SF Cable Car

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by tkcrabtree, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. tkcrabtree

    tkcrabtree Mu-43 Rookie

    May 4, 2012
    Our local small town museum is having a photography contest and I thought about entering the photo below in it. I'm kind of looking for opinions as to whether to pursue it in color or b&w, or whether its worth entering at all. Out of all the images I took on my trip last year this impromptu photo from inside the cable car still does more for me than any of the rest.

    I would appreciate any input good or badm as you can learn from all of it.

    TCRAB_20110525_0030 - Version 2 by tkcrabtree77, on Flickr

    TCRAB_20110525_0030 by tkcrabtree77, on Flickr
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  2. kanasgowatom

    kanasgowatom Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    TK, In all honesty, this image does not speak to me at all. I say this because, I cannot tell what it is an image of. This is just my impression.

  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    I prefer the B&W but I'm not sure it's a contest winner but you like it and that's the important thing.
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Agreed - whether you do well in the competition or not the important thing is that you are pleased with your work. :smile:
  5. bobraynard

    bobraynard Mu-43 Rookie

    May 27, 2012
    Shreveport, LA
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    Bob Raynard
  6. tkcrabtree

    tkcrabtree Mu-43 Rookie

    May 4, 2012
    I guess being there and having ridden in this old cable cars makes it mean more. It's amazing how old they are and the patina on everything.
  7. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    I've got to disagree with the consensus...I prefer the touches of color (particularly the "DANGER") in an otherwise fairly monochrome image.
  8. briloop

    briloop Mu-43 Regular

    May 23, 2012
    Mount Juliet, TN
    I mean no disrespect, but when I clicked on the link "SF Cable Car", I was expecting to see an exterior shot of a cable car.
  9. Warren T.

    Warren T. Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Francisco
    FWIW, I like the color version better because the two red features at opposite corners serve to enhance the appeal of the picture (the red panel, and the word: DANGER). Aside from this, there is no clear subject or theme in the picture. This picture might work as part of a set that documents an old cable car in SF. It does not do so well as a stand-alone image.

    I have lived in San Francisco almost my entire life, so I instantly recognized the cable car parts in the picture, but someone else may not have a clue, and thus may not appreciate it as much.

    As others have said, if you like it, then that's all that matters. :smile:

    Thanks for sharing your image with us, and for inviting our comments.

  10. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
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    Kelly Gibbons
    I like the soft feel, cool image.
  11. tkcrabtree

    tkcrabtree Mu-43 Rookie

    May 4, 2012
    I have yet to find a way to take a photo of the outside of the cable cars without it screaming tourist. After going to SF two years in a row and trying multiple times, it is just hard to get anything unique from them.