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Glasgow armed forces day always good for the odd pic or two so have posted the best three ? do they work as fair record shots of the day

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:17-40mm f/4-23
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jun 2013 - 1:28 PM
Focal Length:40mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:A CHARACTER STUDY
Username:youmightlikethis youmightlikethis
Uploaded:1 Jul 2013 - 7:54 PM
Tags:Black & white, General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom990 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2013 - 9:16 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: do they work as fair record shots of the day

I'd need to have been there to answer that, really, but they tell stories for me, and they hang together. It's down to faces, body language, timing.
V1 for the pursed lips and swinging arms.
V2 for the direct eye contact.
V3 for the contrast between fresh but blank faces and the commanding character on the left.
With an event like this you can plan to some extent, check out angles in advance, find out what the schedule is. But you cannot choreograph the action, you have to make the most of what chance throws your way in the limited time and space available.
Looking back in my portfolio, when I photographed our local Remembrance Day parade I received this classic comment:

Quote: I think the chap on the left should have been facing into the shot ... and it would work better if that girl at the front had been looking straight at the camera.

It took a while for my blood pressure to settle down after that. Yeah, fine, jump up and down during the two minute silence and yell out 'Turn round and look at the camera'.
V3 is my pick here by the way. Because they are the veterans, or the victims, of the future. I like the sense of being in amongst them, and the feeling that they'll carry on marching whatever happens because that's what they do.
Photojournalism is about creating a journal, a record of daily observations and experience. Capturing the day for the future.
Moira

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youmightlikethis
youmightlikethis e2 Member 121010 forum postsyoumightlikethis vcard Scotland
2 Jul 2013 - 4:04 AM

thanks for crit

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 8:28 AM

All decent interesting images, all showing interesting faces. Your technique has led to dark patches here and there between figures and I find that distracting. This effect is endemic of your technique and can work quite well in street scenes of a type, but you have overdone it a bit here.

Paul

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2013 - 9:54 AM

Pretty good, you have captured the feel of the day and the people. Some of the expression on V! in particular are priceless. These faces could only be doing what they are doing.
You have achieved a feeling on being amongst the people especially V3.
The subject suits BW giving a certain air of grimness to the occasion. V3 would work in BW, i expect you have tired it.
Focus and composition is good .
The processing has your style to it which I quite like but some might say a bit heav,
regards
Ian

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 - 10:00 AM

Excellent

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