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$ 4.99 lb

This is my attempt at street photography.
Maybe it is a bit too confusing, but I kind of like the lawyers in it.


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Date: Sat October 6, 2018
Views: 189
Filesize: 70.3kb, 2053.7kb
Dimensions: 1920 x 1280
Keywords: 499 lb
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-50,3.5 - 5.6

Jim Jones

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Intriguing concept, although indeed confusing. It is tantalizing to see unreadable signs predominating. Are the reflected people laughing at the price of beef or at the photographer? How many layers of reflections are there, or is it a multiple exposure? I like puzzles if there is an answer, but is there an answer here?
#1 Sat October 6, 2018 1:57pm


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It may be too confusing to be a good street photo. I like the concept, but I will have to try again to see if I can do better. It does speak to the commotion of Chinatown. But maybe not clear enough.
"The question is not what you look at, but what you see."
-Henry Thoreau

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
- Marcel Proust
#2 Sat October 6, 2018 7:50pm


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I agree with Jim that it is intriguing but after awhile I became frustrated with looking at it because I couldn't figure what the subject was or what the photo was about. If the $4.99 sign is the subject as the title suggests then all the face reflections and hot spots are very distracting. If it weren't for the distractions I might see some humor in the $4.99 BL being surrounded by all the Chinese (?) characters and title it Money Talks since I don't understand any of the other signage.
#3 Wed October 10, 2018 12:16am


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I like the concept of layers of subject matter that appear when shooting into store fronts, and have done it myself with varying degrees of success. However in this case I don't think the shot works because there is no main subject inside the window. The only live persons are off to one side and not engaging with the public passing by the store. Had they been facing the viewer, I think the shot would have been more successful.
#4 Wed October 10, 2018 7:25pm

Jim Jones

"Ye ole' wise one" & Contributor
If the person outside the building was engaged with the viewer, it would merely be a photo of that person, not the more intriguing photo of the signs and reflections.
#5 Wed October 10, 2018 10:21pm


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I think you misunderstood my comment. I was referring to the persons inside the store being closer to, and facing the viewers.
#6 Thu October 11, 2018 12:36pm

Jim Jones

"Ye ole' wise one" & Contributor
You're right, I misunderstood.
#7 Thu October 11, 2018 3:16pm


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