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Indian lady dancing in the street. Any feedback would be grateful, I'm just starting out with photography. Thanks

Camera:Sony A200
Lens:18-70mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Indian Dancer
Username:Gordonsimpson Gordonsimpson
Uploaded:12 Nov 2009 - 8:51 PM
Tags:General, Portraits / people
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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2009 - 9:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A lovely candid shot, I think you have done well, good use of depth of field. I might have been tempted to reduce shutter speed and blur one or two of the people, but that pre-supposes you had a tripod with you.

Glyn.

Last Modified By Glyn1 at 12 Nov 2009 - 9:07 PM

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2009 - 9:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A grand candid, as above slower shutter and failing that maybe a crop of this image taking out the superflous folks on the right as you look .... I may also have been tempted to move round and capture the dancer with the sun shining towards her and obviously away from you. Nonetheless a good candid street shot thanks for sharing Colin

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2009 - 10:51 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hi,
its a great subject and you have made a good stab at it but in this kind of street work its vital to think on your feet, work hard at getting a viewpoint that cuts out the maximum amount of distractions.

one method i use that dosnt annoy too many people is to get down on your knees and below those standing up, this also gets you nearer to the subject. also if you are lower you may be able to isolate against buidings or better still the sky.

as it stands the crop above makes the best of what you had i think.
in your mind look for the least complicated background everytime.
Phil

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Gordonsimpson
13 Nov 2009 - 6:20 AM

Thanks very much for your comments, I'll take on board what you have advised and learn from it.

Phil, thanks for the modification, you're right it does look better.

Thanks again.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1588 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2009 - 8:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello, Gordon. You have some good advice above. I have done a modification where I blurred the background, showing the effect of a shallower depth of field. I cropped the image, brightened it, lifted the shadows because the dancer was in shade, reduced the highlights and increased the saturation. I then selected the background, applied gaussian blur at a low level, and added some contrast overall for a bit more colour.
Pamela.

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