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I took this photo during the Edinburgh Fringe.

I'm looking for general critique. If there is any particular problems with it. What would I do to improve it. How to make it better if I could have taken it again.

Brand:Canon
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Aug 2012 - 7:38 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.7
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:+5/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Grassmarket Busker
Username:EuanGilmour EuanGilmour
Uploaded:29 Aug 2012 - 9:49 AM
Tags:Busker, Festival, General, Photo journalism, Street photography
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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 9:59 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

the top sector is quite blown out s is the building on the right...I've done some judicious cropping in a mod with a few other tweaks Smile

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franken
franken e2 Member 113029 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 10:26 AM

Works for me as is and welcome to the site.

Ken

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 10:31 AM

Neat observation, I like the three background verticals, they balance the angle of the busker's head rather nicely. Jeff's right about the background; a shot like this is always tricky, and you can't use flash for the face if you want a second bite at the cherry. But the exposure compensation is too much here! Generally speaking an under-exposed picture will usually be easier to correct than over-exposed.
(What software are you using? If available, experiment with Levels, moving the outer sliders inwards until they meet the main body of the curve; and also with the Dodge and Burn tools, but at very low % settings as they are powerful.
The slight motion blur in the tapping foot is effective but if you want to freeze a musician in action, 1/160 second or faster is a bit safer.
Jeff has done a good Mod, my Better Half is working on one as I type, I'll leave it to them.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 29 Aug 2012 - 10:36 AM

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 10:42 AM

Oh and welcome to the site! There's a small but loyal band of street photographers here. I would suggest that you add two further tags to the upload (go to the Options button below the image and select Edit...) - Photo journalism and Street photography. Quite a lot of people filter the Gallery by tags to just see their speciality interests.
Moira

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woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 10:47 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Firstly, welcome to ephotozine, Euan!

The focus on the melodeon-player's face is fine; the body-language (melodeonist's lean and stamping foot) is indicative of the man getting into the swing of his music. Composition is generally good - more particularly, the pairing of the musician with the other photographer.
Camera exif shows that you were shooting with nearly two stops of overexposure, which visually is what stares at me from my monitor. Shutter speed priority has meant a wide aperture, too, though the selective exif hasn't shown me what it was; combined with the huge over-exposure, this has led to severe colour-fringing in out-of-focus areas especially the trees.
So - check the exposure compensation before you shoot - it's so easy to forget to zero it after a session, I do it regularly Tongue but I rarely use more than 2/3 stop compensation.
Jpegs are much harder to recover than raw images, so shoot in raw if you can.

I have attempted a modification for you: this sort of scene works well in monochrome, much favoured by street photographers even now; mono also conceals some of the colour fringing, or at least reduces its prominence. I have also cropped to 10 x 8 which was for many years 'standard' in the darkroom. I hope you think it works!

Best wishes
Bill

Last Modified By woolybill1 at 29 Aug 2012 - 10:54 AM

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EuanGilmour
29 Aug 2012 - 1:46 PM

Thank you all for the helpful comments and the warm welcome. I think I'll enjoy this site. Will try to put your advice into practise.

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