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This image was taken on the the south bank in London. Any comments would be appreciated.

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:80-200mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Charlie Chaplin (Big Ben)
Username:violet_girl violet_girl
Uploaded:24 Apr 2009 - 11:22 PM
Tags:Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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Sus
Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2009 - 11:52 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A bit too dim/low contrast to be useful, but a good grabshot nevertheless. Some may give suggestions on how to rescue the central figure to create more 'depth' but I would suggest different camera settings next time to create a crisp, clear image against a blurred background. As you don't give your camera settings I can't specify, but basically, a slightly higher exposure needed (+ o.3 or 0.6), contrast boosted (afterwards), and good focus on the central subject. The whites in this picture that are important are his glove - you can let the sky and background burn out. Probably could have got away with a larger aperture.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1597 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2009 - 10:46 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think the idea of a larger aperture is a good one, Lisa, because your subject is lacking in detail. This will give you a faster shutter speed and, considering he is moving, this is probably preferable. I think my previous suggestions (police ballerina) apply here as well. As to composition, attempt to get your subject more to the right, in other words leave more space in front of him. Here, you have the reverse of my recommendation, with too much space behind. I don't think you need all that white space at the top, either. The whites are a bit blue, so check your white balance setting and adjust it for the prevailing conditions next time.
Pamela.
PS: I went off to do some mods. First, I cropped, removed some of the blue with Colour Balance, made the blacks blacker, lightened, adjusted highlights/shadows and contrast. In my second mod, I went for mono with a slight blue hue, then more contrast.
Cloning out the figure bottom left and colouring in the white at the top would be another option.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 25 Apr 2009 - 10:58 PM

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violet_girl
4 May 2009 - 1:59 PM

Thanks ver much for both of these critiques-extremely helpful. I agree about having the figure a bit more to the right and a larger aperture is a good idea. Unfortunately I don't have an external flash but hope to be purchasing one soon and look forward to using it for this type of shot. : )

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violet_girl
4 May 2009 - 1:59 PM

Oh and thanks very much for both modifications!

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