Posted by Damon Schreiber (Toronto, Canada) on 29 January 2007 in Transportation and Portfolio.
This guy came out of nowhere and was down the escalator in about 2 seconds. I was uncharacteristically lucky with the shot this time.
Hi-Res version here.
[Spadina Subway Station, Toronto]
woooooh! that would have made me grin like a maniac, (shooting this, not sliding down in gross violation of Underground Safety Codes of Conduct). Fantastic capture, bet you couldn't believe your luck eh? it's great when stuff like this happens isn't it. You can scour locations for hours, days even and walk out with nothing, then all of a sudden, ding dong, you're quids in. If you require that translated, you might have to get yourself over to Manchester and ask about. But I guess you know what I mean.
29 Jan 2007 5:32am
@Duncan Galbraith: Thanks, Duncan! Yeah, I was grinning. It wasn't all that good of a shot technically, but hey ho, sometimes it's enough just to get the subject in the frame! Quids in!
finally! someone caught the major flaw of my picture. the focus was at the man on the left! It was a horrible blurry grainy picture. I could've stooped down more to get the subways to form lines so that they would all lead to the boy's head, and I could've gotten the focuse on the right subject. But I guess people are just too eager to jump at the sight that it's a portrait and that's all that matters. Fine eye sir, and props to you. This one is a great panning shot (I always type shot as shit and then i have to backspace and rewrite it. I curse too much) but a pity the shutter is so fast! make it 1/3 or so and that would really make him pop out.
29 Jan 2007 6:01am
I hate it when I forgot to sign in and they put my comment "on moderation." that just means it just got trashed.
Well anyway, thank you for being the first to notice that the focus was off in my last picture. It was a terrible photograph. The focus was on the man on the left, it was too grainy, and it was blurry. I could've stooped down more to make the subways form lines that all point to the boy's head, and I could've focused on the right damn subject. But I guess people just jump at the sight that it's a street portrait shot and that's all that matters. Good eye sir, and props to you.
This is a great shot (I always type shit first and then have to backspace and retype it. I curse too much). A pity the shutter is so fast! Make it 1/3 and the dude would really stand out.
29 Jan 2007 6:07am
@Kelvin Chan: "I curse too much" A memorable Kelvin Chan quote if ever there was one. No shit! I don't really enjoy pointing out flaws for the sake of it, just when what you've got is basically a great photo that needs a nudge. This is a hilarious take on the constructive criticism we (photobloggers) leave for each other. By the way, if your comments get flagged as spam, click the back button, sign in in another window, and then click Post again. At least that works for me. Also, if your comment did get flagged that way, I will always make sure it appears when I see it (as long as you didn't already type the whole thing over again).
hehe cool photo
i like to do that too :)
29 Jan 2007 10:48am
@hoelk: Thanks, Hoelk! Looks like fun, but I'd be scared.
Cool Urban Shot! Congratulation!
29 Jan 2007 12:38pm
@David Widepixel: Thanks you, David!
C'est tip-top!! Loving the glow of the blur. A stylish way of slipping through the vortex to the underground...
29 Jan 2007 2:52pm
@Maoya: Merci, Maoya! Yeah, he's like Alice down the rabbit hole.
A fine work on the soft grey. Fine urban shot!
29 Jan 2007 3:28pm
@Still: Thanks, Still! Fair bit of pp here. His shirt was completely the wrong colour.
Great catch! Very cool.
29 Jan 2007 4:11pm
@Angry Buddha: Chance was my friend that day. Thanks, Sean!
Great shot. The tones are almost Holga-ish. I love the diagonal leading to the subject- then to the light.
29 Jan 2007 5:10pm
@Jp: Thanks, JP. Holga-ish: I'm trying to decide whether that's a compliment. :-)
grand capture! Love the tones!
29 Jan 2007 5:53pm
@Jerry: Thanks, Jerry!
Excellent excellent timing. I still have pics in my head that I wish I'd been quick enough with the camera for. Nice one - must be very satisfying.
29 Jan 2007 6:17pm
@Carol: Thank you, Carol! It would appear from your site that you have excellent timing, yourself.
it's always better to be lucky than good! i prefer this version to the high res. this has got all the grit and motion fitting of it's subject. you know what would be cool? YOU slide down the escalator rail and take a photo of the gawking people going up in the opposite direction.
29 Jan 2007 7:55pm
@Zach Siebert: Thanks, Zach! I'll take your suggestion under advisement. I was lucky with this. I was so pleased when I looked at the shot on the lcd screen and saw that at least his outline was fairly sharp. Not bad considering I wasn't using any kind of viewfinder whatsoever - just moving by feel.
Nice take Damon, you need a quick trigger-finger to catch these ones
29 Jan 2007 10:23pm
@Chris Sullivan: Lucky I had the camera out anyway... Thanks, Chris!
I wish it were me!! both sliding and taking pix this good!!
Isn't there always an element of luck in this business?! I love the idea Zack came up with - just be my luck for the Underground No Sliding Police to look my way - or I fall off! Could be the start of a new style, like the toss your camera in the air sport?!
30 Jan 2007 2:30am
@Bronnie: Tell you what, Bronnie: you try it and tell me how it went. Thanks!!
A very lucky and well-timed shot. Just enough blur to give a sense of motion. I've been practicing subway shots myself recently - holding the camera at my waist and hoping for the best. It's not easy, esp as you and Duncs are the Am3 gurus in this area and had some excellent posts!
Nicely done, Damon.
30 Jan 2007 4:19am
@Stu: Thanks, Stu! I'd love to see what you get with your gunslinger photography.
Hey, that's nice ! Very good impression on this shot. Great !
30 Jan 2007 4:53am
@Tim: Thanks, Tim!
Very cool expression Damon.
30 Jan 2007 8:40am
@H.O: Thanks, Hiro!
OMG! I f***ing love this. For me, one of your best...This is wonderful. When I am in this situation, trying to get an opportune shot quickly...I end up like Fredo in The Godfather...fumbling...clumsy....too late...
3 Feb 2007 11:54am
@Untitled: Ha! And we all know what happened to Fredo. Well, usually I'm like that as well, but fortunately not this time - my little Henri Cartier Bresson moment. Thanks, Shadow!
so cool, the sliding motion one could almost feel just by looking at the pictue.
3 Feb 2007 3:53pm
@M.E.: Thanks, ME!
Great shot. Congratulations
23 Feb 2007 11:26am
@manolo: ¡Muchas gracias, Manolo!
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