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Trying a bit of street photography with a bit of thought to it. I liked the side of this building as I felt it had a lot of interest and the gentleman walking past with his face in his phone played off of the security cameras along with his blue clothes contrasting with the wall.

Let me know your thoughts.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens:OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 May 2014 - 11:40 AM
Focal Length:23mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Ignore The Cameras
Username:Carrera_c Carrera_c
Uploaded:20 May 2014 - 8:36 PM
Tags:Glasgow, Portraits / people, Street
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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101507 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2014 - 9:00 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

An interesting capture, an isolated slice of life.
There is nothing her to say where this is, could be any city or town, and that's what gives it appeal, we can all identify with it.
Well spotted and well timed.

The guy is positioned nicely with more space to 'walk into' and I like the inclusion of the whole of the No Parking sign.

I have made a small crop to remove the windows at the top of th eimage, just to give more weight and attention to the figure. the viewer wants to look into the windows, whereas in the crop they eye stops at the cameras which, pointing down, return us to the figure.
I'm not saying the windows distract, but you don't lose anything by not seeing them, they aren't essential.

This image relies on different bold shapes - the figure, the pipe, the cameras, the text, the brickwork, and is therefore ideal for a monochrome image.
It's just a different interpretation, some images translate better than others and this is one of them.

Keith

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41267 forum postsSooty_1 vcard United Kingdom203 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2014 - 11:46 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I'm going to have to disagree about the black and white, and in fact, about the figure contrasting with anything.
I like the idea, but the problem is that there is so much going on, and the wall is so bold, the guy gets a bit lost in the clutter. If he had been wearing bright clothes, he would have stood out, but as it is, my eyes wander around the frame looking for a definitive subject. He competes with the door, the lower window, the writing, the white square, the cameras and cables.....you get my point.

I tried cropping various ways, but none were really satisfactory, and I couldn't make the figure more prominent without losing what you saw in the scene in the first place.

The b&w mod still has the conflict between all the "different bold shapes", unfortunately there are too many. I think black and white can work well with this kind of image, but the boldness should be in the simplicity....paring down to basics to enable you to concentrate on a single subject, juxtaposition or composition. There is just too much detail to take in.

That said, there is a lot of street photography like this out there, and it's a perfectly valid shot, but you have to ask yourself what you are trying to say? What is the subject, the background, or the figure? It can't really be both.

Nick

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dudler Critique Team 11164 forum postsdudler vcard England390 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2014 - 12:05 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's easy to be spoilt for choice when there's so much in the way of interesting shapes around. The art is to pick out something wonderful which is gently supported by everything else in the scene.

Personally, I find a slightly long lens helps (but then, I tend to find that with every subject). You isolate more, and that always helps with the production of an arresting picture.

I've done a crop and a mono conversion: this made some of the difficult complications evident, with the security cameras and hte white rectangle on the wall too prominent - so I did what I do in the darkroom, and burned them in a bit. I then dodged a bit on the figure.

Nick is right: he gets lost easily, because he's tonally similar to the background. Colour popping would make him stand out, but it wouldn't be true to the observational tradition of street photography. Just a special effect...

On the other hand, as Keith noted, the timing is perfect for placing the subject among the objects. And it's the sort of picture that the eye can ramble round for a long time without running out of connections to make.

The one thing I am sure of is that a logo is not a good idea. Cartier-Bresson never put one on his shots...

Maybe it's a question of whether you want to make something graphic, stark, and simple - or isolate a slightly-awkward, contradictory slice of real life...

Last Modified By dudler at 21 May 2014 - 12:07 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2014 - 5:50 PM

And now for something completely different!

The original needs a little work on exposure and colour tone.

Then wouldnt it be nice if that guy was walking the other way? Even if the shadow looks weird.

And then a mono.

Had some fun with this.


regards


Willie

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2014 - 7:06 PM

Forgot to leave this link to some really good "street" shots https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=ricoh%20gr



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Carrera_c
Carrera_c  5271 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2014 - 9:11 PM

Thanks a lot for the feedback and modifications guys. I'm torn weather I like the monochrome's over the colour version, I like banehawi's mono conversion with the subject really popping out, even if he is walking the wrong direction. Tongue

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banehawi
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21 May 2014 - 9:32 PM

hes walking the right direction, but wrongly!

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pablophotographer
pablophotographer e2 Member 3496 forum postspablophotographer vcard 188 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2014 - 12:26 AM

Hey, Glasgow in sunlight! that's rare...

Lovely colours.

I was about to do a crop but dudler did exactly what I had in mind; actually I can't see why to relate the NO PARKING sign with a pedestrian; he is fine as a subject in the tight frame with the security cameras.

So my mod is not exactly a mod... but another reading of it, which I think it keeps the element of fun.

Kindly,
pablophotographer

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