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969286 tn?1253760391

A 'Portrait' of Town Hall

I've shared this photo on another forum and would like to share it here as well.  This was taken when I was doing black & white photography with a friend and having lessons in the dark room with a professional documentary photographer.  I'd never been interested in developing before but really enjoyed it.  

This was the last of several attempts at taking a portrait of the town hall via its reflection in shop windows across the street.  I had worked my way up the street doing this at various windows, mostly having trouble getting the right view because the image was usually too high.  

By the time I got to the jewelry store - slightly upgrade from the others - I had the view I wanted.  That square has a box recessed on the other side of the glass, where jewelry is displayed on a form of a black velvet neck/throat.  I thought the necklace was positioned nicely, to drape the town hall and the trees across the street offer great framing along with the outline of the square box.  

The picture would have worked much better with out the cars parked in the lot across the street.  My husband said that if I would get up earlier (!Hah!), there wouldn't have been any cars there.  Of course, that would be an entirely different time of the day and the reflection would have been different.  
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684030 tn?1415612323
It's a real cool shot... with the center frame and all.
And, those background reflection elements (including the cars) work within the composition... did you use a polarizing filter?
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969286 tn?1253760391
No, I don't have any filters - had only a Pentax K1000.  I don't even have a flash attachment or zoom lens for it.  I did have an additional zoom lens once, but gave it to my son.  I had gotten that lens for my birthday - wanted to take pictures of people at a distance without their knowing (didn't want a reaction or their looking my way).  I like to capture bench-sitters and people sitting in/at windows (cafes, etc.).  
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535822 tn?1443976780
This is a nice shot, really interesting,I love reflections ,I used to do a lot of black and white, I turned my kitchen Larder into a dark room, I had a Minolta 8000i and 2 terrific lenses.....I lost some interest in photography when the lense got some mould on it, and the camera needed some work..I havent found digital as facinating.. one thing hasnt changed ,my eye for photography and composition ,we see some wonderful pictures here , have you checked out the members input..
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969286 tn?1253760391
Thank you for taking a look, I appreciate it.  I love reflections too - and shadows.   Photography and composition - they don't always seem go together.  I'm trying to talk about that with my teenaged grandson.  My daughter, son, and husband all have a good 'eye' for photography, though my son did go through a period of contrived and angled views when he was a teen, which worked okay when he was photographing friends' bands, but not on much else.  
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535822 tn?1443976780
That 'eye' is all important isnt it, I see many folks here have it, I have , and my son also, its a knack of catching that certain something.
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