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I met Mr Punch at a local event. He squwarked a lot...

Camera:Panasonic Lumix FZ18
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Meet Mr Punch
Username:HP1485 HP1485
Uploaded:17 Oct 2010 - 1:44 AM
Tags:Children, Entertainment, General, Humour, Humour / fun, Photo journalism, Puppets, Street photography
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RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2010 - 6:04 AM

Great capture, love the tight crop/composition - excellent. Can't see how it could be improved, maybe a mono version would be interesting and would work as well as there is plenty of detail and 'form' to this image.
kind regards,
Robin

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HP1485
HP1485  7 England5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2010 - 9:05 AM

Thank you - I am fairly new to this type of photography and it's good to know that I'm getting it right. I didn't use a flash and wondered whether a fill-in flash might have improved my composition.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2010 - 2:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's a good shot but the exposure is slightly tricky and could benefit from a bit of adjustment. The main issue is that the man's hat is casting a shadow over his face and it is important to your composition that we can see his face and the interaction with the puppet.

I have uploaded a mod for you where I first of all used a levels adjustment to lighten the whole picture. The histogram showed me that there was some scope for a general lightening. I then used the lighten shadows tool to deal with the man's face and hat. I applied the changes with a layer mask to apply to these areas, adjusting the opacity a bit as I work. I did run the brush over the puppet down the shadow side as well at a low opacity to give him a slight boost.

Whether you could have done the same with fill in flash is difficult to know. The real problem is the shadow from the man's hat and that really needs a reflector to bounce the light into that area - totally impractical in the circumstances. So in this case I think a bit of post production work is the way forward.

Best wishes

Catherine

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2010 - 10:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I guess if your making Punch the main object and the puppeteer secondary then it's fine but if you want a balance then run through PS to lighten the shadow areas on his face might help to balance the exposure. good composition and nice timing to capture this shot. like the expression of the puppeteer's face. Paul

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HP1485
HP1485  7 England5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2010 - 11:54 PM

Everyone - thank you for your constructive critiques I have marked you all with CC to boost your medals.

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