Friday, January 7, 2011

Stuck in the Middle (Weekend Reflections #68)


Philadelphia Pennsylvania-
This might be the first time that I've posted two photos for Weekend Reflections. I like the bottom crop best but I wanted to show all of Philadelphia's unique city hall. If you enlarge the top photo you might be able to see the huge statue of William Penn on top of the City Hall. The City Hall was designed to be the tallest building in the world but by the time it was completed it was already surpassed by the Washington Monument and the Eiffel Tower, However it was the Tallest inhabitable building in the world until 1908.
A few people have asked me for night photo tips.
Tip #1 use a tripod! I'll follow up with lots more tips as I'm able to figure them out and put them together.
If needed please click the link in the top right corner for Weekend Reflections instructions.
Now lets have some fun with Weekend Reflections!

72 comments:

  1. James, I would have a difficult time choosing between the two. The bottom one does show the detail of the building, the top one gives a larger perspective... both quite nice!

    I need a quick release on a tripod to take everywhere... I drag it abroad and then it seems to be a time-consuming big deal to set it up in a church (quickly). You are right... use a tripod.

    Bon weekend, mon ami!
    Genie

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  2. Great photos. Such a sense of motion and busyness!

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  3. I know taking night shots can be addictive. I love these.

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  4. An exciting sense of movement in the city streets.

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  5. Love Philly and those are an AWESOME images James.

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  6. I am back!

    Love your night shots. I am learning night protography with a new group I joined 4 months ago. Tripod and remote are basic, I have learned.

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  8. magnifiques vos photos,bravo !

    et bonne annee ;O)

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  9. What terrific pictures! I hope she got across that busy street! The second one really shows off City Hall and it seems to increase the speed of the traffic. Great work!
    Sorry I didn't have a good reflection for this week.
    ☼ Sunny
    P.S. Regarding your comment on Bugs...No not my handywork, I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, LOL!

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  10. No. 2 without doubt - Read up Robert Capa on the subject :-)

    PS Trouble with selecting WEB-photos via MackLinky.

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  11. theses r awesome pics. i think each is really great but the top is my fave. the woman still in the middle makes them. great eye! i hope u r watermarking these because people will take them. i have a widget that doesn't allow the right click option. that helps.

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  12. Yesss superbes photos, une tres bonne gestion du temps de pause long. j'adore

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  13. Hey James!
    I like both versions of the photo. One for detail and the other depth

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  14. I love the look of night photography. Hard to believe in this day and age that this was once the tallest inhabitable building.

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  15. I've often felt stuck in the middle. :-D I agree with Pat... both are good for their own reasons. I hope you don't mind my posting more than one image for your meme. It's kinda my schtick to tell a story in multiple images. And since I am a lazy "photographer", I carry a unipod that I can carry in my bag and quickly extend; not ideal, but it's worked okay for my level of "aim and shoot".

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  16. "LOST IN TRANSLATION"!!
    did you see this movie? it's wonderful! and the title matches very well with those wonderful pictures!

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  17. Gorgeous night pictures with reflections ! I always have difficulties with my camera, Sometimes it works most of the time it doesn't lol !

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  18. Both are excellent. It is hard to choose.

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  19. I agree with you, the cropped version is the better one.

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  20. I'm gonna have to try some night photography with my tripod -- soon!

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  21. Great capture of light! Love them both.

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  22. Almost looks scary with the cars whizzing by! Fun capture. Have a great weekend!

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  23. Great photo James!
    have a nice weekend

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  24. Gorgeous night light and nice contrast in the movement of cars and the stillness of people and buildings.

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  25. Impressive night-shot! My photos for this week's post were taken at night too. Probably just as well that I didn't look at yours until after I had already decided mine... ;)

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  26. A beautiful and imposing building... right in the middle! :)
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  27. The enlargement certainly adds to the sense of speed. Brilliant, in every sense of the word.

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  28. J'aime particulièrement la seconde, l'impression d'une immobilité isolée, d'une attente solitaire, au milieu du mouvement.
    Bravo

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  29. This is just an awesome picture James, and I am really looking forward to your tips on night time photography.
    B.

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  30. I am having trouble posting the image... I don't see it showing up at th end... I did three times. Sorry if eventually three identical thumbnails show up. Normally they show up right away, so I am not sure what is going on.

