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photoblog image My Peachtree Street: Some Things Are Out of Bala

My Peachtree Street: Some Things Are Out of Bala

My Peachtree Street: Some Things Are Out of Balance

My Peachtree Street: Some Things Are Out of Bala

My Peachtree Street: Some Things Are Out of Balance

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Beautiful and puzzling shot.
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Mike.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 6 Dec 2007, 05:39
Viktor, nice angle, the B&W is great here, love the texture of the floor/ground/pavement, I think you cropped it very good.
vz-nostalgia: I'm a natural born cropper, Ms. Astrid smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2007, 06:39
Knowing Atlanta, Viktor, this could be a sculpture! Knowing Atlanta, this could be sloppy workmanship or reckless abandon! But what I like the most is the scale of the background car that gives this the effect of being humongous! I can see you down on the ground taking this. smile
vz-nostalgia: Not only you saw me down to the ground, Ms. Ginnie. It was at lunchtime on the busiest street in Atlanta. Lots of folks have witnessed an unsightly view of me on my knees with my bony bottom up. smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 6 Dec 2007, 07:50
I'm with Astrid, I like the angle, textures and cropping. It's an amazing shape. What is it.
vz-nostalgia: You pointed out everything that makes apart a plain photograph from a good photograph: the angle, the textures and the composition.
That's a street sculpture, Ms. Assie.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Dec 2007, 07:59
Fabulous, VZ!
The cone is probably perfectly constructed, but does look quite awkward because of its shadow, and probably highlighted by your very low angle.

Ouch! I feel for your bony knees...pressed down on that rough pavement.

Oh! One more Peachtree Street really devoid of colour? Perhaps that is the balance problem you title refers to. [grin]
vz-nostalgia: Hey, Ray. My knees... well, it was rough alright, but some things I experienced in my life were much worse. smile
The balance diagnosed it wrong, my friend. smile There is no deficit of color on my favorite street. I'd like to refer you to my old shot for a proof. smile
  • Ann
  • 6 Dec 2007, 08:14
Very nice composition. I lke the insolite and here you pleased me ... Ann
vz-nostalgia: Oh... now I know how to please you, Ms. Ann smile
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2007, 08:24
I rather like the "out of Bala" title version VZ, like Bala were a place! lol

is there any significance to the pointer being straight at the base of the stars and stripes! Out of balance? mal
vz-nostalgia: I wish the things were out of balance in Bala, rather than where they are now, mal.
I know your last name is Smart, but here you just blew my mind, Mal. I made a hopeless hint in the title, but was pretty damn sure no one will ever notice the stars and stripes illusionary reference inside the image. Oh my! smile
  • Shakara
  • on the spot
  • 6 Dec 2007, 08:39
OK...What do we have here did this fall off a truck or is this indeed art !!! Whatever nice shot ..
vz-nostalgia: I'd like to think this thing fell off the truck, Shakara, but I know for sure that someone got a hefty paycheck for this so called "street art". smile
And what a interesting piece of architecture !
vz-nostalgia: Do you really think so, Flo? I'm proud then, I made it interesting for you. smile
  • Ferdi
  • South Africa
  • 6 Dec 2007, 11:49
Looks like an icecream cone ! Great angle !
vz-nostalgia: My knees still hurt, Ferdi. smile
Difficult to understand but so nicely composed !
vz-nostalgia: I'll take it as a compliment then, Zeb. I'm a glass-half-full man, you know. smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2007, 14:07
Viktor, you have a way of making even the mundane sculpture of Peachtree St. look cool!
vz-nostalgia: You're maybe right, that's what I do. smile
  • chris
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2007, 14:42
The postioning of the buildings around Colony Square accentuate the background perspective. It's as if in their haste, the Midtown Alliance dropped their gigantic plumb bob. Hope no Creative Class pedestrians were injured.
vz-nostalgia: Ha-ha. With all that renovation that happens now on our lovely street, you'd think the gigantic plumb bob did hit the road. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 6 Dec 2007, 15:21
While the angle, the textures, the crop, perspective, and the composition are important, it takes more than those to make a "good photograph."

