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Homeless guy I met in London.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:I'm not British, I'm English
Username:larry595 larry595
Uploaded:7 Apr 2009 - 11:10 PM
Tags:Black & white, General, Portraits / people
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strawman
strawman  1021998 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2009 - 11:43 PM

An interesting photo, here are my honest thoughts as I look at it.

Things I like. The tonal range. Sounds silly but the hands have a weathered look, an intriguing subject. I also like the way they are isolated, no face, keep us thinking. Black jumper so hard to see arms again I like it.

The bits I am not so keen on, The title and the subject, sorry the context linking them is not strong enough for me. I may be alone but it does not link closely enough. Why British not English? Is there a GB faded tattoo on the right hand. If yes is it strong enough?

It is a portrait image, but the hands look so tight in the frame. If it were landscape would it make the hands look better placed? Should it be a square image?

Sorry if I give you more questions than anything, but your image intrigues me and these are my thoughts and reactions.

And in a way, I quite like it. But would have used a square image. It just feels like it should be square. I uploaded a mod for your review.

Last Modified By strawman at 7 Apr 2009 - 11:48 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2794 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2009 - 12:27 AM

This is a very good shot, well observed. Hands, especially well worn hands such as theres make great images, and are powerful statements.

The image can benefit with a little more contrast, and be slightly sharper, - this combination make those great lines stand out more.

A square crop can work as suggested above, - as also can the original crop with some shadowing/darkening applied to lose the jeans and jacket.

In mod 1, - the original shot with sharpening and curves adjusted.

Mod2 is the alternate presentation.

Welcome to EPZ, - hope this is helpful,


Regards


Willie

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2009 - 12:28 AM

prefer you image to any of the mods

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