Monday, January 10, 2011

A Philadelphia Stranger in the Night

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-
I posted this photo in black and white at my other blog and promised to show the color version here.
This is an alley in Old City area of Philadelphia. I saw the guy walking and I ran over set up my tripod, clicked the shutter and hoped for the best. I'm happy with the photo but I can't decide if I like this version or the black and white one better. He's kind of spooky like a walking shadow don't you think? :)

When I walk around a city taking night photos I keep my camera on the tripod and I usually wear the camera and tripod strapped around my neck. I bet I'd make a pretty funny street photo for somebody. It's like a giant necklace that would put Mr. T to shame. :)

You can see it in black and white version here.

21 comments:

Malyss said...

I must say I prefer the B&W version. And you have a long way to go before being more ridiculous than M. T! :))

Becky Chalet said...

This photo has all the details of the branches.

Woody said...

Monochrome gets my vote, it's awesome!

P.S.
I'll be posting two shots of 'the tree' Wednesday :-)

Jan said...

It's hard to decide on a fave, they each have sure a different, but dramatic feel. I think you should do a reflection-self portrait, in your camera/tripod necklace!

Olivier said...

Sous le charme de cette photo, on la croirait sorti d'un roman policier des années 1800.... bizarrement (moi qui adore le b&w) je préfère la version couleur, je trouve que b&w devrait être plus hard

Pat Tillett said...

I really liked the B&W version, but the ambient light gives this one an amazing goldish glow. They are both excellent James!

cieldequimper said...

Happy gruesome New Year, lol! I like the b&w best but for some reason I'm imagining a stalker, hence the gruesome. Merely a joke of course, have a great 2011!

Martha in PA said...

That's a great shot! I like the B&W too. What type of tripod do you use? You need a self portrait!

Johnny Nutcase said...

ohh, nice one James! I think I like the color one best, it seems a little more eerie. I like what the street lights add..nice one!

noexcuses said...

I love it! It does seem just a little spooky as he is the only one out at the moment.

Doreen said...

I like them both! in the black and white photo his head looks extremely small.

ρομπερτ said...

Feels as if there's just enough space left to live between the walls.

A unique moment indeed. May you all have a good Tuesday.


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wenn said...

so quiet..

T. Becque said...

B&w does it for me, but I always prefer b&w so I don't know how much my vote is worth! Either way, this is a great photo.

Owen said...

I think the b&w has more atmosphere, the color makes it a little more "normal" if that makes sense, I like the other-worldly feeling of the b&w with this one. Still can't believe you took a picture of the same guy I photographed a while back... I'm sure it's him... (see comment at Something Sighted if not seen yet...)

Carolyn Ford said...

I really like both, but the color is a little spookier, I think. I'd like to know when you are out at night because I'd sure like to get that shot with that "classy" necklace! =) I'd have it on blogger in NO time!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's beautiful and I like the colours!
Looks like a cold night there!
Léia

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Well, James, I think that the black/white one is more "framable" but love these rich colors too... glad to hear about the necklace as I find it a challenge to have the tripod ready for action and to tote it from one spot to another, particularly in Paris

Bisous,
Genie

Cryingbear said...

vraiment je ne sais pas laquelle choisir, peut etre quand meme la couleur qui donne une ambiance plus chaleureuse!

srp said...

Both are equally beautiful and spooky. I can almost hear "Tubular Bells" playing in the background...

ruma said...

The back figure seems to melt to somewhere of the future.

Time goes straight on.
As for the man, too.
By positive step.

Thank you.
ruma