There has to be a passion...a message. It has to reach inside us and grab hold of us on an emotional level and make us think.

Viktor, your photograph and title are all those things in a sublimely subtle way, that the moment you realize the message, hit HARD.
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you see beyond the obvious, Ms. Kathryn. I do like photographs with a message, an open text one or hidden. It's so nice to see you're digging what I do. smile
  • patrick
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2007, 15:39
in HIS dream
even candy
bowed before
it's symbol
vz-nostalgia: I doubt I qualify for candy, Pat, (LOL) but I was bowing all right for good twenty minutes. Enough to ridicule myself to passing by ties'n'suits. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2007, 15:41
Excellent image! I like the low angle on the foreground interest and the contrasting geometries. Very nice!
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Martin.
Very nice shot. The angle is great
vz-nostalgia: smile, Richard.
An unusual sculpture - looks like someone has dropped a huge piece of concrete!
vz-nostalgia: It does, Ms. Bernie, it does. The only difference is it's a huge piece of granite. smile
  • John Baker
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2007, 21:41
VZ: On my screen it appears that you chose a high-contrast dark sepia tone. If so, I like it. If not, I need a new monitor! You always find just the right approach to your subject; analyzing what I think are the other shot angles possible, they would not have been as intriguing. I'm glad it didn't fall on me!
vz-nostalgia: John, you got to buy yourself a brand new laptop, the world is no longer colored in sepia tones, you know.
Just kidding. It is light sepia, but not in high contrast. You got to calibrate your monitor to view my pictures right. smile
Always good to hear from you.
  • blackdog
  • Another World
  • 6 Dec 2007, 21:54
Difficult to find street sculpture that can compete with office blocks. Your low point of view levels the playing field here. Monumental Viktor.
vz-nostalgia: Thanks Mike.
Monumental Viktor. smile
I'm going to have get to your blog sooner! The cone leading the eye to the flag, the title and your philosophical stance, this had to be a visual analogy. And I agree with you.

Lol, that flagpole appears quite vulnerable.
vz-nostalgia: Good to hear from you again, Jose. Glad my photographs make you think.
  • Ellie
  • UK
  • 7 Dec 2007, 00:08
Oops, the child in me wants to go and push this thing round in a circle! Would I have been able to, I wonder?
vz-nostalgia: Why not, Ms. Ellie? Go ahead, if you strong enough to move a half a ton piece of granite. smile
Cant add to the comments, I like it.
vz-nostalgia: You don't have to, Nig. Still, it would be nice, if you tried. smile
I just say...I agree with everyone that this is good shot. I especially like the patterns on the ground and the fact that I'm searching for meaning in the combo pic/title smile
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you took a complex approach, Aksel. That's the way I like it. smile
Very cool perspective on this one.
vz-nostalgia: In this case, I'm glad you enjoyed the perspective, Ms. Gail.
  • Sonia
  • Brazil
  • 9 Dec 2007, 00:00
Amazing sculpture!
vz-nostalgia: That's why it's here, Ms. Sonia. smile
Very interesting game of line and forms.
vz-nostalgia: let's play it to the end, Jose, and see who wins. smile
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 03:59
Love the blend of textures in this one. The details of road/pavement contrasts well with the cone. And obviously the big circle is such a contrast with all the rectangles. And as the cone is the only dark object, it steal all the attention. Nice job.
vz-nostalgia: Delighted you enjoyed it that much, Ms. Richa.
  • ChaCha
  • NYC
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:56
Lots of shapes here. nice Shot!
vz-nostalgia: How many did you count, Ms. ChaCha? smile I like that it's a capital letter Shot. smile
The low camera angle works really well here. I like the sculpture too.
vz-nostalgia: I see you're digging into my archive, Ian. smile
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