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Aurelie, dancer/model let loose on London streets.
Trying to use the surroundings as part of the image.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Aug 2012 - 2:59 PM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/2
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Free style
Username:Bluesky65 Bluesky65
Uploaded:4 Nov 2012 - 3:09 PM
Tags:Action, Ballet, Dance, Expression, Movement, Portraits / people, Street
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2796 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2012 - 4:42 PM

I like it, - I think placing the dancer in the street works well.

I dont know if youve intentionally tilted the image, (dancer and background), so I have straightened in a mod and re cropped.


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Willie

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65  2 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 - 6:33 PM

Hi Willie, glad you like the picture. The tilt was intentional, I think it can sometimes 'add' to an image although its probably a personal thing Smile

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41177 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2012 - 6:39 PM

I think maybe more tilt rather than less, as everything will be at a dynamic angle.
I also wonder if you wanted to show that it was London rather than just an urban area, in which case some place recognisable would have more impact. It might look better without the blue sky in the corner, and a different coloured material...to make it stand out from the brickwork....bright blue or yellow would work well.

Other than those points, which are mainly a matter of taste, I like it.

Nick

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2796 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2012 - 7:26 PM

Thanks for clarifying. I would agree with Nick, if you tilt, it may work better a little more. If its too small, what happened can happen, it can be viewed as an error rather than deliberate.

W

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65  2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 - 4:28 PM

Thanks for the feedback Nick, I agree that I could increase the angle and tighten the crop. At the time of the shoot I wanted the unusual brickwork as a backdrop but didn't want to shoot 'square on', I also wanted to show the grace and power of the dancer by taking the shot from a low point (the gutter actually Sad)
Thanks for the comments Guy's.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 10:40 PM

So many modern photographers seem to like to tilt cameras, particularly in newspapers. I usually hate it and if I find myself tilting my head when I look at the shot, it fails.

However, this works very well. Leave it as presented. Nice.

Logo a bit of an eye puller.

Paul

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65  2 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 - 4:56 PM

Hi Paul, glad you liked the photo. I must admit that I do use 'dynamic angles' quit a bit when it comes to action/movement shots. Perhaps I should try shooting at a slower shutter speed to enhance the sense of movement. I have reduced the 'content' of my updated watermark so hopefully it will not be as distracting Smile

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parob
parob e2 Member 3parob vcard France69 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2012 - 12:29 PM

Interestingly enough, one has to measure the tilt against the pattern made by the coloured bricks. It works quite well because the dancer's right leg takes up this movement. The one thing I would suggest is a controlled blurriness of the (static) buildings in the background. My hunch is that it would also intensify the movement.
Paul

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Bluesky65
Bluesky65  2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 - 12:34 AM

Thank you for the feedback Paul, I will try your idea out.

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