tightly cropped (8x10) version, I did experiment at same time.
This emphasis the pattern but lose come comparison/situation factor and gives very familiar looking as many people does in this situation. I expect any magazine critique column will do smiler crop to suggest.
I like both but because of the guy standing in beyond, I liked the first one better at the time I posted as it give double meanings. But on the other hand, I totally understand the tight crop version apparels to many people include me.
PS. If I decided to submit to the one of those magazine completion, I probably would submit the cropped version.


  1. Nice shot! I have to say this reminds me of a Tori (Japanese gate?) shot my daughter took in Kyoto. Love the square depth to this black and white photo. Where, where, where!? Sadly I suspect an old building with a facade with the new building behind, but it does not detract from the great photography Ben.
    Lesley Expat Kiwi

  2. PS My above comment was made on a Vaio 10" laptop. Can you tell me what CRT you are using to view photos? Cheers
    Lesley Expat Kiwi

  3. Interesting tension between inside and out. Great perspective, geometry, pattern, light and shadow.

  4. Lesley, I'm mostly working on a LCD these days. It's Dell 2309W but adjusted colour to match close to the normal CRT (Philips 19"). No special calibration has been done but match to close to the print I'm getting from my printer.
    I often readjust for printing so I'm aiming to average monitor most people have.

    Just note for a laptop, because we open and close the lid many times, sometimes adjustment is slightly different and that often makes variation. The desktop LCD is much more predictable that you can adjust once and easily maintain the view angle at same or smiler most of time.

  5. Thanks Gavin. I liked the tunnel effect and patterns.
    I try to crop out the right side but some how I could not make comfortable with the result and ratios. Besides, that kind a exhibiting contract from outside and this strange space.
    it's old brick building converted to the apartment and office space.

  6. Portrait instead of landscape would have been interesting to eliminate righthand side. My partner is using a Dell 2405FPW screen, I will have to take a peek at NDP when he is not around.
    Lesley Expat Kiwi

  7. Great B&W Ben! Fantastic image by all accounts! Cheers!

  8. No, Lesley. In the end, I did not want to cut that part. That is the hint of where about and strangeness of space in context.

    Don't to fussy about the image on the screen. It's never be the exact.
    You can comment whatever you felt and that is your opinion and not necessary agree with photographer. I love to hear how people see it or find something in. That may surprise me and give some good imput.

  9. Tena koe ehoa
    I like the bottom version without the influences of the outside working on the main perspective and the geometry there. The play of light on the planes is a great visual point-of-interest and the reflection provides a greater sense of depth and dimension.

  10. Actually I like both versions. Perhaps the inclusion of the frame of the last (closest) entrance would have been my choice for a cut, but then I am not a photographer and do not understand the crop system fully. It is just an eye thing with me. Still a fascinating shot.
    Lesley Expat Kiwi


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