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    Quote Originally Posted by rwboyer View Post
    Which one? None?
    I like the frame/scale of #1.

    It is a bit dark on my screen, but I get that with a lot of pictures, so I suspect the problem is on my end.

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    Thanks - stairs are not easy to shoot/compose as a subject - surprisingly

    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    I'd go further than some other posters have suggested, and crop #3 (from the bottom) all the way down to a square.

    Interestingly, it was #2, the one that no one else has spoken up for, that grabbed me initially. The light is a little more even than in the other two, and I think that works well---it makes it into a picture of the stairs as an object, rather than "stairs leading somewhere". On reflection, I think the composition of that one doesn't work so well, but the interaction of light and subject is a winner.

    I think there's no shame in having an inexplicable subject that grabs you. For me it's doors, with the proviso that you can't see the other side---they can be closed, or slightly open, or the other side can be too dark or too light to be distinguished, but if the viewer can see beyond the door, it doesn't push my buttons. Who knows why; I just run with it and figure that my future descendants can ask themselves "What the heck was it with Great-Grandpa and doors, anyway?"

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    Thanks

    Stairs are not an easy thing to compose as a subject. surprisingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anton Lukoszevieze View Post
    I think No. 3 works best, the portrait format works better than the landscape view. I would foto it more and with different light states. But, yeh stairs are cool, not weird. Look at Brassai shot of stairs in Paris, Kertesz' Mondrian's studio, etc.
    Thanks I will check those out. This scene was surprisingly high contrast, the stairs themselves were very dark in tone (the material) in very heavy shade with the sun lit areas off the charts.

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    Definitly #3 for me. I ike the way it's formatted. Reshoot the other two vertically as well, then we can do a more subjective comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    Definitly #3 for me. I ike the way it's formatted. Reshoot the other two vertically as well, then we can do a more subjective comparison.

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    Not to be vocabulary nazi but don't you mean objective comparison??? If not please explain.

    Part of the opinion I wanted was on the framing and orientation.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwboyer View Post
    Not to be vocabulary nazi but don't you mean objective comparison??? If not please explain.

    Part of the opinion I wanted was on the framing and orientation.

    Thanks

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    All responses are opinion, and as such, [subject] to the viewers preferences. I really would like to see the other shots in verticle, as well as the horizontal side by side. BTW I am a huge fan of stairs, and have shot hundreds of them over the years. There are several sets of stairs where I'm at now, that I'm getting the urge to shoot. Your work looks pretty good, trust your instincts, and display what pleases you. Dont worry about what others think you should do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    All responses are opinion, and as such, [subject] to the viewers preferences. I really would like to see the other shots in verticle, as well as the horizontal side by side. BTW I am a huge fan of stairs, and have shot hundreds of them over the years. There are several sets of stairs where I'm at now, that I'm getting the urge to shoot. Your work looks pretty good, trust your instincts, and display what pleases you. Dont worry about what others think you should do.

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    Thank for the input - we should compare steps sometime

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    I like #3 myself.

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    APUG and you guys are great - really. No wonder I love film so much - I like the people that use it as well.

    I know everyone has a subject or kind of subject that they shoot a lot of and enjoy but does everyone really have that other, more esoteric subject or theme that they are compelled to shoot. With me I shoot 99% people one way or another it is what I enjoy and what interests me. I don't do still life, I don't do landscapes (well occasionally if I happen to be there but I am not drawn or driven to do so) of the things that I shoot that are not people it is architecture and more so freaking stairs.

    I wonder if everyone has that "other" subject that they are drawn to shoot but rarely show?

    RB

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    Stairs (as well as windows/doors) are metaphors for the unknown. When viewed, the question of where they go, or what's behind them, naturally arise.
    When I was in college, there was a girl studying art therapy. She had to "analyze" a body of work by another student, but one she didn't know personally. She chose me. I gave her a bunch of prints and proof sheets. I had a lot of doors and windows (a few stairs, too). It was from her that I learned of the metaphor. She concluded that my work showed an obsession with "death and sex" (2 unknowns). I told her, "I hope it's not in that order. I'm only 20".

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