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  31. Che bella foto luminosa... la ragazza ferma in attesa di attraversare la strada da un'affetto molto particolare !
    Buona serata :)
    Myriam

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  32. I like the second crop best too - and I love how you have captured the woman in the middle of the road.

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  33. I love them both, James! There is something energizing about the second one in being almost able to feel/hear the sound of the traffic. Your composition is fantastic as always! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  34. Fantastic shots! I haven't forgotten about Weekend Reflections, just haven't gone thru my pics & chosen one to post... I'll be back, definitely! =)

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  35. Really interesting shot. I love night photos and these are well done.

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  36. Love the combination of gold and silver colouring, unexpectedly working so well together. It is all very impressive when lit up in this way!

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  37. Making usage of those moments, when 'being forced' to pause and hold - probably one of the greatest challenges of nowadays.
    Perfectly set in scene by your photography.

    Please have a good weekend you all.

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  38. I love these! And I know that building so well. You have captured the furious vibrant city movement against the stillness of this lone pedestrian and the stately structures most impressively. It's a pain carrying around a tripod, especially when it's cold out, but we can see here, the effort is soooo worth it. Great job in breaking new ground.

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  39. James....stunning photos. Love them both. I so enjoy seeing my old haunts. One of my fave restaurants is very close-the Capital Grille. Thanks for such a wonderful catch.

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  40. Great photos James... old William Penn is an impressive figure up there... guess you know the stories about things that can be seen if viewed from certain angles...
    :-)
    The thumbnails for all the links feature of Linky is pretty cool too. Didn't have time to get to it last week, but am in this time around...

    Take care...

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  41. Love this!
    Brings back lots of memories of when I used to go to school at The Philadelphia College of Art, (now known as The University of the Arts).
    The students used to call City Hall the wedding cake.
    Thanks for the beautiful photos and your great tips too!

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  42. I love your photos. Thanks for organising this Weekend Reflections event.

    All the best, Boonie

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  43. fabulous shots, i really love them! great ideia of the thumbnails:) Thanks
    Have a fabulous Year James!

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  44. Great shots James. I know it's not that scary standing there but your photo makes it look really scary. She looks so vulnerable.

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  45. Have you been up to the top?

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  46. Tried to post but I don't know how to resize my photos. The resolution is too great. :((((( I've been a faithful contributor but am now kicked out of the kingdom!

    How apt that my word verification is refusp.

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  47. Gorgeous!
    It's a shame she's stuck there all by herself! She could have been "stuck in the middle with you";o)

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  48. I just figured out how to post by decreasing resolution through iPhoto and I didn't even have to get a teenager to help! Whoooppppeeeee!

    Jan
    Greensboro, NC

    word verification: photochob How did it know I had to photo chop??????

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  49. AWESOME. I look forward to the tips. The tripod I have. (Check) How do you figure out your settings?

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  50. I like both of them too! Such a great catch.

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  51. Unbelievably gorgeous photos! I love the lady standing there while the cars seem to fly past her :-D

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  52. Terrific photos James! Frameable too!

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  53. Great capture. I like picture by night.

    Happy New Year

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  54. Using the tripod can be a pain—but so worth it for fabulous shots like these!

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  55. Fabulous night shot, and a beautifully composed crop.

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  56. I love cities at night when they are all lit up. They can be as pretty as a Christmas tree. lol

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  57. How awesome!
    Miss being here.
    I will try posting when things are back to normal.
    Happy New Year!
    Regards.

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  58. Awesome shots, prefer your second that is so great!

    This is my first visit here...and I 'll be back!

    /Lillianna
    http://lillianna-lovely-dreams.blogspot.com/

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  59. I was blown away by the first photo, then saw the second one and was REALLY impressed! I loved them BOTH! Time indeed was standing still for the person in the middle. What an awesome shot!

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  60. Thes are such fabulous perspectives! The contrasting lights are wonderful. Great job once again, James.

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  61. Your shots are delightful. I love the moving cars with the woman standing still.

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  62. This is a gorgeous shot. I love it.

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  63. The moment is dreamy.
    The silhouette may be a fairy...

    Thank you for showing wonderful Philadelphia.
    ruma

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  64. So great pictures!

    ...in 2011 I really NEED to purchase a tripod ;)

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