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whatknot
02-15-2006, 01:08 PM
Stairs leading up from the Kingsville Dock on a sunny day. I think it would look better reversed so I will include each version. What do you think?
F180 Bender camera, 5 seconds, 4x5" Portra 160 film Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/stairsup_5544.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/stairsup_5544.jpg)

whatknot
02-15-2006, 01:09 PM
Reversed...

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/stairsupreversed_8556.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/stairsupreversed_8556.jpg)

gneissgirl
02-15-2006, 01:18 PM
Beautiful photo! For me, the second (reversed) one emphasizes the shadow, whereas the first emphasizes the railing. I also like the second, but would be interested to hear if others see it the opposite way.

luscher
02-15-2006, 01:43 PM
peripheral dyslexia negates my ability to say anything other than ''i like them both''

Perez
02-15-2006, 02:18 PM
beautiful... i like the first one

moot
02-15-2006, 04:26 PM
Beautiful photo! For me, the second (reversed) one emphasizes the shadow, whereas the first emphasizes the railing. I also like the second, but would be interested to hear if others see it the opposite way.


Is this one of those right-brain, left-brain things? I agree with gg, and I like the second for the same reason.

bino
02-15-2006, 04:31 PM
first - coming down
second - going up
;)
I like both - that`s life ;)

Bino

cnmne
02-15-2006, 05:02 PM
Interesting dilemma. There really does seem to be a difference. I think the first has more "tension", the second more "movement". Or...something. Probably different in the Southern Hemisphere.

I vote for the second.

BTW, very nice photograph -- either way.

whatknot
02-15-2006, 05:27 PM
I felt the need to reverse the image because:

I think what's happening here is that you read from left to right. On the reversed image, you follow the stairs up to see what's at the top. In this case, nothing. In the original, your eye goes straight up to the tree and scarcely slows down to follow the stairway up. However, it was the only way to take the picture. There is a road on the other side and no shadow. I guess it depends on what you want the viewer to focus on.

taco
02-15-2006, 06:21 PM
Beautiful photo! For me, the second (reversed) one emphasizes the shadow, whereas the first emphasizes the railing. I also like the second, but would be interested to hear if others see it the opposite way.

As I am lefthanded, I even didn't look at the railing or the shadows. For me , from the first view the second was the only "normal" one

Andrew
02-15-2006, 08:39 PM
both good, I couldn't choose one as being any better

ImageMaker
02-15-2006, 08:59 PM
For whatever it's worth, I actually prefer the first one, though I'm not certain I can explain why...

staft
02-15-2006, 10:30 PM
i am with the fans of the second, not because it is a more traditional balance for western "readers", but for what gneissgirl pointed out- the shadow is much more the star in the second, with power to take on the stairs.

Marv
02-16-2006, 02:09 PM
I think the first has more "tension", the second more "movement".

Exactly.....someone in marketing or advertising can tell you which is which.

I have to fall in the like them both catagory, with a slight preference for number two. It does seem to have a "flow" (right brain) that is hard to verbalize.

Regardless the image is very nice, the shadow is exceptional, and we had to think. Now I have a head ache, time for a nap!