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Mar 22, 2019 16:47:45   #
tommystrat Loc: Northwest Montana
 
Could be a small town anywhere in the US, but this is Kalispell in northwestern Montana, about 1/2 hour from Glacier National Park. Preservation of the old architecture is what sets this town apart from others that aspire to be Laguna Beach East and the buildings are torn down to make way for "progress." (You Montanans know who I mean!)


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Mar 23, 2019 08:53:53   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Nice composition and good work with the black and white.

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Mar 23, 2019 12:59:27   #
tommystrat Loc: Northwest Montana
 
jaymatt wrote:
Nice composition and good work with the black and white.


Thank you, good sir! Appreciate the comment...

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Mar 23, 2019 13:50:10   #
jackm1943 Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
 
tommystrat wrote:
Could be a small town anywhere in the US, but this is Kalispell in northwestern Montana, about 1/2 hour from Glacier National Park. Preservation of the old architecture is what sets this town apart from others that aspire to be Laguna Beach East and the buildings are torn down to make way for "progress." (You Montanans know who I mean!)

I like it but would like it more if it included the sidewalks. Looks like too much was cropped off the bottom.

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Apr 1, 2019 07:34:54   #
Dave Chinn Loc: Streets of Kentucky
 
I'll have to agree with jackm1943. Seems unbalanced, but don't let that stop you. More please !!!
Dave

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Apr 2, 2019 12:11:47   #
tommystrat Loc: Northwest Montana
 
Thanks for the comments, guys! In fact, I intentionally left out the sidewalks because I wanted to emphasize the "up and down" aspect of the buildings, the light reflecting off of them, and the sky as a counterpoint. Leaving the sidewalks in was a distraction to me, and in my opinion made it just another street photo with little emphasis on any one aspect. Apparently, it may not have worked as I might have envisioned...

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Apr 4, 2019 07:52:51   #
JayemCO Loc: Colorado @ 9000 feet
 
tommystrat wrote:
Could be a small town anywhere in the US, but this is Kalispell in northwestern Montana, about 1/2 hour from Glacier National Park. Preservation of the old architecture is what sets this town apart from others that aspire to be Laguna Beach East and the buildings are torn down to make way for "progress." (You Montanans know who I mean!)


I agree with the comments, the picture looks like it is cropped too much, like there was something you didn't want us to see on the sidewalk or you just snapped it in a hurry. However, including the sidewalk would have made it just another street scene. On the other hand, your objective to emphasize the ups and downs is there, just not a strong enough statement.
Perhaps you could get closer to the buildings and shoot them at a steep upwards angle, trying to catch the corners or most of the Clark-Little Building and the K&T Building and the chasm between them created by the one story building. Course you would have to get the right sky to make it work.
BTW, I lived in Whitefish about 40 years ago, loved it there, but always hated to go to the "big city of Kalispell" because of all of the traffic. LOL<

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Apr 5, 2019 11:11:47   #
tommystrat Loc: Northwest Montana
 
JayemCO wrote:
I agree with the comments, the picture looks like it is cropped too much, like there was something you didn't want us to see on the sidewalk or you just snapped it in a hurry. However, including the sidewalk would have made it just another street scene. On the other hand, your objective to emphasize the ups and downs is there, just not a strong enough statement.
Perhaps you could get closer to the buildings and shoot them at a steep upwards angle, trying to catch the corners or most of the Clark-Little Building and the K&T Building and the chasm between them created by the one story building. Course you would have to get the right sky to make it work.
BTW, I lived in Whitefish about 40 years ago, loved it there, but always hated to go to the "big city of Kalispell" because of all of the traffic. LOL<
I agree with the comments, the picture looks like ... (show quote)


Thanks for your comments - I appreciate your suggestions on shooting angle, and I will check that out next time I am "in town." I was born and raised in CO and attended CU, so I get what you mean about all the "traffic"! Denver used to be a relatively quiet, peaceful town where you could go to City Park after dark...about 50 years ago!

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