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A Couple walk straight passed a homeless man oblivious to his plight

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 24-70 2.8 ex dg
Title:Oblivious
Username:KangaRU KangaRU
Uploaded:10 Oct 2009 - 10:11 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Street photography
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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 10:19 AM

A powerful piece of street photography.
Barbara

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ketch e2 Member 7770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 11:21 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This should be a powerful piece of work and it is for sure. But it has the feel of being stage managed (I am sure it wasn't) which sort of works against it, for my anyway.

I don't know the answer but I think perhaps the couple form an almost seperate image to that of the unfortunate homeless guy. A couple of steps more to close the gap and bingo - problem solved or you could have moved you position to the left - maybe

I think also I would lose some of the fg pavement.

On a completely different tack - why not give the homless guy a go with the camera - so he can take a picture of the people walking by - now you have me thinking.

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KangaRU
KangaRU e2 Member 8KangaRU vcard United Kingdom
10 Oct 2009 - 11:29 AM


Quote: This should be a powerful piece of work and it is for sure. But it has the feel of being stage managed (I am sure it wasn't) which sort of works against it, for my anyway.

I don't know the answer but I think perhaps the couple form an almost seperate image to that of the unfortunate homeless guy. A couple of steps more to close the gap and bingo - problem solved or you could have moved you position to the left - maybe

I think also I would lose some of the fg pavement.

On a completely different tack - why not give the homless guy a go with the camera - so he can take a picture of the people walking by - now you have me thinking.

Thankyou for your comment Ketch.

I see where you coming from. unfortunately there is nothing could be done this was far from stage managed it was just a couple coming off the Millennium bridge, walking by the homeless guy.

As for giving the homeless guy a camera, I could just not wash for a couple of days where some dirty cloths with old runners and take the photos my self. Now there's an idea!

Last Modified By KangaRU at 10 Oct 2009 - 11:30 AM

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ketch e2 Member 7770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 11:35 AM

Yes I agree interesting idea - must have been done I guess?

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 1:40 PM

well timed capture, the directions of the three (sorry four) gazes makes this, strong PJ work

Last Modified By riprap007 at 10 Oct 2009 - 1:41 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 2:02 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A powerful image, and there are elements at work if you look close that make it more so.

Look at the standing mans left foot, and then his right. They were walking straight past, but decided to veer to the right to avoid getting close to him. The expression of the woman seems to be empathetic, asking "should we give him something", but hes leading them away. For this reason I thing the distance works, - its to to maneuver that makes it strong. This is something that weve all done at some point in time, and putting it as youve done makes it seem so shameful.


BTW, - whats that over the homeless guys head, - at first I thought it might be a halo!


On the techie side, a little sharper, perhaps brighter, - and if it is a halo, throw in a few angels.



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KangaRU
KangaRU e2 Member 8KangaRU vcard United Kingdom
10 Oct 2009 - 2:17 PM


Quote: A powerful image, and there are elements at work if you look close that make it more so.

Look at the standing mans left foot, and then his right. They were walking straight past, but decided to veer to the right to avoid getting close to him. The expression of the woman seems to be empathetic, asking "should we give him something", but hes leading them away. For this reason I thing the distance works, - its to to maneuver that makes it strong. This is something that weve all done at some point in time, and putting it as youve done makes it seem so shameful.


BTW, - whats that over the homeless guys head, - at first I thought it might be a halo!


On the techie side, a little sharper, perhaps brighter, - and if it is a halo, throw in a few angels.



W

Thank you for your comment banehawl, the make above his head is a mark on the glass panel, I had to look twice my self when I down loaded the pic.

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AmbientLife
10 Oct 2009 - 4:46 PM

Great capture, well done, like it
Tim

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qosmio
qosmio  5 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2009 - 5:39 PM

Powerful social comment. Well spotted and taken.

I have to agree with Ketch if the couple had been closer it would have tightened up the image.

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cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2009 - 10:46 AM

well composed

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
18 Oct 2009 - 8:38 AM

TOP!
Cor.

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Cor  5 Belgium
18 Oct 2009 - 8:41 AM

Excellent PF.
Deserve MORE votes!!!
Cor.

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