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Writing with Light

Life on the Tracks

As a photographer your vision, the story you want to tell will hopefully translate to your viewer. How you compose the image and frame your subject will help to tell that story.  The streetcar image that I posted on Monday is a very good example. That image was bright and cheery and even a bit whimsical in the way that I choose process it (you can see it here).  The image that I took seconds later tells a very different story. By stepping back a little and zooming out this is the scene that I saw.

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New Orleans, streetcar, street photography, black and white, homeless, man

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48 responses

  1. Excellent comparison Edith

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    March 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

  2. Wow! Fabulous! Your story in this one is touching, clever composition.

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    March 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

  3. Definitely a different story here and the black and white treatment suits it very well!

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    March 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

  4. I really love this shot Edith!! There is so much in it to capture the eye that I found myself looking at it over and over again. Great work :).

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    March 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

  5. Len

    Great image Edith. This certainly tells a story and is so New Orleans where, sadly, poverty is around the corner. Great tones.

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    March 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

  6. Beautifully captured moment of reality….poverty really does exist in our country too. It is so often overlooked. Love both Street Car images, but this one is special! It pulls the heart strings. Blessings, Robyn

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    March 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

  7. Two completely different stories…..awesome….second one is award winning…

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    March 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

  8. Different POV completely different scene, great work Edith.

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    March 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

  9. Context means so much. Glad you shared both versions – two completely different stories!

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    March 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

  10. Excellent work… 🙂

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    March 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

  11. Wow! A completely different story here. I’m glad you showed us both versions, Edith. It’s a taste of reality, a vibrant city, with a few problems of its own.

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    March 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    • Thanks Gracie. It’s easy to only photograph the “pretty” stuff but the it’s the compelling story that usually hits home.

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      March 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm

  12. A compelling subject handled with delicately. It would have been so easy to make the homeless man the main subject whereas in truth the whole scene needed to be shown for the viewer to properly understand this man’s plight.

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    March 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  13. LB

    It’s funny because I looked carefully at the first one and I agree that it looked whimsical, in fact, almost unreal. What an effective story telling tool!

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    March 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  14. That’s a good contrast between the two images, further reinforced by the switch to black and white.

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    March 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  15. Nice B&W Edith, great story behind this one

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    March 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  16. A wonderful image, and so perfect for black and white.

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    March 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

  17. A very strong picture.

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    March 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  18. This is a story I am so glad I’ve seen; wonderful transformation Edith!!!!

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    March 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  19. very different indeed! love this and great use of BW too

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    March 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  20. A great image Edith and a fine example of how easy it is to manipulate the message or story you are telling as a photographer.

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    March 14, 2013 at 4:49 am

  21. Definitely a different story and a fine example here, Edith.

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    March 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

  22. That’s the sort of image that results from having a ‘Seeing Eye’, Edith. So well observed too and the B&W conversion really suits this – a colour original would I think create a ‘colourful’ image not in keeping with the subject matter.

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    March 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  23. I do love images like this one. You really captured the emotion of the moment for that gentleman on ground. Your composition is spot on and this really pops dramatically in black and white.

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    March 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

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  25. I like this one a lot! Nice job!

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    March 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm

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