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California Living - Top Heavy by superkev California Living - Top Heavy by superkev
I spent a lot of time beach hopping in L.A.. This is a shot from the side of the bike path on the Santa Monica beach. I crouched down in the shadow of a palm tree and snapped photos as people passed by. I loved how incongruous this guy looked on his tiny bike.

This one was shot using my uncle's Canon 1Ds and my Sigma 12-24mm lens. Gotta love the wideness :D
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
he looks so funny on that little bike. but strangely the scene doesn't look comical. just part of the everyday crazyness that's life. the distortion kind of adds a neat feel to the picture. did you have any company people watching or were you all alone?
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superkev Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Photographer
i was travelling with $Moonbeam13 during the summit. she was at the beach with me :)
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
good. most things are better if you have a good friend to do them with.
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superkev Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Photographer
most things. :) sometimes i love being alone. i love traveling alone for some reason. it's not always convenient or cost-effective, but i just love being lost alone in a strange city on the other side of the planet. :nod:
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005
i love being alone sometimes too. but, i think you're probably different from most other people in enjoying being alone (lost even) in a foreign country. :nod:
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superkev Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005  Professional Photographer
hehe i've tried to explain this to people but they don't always understand. i take my camera and two lenses (usually whatever i can fit into a small bag) and then get myself to the centre of the city, then start walking and taking random streets until i'm completely lost. i think that when you are lost, you are much more aware of your surroundings and what is happening in the moment, which makes for better pictures. the process of getting un-lost is a very important one to me :nod:
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005
no, what you said made sense. when you don't know where you are, you're much more aware of where you're going. :nod: It just seems that most people don't like to go anywhere alone, so I still think you're in the minority.
I usually like to walk to whatever sites I want to see and wander from there. many times i never find the places i'm looking for, but i end up finding other interesting places instead. of course, maps are handy things to help in not getting *really* lost.
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daveainley Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005
great wide angle, awesome shadows and rich colors!

~daveainley :spidey:
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Zlatty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2005  Professional Photographer
oooh so wide
nice one
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krush Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005
hh, very cool :D
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SinisteR-NL Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005   Photographer
Very interesting street shot, love the bright colors.

How did you get the "top heavy" effect??
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superkev Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005  Professional Photographer
well everything is a bit distorted because of the ultra-wide lens. but i called it top heavy because of the big dude on the tiny bike :)
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SinisteR-NL Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005   Photographer
ahhhh, ic. Ive seen some realy exelent landscaps photos that were "center heavy" but i have never figured out how they got that effect.

And 12mm is just insane :)
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pinkcookie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005
i LOVE the sky :drool:
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rollingpeople Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
awesome colors!! :)
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h3wi3ntj4h Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2005
AARh i loooooooooove the colorz!!
just amazin' what u can get with bleu skies, it immediatly gives the picture something extra...for some reason i usually like pictures with bleu skies in them AAA LOT!
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sigpras Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
yeah wide really rock!!!
the saturation so perfect, kev!
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newtone Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
well centered and great contrast.

get on movin!
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seanfl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005   Photographer
I do love the wideness!
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man-ray-sky Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005   Photographer
That does look awkward. Visually and physically. ;)

Sometimes it pays to just sit and wait. :D
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Argocat8 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome sky...where's the famous smog ? :giggle:

love the wide angle...the passing parade all taken in

looks like one of those foldaway bikes that fit in the boot of your car, but yeah, it feels like he needs a clown nose and really big shoes :giggle:
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superkev Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
:D that famous smog was there, but lurking to the left of the frame against the malibu hills to the north. the sea breeze pushed it away and kept it there :P
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WindCrest Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005   Photographer
I can't imagine that bike is comfortable to ride.....nice work with the shadows!
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superkev Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
no pain, no gain! :P
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sumajarong Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
The bike is cool, as are the shadows, but the wide angle is what makes it really shine..excellent photo..I can can almost hear the Beach Boys as I look at this.
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That, my friend, is one hell of a deep blue. Love it.
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darkblackcrow Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
I love the way you have used the "road" (accentuated by the yellow line) to gain the width of the frame without looking off due to the wide lense; but also remembered the height, using the palm trees to balance the image out and give it a sense of moments. The shadows work well to create more interest in the otherwise bland foreground without overloading the picture and also give a more three dimensional idea of the surrounding area; something a two dimensional shot cannot. This conveys a sense of reality as being in an area and having a true "sense" of your surroundings is often something impossible to translate to the photograph (and sometimes that's a good thing).

I also love your use of colour; mixing the bright and vibrant blue of the sky, green of the leaves and white of the buildings with the blander colour of the concrete; which again prescribes a less dramatic, more understated experience to the view. Bright red framework to the bike also helps break up the more featureless areas of the photograph so as to inhibit their domination.

This very different approach to working on a beach is really interesting, and I think more in tune with whats truly going on around you than simply looking at the oceans natural beauty; instead focusing on the beauty of human interaction, point of view and life as well as the daily routines of the over health conscious locals who still refuse to eat less unhealthy food. An excellent and very different image that is truly one of a kind. Nice one Kev.
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superkev Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
thanks man! i really like how thoroughly you express your point of view in your comments :nod:
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darkblackcrow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2005
I try, but it's nothing to shout about. My comments are going to have to get shorter with so many commitments, but I try and let you know what I see and feel so you can relate that to future endevours. I appreciate the reply almost as much as I appreciate the art Kev. =)
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xEXILEDx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
So wide. So awesome. So jelouse.
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suzums Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005   Photographer
now i see something unusually wide about this :D

i think i've just recently fallen in love with the wide angle madness. and its frenzy that is here to stay for me!
so how long until you switch to the 1Ds. with the no cropping factore to worry about... isn't it tempting?

the colors stand out so well. and i love how much of the surroundings you are able to capture with that!

love it! :)
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superkev Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
oh it's totally tempting to switch to the 1Ds. aside from the lack of crop factor, it's just a sweet, sweet machine. it's fast, has better exposure control, autofocus, and the color response is better too. i want it! :frustrated:
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suzums Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2005   Photographer
yea, i was gonna say something about the colors! haha the blue is just too vibrant to be real! :P but i love it!


looking forward to more!
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OldManPTnet Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
amazing capture, lovely colros
congrats
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dottiemaggie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
"I crouched down in the shadow of a palm tree and snapped photos as people passed by."

:paranoid: i'm sorry, but does anyone else think that sounds kind of creepy? ;P you're like a stalker..of strangers.. :O_o:

gotta love those palm trees though :D And that is one tiny looking bike :o guy looks a bit grumpy...maybe his bike is broken, and instead of letting him borrow her bike his wife made him take the kid's bike, with a few alterations so it was decently rideable... but he thinks he looks stupid, and he's a bit bitter.

..or it's some crazy california idea about better biking ;P

.maggie
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superkev Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
:ninja: i had a choice: camera or ninja stars. i think they're just glad i chose camera! :D
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dottiemaggie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
hmmm... i think i'd be glad with the camera choice as well! :D carry on then :salute: ;)
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mthchan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005   Photographer
hehe, awesome shot =) love the gradient fade in the sky =D
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superkev Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
yup. the cali sky is spectacular :)
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pixel-ated Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
lovely shadows
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ingrid-fabiola Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
nice shadows and colours. mmm.
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