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I have tried my hand at some street photography with an EOS50d. This photo has been post processed using Silver Efex Pro 2. I appreciate the processing will not be to all tastes. It was a quick snap hence the out of kilter horizon. I liked the apparent difference between the fun of the playground versus the serious and intense looks of the subjects who; despite carrying cuddly toys won at a shooting range, didn't look like they were having fun at all!

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 May 2011 - 1:20 PM
Focal Length:22mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Fun at Adventure Land
Username:petach petach
Uploaded:25 May 2011 - 9:23 AM
Tags:Funfair, Portraits / people, Silver efex pro, Southend, Street photography
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30 May 2011 - 8:52 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

quite like the overall composition. It's a chaotic scene, but all of the important elements are well placed within the frame. And the tilt is a positive imo, rather than a negative. it brings the scene more to life, renders it a certain dynamics that probably wouldn't be there had it been taken level.
what lacks a little for me is content. yes, it's a street capture, and yes, the element you point at in your description is there (kind of)... but it doesn't stand out. Just to give an example... had one of the blokes been wearing a spidey suit, there would have been some tension between fg and bg. Now it's too much just a registration of people at a playground. the difference between the fun of the playground and the seriousness of the people is a bit (too much) of a stretch, as it's not that apparent at all. I just see people casually strolling (and eating pizza Smile ) at a playground.
For me the strongest element in the photo can be seen in the mod. I believe it shows a bit more of that surrealism and wit that often makes street so special, and turns it into a real winner (assuming the original file allows for such a strong crop). here the emphasis shifts away from the people, towards the two stuffed animals, who have a surreal moment of intimacy/recognition/goodbye.
quite like the b&w conversion btw

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petach  5 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 - 4:03 AM

Cheers for the in depth review, I really appreciate it. I like the crop and I think that is what i should have done with it in the firsst place.

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