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Interesting that you wrote this, because before reading your comment, that is what drew me to #1 over #2 - the tension. Despite the hidden man's visible shoulder, I still prefer #1. While there is not an obvious activity, if any at all, happening in the image, there are several subjects each looking at different things, implying there is something happening, somewhere. And I like that the man second from left is looking at the camera, connecting the viewer to the scene...
...Mitch, I prefer #1, but with maybe more accent on the faces as it makes for an interesting composition. I prefer the lighting in #2...
Ron/Charles, thanks. Yes, it's interesting that most people would prefer No. 2 because it does have better lighting — just moving a couple of steps to the right the lighting from the overhead fluorescent light was brighter and better — and there is more of a "story"; but the tension of No. 1, seems to me, gives greater impact and psychological depth, and is more in line with what I like to express.
...Edward, magic portrait! The ZM 85 is an amazing lens...
Yes, I agree that there is a depth and beauty to Edward's B&W portrait; but I don't think it's the lens — it's the photographer, and I hope it's the woman who's inspiring him, or at east the light, and not the friggin lens.
Guys, I'm surprised that no one reacted to the second part of my post p740#20, which identified a major bug in Lightroom 5.
Thanks Mitch. I've posted on Flickr, but I also want to register here how much I like that travelogue book.
lenticular11, thanks for you comment on flickr. I've got two book projects of which I printed out four dummies at a local printer at a cost of about US$100 each. Obviously that's too expensive to be commercial. I've considered using Blurb or another service for self-publishing, but the problem is that the pages are sized 10.0 x 6.7 inches (25.4 x 16.9 cm) on which the photos are printed full bleed — and I cannot find ant online book printing service of the Blurb type that that can do the 3:2 page size ratio full bleed. There would always be some margin; and I feel strongly, for the style of the photography as well as the nature of the content, the pages should be printed full bleed. But it's very hard these days to find a publisher to publish these books. In Paris, a friend of mine contacted a classmate who had taken over the management of a well-known photo and art book publisher that had seen better days and which she was trying to rebuild to see whether this company could publish my Paris au rhythme de Basquiat and Other Poems [download link for book project] book project; but she said that there was no way that she could afford to publish the book of an unknown photographer. The other problem is that I simply don't have the time to try aggressively to look for a publisher. And there is the issue of whether my two book projects deserve to be published, which, of course, you can judge for yourself.
Note: the other book project is Bangkok Hysteria (download link for book project). These two links are for downloading PDF files of the book projects.
Bangkok Obvious [WIP]
Eggleston said that he was "at war with the obvious"...