great shot joshi (said as if i had a mouth full of braces like stan’s sister in southpark). i may have taken it with the phone closer to the right with more perspective down the luminous brick corridor, but that is my opinion and i am but a pod
BDPH- …Wow, that’s actually a brilliant interpretation. …I mean.. That’s EXACTLY what I was going for, and I’m glad you caught it.
Ame- EAT A CAKE, you svelt Californian you! And sugar flowers. Everyone needs some of those.
Paul- Would you prefer I linked to your Hemingway page? I’ve already got the “Place (People)” theme established, and I thought your Bergamo blog fit that a little better. But I’m open to ideas.
Pawd- That is exactly what I wanted to do! Unfortunately, it’s a shopping plaza, and this was the best angle I could find without getting a storefront in the shot. (“Cost Cutters” is exactly out of eyeshot.)
I’m not actively seeking to steer people here- I don’t think my photography’s good enough at this point, nor am I very on-the-ball about responding to people’s comments, so why bite off more than I can chew? So thank you for helping me passively steer people here.
By “Place (people),” I mean the format of my Blogroll.
You may not actively be seeking to steer people here, but (1) your photography is better than good enough and (2) your blogging style and the snappy repartee of the commenters make this a gem of an accidental find for me. (I was actually Googling to see if the Auto Bath car wash had a Web site when I stumbled upon your vacuum pump photo.)
And now that I see other comments to relatively old posts (y’know, for a daily blog), I have a little more confidence in revisiting this one. I had wondered, with your discussion with pod of trying to compose this shot a bit differently, whether you had cropped this at all. Until the latest posts, I didn’t know if you edited your pictures before putting them up. For all I knew, keeping them as-is was one of the “rules” you set for yourself. And perhaps you still preserve framing even as you allow yourself to alter other aspects (especially if you feel you don’t have enough resolution to play with).
John, cropping is one of the first things I do to a photo. I am sorry to disappoint you, though I’m glad you hadn’t noticed I edit (much like the woman who applies makeup to look like she’s not wearing any makeup at all). I do generally try not to post-edit too much (aside from cropping and messing with contrast).
The only rules I set for myself on this photoblog are that the photo should be taken in a publicly-accessible spot within Monmouth County. Every other aspect of the photo is fair game.
I did not mean to come across as making a value judgment as to whether preserving the framing (or any other aspect) is more or less desirable than altering it. I only asked about the framing in this case because you could conceivably cut the top, bottom, and right edges more aggressively to get the phone closer to the right edge, if that was indeed your goal, and if you don’t mind the phone being bigger relative to the wall. Then on top of those artistic considerations, there is also the practical matter of whether the original was of sufficient resolution to afford further cropping.
I’m sorry if I’ve gone from being the friendly stranger inducing warm, fuzzy feelings to the pesky, overanalytical commenter (who, by the way, is a math geek and appreciated the blurb for your 100th post).
John Y., as long as you don’t flame me, I am happy to hear any critiques/musings you may have. I’m actually a little annoyed that the phone is as big as it is, so I didn’t want to crop it any more than necessary… although every time I look at this photo, the bright light on the left bothers me.
In terms of resolution, well, this is an amateur photoblog, and it’s not exactly making any top 10 lists… you may have noticed that some of my other photos seem a little grainy, and that’s usually due to excessive cropping. For a show, I’d worry about it; for monmouthdailyphoto, I’m not overly concerned.