Saturday, December 17, 2005

An uninspired day downtown


You can see the larger version of this photo here.

Boy it was cold. I think it was the cold, but I was unable to get inspired and there really weren't any photos I took that I think are even marginally good.

I guess it happens to everyone, but it was not that good a day.

msd

8 comments:

Luke said...

Wow. That is too bad. I like this one. I would be pleased with it if it were mine. I was hoping you would take advantage of being downtown to hit the Maproom for some Our Special Ale on tap.

Matt Dick said...

Well it was morning, and about 1,000 degrees below zero, so I wasn't thinking well.

Josh Gentry said...

Tell me this kind of comment is annoying.

The Rule of the Thirds that I mentioned in another comment suggests that this photo would be made better by changing it so that the bridge divided the photo in a different place. Instead of dividing it into 1/2 and 1/2, divide into 1/3 and 2/3.

Matt Dick said...

It's a fine comment, and feel free to keep them coming. I know of the rule of thirds, and I'm a devotee. In this case had I divided the picture higher or lower I'd have picked up too much sky or too much river. Additionally, I waited so the Coast Guard yug would come just into the picture, so it's placement is important to me.

So in this case it is composed how I generally wanted, but don't let that stop you from more comments, I certainly need any help criticism can give me.

msd

Cool Hand Luke said...

Just looked at the full-size image. There are a few things I really like about this picture on closer review, and they all stem from nostalgia. I like the visibility of the "State Street" sign on the bridge and the inclusion of that building with the crazy circular parking garage on the "lower" floors. This picture is very "Chicago".

Matt Dick said...

I'm glad you like it. The name of the picture is "State Street", and that is exactly what I was going for, including the Marina City building which I also love.

Holly said...

Everyone has bad days and I really doubt I got any images worth writing home about that day either (I haven't gotten my slides back yet). It wasn't a great time of day for shooting either. What lens did you shoot that with? I am wondering how it would have appeared with a really wide angle (maybe even a fisheye) angling more downward with more of the river, with some distortion on the buildings drawing your eye to the boat- kinda making it a story about the boat. But then it would have been a compeltely different image and perhaps not what you were going after.

Matt Dick said...

That would probably have been fine. I took it with my 28mm prime. It's a good lens, and it's as wide as my lenses get, so I didn't have the option to go wider. If we continue to go downtown pretty often, I think a really wide angle might be nice to get -- like a 20 or lower, perhaps.