I wasn't planning to post this one here, but the reception today at flickr was so positive, I changed my mind. I do like the reflection, which is why I took the shot, but I like humans more than cars. For example, I much prefer this one posted earlier today. It has a shiny train, a human reflection and a human.
So far, flickr prefers the Bug by 10,000 views and 80 more favorites. Those numbers lie, however, because the Beetle was featured in flickr Explore, so it automatically got much more exposure. I hope they level the playing field on Saturday and feature the human.
The passenger waiting at the Fullerton station was featured in Explore yesterday and ended up roaming the top 3 positions on flickr throughout most of the day. Position is determined by algorithmic secret sauce with a dash of human moderation. It isn't in any sense an assessment of photo quality. It's a crude popularity measure that detects and eliminates those who make obvious efforts to game the system.
I've noticed that the crowd is biased toward shiny and colorful photos, which isn't so good because there's a lot of exquisitely understated work out there from people who really know what they're doing. Democracy is a great leveler but not a great friend of art or thought.
Previously posted in color on the blog, this black and white version I posted to flickr yesterday has gotten thousands of views. The building is interesting, but the scooter with rider is what made the shot for me. Funny, because the rider apologized for being in my way. He was set to move, but I told him I preferred to have him in the shot. People on the street often think they're in my way, when the opposite is almost always the case.
I may make a selective color version of this image, as well. Scooter and rider in color with the rest in black and white. That was my first thought, but I don't do much selective color. It feels a little too gimmicky, even though I like the effect in some instances. Perhaps I should just go with my preferences.
My other preference at the time I shot this would have been for the scooter rider to be further from the house, so that he would occupy more of the shot, while the house would remain similarly situated within the frame. I could have moved closer to the rider, but then I wouldn't have been happy with the framing of the house. This is where my 10mm lens (shoots much wider) would have solved the problem, but I didn't have it with me. I could have moved considerably closer to the rider without changing the frame around the house.
Did you want to know all this? Probably not. I'm just thinking publicly.
Saturday evening, Reunion weekend, outside Northwestern's Ryan Field where Northwestern fell to the Cornhuskers.
The stadium usually makes worst in the nation lists for college stadiums, which I don't consider a bad thing. I suppose it comes down to what you think is important for a university. Besides, the school has a hefty endowment and isn't reliant on football for support.
That isn't to say I never attend or watch games, but I admit that I'm a fair-weather friend of the team, at best. I didn't watch any games this year until Northwestern had picked off Penn State and then Wisconsin. After subsequent defeats in games against Minnesota and Nebraska, I'd say I'm done for now.