shopping lines

PCA44 - Lead and follow.


WIT: Bill shopping the dairy section. The lines from the shelving, the lines from the lights, and the lines in the floor all converge on Bill's head. Also, Bill is dressed in black (as usual) so the contrast between him and the rest of the clean bright store is greater as well (not that Bill isn't clean and bright - just in a different way).


When I thought of doing this, I was thinking of the opening scene from the Big Lebowski in Ralphs where the Dude walks in and opens the half and half from the shelf. The store lights are perpendicular to the dairy case in that scene though, and the camera starts a little lower - For my shot, I liked this angle for the converging lines. The opening of BL always struck me since it seems pretty artistic for such a banal locality - the only thing I didn't count on or have the standing to change (I bet this didn't happen to the Cohn brothers!) is the night stocking boxes everywhere.


My only concern is that this subject is really tough to think of as wall worthy; even if executed perfectly - however that might be - shopping dairy just doesn't feel poignant.


No one said Boo about me taking pictures in the Giant Eagle at night either, and a couple employees actually gave me a berth as I was shooting.


Edit: I'm not awesome at PS so I chose not to clone in the empty shelf (I might try - since, as Heather points out, it would make the picture better if I can pull it off) the only PP is a slight crop and a slight change in WB when importing from raw. Also, I might have tried a deeper DOF, since I obviously had the light, but then maybe the subject wouldn't have stood out as much or I might have gotten some camera shake.


Since I'm often trying to get images for the assignments I find myself with several ideas and end up shooting a lot which is great; the bad part is that I sometimes have to decide between a couple very disparate photos which meet the criteria for the assignment - I have a couple others clustered around this one that I might have submitted - if you're interested they are tagged with "pca44alt".

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  • Heather Reavley 7y

    Very creative shot. Amd the lines are great! Too bad that one shelf is empty. Im not brave enough to waltz through a store and take pictures, so kudos to you! :-)
  • Freya Sykes 7y

    Yup...I like this really works well with the signs and the lines and the milk cartons all running towards Bill. i also like the idea of this being such a mundane activity which at first glance sems to have no interest to it...however...what I didn't realise until recently is just how particular and clever stores are stacking their shelves to get you to buy the most expensive items. I didn't know they place the cheaper own brand stuff at the bottom of the shelves and the expensive premium brand stuff at eye and hand grab level...(I know I know, it makes sense when it's pointed out!) so this for me gives Bill a bit more interest - like he's deliberating what to choose (and not actually loitering for a picture take!!)
    Good picture generally and one that ticks the brief boxes well.
  • Donald Holland 7y

    Excellent shot. The converging lines are quite clear and the story is obvious.
  • Fastball95 (Steve Leach) PRO 7y

    OK, this works well.
    save those photos that did not make the final cut, there will be a thread posted soon for "out takes" where we post the ones that did not make the final choice and thats a really fun thread.

    You have nailed the essence of the assignment to lead lines that follow to a subject. Bill worked well here as your model.

    Because you had such strong lines, I might have had Bill stand a bit closer to fill more of the frame, was thinking of cropping off part of the top row near the OJ, but leave the bottom line of the shelf to take out all the clutter on the ceiling.

    I want to see what Bill is picking off the shelf, so thats what I thought about the closer crop.

    Well done, nailed the assignment. Gold Star for you this week.
  • Judy Knesel 7y

    I agree that the shot works well for the assignment. Nice job.
  • The tamed shrew PRO 7y

    I like this a lot! All those lines leading us to the subject, who is deciding what to get! Excellent submission and I can't add anything to those comments already said. Like Steve, I'm real nosey - and I'd love to have a real good look at all the things on the shelves. :o)
  • Farkled PRO 7y

    Excecllent shot! Excellent assignment! Couldn't meet it any better. Is the image overwarm? Looks a little pink to me on my monitor. Great work!
  • Tom Fawcett 7y

    Well, I just get a kick out of this shot 'cause it's not something I would expect to see. The strong lines are great and lead right to Bill and then right out the back --very neat! The empty spot on the shelf is a bummer (send this shot to the store! ;-) and there appears to be a slight tilt to the left that gets to me a little. Also appears to be a difference in color temp. between the ceiling lights and the display case lights --think I'd opt to balance this to the display lights 'cause they illuminate your subject. All in all a great unusual shot that's perfect for this assignment!
  • Garrey PRO 7y

    You have lines everywhere. You did well with this assignment.
    I dont really have much to add.
    I like the patterns of the milk too.
    I think I would like to see better what Bill is looking at.
    I would say thumbs up :)
  • Jeff Engelhardt 7y

    Kinda like what everyone else said - you nailed it. To be really critical, it would be nice if the subject were in a rule of thirds spot and there were no distractions behind him, but overall you clearly go the concept and the right shot!
  • john fite 7y

    Great convergence!!
  • harmobm2 7y

    I like the way this photograph is framed. It pulls me from the bottom right all the way back through the entire scene to the subject. Lots of color to brighten things up even has the lights on the ceiling that pull me to the top left. Great job at nailing the assignment. I like that the subject is dressed in the dark clothes really makes him stand out against the rest of the background. I may have picked a different area of the store where the shelves were fully stocked. The DOF also works for me as I think in this photo you want to continue past the subject to take in the whole view. This remind me of going to the refrigerator and opening the door trying to figure out what I want to eat but just stand there unable to decide. Good job on the assignment.
  • mattpevear 7y

    I like this shot. the lines are really great and so are the colors. The lines really lead me to the man shopping.

    awesome photo!
  • Yana Harmila Haron 7y

    nice prespectine !!~
  • Evan Leavitt 7y

    I must say that I like this! I love that it was inspired by the Big Lebowski! Great flick, great submission!
  • john fite 7y

    The dude abides!
  • Parsleycat PRO 7y

    seems to work quite well for this assignment. Great choice!
  • GHAFOOR 2y

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