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Two street performers advertising their show.

I'm trying to get a photo that would be both a good bit of street photography and something that could be used in a theatre company's web site or blog. I like that the most prominent part of the photo is the puppet and the differing expressions on the two performers faces. I welcome any critique or criticism.

Brand:Canon
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Aug 2012 - 2:53 PM
Focal Length:59mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.7
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Firebird
Username:EuanGilmour EuanGilmour
Uploaded:30 Aug 2012 - 4:37 PM
Tags:Photo journalism, Puppet, Puppeteer, Street photography, Theatre
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SueEley
SueEley  8271 forum posts Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 10:18 PM

For me this picture is a bit too complicated to communicate clearly and quickly. I am caught up in the different expressions of the performers, and the different levels of their faces, and wondering about that. I am not sure what is going on with the puppet and even though the background is pleasantly out of focus, it is still a bit distracting. The girl looking down does take my eye down to the puppet and the guy, but her solemn expression and the relative lack of light on her face do not suggest fun. I think something where they are making contact with members of the public and people appear to be enjoying the experience might be better, promotionally. If this is for a blog, a caption might help explain it. It seems a lot more posed than I expect from street photography. Sorry - it's all a bit negative... But if you have access to them, you have loads of opportunities to get more lively shots! Sue

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 11:35 PM

Hello, Euan, and welcome to EPZ.
Your performers are quite well isolated from the background, which is nicely blurred, though busy, but that is acceptable in street photography, as long as there aren't any areas that distract attention from your subjects.
I feel that vertical format might have worked better for this one. I find myself wanting to see what is going on below, why the lady is so much taller than the man. This should also have enabled you to get a bit of space above the girl's head.
The image looks posed. They were obviously aware of you and your camera, and are tending to try to advertise who they are. I feel it is far better to capture a more candid type of image where your subjects are performing and apparently unaware of your presence. What you want to aim to do is engage the viewer with your picture, to draw the viewer into what is taking place by creating something more interesting than a portrait-style image.
Pamela.

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